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2005 Chevy Suburban: A Lot of Bang for your Buck
My 2005 Chevy Suburban is one of my favorite vehicles I've ever owned, and I've owned a bunch. I purchased it primarily to take the dogs to the groomer and the kids and their friends on road trips. As a �people mover� it is unparalleled. It potentially seats eight, but for longer trips with bigger people you'll probably want to keep it to six. That being said, there are a number of possible seating configurations. The middle bench seat is split and folds into the floor. The back bench seat is removable. The cargo space in the vehicle is spacious, even when you have six passengers and a long trip. Entertainment system is good, and multiple climate zones let almost everybody be the temperature they want. The front seating is very spacious and comfortable, and the dash and instrument panel is attractive and convenient.
As in any vehicle this age there are a number of little �glitches.� The instrument cluster on this vehicles is prone to shorts, so I use a dash mounted speedometer app on my phone. One of the electric windows has come off track and needs to be repaired, and the heater is on the fritz at the moment. But it�s a 15 year old vehicle. It was a fantastic deal, and it drives like brand new.
You would think a vehicle of this size would feel cumbersome, but it is surprisingly nimble and handles like a much smaller vehicle.
Passengers? Cargo? No problem
The 2005 Chevy Suburban is the best vehicle I've ever owned. It can fit a full 4x8 sheet of plywood when the third row is removed, has plenty of cargo space, the 5.3 engine is very capable. It tows nicely, has great reliability, is very comfortable. The cabin temperature regulator is the only problem I've had, it will occasionally default to full hot. Turning the climate control off and on again is the fix until faulty components can be replaced. Parking is a challenge naturally but the vehicle will still fit within the height requirements for almost any city Parking garage. I tow a small cargo trailer with ease. The brakes are adequate but not impressive. You need to leave extra room when towing. The gas mileage is poor of course, but the versatility to carry 8 people and all their bags, or remove the 3rd row, fold down the second row and use it like a cargo van is just fantastic. I have never needed to rent a pickup truck yet for any home improvement project or purchase. The car runs smoothly, does not overheat, is very nice on long trips, sits high enough for good forward vision, It does benefit from an aftermarket rear view camera due to its size. I love this vehicle.
Great, truck, space to take the whole family, dog, gear for sports and hobbies.
Amazing family truck. There is room for 8, plus everyone's gear and hobby stuff. I wish it did not have carpet, with kids, mountains, lakes, beach's, it is hard to clean. Feel safe, controls and handles nicely. I wish it had more hidden compartments like the new van, maybe a cooler or just storage. It is a amazing truck and I brag about the space all the time. We are running at 293, 000 miles and still going strong. Some electronics are starting to fail. I will be buying another sub in the future. It has been comfortable and reliable since we purchased it in 2007 with 200 miles, I would purchase it again. Feel safe on highway no matter the weather it gets me where I want to go. Sunshine rain, ice, snow. I did not like the first set of tires it came with they planed in the rain and even with the 4 x4 it still was slick I would not like these tire again. With the tires I have purchased over the years, better quality, and traction. Thank you Chev for getting my family where it needs to go. I can not ride in a low to the ground car, I feel very unsafe.