Anyone Owned A TBSS?

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With a kid on the way, and the very strong possibility of us moving back to Alaska, I need something AWD. So I've been looking at TBSS's lately.

Just wondering your opinions if you've owned one. Any major issues that I need to be aware of?
 

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My best friend had a rwd one... I would do that... It was fine in the snow with decent tires most likely due to its weight and stabilitrack isn't horrible... I know from others they like going through stock transmissions on occasion... Mpg sucks due to the 6.0 awd and 4.10 gears tho...
 

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I have a 5.3 with the selectable 4wd same drivetrain as a chevy truck, gets way better gas milage than the ss but you know less power, almost 100hp less but with a few boltons and a tune your respectable again, all the ss parts bolt on the 5.3 as well
 

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I owned one for 4 years, AWD. Rear main seals leak a lot on these, trans is glass even in stock form unless you are religious with maintenance. Its a GM so you will be used to all the rattling panels. Other than that i never had any grips with mine. of course i modified the shit out of it where nothing was stock any more either
 

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My mom has a stock awd ss. Tons of electrical issues. I have a 4wd ls with the 6. and its only been maintainence. I vote Tahoe.
 

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I have a 5.3 with the selectable 4wd same drivetrain as a chevy truck, gets way better gas milage than the ss but you know less power, almost 100hp less but with a few boltons and a tune your respectable again, all the ss parts bolt on the 5.3 as well
I would do that... For sure.
 

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I own an 06 AWD TBSS and I think it's the best vehicle I've ever owned. Almost 90K on it and I've had the usual problems of the front drive shaft spline failure and my trans blew at 52K (if I remember correctly) and those have been my only real problems other than the currently leaking steering rack. No electrical problems, no engine problems other than a water pump going bad.

Most common problems are trans failure and spline failure but that's a 50/50 chance across the entire platform, add the weight of the truck to a trans made for the GTO on a 6.0 and you might run into problems. But then again there are a lot of people out there that do bolt on mods and run at the track quite often and still have no trans problems.

Drive one, see if you like it (chances are you will) and make your decision whether its worth it or not. Any other questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help you out.
 

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I was all excited to read why it was the best vehicle you've owned till I actually read all the issues :rofl:
 

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I own an 06 AWD TBSS and I think it's the best vehicle I've ever owned. Almost 90K on it and I've had the usual problems of the front drive shaft spline failure and my trans blew at 52K (if I remember correctly) and those have been my only real problems other than the currently leaking steering rack. No electrical problems, no engine problems other than a water pump going bad.

Most common problems are trans failure and spline failure but that's a 50/50 chance across the entire platform, add the weight of the truck to a trans made for the GTO on a 6.0 and you might run into problems. But then again there are a lot of people out there that do bolt on mods and run at the track quite often and still have no trans problems.

Drive one, see if you like it (chances are you will) and make your decision whether its worth it or not. Any other questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help you out.
I like how you state you have had no real problems BUT front drive shaft spline failure, blown trans, leaking steering rack, no other oh and a water pump fail. Sounds like a terrible experience to me with only 90k on it. That would steer me away from this purchase IMO.
 

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It should have all been warranty since gm has the 100k drivetrain deal
 

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Trans was $2800 and now has a 100,000 mile warranty, front spline issue was a little more because I had my ENTIRE front driveline redone.

Yes it's the best vehicle I've ever owned. If you'd like me to tow your Subaru to the track and beat you in the quarter I can. Tow a full trailer of snowmobiles and 4 adults with all their gear at the same time, I can do that.

ANY vehicle that gets up there in mileage needs repairs and the higher the performing the vehicle the more expensive or frequent the repair especially when the family hauler hot rod weighs what the TBSS weighs and gets driven like I drive mine. I don't give a flying fuck if you don't like what I drive, I love my truck.
 

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Stock 2wd is high 13's low 14's, not bad for a 2 1/2 ton SUV
Stock AWD is mid to high 14's. Mine has minor bolt ons, no cam yet and a new converter is next on the list.

And yes $3-4K is about right for a new built trans with a better converter.
 

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Trans was $2800 and now has a 100,000 mile warranty, front spline issue was a little more because I had my ENTIRE front driveline redone.

Yes it's the best vehicle I've ever owned. If you'd like me to tow your Subaru to the track and beat you in the quarter I can. Tow a full trailer of snowmobiles and 4 adults with all their gear at the same time, I can do that.

ANY vehicle that gets up there in mileage needs repairs and the higher the performing the vehicle the more expensive or frequent the repair especially when the family hauler hot rod weighs what the TBSS weighs and gets driven like I drive mine. I don't give a flying fuck if you don't like what I drive, I love my truck.
With all due respect, you're judgement for best vehicle ever appears to be based on a combination of utility and horsepower and not reliability. That's fine but most would take your comments to be related to overall reliability which makes the claim of "best vehicle but I had all these problems" a little incongruent because let's be honest, 90k isn't a lot of mileage and I'd also be a bit weary of a repair list that long for that mileage.

As far as buying one of these goes, drive one first. My dad has one and it is absolutely the poster child for what was wrong with GM interiors. You got your mix of hard plastics in various different shades of the same color and different textures, ill fitting hard panels, creaking and just general cheapness. If you value comfort and quality at all it's not a pleasant space to pass the miles. GM's interiors for the time were probably the worst of the big three so it's something to keep in mind.
 

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With all due respect, you're judgement for best vehicle ever appears to be based on a combination of utility and horsepower and not reliability. That's fine but most would take your comments to be related to overall reliability which makes the claim of "best vehicle but I had all these problems" a little incongruent because let's be honest, 90k isn't a lot of mileage and I'd also be a bit weary of a repair list that long for that mileage.

As far as buying one of these goes, drive one first. My dad has one and it is absolutely the poster child for what was wrong with GM interiors. You got your mix of hard plastics in various different shades of the same color and different textures, ill fitting hard panels, creaking and just general cheapness. If you value comfort and quality at all it's not a pleasant space to pass the miles. GM's interiors for the time were probably the worst of the big three so it's something to keep in mind.
It's standard Chevy truck interior, I have 75k on mine and have never done anything but brakes and oil changes,
 

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Right, if you want high end interior buy a high end car. Until you get to a Vett or some Cadillacs you're nowhere near high end in the GM roster. I meant my favorite vehicle because I tow with it, it has plenty of space for everything i pack into it and it gets up and goes when I want it to. No it's not a cheap vehicle to maintain when things go wrong but when they do go wrong (as with any vehicle people modify) its an excuse to upgrade and I didn't want a hot rod that I drive every once in a while when the weather is nice. If I wanted that I would've kept my Escalade and gotten a Trans Am.
 

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id honestly go with a 5.3 powered one for a fun ripper because of the mpg benefits... do some lil shit to it and it would rip.
 

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:rofl:

thats what i was thinking. all that work....
 

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