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    Default Any Years to Avoid?

    My 1990 GSM Suburban was totaled last night and I am in the market for a newer one, probably in the 1998-2003 range.

    Are there any years to avoid in this time frame?



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    Honestly I'd go with a 2000+ with the LSx based motor and the newer body style. They get better MPG and the motors will live forever.

    The 5.3 (1500) and the 6.0 (2500) motors are based on the same motor as the Corvette and F bodies, and can make some serious power. On the other hand, I've seen many LS1 F- bodies go 180K miles without any motor issues.

    The 03 will allow you to use the newer stereo/GPS systems.

    Just my take on it.
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    Sorry to hear about your burb getting totalled, hope everyone is alright.
    I have to agree with TADave on his take as I own a 2001 Suburban 1500 LS and it has leather, quad seating, and premium ride suspension and my wife loves it. The 5.3 is very fast as well. 2003 and newer (like Dave said) would be your best bet for electronics esp. with Onstar switching to digital in 2008 which will make my 2001's Onstar obsolete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Evans View Post
    My 1990 GSM Suburban was totaled last night and I am in the market for a newer one, probably in the 1998-2003 range.

    Are there any years to avoid in this time frame?


    Sorry to hear about the total. I've been in wrecks before where everything was totaled, it's no fun at all. Hope noone was hurt.

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    Default 1999 and older-great price-

    I'm a very new-2 month-Suburban owner(2wd 1998 196,000 miles-$2950).I've been very pleasantly surprised with it.The PO had the trans rebuilt at 186000-ac & intake mani gasket 155000.It runs just fine-motor strong, not obvious oil use in 600 miles-.It does rattle a bit on our washboard roads, but it is pretty quiet on decent roads and highways.
    The mpg isn't bad-12 mpg in pure short trip city driving.If I drive across town-with a mix of driving on city interstate and ground streets -I get 16 mpg-not bad at all.My much newer designed and 500 lb heavier Titan only got .2mpg better on the same drive.
    I would rather have the newer motor and body style of course-and the better brakes of the 2000 on up, but the 1999 and older are really selling cheap-because of $3 gas I guess.
    If $$ is a concern-it was with me-a 1999 or older will sell for maybe $4000-$5000 less than a 2000 or newer with the same miles.

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    Hello Tom,

    I am also sorry to hear the passing of your suburban. May she rest in peace.

    I have a 1998 K1500 with the 5.7L and for the most part I am very happy with it. My only complaint is that my particular year has a very low tow rating (6500lbs). Didn't bother me till we upgraded our travel trailer. Going from 3200lb to a 5300lb trailer made a noticeable difference. I did some research on and seems 99 through current have at least a 8500lbs tow ratings.

    I also am a woodworker and one thing I don't like about the 2007 is that you can no longer lay a 4ft by 8ft sheet of plywood in the back...flat.

    Oh, also bear in mind I put low miles on my truck; I just took it in today for its 60K mile maintenance!


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    Cool What year to avoid


    Its all good! The best thing to do is research the previous history on a given vehicle, if possible. If there is any year that might be a little off it is 2000. Emissions changed alot and some units were a little down on power from what I hear.

    Currently I have a 2001 Yukon 4x4. No problems and 127k. Sold my last Suburban, a 1999 3/4ton 4x4 LT with over 160k that was previously a corporate vehicle. I did some stuff because I wanted to not because I had to. Did have to replace injectors because they were leaking, but it was a spare vehicle and I had time and space to do it.

    Find one you like and latch on to it. Rely on these forums to ask for help if there is an issue. They have helped me a lot and saved a ton of money.

    Hope this helps.

    Robert Q
    Midland, TX

    2001 Yukon 4x4
    1994 Mustang GT
    1988 Toyota 4x4
    1979 Trans Am

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    Default suxs

    that suxs you totaled your burb...... hope your ok

    do you wanna part it out now?? i need a 350 motor still....... or even a 454

    thats if your close 2 indiana
    Last edited by tazzrocx420; 08-31-2007 at 01:25 AM.

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