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    Default hey im new here and...

    ok so here is the story... i have 5 kids and always wanted and lets face it needed a suburban...and i got it..its so nice gt stearing wheel,after market tach,lift kit,33 in tires on american racing rims, chrom dress up on the engine,engine is chevy orange,tv & vcr....put alot into it by the way of new fuel filter, fixed fuel lines, tune up...all done myself...and now my poor baby is broken...i have been told the #4 piston is no good and i should just replace the engine...which i just cant do..i have only had it since the summer and dont want to get rid of it...can anyone help a mom out??

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    Welcome to the forum marsha, i'm sure someone will be able to help you!
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    Welcome to the club!

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    Sorry to hear about your baby, welcome to the club though!


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    Legend unplugged's Avatar
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    to GMTC. A great place to hang out for all things GM.
    Sorry to hear about the blown engine. Not a lot we can do here for you. Obviously an engine swap is something beyond your ability, so you will either have to pay a shop to do the work or sell the burb.

    You don't mention what year your burb is, so its difficult to say whether it makes sense to dump $3000 for an engine, or buy another vehicle.

    As a mother of 5 you should probably consider something more fuel efficient than a burb. There are mini-vans galore that would make a great kid hauler and the money you save on gas you can put in your piggy bank for repairs.

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    u welcome ........... try to buy used engine from junk yard or car it has a accident its more cheap dont fix buy used 1

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    Welcome to the site! Im sorry to hear about the engine. Hopefully someone will be able to help you out.

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    Marsha marsha marsha, sorry had to get that out of the way.

    Have you had a second opinion on this diagnosis?
    If not that should be the next step.
    The Suburban is a great people mover and it's popularity means theres plenty of wrecked Suburbans waiting to have thier parts picked out and used to revive your girl, not to mention all the other fine GM products that use the same engine that it could be swapped with.
    You dodnt give any specifics about your like yr, engine size, 4x4 or 2x4 (I suspect 4x4 because of the lift but thats not a guarantee), mileage.

    So with that said I'd get a second opinion.
    If it is a bad cylinder I'd start calling around for pricing on
    1- Used certified low mileage engines
    2- Remanufactured engines
    You want the price with new belts, hoses, water pump, tune-up parts, etc
    Once you have the prices you'll need to sit down and figure if a replacement engine is financially feasable or if it's time to look at a replacement vehicle.
    Factor in the mileage and condition of your vehicle and other drivetrain parts like the transmission and/or transfercase, and axles.

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    Hi, and welcome to the site! I hope everything works out for you!
    Eddie , 2000 Chevy Tahoe Z71 (old style)

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    oh god i have had minivans and we all really dont fit its a 1990 my kids love the does suck on gas but i keep it preatty local

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