Fun Facts You Should Know About the Chevrolet Suburban 1500
- The Chevrolet Suburban 1500 is one of the longest-running vehicle models in the US, having first launched in 1936. Once sold as a truck primarily meant for commercial or rural use, the extra-large SUV started becoming the go-to vehicle for families. The Suburban is also high in demand for those who want a class-leading passenger vehicle with a huge cargo capacity. With third-row seating available plus its truck-based towing capability, the car's lasting popularity is not a surprise.
- The Chevrolet Suburban 1500 parts, particularly its rims, have some interesting trivia of their own. An example of this is that the rims are not one-size-fits-all for the Suburban. Each set has a different bolt pattern, and its offsets can be confusing for a first-time owner. When it comes to the pattern, the chrome rims are the most popular that owners choose. As for their size, 17-inch rims are the most sought after.
- At the top of its class, the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 ranked first in US News' affordable large SUVs' category. Given that the vehicle offers a smooth, comfortable ride, it's no wonder why even many budget-conscious families would choose this car. Add to that the Suburban's combined fuel economy of 17 mpg, which is relatively good compared to others in its class. Additionally, it bagged US News' most affordable large SUV award.
- Aside from being one of the most affordable SUVs, the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 also had the highest resale value in its class--up to 75% of its original price. The car's value depends on how old the model is. When it comes to buying new Suburbans, though, one can buy it for about $1,500 below the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). A new Suburban 1500 costs between $40,000 to $60,000 depending on its trim.
- When compared against other tow rigs class, the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 is also on top. Despite being a well-known family car, Suburban owners trust their SUV to tow their trailers, boats, and other heavy cargo without any problems. Additionally, thanks to advances in technology, new Suburbans even with their small engines still have the same towing capability as the older models.
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Common Problems
The Chevrolet Suburban 1500 is one of the longest, continuously used automobile nameplate in production, when it was first sold in the US in the year 1935. The SUV has mostly been a station wagon-bodied version of the Chevrolet pickup truck. This is reflected by its popularity as a passenger, towing, and cargo-hauling vehicle. The Chevrolet Suburban 1500 has always been one of General Motors' most profitable automobiles, but it's not as perfect as it is marketed. Below are some of the most common problems that Suburban owners encountered and how they have been dealt with.
One of the most common problems with the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 parts is the uneven tire wear. After driving for more than 30,000 miles, owners have noticed a wavy motion, or cupping, on the front tire's tread while the rear tires are fine. Having this re-aligned at a local shop didn't solve the problem, as the new tires will still be cupped after several thousand miles. To solve this issue, the wheels must be aligned only at the dealer's shop. They do something different during the alignment process to prevent the cupping, which can't be done by other shops.
Some, though not many, have been hearing wind noise from their Suburban. These owners reported that they can hear it from the driver's side door. The sound only goes away if the driver grabs the top of the door, but the noise comes back once the door's released. It is not sure whether the door's latch is the cause or if it's something else.
Another problem encountered with the Suburban is that the dashboard lights don't turn on. While the gauges work fine, there are no lights to show the gauges, radio, A/C, and panel buttons. This is still a problem even when the fuses are not blown at all.
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 owners have also complained about memory seats resetting themselves. This usually happens whenever the door is unlocked, and then the seats would move all the way forward. Some owners would manually reset the memory, but this only lasts for a short time before the seats reset themselves again. This problem requires the vehicle's software to be updated--or, if already updated, re-flashed--at the dealer's.
FAQs—Chevrolet Suburban 1500
I have a problem with the power door lock of my Chevrolet Suburban 1500 specifically the driver's door. It is not working. I have to lock and unlock it using the key or the door handle. How to fix this problem?
The problem must be with the lock mechanism. The rods probably just need some lubrication. See if this work, but in case it didn't, then it might be due to a faulty door lock actuator, or it could be both. If you have the patience, you can simply follow DIY tutorials online on how to fix the power door lock of your Suburban, then there are always Chevrolet service centers that you could go to.
Please help. I think there is a problem with my radiator since it keeps losing water. My guess is that it has a leak, but I'm not really sure. My other concern is the oil in the dipstick, which is whitish in color. I don't think that is normal.
You are absolutely right. It is not normal for the radiator to keep losing water and for the oil to have that whitish or milky appearance. There are three possible causes: intake gaskets, faulty oil cooler, and damaged head gaskets. Among these three suspects, the most likely culprit could be the head gasket. If that is so, you should have your vehicle fixed right away because this could lead to a more serious and expensive problem for you. The mixing of coolant with oil can cause engine damage. Replacing the head gaskets can correct this issue.
My hazard lights are not working; the same thing with the brake lights. I already checked the fuse block in the engine compartment as well as the rest of the fuses, and I think they are still okay. I can't figure out what's wrong.
If you have already checked all the fuses and nothing seems wrong, then you might want to check the IP fuse box, which controls the turn and stop signals. Usually, a faulty turn signal causes hazard lights and brake problems. For your peace of mind, you could always have your vehicle checked by an expert.
The speedometer and other instrument panel gauge are not working in my Suburban 1500. I've read from several vehicle threads that this is a common problem with Chevrolet Suburban 1500. I'm wondering if I can use this fact as a reason to have my dealer do the repair for free.
It depends on how long you had your Suburban and if it's included in the models which Chevrolet has extended the warranty to fix such defect. The warranty for such defect was extended to 7 years or 70,000 miles. Check with your dealer.
A "Service Stability" message is flashing on my Suburban 1500's dash, plus the Traction Control light and ABS lights are also lit. Can you help me out what this means?
The most possible reason for that is a bad front wheel speed sensor. All these three alerts process information from this particular sensor.
Chevrolet Suburban 1500: Bigger and Better Though the Years
The 1500 is the Chevrolet’s regular-duty variation of the Suburban SUV. This variation is built for the regular drivers like the father who takes his kids to school from Monday to Friday and then goes out on fishing trips on a Saturday or the single working professional who drives off to the office on workdays and then goes snowboarding on weekends. Even though it is usually driven by ordinary people, the Chevrolet 1500 is still a beast, capable of pulling a boat or a trailer even with the whole family in tow.
1973: 1500’s first appearance
The 1500 first came out with the release of the 8th generation Suburban, the longest and arguably the most well-known among all the generations. 1500 Models released under Chevrolet were labeled “10” while those released under GMC bore the “1500” model name. Engine choices of the SUV include a 5.7 liter diesel engine and a 4.1 liter gasoline engine. Three-speed and four-speed automatic transmissions were available courtesy of GMC’s Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission system while a three-speed manual transmission was also provided. Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations were available. The fuel delivery systems of the Suburban were changed from carburetors to electronic fuel injection in 1986, giving the 1500 increased fuel efficiency, better performance and cleaner air emissions. A rear-wheel anti-lock braking system was added in 1990, increasing vehicle safety for the SUV.
1992: Ninth generation Suburban
The Suburban 1500 adopted a more streamlined look as opposed to its boxier predecessor. It came with either a 5.7 liter or a 7.4 liter V8 engine. A 6.8 liter turbo diesel engine was also eventually offered. The engine’s power had to be reduced due to the limited axle capacity of the 1500. 5-speed automatic transmission was made available while the manual transmission was dropped, owing to it unpopularity among buyers. The interior was roomier, allowing more people and a lot of other things to be crammed in. The suspension was vastly improved with the addition to coil springs and torsion bars in the front and live axle and leaf springs in the back.
2000: 10th generation Suburban
The 1500’s released with the 10th generation Suburban looked very similar to the previous generation. The old engines were replaced with 5.3 liter Vortec V8 engines which soon included a flex-fuel capability, allowing it to burn alternative fuels. Other features added to the 1500 included electronic climate control, four-wheel disc brakes, a new instrument panel with a drive message center and four-wheel steering via the Quadrasteer system.The interiors were upgraded in 2003 along with improvements to the radio and sound system. GM’s Stabilitrak system was added, equipping the vehicle with electronic stability control. The Hydroboost braking system was added in 2004 and provided the 1500 with improved braking in case of engine failure.
2007: Eleventh Generation Suburban
The new Suburban was first unveiled in the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The stylish and aerodynamic exterior was a vast improvement of the style that first came out with the Suburban’s 9th generation. A 5.3 or 6.0 liter engine is provided along with a 4-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission. Various trims are available which could seat anywhere from 6 to 9 people. 2012 models include trailer sway control, Hill Start Assist while the more luxurious LTZ trim will also have a heated steering wheel and Side Blind Zone Alert included.