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    Default Greetings from Georgia

    Hey guys,

    I'm looking to purchase a suburban for the growing family, and the budget is really tight, so we're looking at models 10 years or older.

    Are there any years/options/trim levels I should avoid, or any I should look for?

    What sort of problems plague all models? Is there a mileage threshold after which the truck will start needing lots of work, or at which point it can't be relied on to not strand me on an out of town trip?

    Any and all information y'all can give would be great.



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    Most every year and model Suburban is good.
    With a ten year old truck I would probably put aside a little money every month for a fund to replace the engine/trans in the next few years, that'll probably be around 175K or 200K. The small block GM engine is the most popular engine in the world so it tends to be a little chaeper to replace than other engines.
    Leather interior usually wears a little better than cloth so the high end models with leather would be better to look at.
    Around ten years old electronic items are usually the problem, I might pass up on trucks with DVD systems and stick with just pwr windows/lcks.
    Sunroofs can be problematic and might be something to avoid.
    GM small blocks in the 90's suffered from a few issues, worst was intake manifold leaks. Any documentation on engine or manifold gasket replacement would be good to have.
    Electric windows seem to start sticking about that age, sometimes the fix is as simple as cleaning the tracks, sometimes its new motors and or switches.

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    Welcome to the forum!!
    If you find yourself slipping,.....tie a knot.....hold on tight

    2008 silverado
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    5.3 L 4x4
    Borla exhaust, rbp black tip
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    Hi, and welcome to the site!
    Eddie , 2000 Chevy Tahoe Z71 (old style)

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    Welcome to the site! There seems to be a lot of pretty good buys on Sub's around, so I'd just look for the lowest mileage and newest one I could afford. Good luck!

    2010 Z/71 Colorado C/C
    Black 4X4 w/5.3L V8
    2007 Winnebago Adventurer
    w/8.1L Chevy & Allison 6spd.
    Canyon Lake, Texas

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    Welcome to the club!
    2004 Chevy Colorado
    LS1 5.7 swap/TBSS rear axle swap

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    Welcome to the site!

    Bobby - North Carolina
    2008 4x4 5.3L V8
    6" Suspension Lift and 1.5" Body Lift
    20x9 Ballistic Jesters w/35" Toyo Open Country MT's & 1.5" rear wheel spacers
    4:56 Yukon Gears
    Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator
    Baja style bed mount spare tire carrier
    Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust
    Recon Smoked LED tails/3rd brake lights/black projectors w/switchback LED's in the corners
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    K&N CAI
    No Fear Pedals
    Tint, Line-X bedliner, Window visors, Rear wheel well liners
    Painted front grill, bow ties and door badges, de-"lettered" tailgate
    Powder coated front and rear bumpers

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