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    Default 2000 and newer v. 99 and older

    Folks, I am searching a suburban.
    This might be difficult or many opinions, but what are the main differences between 2000 and newer v. 99 and older.

    Engine issues/performance?


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    I love my 99, but it will depend on your preferences and use.

    I have a bunch of kids, and pull the trailer, tools, stumps, etc. for the entire family! I searched for a year and a half for vinyl floors, crank windows, manual seats - less to break, cheaper to maintain, harder to find.

    I would say that you will have better luck finding a cushy SUV, rather than a big ol' truck, but again it depends what you're using it for.

    Good luck,

    1999 Chevy K2500 Suburban 350
    K&N, reworked cai, Thrush cat-backs
    Vinyl, cranks, floor shift, and rear air!

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    Red Wing, Minnesota, United States


    well the ride will be better in the 2000 and newer as they switched to a rear coil spring i believe and a link setup. some of them also have air ride options as well. as far as comfort options you will be able to get a factory sunroof in the newer ones and the rear factory DVD. Other then that i feel the interior comfort is the same. And of course the 5.3 gets better mpg and more power then the 5.7. Not sure on the difference of cost in repairs. as for the looks i like the 99 better. I would like to get something newer but i dont care for all the plastic exterior
    99 K1500 Suburban LT "THE BEAST"
    Hypertech III, K&N, true dual

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    i have a 95 k2500 and i agree the ride could be a little more smoother but when it comes to hauling toys there is nothing like a 7.4 454 to pull all those heavy things up the side of a mountain ;)

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    Mar 2006
    Sunny Florida


    I like older more boxy style!

    We have a 96 Suburban and a 97 Yukon and its funny what a year can make as far as differences go

    The 97 has a different steering setup and turns alot sharper than the 96 which makes it easier to park
    The 96 has a bit better gas mileage due to computer tuning
    Spare tire location!

    I looked at the newer models but the older ones were in better shape and just had a more classic look the newer have alot of plastic that I didnt care for.

    Parts are so easy to find and reasonable compared to other vehicles I own a huge +

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    The newer Burbs do have better brakes, as I believe it is full disc brakes all the way around. Upgraded brakes have more options on the newer Burbs as well.

    I like the 99 and older, because they are more truck like. I believe the 2000+ have lift gates in the rear, while 99 and older retain the barn yard doors, which I kind of like.

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