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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: 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: The ride and cruse control
Cons: nothing. I have found nothing I do not like.
Advice: Find a dealership that puts the customer firstThis vehicle handles surprizingly well for an SUV. I drove my daughters 98 model on an 800 miles round trip and fell in love with it's ride. I purchased a 2002 and my wife fell in love with it. Prior to this, we owned a Saturn SL2. This vehicle rides like a Cadalac and the 4.3 V6 engine is known for its reliability if maintain properly.
Pros: The memory settings
Cons: not having a cassett recorder as standard with a CD.
Advice: LTZ has a lot of nice features that are standard, but this makes the LTZ more expensiveOwning another Blazer (2000) allows me to make comparsions daily. I must say there is no comparsion. The 2002 Trailblazer has more car like features and handling and really does not feel like you are driving a truck. The only negative I could come up with was the pricing is higher then I first expected. Since this was a replacement for the Blazer the increase should have been lower. I would suggest GM review the pricing on the Trailblazer and reduce the MSRP for and LTZ to about $32,000. Then as you add some of the features like moon roof and Limited slip you would have a MSRP of about $34,000 and not the $36,000 Plus these come in at.
Pros: Memory Seating
Cons: The plastic flimsy bumbers
Advice: Test drive it.........Very smooth driving. Is sluggish off the line but pulls through once the RPM's are up. Very good handling.
Pros: Driver's Information Digital readout on instrument panel
Cons: The steering is a little loose right in the center position but it's not a problem once you get used to it. This is my first SUV/truck which is probaly why I noticed this.has a little null area at the center
Advice: Buy the side running boards. I highly recommend you give this SUV a test drive and see for yourself how great a SUV this is.I have a little over 3,000 miles driving on both city streets and highways. The ride is very comfortable on both city streets and highways. I was impressed how nice it takes bumps and irregular pavement on city streets. It drives like a premium car. It's hard to believe it is a SUV. For a mid-size SUV it is very easy to wash. I recommend you get side running boards which make it easier to get in and to reach the topside of the vehicle. It has fantastic engine acceleration and power. My gas mileage does average out to be 14 MPG in stop-and-go city driving; it gets 20-24 MPG on the highway. The worst gas mileage I've had while highway driving is about 20 MPG due to driving through hilly and semi-mountainous areas. I highly recommend you go and test drive the vehicle to find out for yourself how great a SUV this is. I am very happy with my Trail Blazer LTZ purchase. I get many compliments on it's good looks.