FAQs—Chevrolet Suburban 2500
What does ‘2500' in the Chevrolet Suburban 2500's title represent?
Chevrolet uses numerical designations for its SUVs and trucks to indicate their general payload capacities. A vehicle's payload helps determine whether a vehicle will be used for heavy or light duty.The Chevrolet Suburban 2500 has a base payload of 2,421 pounds, making it a "three quarter ton" SUV, as well as the obvious choice for heavy lifting.
The Chevrolet Suburban 2500's comes standard with a 352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8; heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode; heavy-duty engine oil and transmission oil coolers; a heavy-duty suspension with leaf rear springs (instead of coil springs); and truck tires (instead of passenger-car tires) with superior load-bearing capability.
Is it my imagination, or do the GMC and Chevrolet Suburbans really look identical?
Your eyes do not deceive you. The Chevrolet and GMC Suburbans are virtually identical twins, except for minor differences in grilles, body trim, andengines (for older models).
The Suburban was based on a commercial panel truck in the late 1930s, but with a large passenger compartment instead of a windowless cargo space. Basically truck-based station wagons, the early Suburbanssported two doors and three rows of seats that could seat up to eight passengers.
What is the secret to the Chevrolet Suburan 2500's success?
The Suburban's success is derived mainly from its ability to haul more passengers and cargo than any other vehicle in its category. The Suburban proudly flaunts GM's full-size SUV architecture that features sleek exterior styling, more precise driving feel, improved fuel economy, and increased interior refinement. The Suburban's 130-inch wheelbase is perfect for deliveringgenerous passenger and cargo capability, while enabling a smooth ride.
I've heard fuel pump failures are common in most Chevrolet vehicles. Does this hold true for the Suburban 2500?
Chevrolet fuel pump failures have been reported and represent a growing concern.
The defective fuel pumps can cause your vehicle to stall, or leave you stranded in a no-start situation. It began with Chevrolet truck models from 1996 to 2003 model years, and seems to have affected other models as the connector and pump assemblies apparently do not age well.
Replacement of the fuel pump is neither a quick or easy job because the pump is tank-mounted and the fuel pump is replaced as a unit. To make matters worse,replacement parts can be quite costly.
The original pump motor has an estimated life expectancy of about 15-20 years. Running the vehicle with little or no fuel can literally run the pump in a dry state, thus shortening the expected life span and operating pressure considerably.
Gasoline is a petroleum product that lubricates fuel pump's impeller and other moving parts. The more the vehicle is run on low on fuel or out of fuel, the faster the pump will fail.
How does changing the Suburban's air filter regularly improve its performance?
The engine air filter in your Chevrolet Suburban 2500 cleans the air that enters your engine. Checking and replacing the air cleaner at least once a year will help you achieve better gas mileage. A dirty air filter can possibly cause your Suburban 2500 to lose 1 to 3 MPG, depending on your driving. You can actually improve your fuel economy and save 70 to 100 gallons of gasoline per year by simply changing your air filter regularly.