Tahoe/Denali years to Avoid?

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Kev7274

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Looking for a Tahoe LTZ 4WD or a Denali 4WD and wanted to see what years I should Avoid while looking.
 

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Hey Kev, welcome back. Looks like you went into hibernation since 2019 when looking back then. Are you shopping for a replacement or finally getting to the task at hand?

The Denali will be AWD until 2009 no matter what.
In 09 the Denali offered 2WD or AWD.
The Denali is a almost a debadged Escalade and loaded.
Every Denali has the 385hp 6.2L. In 09 it went to 405hp, In 2010 they added the AFM or cylinder deactivation.


The Tahoe has the 2WD 4WD option and a one year only option in 2009 of the L9H or 6.2L.

If I had to go Tahoe or standard wheel base Denali I'd make my own 4WD Denali. I'd purchase an 09 Denali to get the L9H w/ non AFM 405 hp motor. It would be loaded in Denali trim. Change the front diff and add the selector to the dash to make it 4WD. Try to find one that has one of the premium colors as the clear coat tends to stay intact.
 

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Looking for a Tahoe LTZ 4WD or a Denali 4WD and wanted to see what years I should Avoid while looking.
2012 to 2014 have all the updates like Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Improved Navigation and Voice Commands, improved cruise control and towing modes, etc.

All of the vehicles in these years have AFM which also has all the latest updates and improvements.

@Big Mama has a well cared for 2007 Denali that he may part with soon.

The Denalis and Escalades were not 4x4s they are full time AWD or RWD in this generation.

I prefer the longer wheelbase trucks for the space and improved ride.
 

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