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    Default Best year for a suburban

    Hello folks, newbe here, looking to buy a suburban, again, had one of the original diesels. Towing a 18ft boat twice a year. Any suggestions would be appreicated, yr 1996-2002.

    Thanks, Ken

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    I'm a truck guy so I can't answer your question, but someone in the forums dedicated to Burbs might be able to do so. And welcome!

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    Welcome to the Club and Hopefully one of our members can give you an answer on your question!!!

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    Welcome to GMTC
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    Welcome to the G M T C ! There isn't that much difference in those model years, as far as I know. That being said, I'd go for the newest one that fits your needs. Good luck!

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    In that year range the newest one with the best price for condition, not many changes or upgrades between those years.
    Welcome aboard

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    Welcome to the Club.
    I have a 99 (below) and my wife's is a 02 C2500 6L. They both pull our travel trailer just fine; her's is fancier inside and does a little better on hills. They're both daily drivers, and mine gets better mileage with fewer repairs.

    If you only use it twice a year, then I'm with everyone else on finding the best body/history for the least amount of money. You can't beat a 350 for... well, for anything, but the 6L does have a bit more power and the tow/haul option.

    What year is the diesel?

    Good luck,

    1999 Chevy K2500 Suburban 350
    K&N, reworked cai, Thrush cat-backs
    Vinyl, cranks, floor shift, and rear air!

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    Hiya, Welcome to the club man!
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    I liked my 86 as it still had a 4bbl and it got better mileage than my 2010 Silverado

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    All I know is that I didn't know they still made suburbans until I saw a newer model sitting in the parking lot at work. It was black too, what a beast...I loved it. still shorter than my truck though cause the burb fit in the parking space.

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