2008-2014 Tahoe owners - would you do it all over...?

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  1. mackmcmillan

    mackmcmillan TYF Newbie

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    I wish I had the larger engine! I have been searching intermittently over the years for one. I began looking when the front suspension on mine began eating brand new tires every 6-9 months of not even daily driving no matter what I replaced or "fixed" (still very much an issue as it happens)... I figured I love my Tahoe, even being the 2007 with the 5.3L, 4-speed, electrical gremlins and other minor issues, so why not find a newer model with the better drivetrain? Well, the why not for me is because they've been literally impossible to find for sale (and for good reason I believe)... Any insights on that front? I typically feel competent with finding the difficult to locate, so it has been frustrating to say the least.

    Speaking of annoyances - A (possibly well-documented) issue I've had is the rear washer not working. The pump runs and sounds as it should and the wiper functions as well. I'm thinking it could be a disconnected / ruptured tubing issue, but not that big a deal when puttering around town to VA appointments in Arizona once or twice a month.

    Oh, I have had one weirdly specific problem that I cannot find as having affected anyone else. My rear doors do not work in conjunction with the interior lighting. Open the front doors and the lights work as designed and stay on while open. But a few years ago it randomly decided the rear doors were not worthy of the benefit of interior lighting. Not having light unless a front door is open isn't exactly horrible, but it makes getting things from groceries to people in and out of the back seats a bigger ordeal than it needs to be. The lighting works properly when the lift gate is opened as well now that I think of it. I have never been able to find a failure or documented case that would cause that specific issue.

    Anyway, I suspect I could be considered posting in poor taste, so I apologize in advance for this inadvertent (initially) soapbox. This is my first post here to the best of my diminished memory versus trolling for insight on occasion. Again, I am almost completely unfamiliar with forum / posting etiquette, so please forgive my ignorance if I've made too many faux pas!

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    Our 2009 LTX is great, would try to find a 6.2 if you are towing, although our 5.3 pulls our ski boat fine. We were having trouble with high oil usage, I got a disabling devise to plug into the OBD port and the oil usage has decreased tremendous. The 6 speed transmission is the only way to go. When we replace the Tahoe I will go with the Suburban or Escalade ESV. The longer will give more room being we have 2 dog crates mounted in the rear.
     
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    If I could get my '12 back, then yes. As far as my '17, NO!
     
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    I would buy another one if I needed another solid vehicle. Got a 09 Hybird Ho 4x4 on the cheap, that fits my needs (Beater ride) The silly thing has 205k miles now and EVERYTHING works DVD player/Sunroof/Etc
    Several small repair things have come up like wheel hub bearings and I did recently replace the hybrid battery (I knew the hybrid battery was at end of life when bought the truck). Crazy thing is that I get compliments on how it looks all the time, the kids seem to love the level / wheels and tires.
    09 Tahoe zeke.jpg
     
  5. Charles Land

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    We bought an 11 Denali XL 3 years ago. Drives great. Very expensive to maintain. 6 speed tranny performs well but costs $2500 to overhaul, which you should plan on every 100,00 to 150,000 miles, especially if towing. We still have overheating problems which no one seems to have a clue about.
     
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    I have a 2011 Tahoe LTZ, purchased with ~95k miles. I purchased the Tahoe to replace a 2011 Nissan Xterra S. I would absolutely do it again, for the style, ride, cargo space and performance. Much better MPGs in the Xterra though.

    I would have waited a little longer to find a 2012, as the 2012 offered Bluetooth for audio streaming, whereas I had to purchase an adapter to stream audio through my 2011. Totally minor and unimportant to the truck's performance and ability, but I stream music daily, and it would be one less thing to manage. Otherwise, I liked the six speed transmission and the two speed gear box in the 2011 versus some of the earlier models.

    I also agree with @petethepug on the service contract deal. The Ally Motor Guard has paid out more than double what I paid for it. I had the lifters go out around 107k, and that repair alone exceeded the cost of the service contract. I was hesitant about the service contract, but I saved time and money in the long run.
     
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    Probably not. Purchased my first one (2017 Yukon Denali) 22 months ago. The quality is not what it should be given the huge price tag. Have had multiple rim air leaks on the premium wheels because they are already rusting away on the sealing surface. Have had some nuisance rattles that needed repair. Door seals are already deteriorating. Sound system could definitely be better and is not on a par with past GMC products I owned over the years. The truck is just OK. Nothing I would rave about.
     
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    Is this why my factory 20” chrome clad OEM is constantly losing air despite reseating the bead and replacing the valve stem?

    Have info on how to repair or condemn a bad rim like this? One of mine is driving me kray kra and w/o the TPMS I would of had a run flat that forced me to buy 4 new tires.



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  9. 07Burb

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    He’s asking about 07-14. Those don’t seem to have the same issues that are reported by those that own the 15+ trucks
     
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    I just replaced my tires on my 2007 Yukon XL Denail that has stock chrome 20" wheels. Two of the wheels were in perfect shape in the bead area. The other two wheels had some minor pitting, which was smoothed out with an air tool with a fine grit sanding pad. Then, bead seal was applied to the wheels' bead areas, and the new tires were mounted.

    Prior to this replacement of tires, even with the minor pitting, I did not have any leaking issues on these stock chrome 20" wheels with the previous tires.
     

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