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      11-29-2008 11:42 AM #1
      Does anyone know what the differences are? At what point did they switch from the old style interior to the "updated" interior that didn't look like it was out of a farmers pickup?

      Do all of them have the spare tire in the rear cargo compartment? I absolutely hate this feature, is there any way around it?

      I'm assuming they are pretty reliable since they are based on GM pickups.


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      11-29-2008 11:44 AM #2
      1995 is the year the interior got updated, IIRC

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      11-29-2008 11:51 AM #3
      1992 "pod" dash (I had a 1992 Suburban)

      1995 added a new dash with cupholders on the pass side.

      1997 added the passenger airbag dash

      1992:

      1995:

      1997:

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      11-29-2008 12:25 PM #4
      Thanks guys.

      Were either one available with 60/40 folding rear seats? All the pictures I've seen look like the rear seats are a solid bench. 60/40 is a huge benefit to me since I can fit surfboards inside the truck while still carrying a 3rd passenger.

      These are actually harder to find and more expensive then I thought they were going to be. It looks like a 99 in good condition is going for the same as a next generation 2001.


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      11-29-2008 12:30 PM #5
      They do if I remember correctly. I have a vague memory us taking lumber back home.

      Great car, the family was a little disappointed that they didn't continue but that would be funky looking.


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      11-29-2008 12:39 PM #6

      This dash was hammered for being hard to read and use but I thought it was so high tech looking for the age & a truck.

      -Ryan


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      11-29-2008 01:21 PM #7
      My brother had a '93 Blazer Sport 4x4 he bought new. I put a few thousand miles on it myself. Great truck.

      Quote, originally posted by BltByKrmn »
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      Do all of them have the spare tire in the rear cargo compartment? I absolutely hate this feature, is there any way around it?

      I'm assuming they are pretty reliable since they are based on GM pickups.

      You can get a tailgate 'swingaway' tire carrier. I've seen them, but don't know the source.

      His was rock solid when he sold it in '05 with 200K mi's on it. The drivetrain was still factory stock and it ran great. Other than the sloppy steering it drove & rode fine.

      There were, of course, several waterpump & radiator replacements (mostly from snowbank blasting), but we had that down to a 1 hour fix. (w/breaks!) The only other failures were the in-tank fuel pump @ ~ 150K and resealing the intake mani gasket about the same time. Soooo easy to work on....

      It did have the "100K mile HVAC control wonkiness" that seems to affect all GM trucks of this vintage, but he just lived with it.

      Sad note: I learned last week that it had drowned in the S. IN flooding this summer....


    8. 11-29-2008 02:32 PM #8

      Maybe I'm from the 80s, but I like the earlier dash better!

      call it potatography

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      11-29-2008 02:49 PM #9
      Make sure its got the 5.7 engine. The 5 liter wont cut it. The 5.7 code is L31 and make sure you go 96 or newer to get the Vortec engine. Basicly its a LT1 but with cast iron heads. More torque. Its around 250 hp and 330 pounds of torque.

      Check for rust .


    10. 11-29-2008 03:46 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by welderdood »
      Make sure its got the 5.7 engine. The 5 liter wont cut it. The 5.7 code is L31 and make sure you go 96 or newer to get the Vortec engine. Basicly its a LT1 but with cast iron heads. More torque. Its around 250 hp and 330 pounds of torque.

      Check for rust .

      You can also get a 2dr blazer/tahoe/yukon with the 6.5TD. usually a few available on autotrader.


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      11-30-2008 03:29 PM #11
      Does anyone know how many of these were produced? There doesn't seem to be many for sale.


      Modified by BltByKrmn at 4:35 PM 11-30-2008

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      11-30-2008 03:53 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by BltByKrmn »
      Does anyone know how many of these were produced? There doesn't seem too be many for sale.

      No idea about production numbers, but they definitely are relatively rare. The "Sport" and "GT" models were strictly trim packages and aside from possibly a slightly different suspension setup are mechanically identical to other models. I do love the look of the gray trim of the Tahoe Sport though.

      A lawyer who lives in my parents' neighborhood used to have a yellow Sport with aftermarket wheels and pretty meaty tires. It looked freaking awesome. I'm pretty sure yellow was never offered from the factory so it was likely a custom job.

      I would love to own of these some days and they are getting very cheap. I'm actually surprised they aren't more expensive simply because a full size two door SUV is so uncommon.


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      11-30-2008 04:06 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by turbo_nine »

      Maybe I'm from the 80s, but I like the earlier dash better!

      I loved mine- it had great visibility but as mentioned earlier my digital HVAC controls did freak out and the rear controls became a bit flaky. I had a few issues with the rear door seals (I had barn doors) My headlight switch also melted hot plastic on my leg one summer

      I added '99 headlights and turn signals to replace the frosting and yellowing lenses- also the flat lug covers vs. the early covers with fake lugs.

      My little brother drives it now.

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    14. 11-30-2008 04:55 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Zwoobah »

      You can also get a 2dr blazer/tahoe/yukon with the 6.5TD. usually a few available on autotrader.

      Agreed.

      BUT according to the EPA ratings:
      DIESEL: 14/17 $2590 per yr @ $2.59 gal
      GAS: 12/16 $1768 per yr @ $1.65 gal

      $830 per yr MORE for a diesel if plus add'l purchase price...STICK WITH THE GAS!



    15. 11-30-2008 06:02 PM #15
      Just drove black YUKON GT very solid feeling for the age

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      11-30-2008 06:05 PM #16
      I don't think this is a Sport, but not a bad deal for the person who got it for only $5k.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...wItem


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      11-30-2008 06:07 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by Zwoobah »

      You can also get a 2dr blazer/tahoe/yukon with the 6.5TD. usually a few available on autotrader.

      I have never heard of that truck in 2500 trim with that motor. That would be a new one for me.

      Either way, the 6.5 is terrible in comparison the the contemporary gas motors.


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      11-30-2008 06:09 PM #18
      my brothers boss had one of those
      its an ok truck


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      11-30-2008 06:26 PM #19
      I love those trucks, i'm actually looking for one now so I can get rid of my Wagoneer. I test drove a 5 speed yukon GT at a dealer a couple months ago, AWESOME! it was sold the same day.
      I found a liquor store, and i drank it!

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      11-30-2008 06:41 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Tornado2dr »

      I have never heard of that truck in 2500 trim with that motor. That would be a new one for me.

      Either way, the 6.5 is terrible in comparison the the contemporary gas motors.

      Well it wasn't in 2500 trim. You could get the 6.5 in 1500 trim pickups and two-door Tahoes.


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      12-01-2008 07:31 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Oliver@triplezoom »

      Well it wasn't in 2500 trim. You could get the 6.5 in 1500 trim pickups and two-door Tahoes.

      I was unaware.


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      12-01-2008 11:01 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Wrong Beach »
      ...I test drove a 5 speed yukon GT at a dealer a couple months ago, AWESOME! it was sold the same day.

      I read here once that these trucks with manuals transmissions are to be avoided. I was looking at a 95 Sierra z71 and was told that the transmissions are made of "styro foam and balsa wood." I don't know for sure if the sierra shares the same manual trans as the yukon/tahoe, but it probably does.

      They are cheap now. here is a green 95 w/103k miles for only 3700:


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      12-01-2008 11:09 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by turbo_nine »

      Maybe I'm from the 80s, but I like the earlier dash better!

      second that. i personally think the updated dash was a huge step backward.


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      12-01-2008 11:53 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Rabbit5GTI »
      second that. i personally think the updated dash was a huge step backward.

      I dunno, I've had both (a 1992 C1500 and a 1999 K3500 dually) and while the later dash certainly had more craptastic materials, it had cupholders, rotary climate knobs (try operating the pushbuttons with work gloves), and a standard-sized radio with - gasp! - a CD player.

      The K3500 also had a NV4500HD manual transmission, with a three-foot gearshift sticking out of the floor and a granny first. Gawd, I miss that truck.


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      Only the 3/4 and 1-Ton (2500 and 3500)
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      12-02-2008 02:24 PM #27
      While I don't usually like "bling", I came across this on another forum.

      This kid bought a supercharged 97 Yukon for $3k 2 months ago and now wants to sell it for $14k. He pretty much just got super lucky and these were his original posts when thinking about buying it (edited for clarity).

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      next week im suppose to go be checking out and picking up my yukon. its done up pretty well, and its a great price, but it has some issues.

      the guy says the transfer case and rear differential need work and the truck will be towed. It only has 89,000 miles and has a whipple supercharger installed. he also said it needs exhaust work. also, are the differentials and transfers case a known problem or weak area on these trucks? im guessing the guy was trying to do burnouts or something and ate the diff because the charger and the rims on the truck are somewhat large.

      exhaust was just rusted, the truck is not that beat, only a mere 89,000 miles on a 97, extremely clean.

      $3000! it has suede headliner, 14 inch tv in the back, custom leather captain chairs to replace the back bench seat, 2 jl w6 10's, all jl speakers, kenwood touchscreeen and 23" oz rims

      Turns out it's this truck:




      Modified by BltByKrmn at 2:52 PM 12-2-2008


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      12-02-2008 02:28 PM #28
      What about a Yukon or a tahoe is sporty or anything similar to a GT car...

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      12-02-2008 02:30 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by nobledub »
      What about a Yukon or a tahoe is sporty or anything similar to a GT car...

      No worse than VW slapping GLX tails on a 2.slow Jetta and calling it a GT.

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      12-02-2008 03:01 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by nobledub »
      What about a Yukon or a tahoe is sporty or anything similar to a GT car...

      What about a Corrado is Sport or Luxury?

      BTW, I would like to tell you about cash gifting . . . .


    31. 12-02-2008 03:05 PM #31
      Seems like this topichas been covered pretty well. I will only add that these trucks are RIDICULOUSLY expensive for what you get. They still share the weaknesses of the other trucks (rust being a primary concern, brakes are another) but have inexplicably high resales. They do look awesome though.

      I tried very hard to find a reasonable one, and gave up. For less money, I was able to score my 2500 454 Suburban, which struck me as a better buy (and it has been).

      The Yukon GT and Tahoe Sport were basically cosmetic upgrades, but did include Bilstein shocks and very meaty tires.

      Weak points are rust, brakes, and wipers that go all wonky. The fix for the wipers is a $10 circuit board that takes maybe 5 minutes to change out.

      My truck has been fantastic and has not needed anything aside from basic maintenance. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one, and in fact I probably WILL when the time comes.


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      12-02-2008 03:18 PM #32
      Matt: The ones I've been seeing locally are actually pretty cheap - cheaper than similar Chevy 4x4 pickups. I was surprised, I thought they would be more expensive.

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      12-02-2008 05:16 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by Wes@motivemag »

      I dunno, I've had both (a 1992 C1500 and a 1999 K3500 dually) and while the later dash certainly had more craptastic materials, it had cupholders, rotary climate knobs (try operating the pushbuttons with work gloves), and a standard-sized radio with - gasp! - a CD player.

      The K3500 also had a NV4500HD manual transmission, with a three-foot gearshift sticking out of the floor and a granny first. Gawd, I miss that truck.

      i see what you mean about the functionality of the old radios w/ their small buttons, but i just can't get over the coolness factor of that old setup, espeically for back then. i've had too much experience with the crappy late 90's gm stuff, i'm glad i don't have to deal with it anymore


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      01-23-2013 10:31 AM #34
      5 years later and prices on these things are STILL insanely high.

    35. 01-23-2013 10:38 AM #35
      not only this but the 1500 trucks, suburbans and 4 door tahoes

      These trucks are tanks and will run forever.

      My dad's 98 Suburban has 190k on it. Has some piston slap and the interior is falling apart but there is one tiny spot of rust above the tail pipe and the drive train is as reliable now as it was brand new

      2 things went bad mechanically - A/C compressor and the computer for 4wd.
      Replaced tie-rods and ball joints this summer.

      Other than brakes and tires there is not really much to maintain on them
      Boiler Up!

      Make it three yards mother****er and we'll have an automobile race

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