2005 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3L from North America

Summary:

Outstanding SUV!!! Our best vehicle ever!!

Faults:

Rear universal joints needed to be replaced at 106000 miles.

6 Disc CD changer was non operational when we bought the Tahoe. I replaced myself for $100 and the dealership reprogrammed for $25.

Leather drivers seat has started to crack on side right above the power seat control.

General Comments:

We got a great deal on this vehicle, so the CD changer being non working was no big deal to replace. The leather cracking is because the seat very rarely gets conditioned, so it's my fault and not a huge problem.

I replaced the U joints this past weekend. They required that I take them to a shop to get the plastic retainers melted out. It was $15 to get the old joints removed, and $18 for new, greaseable type to replace them. The total time was around 1.5 hours to replace. The truck had a bit of a "clunk" when shifting from park to drive or reverse, and a rattle on hard acceleration. The replacement of the joints took care of everything and she drives like new now.

The only other costs associated with ownership are the normal wear and tear items, ie. tune up, oil change, tires, etc.

We seems to get much better gas mileage than a lot of people, but I cannot explain why. The 5.3L motor is bullet proof so far. We get 14-16 MPG around town (which is typical), but we drove it 250 miles to Niagara Falls recently and it averaged 22.8 MPG according to the on-board computer. I checked the miles against what it took to fill it completely when we got there, and the computer was pretty much dead on. (My calculations came out to 22.6 MPG)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st September, 2009

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4.8 Vortec from North America

Summary:

Fantastic truck. The Tahoe is the greatest made Chevy. Like A Rock

Faults:

Steering column tightened at 14k miles by dealer.

Factory radio replaced by dealer at 14k miles.

Cloths seats show wear at 85k miles; standard wear and tear.

First brake job front and rear at 85k miles.

Service tire monitor light on at 85k miles.

Think rear strut might need to be replaced at 85k.

Routine maintenance 36k radiator flush, and fuel injector service and fuel filter replaced.

Serpentine belt and accessory belt replaced at 85k miles.

AC Delco Battery replaced at 84k miles for $100.

5-7k routine oil change use synthetic oil.

General Comments:

Went offroading at 30k miles very fun.

Drove in the Houston bayous at 45k miles, also fun. Got out easily in the mud, and only have 2WD.

Drove in hurricane rains and storms at 75mph; stable and no hydroplaning, very safe. Drove in foot deep water and never got stuck.

Onstar service is great at times where the battery ran down and I had to get jumpstarted, or when I got into serious accident.

I bought the car for comfort. I am in the car 6 hours a day sometimes. A/C blows ice cold, never had problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2009