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

"5.3 liter engine provides great acceleration and the suspension provides a great ride, handles all road conditions at various speeds. Driven to Valdez Alaska twice, and it handled the stretches of extreme road dips (frost heaves) and driving on heavily pot holed dirt roads. Four wheel drive works great in snow and mud"

Walter R., WA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Just excellent. Good older z71!"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Acceleration is good at highway speed. Great handling even when loaded or towing."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"It's all good."

Terri J., VA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Very responsive. Does an incredible job of pulling my 26' trailer."

B M., WA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Great handling for a car of this size. Drives like a Cadillac, especially when loaded. Does not drive like a truck."

Walter R., WA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"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)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Best seats ever! Even after 15 years. Tgey have the 6way electric adjustable with heat and arm rest on both sides."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The comfort and ride are outstanding. Handling on the highway is outstanding. We have taken 4 road trips across the country putting 6,000 to 9,000 miles on the truck each trip. This year and model has been outstanding to the point that I plan to refurbish rather than buy a new one. Very mechanically sound."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Comfortable suspension."

Kathleen W., AR (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"It's all good! I much prefer driving it to my 2013 Chevy Traverse. The contrast between the two vehicles is amazing. I would buy a Suburban all over again, and wish I had! The seats are comfortable for long or short drives. The console is user friendly. The armrests are the right size and height. The instruments on the dash are well placed. No complaints about the Suburban."

Terri J., VA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Like floating on a cloud"

Randall F., OK (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Almost too comfortable. Sometimes have to stop for a brief nap then continue my trip."

B M., WA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Big vehicle that handles well and is extremely spacious & comfortable on the road."

John P., IL (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"This is my rolling living room. Comfortable, spacious, and well insulated from road noise."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Great seat comfort and head/leg room. Minimal road noise at high speeds. No road noise at slow speeds 35mph or less."

Walter R., WA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Seats are large and very comfortable with multiple adjustments. Noise level is average, not too loud. The ride is one of the best I have ever experienced for a 4 wheel drive vehicle."

Margaret H., NC (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"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)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"The value has been unbelievable. The interior space and comfort are outstanding for our family. No real major repairs to the point of getting rid of the truck. I use it for all scouting trips and functions."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The Suburban meets all my needs for vacationing/camping. The middle seats fold down flat and the rear seat can be removed providing nearly and 8 foot long and five foot wide area for carrying large merchandise, garden supplies, trash, camping equipment, and allows me to sleep in the back with leg room to spare. I know of no other SUV that provides as large flat area for multiple uses. The large roof rack allows use of large roof boxes, or carrying canoes, etc. Even when fully loaded the car d..."

Walter R., WA (2003 Chevrolet Suburban)

"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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