1999 Chevrolet Suburban LT from North America - Comments

20th Dec 2003, 06:28

I have a 1999 GMC Suburban. The battery has (2) cables attached to the positive post. In the winter months, we are constantly going under the hood to shake the positive cables before it starts. Again, this only happens in the winter so I'm assuming the cables are getting rigid and losing conductivity. I would like to see if others are having the some issue.

I notice another posting regarding "mushy brakes", I have the same problem. We had them checked, which works for about a month then back to the same issue.

We love our vehicle and plan to purchase another one, but these issues are worrisome.

24th Jan 2004, 17:28

I love my '99 Suburban. It is great for hauling kids, sports equipment and my entire tennis team. We love to take it on trips also. We have had to replace the front disk rotors two times. We have to lock the truck manually because none of the locks work. We had this fixed once and that repair lasted about 3 months. Is anyone having trouble with the gas gage? Mine does not work. It reads full when it is really empty. My husband's truck has the same problem.

24th Feb 2004, 08:29

I purchased my 1999 LT K2500 in the summer 2001 with 106K miles. Since then I have replaced a number of electronic parts. Most recently the multi function turn signal lever. Symptoms included: headlight/high beam faults, "ghost" dome light and courtesy lights on without notice, and relay chatter in dash. Added a second battery for children accessories and 1000 cold cranking amps. No mechanical problems whatsoever. Should roll 160k today. Love this truck in all conditions.

10th Mar 2004, 18:30

I just purchased a 1999 suburban 1500 ls. It has 127,000 miles. I love it. It has a very smooth ride which I thought was fantastic for the size. The third row is wonderful. I was wondering how many of you out there have gone past the 127,000 mile mark, and what general problems to expect.

14th Mar 2004, 14:48

We have had our 99 1500 suburban for 4.5 years. We have only had trouble with it. It needed 2 transmissions before 42,000 miles. We have had excessive trouble with the brakes and rotors. The alternator and starter have been replaced. I have been towed 3 times in the last 8 months. Recently, in one week we had to replace the water pump, hose, and the fuel pump. We have finally had it. It only has 74,000 miles. It is not reliable. I do not want to be stranded with 3 children. The problem we are having is we need the space and capability of towing a bass boat. Not many SUV's have that much space behind the 3rd seat. I have been upset this has not been a good car. My parents have a 1989 suburban and it keeps on trucking. It is built like a rock!

3rd Apr 2004, 13:59

99Yukon,55000 miles on it. Best vehicle I ever owned.

21st Jul 2004, 22:50

I have a 99 Suburban and the gas gauge does not read right and hasn't for a long time. I only have about 62K miles on it and I am now having the transmission rebuilt. I would never buy another one again and I don't recommend it to any one.

4th Aug 2004, 20:29

We have a 99 suburban with 70,000 miles. We enjoy the space it provides. We are generally happy with it though we have replaced the water pump and starter so far. Our power locks in the back door will not work all of the time. We have an extended warranty and are very thankful.

23rd Sep 2004, 19:11

I purchased the 99 Surbuban with 84k miles. I was looking for a family sized camper puller. The 1500 is the wrong vehicle. Now at 86k miles, I had the injector manifold gasket replaced. The same problem I had on my '95 Chevy Z71. Two problems remain. The gas needle has a constant vibration and when I roll a window down, heat comes out of the floor vent. Otherwise, for the year model and mileage it's a nice vehicle. If any one has suggestions, notify me a fishes4@charter.net.

11th Jan 2006, 23:21

I purchased a 1999 K2500 in December 2003 with slightly more than 50,000 miles on it. I now have 75,000 miles on it, and I am very happy to say that I have never had any major problems that were not related to normal wear & tear. Another thing that I have done is find a "family" mechanic, meaning someone just as skilled as the GM mechanics, but does not have to work under the pressure of the big dealerships. He saves me on average over $300 per visit. He has been maintaining my truck since I bought it, and it runs so wonderful. I have learned through experience that dealerships tend to "over diagnose" a problem, and request replacement parts when you really do not need to replace them right away. I would recommend the Suburban to all, and I plan to buy one of the next generation Suburbans a couple of years after they are introduced to the public. (You have to give them time to work out the bugs).

30th Dec 2007, 20:14

I own a 1999 suburban 1500. I bought it from an individual that I knew very well and new that he took good care of it. He had put 21,000 on it but now has 148,000. It is a very nice truck, but I have had problems with it. The transmission had to be replaced at 32,000. The Tie rod ends had to be replaced because of excessive play in the steering. The water pump had to be replaced because of leakage. The intake gasket had to be replaced because it was leaking antifreeze. The drive shaft gets dry where it goes into the back of the transmission and has to be dropped occasionally and the spline greased. The check engine light comes on when I tow a trailer. The gas gage shakes all the time. There is a vibration noise underneath that always occurs at 76-77 MPH, can't figure that one out and neither can the dealer. The door locks works one time with the remote switch then they have to be manually operated. The sockets for the rear lights over heat causing the contacts in the sockets to not make contact with the light bulbs. I have found that I can take the circuit board out and take a very small screw driver and bend the contacts back in and they will work. Saves $60.00. The worst problem is the brakes. The front pads have been replaced 4 times and the rotors turned twice eventually replacing them. The rear drums and shoes have been replaced and the brakes still over heat and are mushy. I have thought about replacing the rear drums with disks and pads to see if that would help. Has anyone gone that far?

5th Oct 2009, 16:15

I have a 1999 Chevy Suburban that I bought new in June, 1998. This is my 4th Suburban and by far the best. I now have 357,000 miles, still on the original engine and transmission.

I take very good care of my vehicles. Excluding routine service, this truck has cost me less than $1000 a year in repairs and this includes brakes AND tires. I'm going for 500,000.

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