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Old 01-23-2008, 06:46 AM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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We have a 97 GMC Yukon with 210K miles on it. Do I need to say it's been a good car and we are partial to the GMC.
However, all good things must come to an end and we are thinking of getting a used Denali, possibly '03 or 04.

We like the fact that they come with a factory installed towing package, which we want to have, along with the 5.8 engine.

Would like to hear from SUV owners out there -- what make is your preference and why?

Denali owners - would like to get the pros and cons of a used Denali. What would be a reasonable price to pay for a 2003 or '04?

Any feedback is really appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Southwest Missouri
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I really like the Denali. I don't know what your budget is like, but there is a huge difference between the previous generation ('03/04) and the new platform. Take one for a spin and compare the two models before plunking down your money.
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Well I bought a 2007 Yukon Denali and am very pleased with it thus far. It rides nicely, very upscale interior, and I love the look. Oh course gas mileage isn't the best but I knew this well in advance before I purchased it. I HATE it when an SUV owner constantly complains about gas mileage, they knew before they bought the vehicle that it wasn't going to get 40 mpg so why beat a dead horse?

But I agree that you need to DEFINTELY compare this generation to the previous one in terms of quality and you'll see a vast difference. What is your budget? An '04 or '05 Denali will run you around $27K-$30K but because of the current lack of demand for large SUV's, you may be able to find a nice used '07 Denali for less than $40K which I consider a bargain for a vehicle that new, retails for over $50K.

Test drive both generations and you'll see a drastic difference (not saying the previous gen. was bad because it wasn't but the new gen. is improved in most aspects).
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Pa
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Depending on how big you need to go, but I like the Toyota 4Runner. Reliable and not bad on gas.
Lexus makes some great suv's also. Very high quality and they look great.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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Depending on how big you need to go, but I like the Toyota 4Runner. Reliable and not bad on gas.
Lexus makes some great suv's also. Very high quality and they look great.
Yep, I have owned a 2001 Runner and now a 2007. As stated above, they are very reliable, and I average 21mpg with the V6 4x4(does not require premium like some higher end SUVs). I opted for the Sport package that includes the double decker cargo area, sport suspension and 17" rims, and the tow package, with an optional V8. I liked my '01, but love the '07. It seems to sit a bit lower and isn't as affected by high winds like the previous model. It handles well in snow, rain,soft beach sand, and of course everyday driving. We payed around $32,000 brand new.
Have fun vehicle shopping!
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Don't drive one, but they look nice
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Depending on how big you need to go, but I like the Toyota 4Runner. Reliable and not bad on gas.
Lexus makes some great suv's also. Very high quality and they look great.
I drove a few when I was looking for an SUV, and they are a great car.

I'll preach about my hidden gem.

Kia.

Sorento.

I found an '04 with 20k miles on it, for $11.7k. Great shape, etc. Back in '02 Hyundai bought Kia and brought them up to their standards. The result has been good cars at cheap, because people here in the US still doubt the kia.

Gas mileage isn't great, but its got a great turning radius, nice V6, and plenty of storage room. The EX is the 'luxury' model and has sunroof, heated seats, whole 9 yards.

Sorentosite.com - The KIA Sorento Community if you want to see other owner's opinions about the Sorento. (We're a slightly fanatical bunch)
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Knoxville,TN
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GMC is a brand above the rest within General Motors. I am glad to see someone wanting a GMC Denali rather than a Cadillac Escalade, which is an overpriced Denali. Go for it. The technology is there over a Chevy Yukon. I haven't heard anything bad whatsoever on the mid to late 2000 models.
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:29 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Take your time you still got about 90,000 miles to go on the GMC!!
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:39 AM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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Take your time you still got about 90,000 miles to go on the GMC!!
The GMC might not agree. It's at 211K plus, and we consider ourselves lucky havaing gone that far without problems.
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