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1999 Yukon Denali w/ 80,900 miles

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by meathead19, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. meathead19

    meathead19

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    no, that's no typo.....81K miles.

    It has the old school rollover odometer and a clean carfax.

    What if any concerns would/should I have if I decide to buy this?

    If regular maintainence has been done, it should be good for another 100K miles.........right??
     
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    Mpg would be my concern. Has to be awful.


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  3. Gregg702

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    If the price is right and everything in in mechanical order, go for it. If, as adjuster says, you can afford the gas.
     
  4. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

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    5.7L engine?

    Odometer should read actual mileage, not roll over. My wife's Tahoe is same year with the 5.7L and has 283,000 miles on it.

    Intake manifold gaskets leaking is a major issue. Fuel pumps are good for about 150,000 if you keep the fuel filter fresh.
     
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    G36's Rule Senior Member

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    Fuel mileage with the 5.7L is around 15 in town and as high as 21 on the road.
     
  6. jrayharder

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    Vehicles that have sat idle for long stretches sometimes will have problems develop with seals, resulting in leaks, oil and fuel. Make sure you check that over, and ask them what the history is.
     
  7. meathead19

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    5.7

    I'm looking at the Carfax detailed history.....not rolled over.
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    A 13 year old Denali with 81K.

    Hmmm.....

    If you're getting it for below blue-book value, I'd say go for it. Pretty tough on gas though. Are you knowledgable in how to assess the condition. Do you know what issues those vehicles had, and how to tell if they've been remedied? Does the owner have service records?

    There is almost surely a web-site devoted to Denalis, similar to Glock Talk, where you can get info on what to look for and what to avoid.
     
  9. meathead19

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    Carfax only tells me that it passed yearly NC inspections. So, I'd have to try to contact the previous owner of 9 yrs to see if he could give me more info.
     
  10. Reyn

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    I'm not up on the odometers but wouldn't a nice ride like that have a digital one? My 99 GMC Z71 has 286,000 miles on it and the odometer is digital and shows all the miles.
     
  11. meathead19

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    Just spoke to a guy who does odometer repair/replacement and he says he's never seen a rollover in one, but that doesn't mean it's not the original. He said if the brake pedal/steering wheel has little wear and the driver floor board looks good, then it's probably acutal miles.

    The CArfax miles at yearly inspections are in line....maybe this was just driven to church and back the past 9 yrs??? :dunno:
     
  12. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    My MIL has a 96 ext. cab Ram 2wd with 56k on it...

    It's not impossible.
     
  13. SC Tiger

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    I would think it would be very difficult to retrofit a rollover-type gauge package in a vehicle designed for a digital one.

    Probably an early 1999 model that was made before they switched over. Does it look more like a 1998 Denali or a 2000 Denali? I think that when the 1999 Chevrolet pickup came out they had old-body-style 1999 trucks and new-body-style 1999 trucks.
     
  14. captainstormy

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    As a guy that has driven a few GM cars/trucks. My biggest concern would be the DexCool coolant that GM uses.

    It's gotten better recently, but in the 90s it would cause a lot of problems for cars. It was suppose to be good for something stupid like 150K miles or so but it almost always broke down and caused problems before then.

    That aside, I'd say just take it to a mechanic for a used car inspection. They typically run 50-75 bucks in my area.
     
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    At between 130k and 170k, you will need a new transmission, fuel pump, and intake manifold gasket...

    Figure about $4-5k in repairs when you hit those mileage numbers.

    I have a `97 Suburban with the 5.7 Vortec. Great motor and about 15mpg on a lifted and locked 4x4.

    Figure closer to 17-18mpg for that one, which is the same as a 4Runner or Nissan Pathfinder with much more room...
     
  16. Z71bill

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    Not 100% sure if my facts are correct - but one BIG difference between the Tahoe/Yukon and the Denali was the air ride rear suspension.

    It made the Denali ride a little better - but it cost an arm and a leg to repair. Can you say OEM only.

    IIRC they had some sort of rubber bladder system - so like all things rubber they deteriorated over time.
     
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    I think the intake manifold gasket issue was engineered out with the new 4.8 liter and 5.3 liter engines.

    Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
     
  18. meathead19

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    I may just wait for something a little younger and more mileage.

    May be a little more $, but I have some concerns that probably would be eleviated with a 2001-2003 similar SUV.
     
  19. VELO

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    Two words. AIR RIDE.

    Does it have it? If it does, does it work? If not it's $1200 per end to replace the shocks. Might have to replace the pump too if it's burned out.

    ETA: I loved my Yukon. I'd just never buy a Denali version again. I'll take the simple part-time 4WD and standard suspension any day. Newer Denali's will also have the 6.0L in them. Mine was a 2004. Unloaded it at 95K miles.
     
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  20. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Funny, our '04 Yukon got 12-15 max.