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Pros: Tons of room, very versatile.
Cons: Stupid adjustable gas pedal. It gives too little back pressure so when you hit bumps the pedal moves.
Advice: Don't buy black. Cheap Chevy black is hard to keep nice. Also on Z71 the wheel well extenders are cheap black plastic instead of being painted like Z71's in other colors.I purchased a four-wheel drive Tahoe with the Z-71 offroad package. The package is nice in that it gives the vehicle a slightly taller stance, a more off-road oriented suspension, and a more robust roof rack. The ride is very nice for a big SUV. Cornering, while not flat, is smooth and controlable. Exceleration is okay considering the weight. However, I had an '01 Tahoe and I swear it was just a bit quicker than this '03. One annoyance is the adjustable pedals they put in for short people give not back pressure. So if you hit a bump, the pedal may move up or down momentarily decreasing your ability to control the engine speed.. Breaking, for this class, is excellent. It's controllable and progressive. Anti-lock braking works very well in this vehicle. Also want to note, on my previous ('01) Tahoe, I had almost 60,000 miles on it when I traded it in and still had not had to change the brakes. Overall a competent vehicle with good build quality.
Pros: Comfort & look
Cons: Mechanical problems
Advice: Drive it & check with other ownersI have owned several GM SUV's (Suburbans) over the years and thought I would try something 'sportier' this time. I purchased the Chevrolet Tahoe (2003) in January, 2003. I like the interior of the vehicle & the ride, but have been disappointed with the performance. I have had it in the shop 4 times since January (including once within the first week!) for various problems. Although, I have to say, the dealership has been very, very good & conscientious. It has to be returned to the shop now for noises in the front end. Other problems included the a/c switch, gas gauge, battery.
Pros: Super tight turning radius. Better than my 98 Jimmy
Cons: Poor automatic shifting around 40-45 mph.
Advice: Test drive on back roads and up hills.Very smooth. Soaks up all the bumps compared to the smaller Trailblazer.
Pros: heated seats
Cons: gas milage
Advice: test drivegreat truck
Pros: Ride comfort! Feel like I am in my Lazy Boy chair!
Cons: Firestone tires!
Advice: Do your homework and you CAN get a good deal!Have had many vehicles from sedans, to sports cars, to trucks (2WD & 4WD) to SUV's and this '03 Tahoe LS tops them all. I did not even get a ton of extra's and am still impressed. It gets the same or better gas mileage then my 99 Trans AM with the 350 motor. Comfort is outstanding! I can even turn it into nearly a pickup truck with taking out 3rd row seat and laying down the 2nd row. AWESOME vehicle! The only 1 little thing is the Firestone tires have got to go. Going to Goodyear which I ALWAYS out on every vehicle.
Pros: 3 zone HVAC control / Frt air bag sensing system
Cons: Rear windows only go half way down
Advice: Don't pay the destination charges / Consider the 5.3L over 4.8LThe Tahoe was impressive! A smoothe ride and responsive. Turning radious ia unmatched to any. The interior is very comfortable even on the base model. Plenty of leg room in the front and back seats. You don't feel cramped placing three adults in the second row bench.
Pros: turning radius. huge, quality interior, smooth ride and responsive power and handling
Cons: electronic quirks
Advice: Shop around, everyone has a ton of these on there lotsFantastic turning radius for a car this big, I am 6'4 and will never again be able to drive the smaller SUV's. I owned a Nissan Pathfinder which I loved, because of the great ride, but the Tahoe blows it away. Ride quality is wonderful. Very functional, well though out controls. A few electronic quirks which need to be fixed, but other than that, I couldn't be happier. If it holds together (it is GM, so thats a big if) I can see myself keeping this thing for a long time.