2004 Chevrolet Suburban

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Engine:
    325-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Seating:
    8-9 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Passenger space
  • Cargo capacity
  • Steering feel
  • Reasonably easy to drive

The Bad

  • Excessive size
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Rear visibility with cargo doors
  • Maneuverability

Notable Features of the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban

  • Three V-8s
  • Nine-passenger seating
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Z71 Off-Road Package
  • Available Autotrac 4WD

2004 Chevrolet Suburban Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
It’s not quite the largest sport utility vehicle on the U.S. market, but the Suburban definitely warrants a king-size designation. Ford still holds the title for having the biggest SUV, with its Excursion.

The Suburban is available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It is built on the company’s full-size Silverado pickup truck platform, which is also used for the Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs. The Suburban is offered in half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) capacity ratings and in LS, LT and Z71 trim levels.

Quadrasteer, a four-wheel steering system that reduces the turning diameter by 21 percent, became available in 2003 on the 2500 series. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is offered on half-ton Suburbans equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine.

Half-ton models gain a tire-pressure monitor and Hydroboost braking for 2004, and front passenger-seat occupants get a seat belt reminder. Traction assist is available and includes a locking rear differential. The popular Z71 Off-Road Package features a firmer suspension, 17-inch tires and tubular side steps.

Exterior
Chevrolet describes the Suburban as the “right size.” This SUV is able to fit inside average-size garages. Equipped with four side doors, it rides a 130-inch wheelbase and measures 219.3 inches long overall. Buyers can choose between the standard aluminum liftgate and dual swing-out cargo doors. Power camper mirrors are optional.

Interior
With its standard t...
Vehicle Overview
It’s not quite the largest sport utility vehicle on the U.S. market, but the Suburban definitely warrants a king-size designation. Ford still holds the title for having the biggest SUV, with its Excursion.

The Suburban is available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It is built on the company’s full-size Silverado pickup truck platform, which is also used for the Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs. The Suburban is offered in half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) capacity ratings and in LS, LT and Z71 trim levels.

Quadrasteer, a four-wheel steering system that reduces the turning diameter by 21 percent, became available in 2003 on the 2500 series. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is offered on half-ton Suburbans equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine.

Half-ton models gain a tire-pressure monitor and Hydroboost braking for 2004, and front passenger-seat occupants get a seat belt reminder. Traction assist is available and includes a locking rear differential. The popular Z71 Off-Road Package features a firmer suspension, 17-inch tires and tubular side steps.

Exterior
Chevrolet describes the Suburban as the “right size.” This SUV is able to fit inside average-size garages. Equipped with four side doors, it rides a 130-inch wheelbase and measures 219.3 inches long overall. Buyers can choose between the standard aluminum liftgate and dual swing-out cargo doors. Power camper mirrors are optional.

Interior
With its standard trio of three-place bench seats, the Suburban can accommodate as many as nine people. Optional seating arrangements include twin bucket seats for the front and middle rows. The middle and rear bench seats fold down and are removable.

With the middle and rear seats removed, cargo volume expands to 134 cubic feet, which is enough to carry a 4-by-8-foot plywood sheet. Adjustable pedals come with or without a memory feature. XM Satellite Radio and a Panasonic DVD entertainment system are available. All Suburbans have trizone climate control.

Under the Hood
The sole engine in the light-duty Suburban 1500 is a 295-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8. A 325-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 is standard in the 2500 series, and a 320-hp, 8.1-liter V-8 is optional. All engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

The Suburban comes with rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which engages automatically to maintain traction. Suburbans equipped with the 8.1-liter V-8 engine can tow as much as 12,000 pounds.

Safety
Dual-stage airbags and a passenger-sensing system are installed. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Obviously, not every SUV buyer needs this sort of passenger and cargo space. Consumers who are satisfied with the Tahoe would likely be pleased with a Suburban, which is basically more of the same.

Once you’re behind the wheel, this SUV handles with reasonable ease and doesn’t feel much like a behemoth. The trucklike drone is minor. Acceleration is sufficiently swift from a standstill and for passing, but the reaction of the automatic transmission can be a tad slow. Steering has a rather light feel, and the Suburban stays neatly on course. Sudden moves aren’t a good idea, and around-town maneuverability has its limitations, but otherwise, the Suburban isn’t particularly difficult to drive. The split back window in Suburbans equipped with cargo doors can be a distraction.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great vehicle and plenty of room

by Bob from Beatrice ne on July 23, 2018

It?s been a very reliable vehicle and plenty of room for people. The z71 suburban has plenty of options to make everyone happy while driving Read full review

(5.0)

Best Mechanical Vehclie i have owned!

by Steve from Pekin, Il on June 18, 2018

Purchased this Suburban when it has 120,000 on it sold it when it had around 190,000. I originally purchased it out of necessity after my Mazda 6 Engine ate it self. After a week i was in love with ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Chevrolet Suburban currently has 7 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Suburban received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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