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Hopefully I'll be able to review a 2008 Chevy Suburban pretty soon. Anyone seen one yet?
 

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I just bought one last last week (Tuesday).
The 2008 Sub is a beautiful vehicle. It has the same smooth lines that the 2007's introduced. Here are some differences I noticed.
1. New colors. I bought the Blue Granite Metallic. This replaces the bermuda blue from 2007.
2. Side curtain airbags are now standard.
3. The instrument faces looked different than the 2007 Sub I test drove also.
4. Onstar package includes Directions and connections plan

This is what I purchased:
2008 Sub Blue Granite Metallic. LT2 package with Ebony leather. 3 pass 3rd row bench, Dealer added GM headrest DVD players (2), Dealer added GM sunroof.

I couldn't be more happy with the combination. It was a good combo of nice options without spending a bucket load of money. The interior of the sub was IMO superior to the 2007 Expedition EL I was also considering. The power of the engine was also better as well as the smooth ride.
I test drove an 07 with the Z95 suspension package. The Z95 was a stiffer ride with a little bit more wheel noise. The 08 burb with standard suspension is as quiet as a church mouse.
My dealer was great to work with. I got the truck for invoice and they even honored the GM 1000 cash back offered on 08 Yukon XL's (For some reason, GM offers the cash on the Yukon XL's but not the subs. They are about the same vehicle!).

One thing I noticed is how hard Onstar tries to push you into buying minutes when you activate the service. I just added the cell phone feature to my verizon plan for 10 bucks / month more and never have to worry about buying minutes. I recommend this if you want to talk in the vehicle.

My recommendation....BUY ONE!
 

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I just bought one last last week (Tuesday).
The 2008 Sub is a beautiful vehicle. It has the same smooth lines that the 2007's introduced. Here are some differences I noticed.
1. New colors. I bought the Blue Granite Metallic. This replaces the bermuda blue from 2007.
2. Side curtain airbags are now standard.
3. The instrument faces looked different than the 2007 Sub I test drove also.
4. Onstar package includes Directions and connections plan

This is what I purchased:
2008 Sub Blue Granite Metallic. LT2 package with Ebony leather. 3 pass 3rd row bench, Dealer added GM headrest DVD players (2), Dealer added GM sunroof.

I couldn't be more happy with the combination. It was a good combo of nice options without spending a bucket load of money. The interior of the sub was IMO superior to the 2007 Expedition EL I was also considering. The power of the engine was also better as well as the smooth ride.
I test drove an 07 with the Z95 suspension package. The Z95 was a stiffer ride with a little bit more wheel noise. The 08 burb with standard suspension is as quiet as a church mouse.
My dealer was great to work with. I got the truck for invoice and they even honored the GM 1000 cash back offered on 08 Yukon XL's (For some reason, GM offers the cash on the Yukon XL's but not the subs. They are about the same vehicle!).

One thing I noticed is how hard Onstar tries to push you into buying minutes when you activate the service. I just added the cell phone feature to my verizon plan for 10 bucks / month more and never have to worry about buying minutes. I recommend this if you want to talk in the vehicle.

My recommendation....BUY ONE!
Congrats on the truck. The GMT-900s are definitely ahead of the rest of the SUV/truck pack.

Got any pics?
 

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Good report! I have been a quite a few 2007s and only one 2008. The instrument panel appears to have a different face, and it's easier to read when going down the road w/o having to turn the lights on, something to do with shadows and what not on the gauges.

I got to drive a 2007 Yukon XL Denali (I posted a review on here) and it's built on the same platform, but I'd love to get into a 2008 to see what's new.

I agree about the on-star. I was not aware you could get your cell phone service added to that for $10, it's great to be able to use the hands-free, but I wouldn't want to use the service all the time.
 

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Looks great. Love that look.
 

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Thanks. I never get to drive. The wife takes is all the time!!
I really liked how the colors worked together. We were looking for something different from the usual White, black and silver. (Mind you, those colors do look nice!!!!)
 

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I just bought one last last week (Tuesday).
The 2008 Sub is a beautiful vehicle. It has the same smooth lines that the 2007's introduced. Here are some differences I noticed.
1. New colors. I bought the Blue Granite Metallic. This replaces the bermuda blue from 2007.
2. Side curtain airbags are now standard.
3. The instrument faces looked different than the 2007 Sub I test drove also.
4. Onstar package includes Directions and connections plan

This is what I purchased:
2008 Sub Blue Granite Metallic. LT2 package with Ebony leather. 3 pass 3rd row bench, Dealer added GM headrest DVD players (2), Dealer added GM sunroof.

I couldn't be more happy with the combination. It was a good combo of nice options without spending a bucket load of money. The interior of the sub was IMO superior to the 2007 Expedition EL I was also considering. The power of the engine was also better as well as the smooth ride.
I test drove an 07 with the Z95 suspension package. The Z95 was a stiffer ride with a little bit more wheel noise. The 08 burb with standard suspension is as quiet as a church mouse.
My dealer was great to work with. I got the truck for invoice and they even honored the GM 1000 cash back offered on 08 Yukon XL's (For some reason, GM offers the cash on the Yukon XL's but not the subs. They are about the same vehicle!).

One thing I noticed is how hard Onstar tries to push you into buying minutes when you activate the service. I just added the cell phone feature to my verizon plan for 10 bucks / month more and never have to worry about buying minutes. I recommend this if you want to talk in the vehicle.

My recommendation....BUY ONE!
I will as soon as I win the lotto! Sweet ride. Did you opt for 4wd? Victorville has some great places to go 4wheeling.
 

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There are some great places to go 4X4ing. I chose not to go with 4WD due to the gas mileage difference. I think my wife would have a coronary if I ever took her baby off the road. Heck, she winces when we go to my mothers house which is on a dirt road! Yep a lotto would help. I was lucky to pay for this all at once. I could never afford the 820/month payment.

I'll keep this updated as I discover more fun stuff about my wife's baby!

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Mileage update:
Wife went L.A to Phoenix with city and highway driving. Computer says 17MPG average!
 

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GODDAM they have turned the original workhorse into the wimp/yuppie mobile.

Sorry to those that like this but can I order this with the rubber mats instead of deep pile carpeting?

Or none of this technology?

I really don’t need OnStar, or 17 cup holders.

Don’t need the navigation system, I can read a map. I have driven for the last 40 years half way across the country.

So my question is can I buy this stripped down version for people like us that need a real workhorse like they used to be?

Sorry if I hurt anyones feelings, but I need a truck that is a truck not some over optioned station wagon.
 

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GODDAM they have turned the original workhorse into the wimp/yuppie mobile.

Sorry to those that like this but can I order this with the rubber mats instead of deep pile carpeting?

Or none of this technology?

I really don’t need OnStar, or 17 cup holders.

Don’t need the navigation system, I can read a map. I have driven for the last 40 years half way across the country.

So my question is can I buy this stripped down version for people like us that need a real workhorse like they used to be?

Sorry if I hurt anyones feelings, but I need a truck that is a truck not some over optioned station wagon.

AMEN brother! The Suburban has had a steady decline since the mid 90s.Somwhere around 2006, the Suburban, and all other Chevy trucks turned into the wussiest vehicles in the world, not to mention ugly as can be. I had what they have done to the nice sharp "boxy" lines. The boxyness made it a lot meaner looking, like it was an 18-wheeler that was going to eat your car for breakfast. Now what do we have? The wimp truck that says "please don't hurt me" to a shopping cart? Ugh..:fighting0019:
 

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From what I saw online on the option codes, You can order them with a fleet designation which you can remove Onstar and Backup assist from their respective packages. If you really need the hauling capacity, a 2500HD or 3500 would be more appropriate. The sub fills a current market niche. 7+ passengers, cargo room and good tow capability. There are lots of toys one can get on these vehicles. One can spend well over 50K if they really max it out. Or they can pony up 68K for an escalade. I'm pretty happy with the blend / price I got on mine.

(Yes Rubber mats are available)
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GODDAM they have turned the original workhorse into the wimp/yuppie mobile.

Sorry to those that like this but can I order this with the rubber mats instead of deep pile carpeting?

Or none of this technology?

I really don’t need OnStar, or 17 cup holders.

Don’t need the navigation system, I can read a map. I have driven for the last 40 years half way across the country.

So my question is can I buy this stripped down version for people like us that need a real workhorse like they used to be?

Sorry if I hurt anyones feelings, but I need a truck that is a truck not some over optioned station wagon.

HA HA HA HA HA did I tell you I luv this guy. Say it like it is Steve.
"Yuppie mobile" thats some good stuff right there...My sides are hurting now
 

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Great truck dude! Have fun with it!
Thanks!!!! :party:
I am amazed on how they are able to get the gas mileage up so much without sacrificing power.
I can remember my dad having a brand spanking new 1982 Sub 3/4 ton with the 454 engine. Man, you just look at the gas pedal and the gauge would go down a few inches. That was a fun truck. I find mine rides a heck of a lot more smoothly. I'm glad they have made some improvements. Of course he only paid 21K for his. Mine was 44K!!!!!:gasp:
 

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Nothing every stays the same, everything changes. The burban isn't any different in that regard. I would have never treated a new burban like I treated my old one, or my old jeep or any other vehicle I owned.

Personally, I would rather NOT have onstar on my vehicle, I would never use it. But after using the built-in navigation system, I would rather never go back to just using a map only. Oh, and back-up assist is pretty cool...love to have that.
 

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Ok, my thoughts...first, it is waaaay out of my price range. Second, it is ugly as all the new chevys...don't like the mini vans either, or the HHRs....I know, it's only my opinion and it is fine that others like it...that's why they make different types of vehicles!

Ok, now a question that has been plaguing me. nowlaj, did you ever drive or own any of the older versions of suburban? It seemed to me that the 88-99 versions rules the road until the Excursion came along, which was bigger and hauled more. Then with the NBS, we got better hauling capacity; but I'm not sure on the interior space. Now, the newest variety appears to be shorter and lower...more car like. I have to agree with 84fiero123 on this...it was nice driving the suburban because of the intimidation factor. I didn't think my wife was gonna give mine back when we had her montana in the shop for a week!!!
 

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And what is it with these plastic bumpers on trucks now?

Nothing against the trucks with them, but have you ever seen what is under those?

Used to be a plastic honey comb type absorbing material.

Now some, I’m not saying the Burbs have this, but some vehicles has a peace of Styrofoam behind the plastic fascia. So if you are in a collision, even though it doesn’t look like there is any damage. You have to replace the underneath Styrofoam.

So pay attention with those plastic bumpers it you bump into something at even low speeds.

Give me a steel bumper any day on a truck.
 
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