2004 Chevy Suburban – Reviewed

SUVs seem to be the hot thing here in 2019. Almost every single auto manufacturer is making at least one SUV, BMW even offers 7 different SUVs at the same time. But where did all these SUVs come from? Let’s take a look back at one of the corner stone SUVs of the past: The Chevy Suburban.


The 2004 Chevy Suburban has a 5.3L v8 engine and 4 speed automatic transmission. The V8 is really for the pulling power and generally getting the suburban out of its own way, so don’t expect to win many drag races. The 5.3L has been used in thousands upon thousands of Chevy trucks, so finding parts won’t be hard. The transmission works and can handle towing which is helpful when you have a suburban.


The interior is where the Suburban shines. The biggest feature is the three rows of seating that is almost unmatched by today’s SUVs. Passenger room isn’t an issue with the suburban. The biggest advantage the suburban has over its little brother the Tahoe is that even with three rows of seats, you get a large trunk area behind the last row. Besides the extra room, the interior is comfortable for all passengers. All three rows mimic couches more than church pews. The last thing about the interior that I love is that it gives me a sense of nostalgia. The colors are warm and comforting. This body style of suburban was also being produced from age three to nine of my own life, which as we know are very formative years. In the same way that the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Game Cube were “my generation” consoles, the 2004 Suburban is “my generation” Suburban.


The particular Suburban I drove was lifted on a Rough Country lift kit as well, which does not come standard nor was it offered by any dealership: this is an aftermarket upgrade. I have to say I was impressed by the lift. It didn’t seem to compromise the ride quality at all, while raising the vehicle a considerable amount. If you own a Suburban, a lift is something to look into.


The Suburban is a do-all kind of vehicle. Carrying eight people, a dog, and towing a boat all at the same time is where the Suburban shines. You can buy a Silverado sure, but if you plan on taking more than three people, consider the Suburban.



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Written by Zack Pradel