Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quickie Used Car Review - Chevrolet Suburban (2007-2015)

2007-2015 Chevrolet Suburban

The Good: Oodles of space inside, smooth ride

The Bad: Size and fuel consumption isn't great

The Say: It gives you more space and presence, but not the practical choice.

Go For: 4x2

Price Range: P1,350,000-P1,800,000
Our Rating: ***

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Vehicle Overview
Dating back 1935, the Chevrolet Suburban is the longest - we mean it literally - vehicle nameplate in the US and one of the longest vehicles that your money can buy. Units sold Stateside can be optioned to seat nine people and they're mostly used to haul and tow.

With this vehicle exported in several markets (including our archipelago), its hulking size means attention which warrants one. When it comes to driving this vehicle, its length may turn some people off since maneuvering is difficult but at least ride quality and braking are improved than before. The standard 5.3 gasoline engine does its job well especially that half of its cylinders get shut off when driving slow and all are utilized at full speed.

All passengers seat facing front and seven people can hop in, as opposed to the USDM's maximum of nine. While interior quality is better than before, some cheap touches remain inside.

What Should I Get
Both 2WD and 4WD models are available and they get these items: a 326hp 5.3, six airbags, ABS brakes, stability control with roll avoidance, rear parking assist, rear camera, tire pressure monitor, immobilizer, daytime running lamps, fog lamps, towing kit, roof rails, power front seats, leather upholstery, cruise control, power liftgate, DVD player with wireless headphones, alarm, keyless entry, and speed sensing door locks. The difference for 4WD is they get fender flares to distinguish from their lower models. An update in 2010 had the automatic transmission use six forward gears than the older model's four.

How Much Would It Cost Me
We all know that this SUV is powered by a hulking V8 gasoline engine, which means that fuel consumption is poor than a comparable diesel one, even with the fuel cylinder management. Parts availability, when compared to mass market American vehicles, is on the low side which means going to a parts specialist or importing are best bets. Problem points include electric gadgets and the transmission that tends to lock in a certain gear.

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