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08-25-2010, 11:00 PM #1
New blood checking in.
First off; I must confess that I am a Ford guy...:na: However, I love Suburbans and I buy what makes the most sense.
I currently own an `87 Ford van converted to 4wd by a company called Pathfinder Conversions and it is a super rare beast that rolls on 35s and has a built 425hp 460 big-block.
However, it is the most unreliable vehicle I have ever owned. I have had to have a vehicle towed due to breakdowns 4 times in my life and 3 of those have been with this thing.
It also gets around 8mpg and needs a lot of little things. So, I'm selling it and have been shopping for a Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban/Expedition for the last 3 weeks.
Tomorrow, I finally drive to Phoenix to check out 3 vehicles and the one on the top of my list is a `97 K1500 Suburban loaded w/ power everything and leather. It has 139k miles on it and looks like it is absolutely mint. Price is $4500 OBO.
Prices on Tahoes and Suburbans are very reasonable around here. I originally wanted a Yukon/Tahoe, but they are harder to find in mint condition for under $5k.
If the Suburban is as nice as it seems, then I will be driving it home.
It will be used to haul the wife and kids camping and on long trips up North to Idaho. I don't have an RV but will likely be getting a camper trailer in the 25' range next year so I will resist the urge to install a big lift and tires on the Burb.
I am hoping to install new torsion bar keys in the front and an add-a-leaf in the back for 2" of lift.
I have owned 2 suburbans before; one a 76 2wd beater and the `77 3/4-ton 4x4 on 35s in my avatar. I have also owned a `98 C1500 ext cab pickup that I lowered and rodded and was so impressed with the Vortec small-block that I wanted one in my next Suburban.
I will be lurking here hoping to gain some more knowledge though I am no stranger to off-roading mods and performance mods...
08-26-2010, 02:03 AM #2
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08-26-2010, 03:41 PM #4
Well, I just brought the beast home; got the `97 Suburban K1500 w/ 139k miles. It had some issues mechanically that I'm not happy with, but the body and interior were in amazingly good condition compared to all of the other vehicles that I looked at.
It needs brakes, tires, a tune-up, and all of the fluids changed. It has a newer radiator and is bone stock.
I got the price down to $4100, which I'm happy with, but I will probably be dumping another $1000 into it before it is deemed road trip worthy.
I already have a set of brand new Mickey Thompson rims and Pro-comp all-terrains sitting in my garage off of a Jeep Wagoneer project, so those will go on in the next hour, though the tires are a bit too small, they will work for the next couple of months...
Heading outside to start pulling plugs and getting a list together for a trip to Autozone...
Here's the pics:
08-27-2010, 07:48 AM #5
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08-28-2010, 06:29 PM #6
Looks real nice... Sounds like a great deal. For that price you can afford to sink a little dough into it and have a great family hauler.
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08-28-2010, 06:36 PM #7
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Welcome aboard, that is a nice looking Suburban.Mike
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