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    Jr. Mechanic blackburb's Avatar
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    Default How many miles are a concern?

    Looking at upgrading from my 94 Burb to a 2000-2003. Pretty much anything in my price range will have high miles. Taking the general condition into account, how many miles is something to worry about? Do these still have the same tranny issues if towing heavy loads? My 94 is in excellent shape, rust free, relatively low miles for it's age (157k), and has a freshly rebuilt tranny with cooler. I pull a 6000-6500lb travel trailer. I don't want to end up having regrets just because I was looking for a better ride or more modern looks.

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    thats a tough call, its all about how its been driven and black suburban has 207,000..bought it with 132,000 and never had anything done to engine and tranny. replaced other wearable things but it never needed anything major. just bought another 03 yukon xl for $6500. 112,000 on it. same guy owned it and maintained it for the last 8 years...I'm in the process of replacing brake lines, and I'm hoping I have good luck with the rest of it.
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    03 suburban Z71
    03 Yukon SLT

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    2001 with 170k miles and I use it to pull 6x12 enclosed and loaded trailer before I got the silverado last year. Replaced tranny fluid at 140k, fuel pump and regulator at 150k, alternator refresh at 150k, fan clutch and water pump at 160k, ABS module repair last weekend. Other than that, no work on engine and tranny. Really depends on how it was maintained by previous owner.
    2011 Chevy Silverado LT 4WD 30k miles
    2001 Suburban 2WD, 5.3, V8 185k miles
    1993 964
    1996 318TI

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    Just look around And get a Carfax Have it checked out and you should be fine..
    08 Z71 Avalanche Mods to date: K&N CAI,Hellwig Swaybars and End Links, Corsa Sport Exhaust, Superchips Programer,IPCW LOF & 3rd brake light and tails, AMI Gas door,Show Hooks and Door locks, Enkei Wheels, with Pirelli tires, StreetScene Bowties, Grant Steering wheel,Muth signal mirrors,SSBC Big Brake kit,Huskyliner Mug gards,Floor mats and Hood shield, McGard Lug nuts and locks, Bedrug, Cervini's Ram Air hood,35watt HID Fog lights, Sylvania bulbs all around ZXE's Highs and Lows, WhiteNight Back up lights,Sirius and HD Radio, SnugTop sitting on deck now Got a Softopper on now,Tempress Boat Hatches.... New Bilstein shocks are on... New Mods coming soon..... X

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    I bought a 2003 yukon xl two summers ago with 120,000 on it. I had to replace the pinion bearing in the rear diff and have the front diff rebuilt. The alternator and battery, new shocks all the way around, new brakes all the way around and a water pump at 135,000. Of course just after I got everything perfect, I totaled that truck and bought a 2005 yukon xl with 132,000 on it last summer. I bought an extended warranty. They have replaced, the hydro brake booster, the steering gear box, the front differential, and last week the transfer case. I guess that it is just luck of the draw. Both checked out ok on a carfax report and the 2005 showed all regularly scheduled maintenance at a GM dealer. (including diff and t case fluid changes) My rear end guy said that he sees a lot of GM trucks come in at just over 100,000 miles with bad front diff bearings.
    Last edited by Pikey; 03-13-2013 at 09:49 AM.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    5.3 is a great engine, I'm fairly certain it is the only engine in those years you are looking in. Just the basic maintenance but especially the tranny oil drain and pan/filter replacement. You should be able to find a 2000-2003 1500 2x2 or 4x4 with around 100k for 7000-9000 in good to great shape. Look for one or two owner burbs that have a lot of highway miles. Carfax it.

    Burbs are one of the highest rated autos of all time for reliability and repairs, Yukons are not far behind. If you buy a used Burb from a goof who ran it into the ground you will get a Burb that will need a lot of work. Buy from someone who took care of it. With a 4x4 preferably someone who didn't use it a lot and/or knew how and when to use it. Some jackarses use 4x4 on dry roads. used autos are all about the previous owners.

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