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Last Year of Suburban rear cargo doors?

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by rtc, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. rtc

    rtc New Member

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    when was the last year rear cargo doors were available? (Why they did it i'll never understand!!)

    Thanks!
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  2. Skarch

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    I assume you mean the barn doors? I'm not for sure on this, but I think the 1999 model year change ended the availability of barn doors. I don't think I have seen one newer than that with them.
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    on what...our suburban is a 2002 and we have them.
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  4. Skarch

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    And thats why I wasn't sure. I know it was a model year change that ended them, I just didn't know what generation.
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    07 model year is when they got discontinued. i tried to order one, and they said its no longer available. partly due to the blind spot in the middle and no wipers.
    i almost turned around and walked away, but after driving one i was ok with it.
    i really wanted a 3/4 ton diesel 4wd with barn doors. but ohh well.
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  6. zippy

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    Around here, we call them the "Right Kind of Doors"!
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  7. Skarch

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    They do make it so much easier to load/unload the back cavern.
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  8. IrishBrewer

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    I'm curious as to why you say they are easier than the hatch-type door which can be opened with one hand and swings up and out of the way. You don't have to worry about hitting it with the material you are loading. The only downside I can see for the hatch is in the event you have a trailer jack that sits too close to open the door but I have plenty of clearance on mine with the trailer hitched.
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    I kinda' like the barn doors also. When I want to put a tool box in it, I just lift it up and put it in. With a tailgate you lift it up, put it in,and them you have to crawl in to push it off the tailgate.

    Same story when stuffing debris in for a dump run- you have to push the branches junk in much farther on a tailgated vehicle.

    Do some Suburbans come with full length hatchbacks- if so that would be fine, but most seeem to have tailgates with the hatch.

    Charlie
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    I think starting in 2000, the did away with the tail gates and when to the full/half lift gate. You can either open just the window, or the whole gate will go up.
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    Ok, now I see the reason for the preference over the tailgaited hatches.

    I have an '02 Suburban which has the full door hatch so no tailgate. Alternatively, you can open just the window kind of like a half hatch. Most of the time I just open the full hatch.

    I just saw the barn doors on a Suburban today and it looked to be somewhere in the '02-'04 range. Looked nice but I still prefer the full hatch as it is easy to operate and you get the wiper and full rear window visibility.

    I wonder if they are starting to sell these with the auto-open (using the remote key fob) rear hatches. That would be even nicer.

    Speaking of doors, I'd like to see an option for a Suburban with sliding rear doors. When I park my Suburban in the garage or in a tight parking spot, it would be nice to have the sliders as opposed to swing doors (I have a post in a bad spot in my garage). The sliders work great in these situations but I think the automakers shy away from them for SUVs due to the minivan stigma associated with them.
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  12. esponet

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    most of the time you can't open a full hatch inside the garage with the garage door shut. half the time you can't do it wven with the garage door open. i had the clear out my tandem garage so that i can pull in the suburban more, so that i can open the hatch when the garage door is closed. never did i had hat problem with the 94.
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  13. zippy

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    I ordered the barn doors to save my back, and I'm tall and don't want to whack my head on the lifted hatch. I don't know if everyone is aware, when I ordered my ol' 'Burb I learned, the barn doors were standard and the lift gate was an extra cost option. I never saw a dealer ordered 'Burb with bard doors, all the ones I saw on the lots had the extra cost doors. I don't know if that's still the case; but if you wonder why they were discontinued, just follow the money trail: The barn doors didn't sell well because the dealers ordered the optional ones.
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  14. rtc

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    after further investigation

    i'm coming to the conclusion....2004 was the last year (silly GM folks!)
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    My friend seems to like the tailgate option the most. I prefer the barn doors, but to think of it, tailgating or hauling loads a truck like tailgate would be convenient, especially if you come across anything longer than 8feet to haul.
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    Hmmmm

    well... i think i'm going to go out and buy/try one with a lift door..it will be the first time i've ever had anything but barn doors. might be good with rain but i'm still not sure how i'll be able to climb up to the roof
    with the lift door (i walk on the roof a lot) any suggestions?
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