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Tinbadtin

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Indeed amazing info, thanks Yukon-xl!! Not sure I personally have the stomach to do it though. It scares me taking a brand new truck apart like that, especially when it involves messing with airbags and such. Big kudos to you however for having the Cahoonas to do it and paving the way for others. These posts are a goldmine and hopefully will serve as inspiration for others as well.

Meanwhile, I’ve put a deposit on a custom LS with the bench seat. The dealer says no “diesel allocation” available but not sure what that means. They are saying it will be likely 3-6 months before the truck arrives. We’ll see…
 

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Haha - thanks for the responses and the congrats (and yes, can confirm, 4 kids is a lot of work lol). You guys aren't helping though with all the mixed opinions :)

I've def been in situation Geotrash described where I would regret not getting X or Y feature/package so I tried to objectively approach the FoMo that comes with not having the top level trims. What do I really care about in daily use ? (besides bragging rights) and when it comes down it, I also agree with the other commenters that the actual driving experience is probably most important like handling, comfort, engine response, etc.

Can anyone talk to the differences in suspensions between the "Magnetic ride control", air suspension and the regular suspension in the LS? Does it really make a big difference in daily driving? If so, what does? I personally don't care too much for changing ride height and I will most likely not be towing much or at all. How much does choosing an LS compromise on the ride qualities?
I have a 21 Yukon XL Denali with the ultimate package and 3.0 duramax. I’m sure you could special order a Chevy LS with the duramax but highly doubtful any dealer stocks them cause nobody wants them. LS is barebones trim level. Even the federal govt only gets LT trim cause they are plentiful and still check the boxes for options. The 4 corner air suspension is great for load leveling and raising the vehicle when using 4x4 and it combines with the magnetic ride for a cloud like ride. I wouldn’t worry about the diesel fuel too much cause all major retailers sell the same diesel regardless what the name brand is. Sure you can avoid higher biodiesel blends but commercially available diesel is good enough. Yes add a bit of power service diesel clean in the winter months to avoid gelling but your temps need to be consistently around 10 or lower for this to be any kind of worry.
 

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Wife got a Denali XL with the baby Dmax, I did a review of it here: https://www.tahoeyukonforum.com/thr...comparing-with-ecodiesel.130478/#post-1641799

Wife is very happy with her new Denali (she likes the GM large suv's). I personally have been let down in regards to the 'luxury' side of the denali vs say the x5 we had. The biggest complaints being (1) driving experience (2) GM's 'passive entry' system is not passive at all (you need to press a button) (3) how GM handles warranty repairs (we are over a month on a cold weather drivability issue without resolution).

My summary would be.
If you are thinking you will enjoy the drive of a large GM suv like you enjoy the drive of your x7 I'd strongly recommend you drive one first. I personally wouldn't have bought a denali over either an x5/x7 or even a Grand Wagoneer.
 

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Wife got a Denali XL with the baby Dmax, I did a review of it here: https://www.tahoeyukonforum.com/thr...comparing-with-ecodiesel.130478/#post-1641799

Wife is very happy with her new Denali (she likes the GM large suv's). I personally have been let down in regards to the 'luxury' side of the denali vs say the x5 we had. The biggest complaints being (1) driving experience (2) GM's 'passive entry' system is not passive at all (you need to press a button) (3) how GM handles warranty repairs (we are over a month on a cold weather drivability issue without resolution).

My summary would be.
If you are thinking you will enjoy the drive of a large GM suv like you enjoy the drive of your x7 I'd strongly recommend you drive one first. I personally wouldn't have bought a denali over either an x5/x7 or even a Grand Wagoneer.
Then you wouldnt have a big suv either lol. They might haul 7 people, but they lack in size/storage for sure.

Thanks for your review/input tho!
 

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Then you wouldnt have a big suv either lol. They might haul 7 people, but they lack in size/storage for sure.

Thanks for your review/input tho!
I consider the Grand Wagoneer in the same size class as the yukon's as it is sized between them.
 

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I consider the Grand Wagoneer in the same size class as the yukon's as it is sized between them.
Hmmmmmm. Im not so sure the grand wagoneer is even as big as a tahoe or yukon. I have walked around them and sat inside but havnt driven one…seemed kinda small to me.
 

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