i find it amusing that i posted this in the section for the 07-14 models. specifically said that i was looking at 2011/2012 models (tho i will likely expand that to include 2010 models), and that i was looking at the 5.3 engine.......
and yet every comment has been a variation of "you should go for an older model!" "you should go for the big engine!"
and that one video that was posted with mr super negativity saying how "THIS WILL BREAK"!.... of course things will break. these are old trucks! I would hope that anyone buying any of these trucks is going in with their eyes open and knows that they will have to be either doing the repairs or paying for them. it is inevitable and just part of the process.
For what its worth, I much much prefer the NNBS style of body. I am very comfortable with the 5.3 engine, i have had a few of them apart over the years, and i know that the AFM stupidity will eventually bite me. no problem. it aint nothin that cant be fixed. its just a dumb design decision. so be it.
the 6.2 engine would be cool, but not a single one of the Tahoe's i have looked at this far have one. I am not going to increase my budget just for the extra displacement. I do a little towing, but its nothing that the 5.3 i already drive cant handle, and the 6l80e has an even lower 1st gear.
what i probably didnt state with any decent clarity is what i am actually looking for: input on what to expect in the transmission / transfer case department.
Should I plan on taking a new-to-me tahoe straight to the trans guy and getting it rebuilt? the trucks i have so far looked at, none have specified any work that has been done on the trans. so i have to assume its factory original. That implies repairs incoming right?
and what about the Transfer case? I have never had a 4x4 before, how durable is that transfer case? Should that extra maintenance prompt me to stick with a RWD model?
of the entire truck, the only thing that i am not fully prepared to tackle myself is the transmission or any extensive body work. All the rest of the things can be managed, and since i plan to run this truck out to at least 500,000 miles i expect to be doing a lot of fixing over the next few years. That is still better than buying a newer Tahoe with fold flat seats that waste valuable cargo and tools space. or that HIDEOUS thing that has been labelled the 2022 Tahoe. What a pig.