Large SUV; Built in USA
  • 4-door wagon
  • 4-door wagon
  • longitudinal front-engine/rear- or 4-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $3,500 – $14,800*


2000 Chevrolet Tahoe LT


2001 Chevrolet Suburban 2500


2000 Chevrolet Tahoe interior


2000 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71


2001 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4WD

Pros:
  • Passenger and cargo room
  • Trailer-towing capacity
Cons:
  • Fuel economy
  • Rear-seat entry/exit

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Overview

In addition to redesigning its full-size sport utility vehicles for 2000, Chevrolet added new V8 engines and standard front side airbags. The Suburban and its GMC Yukon XL equivalent were GM’s largest SUVs–14.7 inches longer than the Ford Expedition, but 7.4 inches shorter than the Ford Excursion. Both the Tahoe and Suburban were 4-door wagons this year. Swing-open rear doors again were standard on both, but a liftgate with separate-opening glass replaced the drop-down tailgate as a no-cost alternative. Tahoes again came only in a half-ton series, while the Suburban was offered in both half-ton 1500 and 3/4-ton 2500 series. Available in base, LS, and LT trim, all models had V8 engines. The base Tahoe held a 275-horsepower 4.8-liter V8. Suburban 1500s and LS/LT Tahoes got a 285-hp 5.3-liter V8, while the Suburban 2500 carried a 300-hp 6.0-liter V8. No more turbodiesels were offered. An automatic transmission was standard, with GM’s Tow/Haul mode designed to optimize shift patterns when carrying heavier loads. Both models could have rear- or 4-wheel drive. 4x4s used Autotrac full-time 4WD, which could be left engaged on dry surfaces. Traction control was a new option for 2WD models. Antilock braking again was standard, but 4-wheel disc brakes were new. Suspension changes included a switch from leaf springs to rear coil springs on Tahoes and Suburban 1500s, plus newly available rear leveling. Both models had 9-passenger capacity if equipped with a front bench seat. A new Suburban option replaced the second-row bench with a pair of buckets. Maximum towing capacity was 8800 pounds for the Tahoe, and 10,500 pounds for the Suburban.

Yearly Updates

2001 Tahoe and Suburban
A sporty new Z71 off-road option package for 4x4s included wheel flares, lower body moldings, color-keyed bumpers and grille, tubular side steps, and 17-inch wheels. GM’s OnStar emergency/communication system was standard in the LT and Z71 Tahoe and Suburban, and optional in LS versions. With new aluminum cylinder heads, the 6.0-liter V8 gained 20 horsepower. An 8.1-liter V8, rated at 340 horsepower, became available for the Suburban 2500.
2002 Tahoe and Suburban
Tahoe and Suburban came standard with a host of previously optional equipment for 2002, triggering base-price increases of up to $9177. Most features of last year’s LS package were now standard, including air conditioning, power windows, power front seats, heated power mirrors, rear climate controls, CD player, and alloy wheels.
2003 Tahoe and Suburban
Chevy’s full-size SUVs gained new entertainment options along with an available antiskid system, 4-wheel steering, and adjustable pedals.
2004 Tahoe and Suburban
Standard on ’04 Tahoes and Suburbans is a tire-pressure monitor.
2005 Tahoe and Suburban
An available navigation system tops 2005 additions to Chevrolet’s large SUVs. Also, GM’s Stabilitrak antiskid system became standard for all Tahoe and 1500 models during the ’05 model year; it is not available on 2500s. Also, the Z71 off-road package is extended from 4WDs to 2WDs.
2006 Tahoe and Suburban
Some engine shuffling makes model-year 2006 news for Chevrolet’s large SUVs, which await redesigned replacements due as early 2007 models. Also new for ’06 is an upscale LTZ option package for Suburban. The 6.0-liter V8 is available for the first time in 1500 Suburbans as part of the LTZ package. The package also includes all-wheel drive, unique trim, and 20-inch chrome wheels.

Engines

longitudinal front-engine/rear- or 4-wheel drive

Base engine for Tahoes was a 4.8-liter V8, rated at 275 horsepower. A 285-hp 5.3-liter V8 went into LS/LT Tahoes and the Suburban 1500. Standard engine for the Suburban 2500 was a 300-hp 6.0-liter V8 (raised to 320 horsepower in 2001). An 8.1-liter V8 with 340 horsepower became available for Suburban 2500s in 2001. All models had a 4-speed automatic transmission. For 2006, The 6.0-liter V8 is available for the first time in 1500 Suburbans as part of the LTZ package.

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 4.8/292
Engine HP 275
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 290
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

15/20

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 5.3/325
Engine HP 285
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 325
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

14/18

12.9

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 8.1/496
Engine HP 285
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 455
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

NA

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 6.0/364
Engine HP 300-320
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 355-360
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

NA

9.8

Road Test

Tahoe/Suburban advances were mainly evolutionary, but they yielded some noticeable improvements. New V8s feel slightly smoother than the engines they replaced, but not dramatically stronger. Acceleration is adequate, aided by the smooth automatic’s astute shifting, but the 4.8-liter feels strained in towing or heavy hauling. Gas mileage is dismal. A Tahoe 4×4 with the 5.3-liter V8 averaged 12.9 mpg, while a similar Suburban got 11.5 mpg. These big SUVs don’t corner like cars, but handling is better than their size might suggest. They feel balanced in directional changes, and are fairly easy to maneuver. Steering is reasonably precise, but road feel is only adequate. At lower speeds, the speed-variable assist makes steering too light for some tastes. Biggest improvements are in ride quality and brake feel. The suspension absorbs bumps well and is sure-footed on rough pavement. Stopping power is strong, with firm, progressive pedal action. Wind rush is noticeable but not intrusive. Tire noise is low for a full-size SUV, but audible at highway speeds. The dashboard layout is logical and handy, with clear gauges and easily accessed controls. Drivers get a commanding view, while moving the spare tire beneath the rear undercarriage improved visibility and cargo space. Suburbans have ample head, shoulder, and leg room for two grownups, but leg and head clearance in the Tahoe’s third-row seat suggests children and occasional use. Entry/exit is somewhat hampered by modest back-door openings, especially on Tahoes. A Tahoe has only enough room for a single row of grocery bags behind the third row, but Suburbans are more sizable. Third-row seats fold easily, and have wheels for removal. The Suburban’s heavy bench takes two people to remove, while the Tahoe’s third row is in two sections.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD w/5.3-liter V8

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 4
40%
Fuel Economy - 2
20%
Ride Quality - 7
70%
Steering/Handling - 3
30%
Quietness - 6
60%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 7
70%
Room/Comfort Front - 9
90%
Room/Comfort Rear - 8
80%
Cargo Room - 9
90%

Other

Value - 4
40%

Total: 59

Specifications

4-door wagon
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
116.0 198.9 78.9 74.0
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
108.2 26.0 9
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
40.7 39.4 41.3 38.6
4-door wagon
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
130.0 219.3 78.8 73.3
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
138.4 33.0 9
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
40.7 39.0 41.3 39.1
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 2000 Tahoe 4-door wagon

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Front Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision 64
Injury 55
Theft 191

Trouble Spots

Air conditioner
Description: Cabin air filter dust cover screws can puncture the HVAC case causing water to leak onto floor when using air conditioner. (2000)
Climate control
Description: Low output of the rear heater in very cold weather is due to a restrictor in the T-coupling. A revised coupling is offered. (2000-01)
Oil leak
Description: An oil leak may be created by the front driveshaft hitting the oil filter on 4×4 models with the 7.4L engine. An adapter will relocate the filter. (2000)
Rough idle
Description: Debris buildup in throttle body leads to high accelerator pedal effort and/or uneven idle. Requires installation of an air bypass plug. (2000-02)
Steering noise
Description: A clunk in the steering column that is both felt and heard on rough roads or off-road can be eliminated with an improved upper-intermediate shaft. (2000-06)
Battery
Description: The battery may go dead while the car is parked due to the fuel pump running with the key off due to a faulty relay. (2007)
Electrical problem
Description: The DVD monitors in the front seat headrests may quit working because the video feed cable comes loose requiring installation of cable clamps. (2003-08)
Fueling problems
Description: The fuel line may rub against the floor pan causing a buzzing or rattling sound. (2008-10)

Recall History

2000
Description: Clearance between front right-hand brake pipe and body cross sill could decrease to the point of allowing contact, which could result in damage and loss of brake fluid and pressure.
2000 Suburban
Description: Hydraulic pump driveshaft could fracture, resulting in immediate loss of power-steering assist; on vehicles with hydro-boost power brakes, the same condition could result in loss of braking assist after the reserve pressure is depleted.
2000-01
Description: Rear wheelhouse plugs may be loose or missing, allowing exhaust gases to flow forward under certain conditions and accumulate in rear wheelhouse.
2000-01 Suburban
Description: Fuel pump wires in reservoir assembly may overheat under certain operating conditions; if ignition wire is exposed, fuel pump fuse will blow, causing engine stall or non-start condition or possible fuel leakage.
2000-02 Suburban
Description: In environmentally corrosive areas of specified “salt belt” states, unwanted antilock braking activation may occur, causing increased stopping distance during low-speed brake application.
2001
Description: Outboard-seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats could be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mechanism, the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt would no longer lock.
2001-02 Tahoe
Description: Rearward folding head restraints may pinch and trap fingers if protective covers are not installed.
2003
Description: In certain extreme impacts frame cross member could tear fuel tank resulting in fuel leakage. Dealers will install a fuel-tank shield on affected vehicles.
2003-04 Tahoe/Suburban
Description: Certain vehicles may have been produced with an out-of-specification brake relief valve, making steering difficult when braking. Dealers will inspect and replace affected parts.
2003-05 Suburban
Description: Seatbelt routing for second-row center occupant may make it difficult to position the lap portion of the belt low around the occupant’s hips.
2004-05 Suburban w/Bosch Hydro-Boost brake assembly
Description: Hydraulic brake booster pressure accumulator may crack and separate during normal operating conditions, possibly issuing fragments and allowing fluid leakage.
2005 Suburban w/5.3-liter V8
Description: Engine fuel rail crossover tube retainer screw could break, allowing fuel leakage and possible engine stalling; engine-compartment fire could occur if ignition source were present.
2005 Suburban
Description: Under certain vehicle-starting conditions, shift-lever position indicator in instrument panel may not illuminate.
2005 Suburban
Description: Brake-pedal pushrod retainer may be missing, which could result in loss of braking.
2005 Tahoe w/aftermarket leather seats
Description: Testing has indicated that the aftermarket leather seat covers can cause the passenger sensing system to malfunction. If the passenger sensing system malfunctions, the front air bag on the passenger side may be disabled when it should be enabled, or enabled when it should be disabled. GM will purchase these vehicles for the full price paid for it (not exceeding the fair market value at the time it was bought), including taxes and fees, if the vehicle is returned to GM’s possession by January 31, 2007. Through January 31, 2007, GM will also pay for the removal of any aftermarket accessories that may have been installed and return them to the customer.

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Pricing

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