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I just traded my 01' 3/4 ton for my new 07 3/4 ton. The new rig does not have the large motor and it feels like it (GM in it's infinite wisdom only offers one motor for the 3/4 ton). The vehicle itself is O.K. but there is just not enough power. My V6 Toyota 4-Runner will out tow the Suburban.

My real problem is when it gets hot and I am towing. From off the line- the Suburban will barely go with my foot pushed to the floor. I know the computer changes everything when the motor gets to a cetain point but this is ridiculous. Any suggestions?
 

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what kind of engine the 5.3L is it not? Its really hard to believe its got no power considering my 07 Silverado with the 4.3 v6 pulled a trailer with the trailer brakes on, and a parked old heavy car with its brake on. with the touch of the pedal, not at the same time obviously.
 

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Only one motor avaialble for 3/5 ton on 07'

GM only offers the 6.0 liter V8 on the 3/4 ton Suburbans for 07'. I now have this rig into the shop. It has 15K miles on it.
Yesterday evening while towing my boat I was blowing a stream of sparks out of the exhaust. I think the catalytic converter is messed up. Also, my AC compressor quit working last night.

As musch as I hate to say It I am considering dumping this vehicle already and replacing it with a Toyota Sequoia. It is at the dealer right now and I am giving it one last chance.
 

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well that dont sound good hope you get the fixed the 6.0 should have lots of power to do any thing you could ever need so unless your boat is a 75 foot yacht that sould not happen so good luck
 

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well that dont sound good hope you get the fixed the 6.0 should have lots of power to do any thing you could ever need so unless your boat is a 75 foot yacht that sould not happen so good luck
I will report back when I hear from the dealer next week. My old Suburban would arguably out tow my turbo diesel 3/4 ton pickup so you can understand why I am so dissapointed.
 

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I'm disappointed for you as well. That stinks that you're in the shop for something major like that after only 15k. From what I've been reading the quality of the 07's has been pretty good actually.
 

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my 06 has a 4.3 it will pull a 4300dt intl with a 30 ft trailer behingd that stuck in the mud ( due to recent texas rains) i was impressed by that. Your 6.0 should run circles around my 195 hp slowpoke :lol:
 

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no issue found at the dealer

I got a new AC compressor as mine froze up but the dealer found nothing else wrong. When it is hot out the computer retards this motor down to almost nothing and it will barely move when towing. Otherwise it has been O.K.
Overall, I would rather have my old 01' Suburban back as it seemed to be more of a truck than this new one.

I'm gonna pull my boat up a steep hill in a couple of days and see if I can make the Suburban blow sparks and smell like it is on fire again. Maybe I can seize it or burn it up & start over.
Reports to follow.
 

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I’m not saying the engine is a powerhouse, haven’t driven a diesel in years. But the older ones I had driven, even that waste product 350 diesel they made in the 80’s, you know the gas engine reworked to a diesel. Had balls enough to pull just about anything you could hitch to it.

No diesels have the take off acceleration of any of the gas engines, they do have torc (SP) enough to pull redwoods out of the ground though.

I do think your engine has some problems from what you have said, sparks coming out of the tail pipe are never a good sign in any vehicle. Who made the engine? I know years ago when I drove the big rigs one of the best engines you could get was a Detroit diesel.

Dealers that do not do a lot of diesel work may not even have techs that are qualified to work or even look at a diesel engine. Is it possible that is part of the problem.

Ask the dealer to see the techs certs. If they have no one diesel certified you may want to find another dealer. Diesels are not gas engines, they are a completely different animal.

What I would recommend is to stop at one of the local LARGE truck stops that has a service area. Talk to one of the techs there about you problems. They are more than qualified to give you an honest opinion of your engine.

Me I don’t know a dam thing about diesels except that acceleration wise they will never compete with a gas engine of any manufacturer.
 

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Your motor is the 6.0 gasoline motor,right?Try 93 octane

Geet,your motor is the 6.0 gasoline motor,correct? A mechanic buddy of mine has a tiny(ha,ha) 5.3 motor in a 2006 Suburban,and he says it will tow his 8000 lb slide out trailer-no problem(yes,I think this is well over the wt it is supposed to handle for a 1/2 ton Suburban).
There is something wrong with that motor other than being retarded to preven knock.Try it with 93 octane, if the retarding is causing the problem, it should feel like a beast with 93 octane. I just can't believe that the motor/ECM will castrate itself just because it is 110 or so outside(Phoenix,Tuscon,Las Vegas-worst temps in the USA).

Try 93 octane-let us know.
Luck,
Charlie
 

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go for it

As musch as I hate to say It I am considering dumping this vehicle already and replacing it with a Toyota Sequoia. It is at the dealer right now and I am giving it one last chance.
do it. get rid of pos and buy decent car instead. toyota or nissan. craigslist will get you some good deals. unless you are jingo patriotic and don't buy imports out of principle. sorry then. i had blissful years of not having a single domestic in the stable, and now, having 2000 silverado, best possible upgrades and all that for the year - what a junk is it! i'll just sit tight till
2009, when honda will release v6 diesel for ridgeline, and buy that.
 

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Yes-Gas

Yes this is a gas motor. GM in their brilliance does not offer the diesel in their Suburbans. This new Suburban is O.K. other than when it gets hot out and the electronics retard the motor. It literally will almost not pull off the line when it gets a little hot.
(I had just mentioned that my old Suburban with the 8.1 liter motor would arguably out tow my diesel pickup).
 

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Going Backward with the Sequoia

I think you'll be disappointed going from a Suburban to a Sequoia. We had a Sequoia for 5 years -- great car as far as dependability goes, but that 4.7L V8 is rated to pull just 6,500 pounds (and I think that's a generous.) We traded it for an Avalanche 6.0L with 4.10, probably the same powertrain as your Suburban, 4L70E transmission, etc. I know what you mean when you say that this engine doesn't have the responsiveness that you'd hope for in a 6.OL. But once it gets going, it DOES have a lot more torque than the Sequoia 4.7L -- there is no question about that. Our Avalanche pulls our 6,000 lb trailer far, far better than the Sequoia ever could; it is like night and day. I hope you can work through the issues with the Suburban - I really think you're better off.

Bob
 
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