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Pros: 4x4 on the fly!
Cons: Lack of remote hatch release
Advice: Strongly consider LS loaded over the LT. Same engine and ride but lower price tag.After owning a 99 blazer, I feel as if I took a giant leap up in the Trailblazer. I considered the LTZ, but after reviewing the options and comps., I found the loaded LS is the best buy for the money. Suspension and engine are standard on all models so the upgrades are really just personal preference options. I found that what you get in the LT and LTZ as options are over-priced in comparison to other SUV's. (Personal opinion) It has a great feel and ride and plenty of room inside. I have the loaded LS and added running boards. I am completely satisfied. The ride is incomparable to other SUV’s I have driven. It even rides better then some cars I’ve been in. A great SUV!!
Pros: Perfect suspension, swift and precise steering, powerful and gas-merciful engine.
Cons: The darn 'CHANGE ENGINE OIL' warning noone seems able to fix ...
Advice: For the everyday, comfortable and relaxed life, this is the way to go. Fits a modest budget. :)We were car shopping for mom's b/day, and came across this Impala. Fell in love with it from moment 1. Runs and drives silky like a dream, corners like no other. Smooth gear shifting, sufficient stop-and-go horsepower. The only problem we had with it is a computer warning light 'CHANGE ENGINE OIL' that keeps coming on. We had the on-board computer reset once at 11,000 miles, and the problem was fixed. Then it recently started warning again, at 21,000 miles, even though the oil was just changed. The techs at dealership reset it again, but a day later the warning was back on. So far this is the only problem, and a minor and neglijible one. The rest of the car - a job well done by GM. We own 3 other Fords, and, besides being gasers for 4 and 6 cylinder cars, they truly and sadly live by their name: F(ix) O(r) R(epair) D(aily).
Pros: The TRUNK!
Cons: No curtain airbags or headrests and 3 point seatbelts at all seating areas.
Advice: Gas tank is 31 gallons on the 5.3l but the gas doesn't last long, so buy only the engine/tranny size that you will really require.We bought the 2002 Suburban 1500 4WD two weeks ago and couldn't be happier with the truck. It rides smoothly, and quietly. The interior is well finished off and the controls are easy to use and stereo is powerful. It hugs the road when cornering or braking. I highly recommend the auto ride feature. She towed a 3,500 lb. boat and trailer last week and we couldn't tell it was towing at all! The 3rd row seat is easier to get to than in previous models because the passenger side middle seat slides forward. I am 5'3' and the running boards are a must for ease of entry. The rear is very spacious. A friend of mine owns an Expedition and with the 3rd row seat in place, it can't fit two beach chairs, baseball & track & riding equipment bags (typical 3 children gear) in it. Time will tell whether it holds together like a Toyota or Honda, but we are hopeful!
Pros: Mid Gate
Advice: Order a Z66 & Get the seat warmer options. Great for the cold mornings.Fell in love with The Avalanche from day one. Rides better and quieter than any vehicle I have owned. Handles great - fits in the same area of the garage that the old Silverado did. Chevy did its homework on this one. Great vehicle!
Pros: Engine. 270 hp
Cons: Rear lift gate hard to close.
Advice: Pay for what you want because you earned the money.Look at the options wanted then the ones needed and this model seems well equiped. I have option group 3 which added keyless entry and cruise control. Chevrolet could come off a couple dollars and make these standard but I bought one anyways. Nice feel for a 4600 lb vehicle. Good acceleration. Traded in a sport sedan (Grand Prix GTP). Needed the room for the baby on the way. You do have to get used to the seatbelts that come from the seat. Look: 4 airbags for safety, 2 front and 2 front side w/ 4 wheel discs and ABS.
Pros: engine power
Advice: engine power like v 8 engineEXCELLENT DRIVING AND HANDLING CONTROL. LOTS OF ENGINE POWER
Pros: High performance combined with excellent fuel economy.
Cons: Being a 2 door they are sometimes a bit awkward.
Advice: Shop the internet to find what you truly want.My 2001 Z-28 coupe is a great auto. I shopped all over the southwest for a low content vehicle, so it took a while to find what I wanted. The manual shift trans (a no-cost option to the automatic) nets a 3.42 rear axle instead of a 2.73. I'm getting 19.5 mpg in town and 6 gears (top 2 are overdriven) is great for hiway use. GM has a great websight to assist an individual in locating cars nationwide. My experience was very positive.