Be sure to go read the other reviewes on minivans. You can by a lot of gas for the cost of multiple transmission replacments.
My front window regulators went out also. did the dealer fix them? or did you have to? I was told it will cost around 240 bucks for parts and labor. do these go out all the time? and are the rear ones next?
As far as the radio needing replacing, MOST GM stereos will have to replaced sooner or later, because the quality of factory stereos aren't good anyway. Pioneer, JVC, and Kenwood are the best if your looking for a bargain for under $100.
Just want to say my brother paid $14,000 for his minivan and in 2 years he has had to constantly replace things. Including his tranny is now slipping. I paid $5000 for my Tahoe and it hasn't had a thing go wrong that makes it stop running, or being a vehicle that always gets me to my destination.
I would prefer if everything worked as it should always, but what cars do nowadays? If it always gets you where you want to go, that's what really matters, and you can't go wrong with a Tahoe for that. They have small flaws, but nothing major that will leave you stranded with no vehicle.
5 points I rate vehicles with:
You get 4 out of 5 with a Tahoe. I'm unaware of any minivan that is as safe, reliable, enjoyable, or as comfortable. I'm personally willing to give up mileage if that's the only one it's not good at. Compared to all other SUV's, it's also on par for mileage, so it's not even that bad, to me.
I also have a 2001 Tahoe LS and for the most part, it's been a great vehicle. I'm not terribly concerned with mileage; I knew it was a 3 ton vehicle that is about as aerodynamic as a barn door when I bought it, so I can't fault it for being what it is, a big, comfortable vehicle that probably is a bit more truck then I'll ever fully use.
I do, however, have an issue with the amount of batteries this thing eats; I've done load tests, mA trickle tests, gone through every fuse in the truck and I still can't find 'the drain' that kills my battery every 6 to 8 months. I had to replace the driver's front window regulator (wasn't bad; took about 40 minutes., but I've installed quite a bit of mobile electronics equipment and build engines 'just because', so this was very minor).
I just put a new transmission in (fun) and now the speedometer is now acting up (needle is sluggish) as well; VSS readings are within spec, I'm thinking I just need to replace the stepper motors, and if that doesn't work, the cluster.
For a 102K mile vehicle, I guess things could be worse and since I'm not looking to have a car note anytime soon, I guess I'll hold onto it until the nickel and dimes start turning into more money than a regular car payment... but with GM being in the toilet right now, I may re-consider... the '07 and up Tahoes look really nice to me... just my .02
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