This Texas-size wagon becomes your home-on-wheels on a long cross country trip. Ride, handling and braking are much improved over its truck-like predecessor. The Suburban seats eight comfortably with room for their luggage. Parking is still awkward and fuel economy is not great.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is a "Quadrasteer" model, i.e., it has four wheel steering. They were only made 2003-05. I'm keeping it forever. The Quadrasteer lets this big powerful SUV turn tighter than a Honda Civic, and greatly improves handling when towing a trailer."

KARL D., OH (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The constant pull to the left and 'oil canning' it's a big void inside and the body flexes creating the 'oil can' effect. Do not think the vents are large enough."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Steering seems to wander, although there are 17" wheels installed. Alignment has been checked. Tire pressure is correct."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Comfort is outstanding, has had a constant 'pull' to the left since purchase even though the dealer and individual mechanics say everything it 'spot on'."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"We tow travel trailers and boats. Great workhorse."

JOHN S., OH (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"We have 324,000 miles on this car, have had regular oil changes, but have never had any major problems. It has been a workhorse hauling children around and displays and merchandise for our business. Love driving it and wish they still made them with the barn doors on the back like we have!"

LAURENCE K., GA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"I would not buy a 2003 suburban because I have no way of knowing how well it was maintained. I expect to drive this car until it starts to cost me more in repairs than it is worth to me."

RAYMOND H., VA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Bought this vehicle used from CarMax. We have never had any issues with the vehicle, no engine or electrical issues. We have provided good preventive maintenance including frequent oil changes with synthetic oil. Carries a good load in the back when needed, but as comfortable as a car. Love the vehicle"

ROBIN C., FL (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"We have put 250,000 miles on this suburban, pulled a trailer from ocean to ocean, north to south, hauled kids everywhere, put building materials in the back. it has done every thing we have asked of it with only one breakdown. (fuel pump). have done ALL scheduled maintenance and expect to put another 100,000 miles on her."

BERNARD G., MI (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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