If you want a new diesel Suburban or Tahoe, your in luck, just hang on their on the way, according to this article.
And you would be correct. Up to 200,000 on my 07 5.3L all that was done was oil changes, air filters, spark plugs and trans service at (100K, 200K). Just before 300K it needed and alternator and evap solenoid. It now has 310K and I need to do spark plugs and trans service again. I've got a slow leak at rack and pinion and looks like rear main seal also. PS needs to be topped off about every 10K miles, so very slow leak, but it does look wet enough to almost bead up. My 07 has all the original drivetrain in it. I have a customer with a tahoe that has 450K on it.Heck I bet the 5.3 or 6.2 gas motor could reach 200,000 miles with not a single hiccup. Those gas motors are out there with 200,000 plus miles and still running.
That is another area where GM is following with the competition. Those electric folding seats add weight, increase complexity, eat usable cargo space, and increase the height to heft stuff into the cargo area. Tie-down rings are a casualty as well. But am sure all of this is wort it as that grocery-getter absolutely must have push-button convenience . . .We always liked laying the seats down and loading 4x8 stuff in the back. The shape of the newer burbs has cut down on payload ever since
. my problem is with how high 4x8 sheets can be stacked. You could stack them almost all the way to the roof on the old 1989My 05 escalade still fit plywood on floor and my 37x12.50 hummer tires inside. It had manual lay down seats not power though.
As to the won’t ride good and won’t tow good because of loosing the solid axle to the independent suspension- NOPE. ive towed in solid axle jeep and 4- independant jeeps. Hummer/ hmmwv is 4-independent. They all towed better.
Follow this - if you drive and the right tire hits a deep pothole, that one tire drops and recovers without affecting the other 3. When the right rear hits the same deep pothole it drops and forces the left tire up IF the frame/body stays level. Then when the right tire comes back up, the left goes back down. Or if the left tire stays level, the frame/body HAS to move. Frame moves the Hitch moves.
On semi trailers the cheap ones have very little suspension, Next up is tanduem suspension. Then better is independent leaf. Better is air ride. When electronics like stuff used in theater, movie, concert production is moved- the major companies like the the biggest and best PRG world wide, Only use air ride because it stops damage to millions of dollars of electronic equipment. When the insane level stuff gets moved around- the trailers used are all wheel independent air ride. When I built bomb disposal trucks and trailers for the gubmint in my truck equipment shop- ONLY all wheel independent sir ride was used.
the only thing better is the electromagnetic suppression systems that are insane priced.
I own a hummer for near 2 decades now. 4wheel independent has its limits off road. Articulation for extreme rock crawling. But unless the bump in the road you hit is over 24” inches...
basically look at the suspension travel. Up to that level the independent will stomp solid axle.