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My Family Owns a GMC Yukon Again, and All Is Right With the World

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author photo by Will Kinton June 2017

A while ago I wrote about how I will love Chevy Suburban and its GMC Yukon XL brother forever. The two trucks were integral parts of my family when I was growing up, taking us on countless road trips, helping my dad build his business, and accomplishing any task thrown at them without so much as a hiccup. We as a family all loved those trucks, often reminiscing about how great they were. Unfortunately, we haven't had one in a while -- until now. Thankfully, a 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali has made it back to the fold, and all is right with the world again.

My dad had been using a 1996 Ford F-250 as a boat hauler, but it recently started showing symptoms of a terminal condition. My dad needed a new truck, so he started looking at Suburbans and Yukons, eventually settling on the one he bought.

The truck is a bit worn on the outside, with plenty of scuffs and occasional spots of rust in non-vital places -- but that's to be expected on a truck with 150,000 miles. The interior was in great condition for its age, with no tears in the seats or headboards, but rather just a bit of wear on the radio buttons. The biggest issues were the cracks in the windshield and a door mirror, along with an air-ride system that seemed broken.

None of these problems prevented the truck from passing Virginia's safety inspection, though -- and my dad has already replaced the air-ride compressor himself. Everything else seems completely peachy. The only downside is that he wasn't able to find one with the rear clamshell doors, but those are exceedingly rare with the Yukon XL.

I'm excited for this truck to be a new part of the family, and my dad certainly is as well. He's already having dreams of hauling the boat and family down to Hilton Head with it, and I'm completely down with the idea. By all measures, the truck looks like just as much of a road warrior as it was when it was new.

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