Buying a Xukon XL

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by FinnishTruck, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. FinnishTruck

    FinnishTruck New Member

    i would really love the chevy avalanche, but it would have to be the 8,1 engine. looks like there are no 2500 models made with other engines.

    back to the yukon xl, here is a link to the swedish site:

    the third row seat is removed and that safety net is installed because of the regulations.. and that ridicolous rear bumber too
  2. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Looks very nice and clean.. I did know someone selling a clean 2500 Avalanche But I think he is keeping it now.. There are some for sale around here Not sure about shipping them over..
  3. FinnishTruck

    FinnishTruck New Member

    can't believe this, i really bought tickets to the ferry etc so i can buy the car and bring it home :)

    Mr Enkeiavalanche, it would be cool to import a car to finland from USA but there are some cons:

    -shipping costs about 1500 euros and takes about two months
    -all necessary modification (euro-headlights, brakes, metallic gargo safety net etc etc) with paperwork may cost 2000euros
    - i heard that many of the sandy-flooded cars are moved across USA and auctioned without mentioning their past.

    but i would love hear some advises. what i should check when i go to see the car?
    like i said, it has rolled 190k miles..
  4. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    So are you not aloud to have a third row there? Can you move the net back and put the third row in? Essentially you have a 4 seat vehicle with an enclosed truck bed. I would check for the normal things, oil leaks, burnt smelling trans fluid. When you drive it, put in 4x4 and listen to the front end while driving straight. If it is really loud then there may be an issue there. The front differentials in these can have issues. I have seen some go bad at 100k miles and I have seen some that have 250k miles and never had an issue. I have an 05 yukon xl 1500 with 138,000 miles on it. I just replaced the front differential, alternator, tensioner and idler pullys, and power steering pump. But, that is because I can not stand any kind of belt noise
  5. FinnishTruck

    FinnishTruck New Member

    yea i can move the net but i need a bigger gargo space...

    does the 6,0 vortec have same kind of awful oil leak problems like the 6,5td?
  6. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I have a friend with a 6.0 in his 2500 silverado. he has 250,000 miles and no major oil leaks
  7. FinnishTruck

    FinnishTruck New Member

    Mr Pikey i see that you have a 2005 yukon xl, could you share some good and bad experiences?
  8. 1953bowtieguy

    1953bowtieguy Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    Looks like a nice suburban, i like the bull bar on the front. What you using it for?
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I have only had my 2005 yukon xl for about 5 months now. I had a 2003 yukon xl totaled before that. The 03 and 05 were good trucks for me. I learned a lot about them over then last year while replacing parts. For example if the truck has autoride(air ride) then it is very expensive to replace the shocks. Mine has "premium ride" ir turns out that when I replace the shocks I either have to put the same shocks on it ($300 each) or I can put different shocks on and replace the coil springs. But, you will not have that issue, I believe that the 2500 has leaf springs in the rear. I did replace or rebuild front differentials in both trucks at 130,000 miles. I also did alternators in both. It is not all that easy finding a new 160 amp Bosch alternator in stock near me. Other than that, I love the truck. Great amount of room for My Wife, My 2 kids, 2 large dogs, All our luggage for a week out of town, and Me. Fuel mileage is not all that bad. Considering that my wife's pontiac torrent with half the room only got 3 miles more a gallon. It tows out 3500 lb boat with no issue. Heck, when I do brick restoration I use the luggage rack as a ladder rack and load the back up with brick and bags of mortar.
  10. FinnishTruck

    FinnishTruck New Member

    i am looking for a car for everyday use. i don't do towing or hauling, i just really like these cars...

    I would really like a grille guard that guards the headlights too, it would look cool!

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    what kind of maintenance car should have? i mean, if it has rolled 190k miles, what kind of stuff should should have been replaced or checked out?

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