Asked by GuruYZ1NC Feb 21, 2018 at 10:42 PM about the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Thinking about buying a 05 Tahoe z71 with 284,053
miles do you think it's a good deal or what I'm kind
of worried about maintenance

13 Answers


300K on any used car is not a good idea, unless you buy it as a project vehicle. It's a really bad idea if your on a tight budget and desperate for a reliable commuter vehicle. This thing could turn into a serious money pit overnight. If it's in exceptional shape body-wise, and you're not put off by the idea you might have to replace or rebuild the engine or transmission in the near future, then by all means. I will say Tahoe's hold their value pretty well, compared to other large SUVs.


It will for sure need maintenance and more its on down side of the hill but no price given so good deal, IDK.

That's what I'm kind of scared of KenF it's from a used car dealer and they want $2700 cash it really has me thinking hard about it because of the price


Being a Z71 4WD its worth a little bit but still may be high price with miles listed, Have it put on a lift, Make sure its been well taken care of if not then decide if you can do the work and/or afford to keep it on the road.

The most part I'm really worried about is engine and transmission by it has that many miles I can keep up with the maintenance but how soon will it start to show its true colors


Test drive it hard, Check all fluids and do a net search to see how trans fluid should look if it been maintained. Brakes need looked at too. Check for worn suspension, ball joints, bushings, leaks from the front diff, and transfer case. Check the color of the engine oil. Look under the oil filler cap for milky oil thats a sign of an up coming or already fixed bad head gasket. Take it to a dirt road and have a friend watch to see if the 4wd is for sure working. Do not take the sellers word it works, cause it may work if its over-hauled, and let face it you do not need all that excess weight up front if its not working and its only worth a $1000 not working.


Take it too a shop that has nothing to do with that seller and is not going to expect you to bring it to them if it does need repairs. But do as much inspecting you can on you own and get a second opinion.


I know someone that bought a Blazer 4x4 and took it to a dirt road after-wards then selected 4x4 low to climb a hill expecting to push the gas and go to the top and the rear tires just spun in place the front never turned, that is how to test but do it beforehand.


The price isn't actually that bad, worst case scenario, if motor is junk you could part it out and make back what you spent on it. I'd look over the body and frame carefully for any hidden rust or excessive bushing wear. Being that it's from a dealership, and they don't seem to be price gouging on it, my guess is they took it in as a trade and now just want to unload it. Couldn't hurt to haggle price down even more.


to add to above: but only do this if you have a few $$ in reserve to deal with potential engine/tranny problems in the near future. It could blow a head gasket a month after you buy it and you would be SOL.

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