DW 05 works fine for short hauls of 30 mi. With little hills. Her truck has the 3.42 or 3.55 gear ratio which is not good for long hauls but is good to get us to and from local state parks.New tt has uvw of 5300 lbs which is near our max but is sufficient to get us to the near by. 98 has second and third row bench seats, 02 has second row captains chairs and third row bench. I will find out what the 02 engine type is, but the 98 is looking like the better option. .will take as much opinions as possible.
According to the VIN that 2002 has the 6.0 L engine.
I'd go with the 02 over the 98 any day. GM really hit a homer with the 99-up GMT-800 trucks. We have several of that body style Yukons at work with over 230,000 miles on them and they still run great. A friend has an 02 silverado (same truck but a pickup) with 250,000 and it too runs strong.
I had a 97 truck, same friend had a 97 suburban and they both got tired around 70,000 miles. Both started nickel and dimming us to death. There is a much longer potential life in the 2002.
The 02 has a 3.73 rear axle ratio, liftgate with liftglass, automatic climate control, and 6 way power seats. I had an 98 and a 01, and loved the automatic climate control and power seats. I liked my "barn doors" instead of liftgate.
Dad of Four Girls
2011 Silverado 2500HD CC (6.0, 3.73)
previous 2001 Yukon XL (8.1L, 4.10)
2011 Jayco Jayflight G2 32BHDS
previous - 2002 Dutchmen 31BH4DSL
8th VIN digit for 00-06 Burbs displays the engine, 'G' = 8.1L. I'd look for one of those for towing any RV. Such a huge difference in power. Never heard anyone complain about the 8.1L power. 6.0L? I like my 2011 mated to 6-spd, but would not touch it with the old 4-spd.
A & A parents of DD 2005, DS1 2007, DS2 2009 2011 Suburban 2500 6.0L 3.73 pulling 2011 Heartland North Trail 28BRS 2012 VW Passat TDI
I think I might lean more to the 98. It seams more like the better deal of the two. We are picking up new tt tomorrow with dw's truck. We will find out it goes on the way home. I am going to sale my Tahoe for the new truck. I mostly just drive back and forth to work with it. Gas is not too much of a problem, but we towed with it up till we had the new little one. When we bought the 05, we thought it had more rear end on it. We found out not. Hiving the tow & Z71 pack. on it was a kick in the pants on the rear axle ratio. Please any more from all is a very big help. Think U ALL...
Starting maybe in 04 - 07 GM put in highway gears as the standard gear to bump up the highway rated mileage in the Tahoe and 1500 burban so one has to be careful. Once found an 07 with 3.08s, crazy.
I'd go with the 02. Lots of improvements over the 90s era burban.
My 02 manual says the 2500 4x4 has the following tow ratings with the 6.0:
3.73 - trailer - 7,900 lbs, GCWR - 14,000 lbs
4.10 - trailer - 9,900 lbs, GCWR - 16,000 lbs
Early 1999 F-350 7.3 DRW CC, 4.10
(retired from towing) 02 Suburban 5.3 3.73
2011 Passport 290BH - Blue Ox Sway Pro
3 Kids, 2 Dogs, 1 Wife.