At home, no noise when sitting idling in the drive. Had to fight for warrantee. Do you guys know what kind of transmission, transfer case and rearend a 2003 all wheel drive Denali has. Are you doing any driving that requires 4x4? The service department is at a loss. Now they have a redesigned shaft which means full replacement again. The front differential bearings are shot and the front drive shaft is also 'shot'. We seem to get about 60K miles out of the Grand before the front end needs some work but it is a small price to pay.
They have good power, tons of cargo room, plenty of people room, and decent features. If you have more questions about the front end feel free to ask. Excellent rebuilt Yukon transfer cases saving your cash! I know it has the third row so the seating is there, but the access was a lot more difficult without center captains chairs we have two 5-point child seats strapped in the second row captains chairs, so we need the middle aisle access to the third row. They are very very expensive and everything breaks. Next stage is to ditch the original trans and drive assembly for 8. I really hope so because I'm afraid boat launches and hunting trips may be a problem.
Service advisor was really embarrased and had a tech take the car while I was standing there and get to work on it. I got the truck back yesterday Friday and figured I'd post the update. If the core is not returned or paid for, warranty will be voided. Or just watch your coolant bottle for any slight loss of coolant. We have rebuilt several six in the last year front differentials on these trucks.
Service advisor was really embarrased and had a tech take the car while I was standing there and get to work on it. Yet it offers plenty of traction to propel the vehicle in the desired direction. First, either the service manager mis-spoke on the initial diagnosis over the phone, or I misunderstood most likely the later. I guess better to happen at the dealer than on a long, hot trip somewhere! As I was leaving with the truck on Thursday afternoon, a new but very similiar noise still very loud showed up on the way out of the parking lot. In fact, the only non-maintenance repair in 5 years was two battery replacements both under warranty during the first year of ownership. But I'm certainly left wondering how my '96 cruiser is doing great at 11 years old and 100k miles without ever having a front axle service its on the way! I just think having the option of 2wd or 4wd is better for me. It allows you to somewhat convince the vehicle to slide out of control into a different direction.
I still think I should have bought the diesel Excursion, but that ship sailed a long time ago. It was right where the Denali is normally parked and was until just a few minutes prior. Engine Options for all Yukon Denali Models Trim Level Horsepower Torque lb-ft. All the weight of the differentials, drive shafts, hubs, ect is still there. I read a copy of Peterson's 4x4 mag with Christo's solid front axle 100 series until they were finished at 11:00 a.
The fit and finish are lacking, but I don't drive the thing on a daily basis as it is a kid-hauler. So I'm still tempted to just buy another one or the Caddy Escalade version. Good thing you have the extended. BrownBear: I only wish the 100 would do what I need - haul 6 people in relative comfort while holding all their 'necessary' gear in the back inside and a bunch more 'unnecessary' gear on the roof in a carrier, plus occassionally towing my 80 on a tandem trailer behind it. Obviously, I'm really pleased with the dealer and their service. Improper fluid or fluid level will cause failure in that transfer case very early in life.
However, there is still issue number 3. The service guys are great. Good thing you have the extended. It would be cheaper to trade in and get what you want. Oh well, probably just a leak in the system somewhere or bad seal and I lost the charge overnight.
Fail This was multiple choise, not essay form. It does not skid and buck like a truck locked in 4wd. Trust me, Ive seen enough morons with lifted trucks with big ass tires slide off the road yet the guy in front of me with the Ddoge Neon with bald all seasons has no problems, 4x4 helps but it does not defeat the rules of physics or friction. You would be amazed at how many people do not know how to use 4wd sensibly. Thanks for any light on this. That explains it for the diff. I guess better to happen at the dealer than on a long, hot trip somewhere! It does what it's purpose is intended for, but is no 4wd, or has low gears for pulling, which might not be necessary for your application.
We need to have the assembly number at time of the order, it's going to make certain you receive a immediate drop in replacement unit. It would seem to me they'd have the same driveline. I hope this isn't the start of a long series of problems. Fast forward to just past 50k miles and ride becomes bumpy to almost violent at times. I have a 2014 Sierra 1500 Denali 4x4 equipped with a 6. They didn't do a ticket this time, but mentioned something about a 'fill valve' being bad. Other than minor inconvenience, pretty good outcome.