Has the Chevy Suburban seen the end of the road? How do new Suburbans compare?

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by ChevyFan, Sep 17, 2011.


Chevy Suburban - Still Relevant?

  1. Solid Yes - Still fills an essential need.

    128 vote(s)
  2. Somewhat Yes - The world has changed, so has it.

    28 vote(s)
  3. Somewhat No - Gas prices too high & smaller families today.

    3 vote(s)
  4. Solid No - It served it's purpose, time to move on.

    1 vote(s)
  1. Randy Ehrke

    Randy Ehrke New Member

    I have a 1990 1/2 ton 4x2 w/ 6.2L Diesel. I would not trade it for anything offered now. My first car was an 85 GMC Suburban 1/2 ton, 4x4, 350. I am a GMC guy and can not stand the front of the new Yukon XL. If GM offered a heavy half 2wd with a smaller diesel, wouldn't even have to be a duramax, with a 6 speed manual, seeting for 9, vinyl or rubber floor and vinyl or cloth seats. I might buy a new one. I don't mind the look of the Suburban over the Yukon, but I did not realize the second row no longer folds flat. One last thing, bring back the Barn Doors. Not that a new Suburban would fit in my garage, they're too tall, but if it did I could not open the back in the garage. With the barn doors I can open the back up anywhere. Aparently GM can make more money by making these a luxury vehicle and selling them for 50K+ than they can by making them what they used to be.
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  2. atirox

    atirox New Member

    We've got a 1999 K1500 with the old school 350. Bought it with around 150,000 k on the odometer, and we're pushing 300,000 k. And you can't tell me its a gas hog. She can get 36 MPG while towing a 7x14 cargo trailer! Although, that was through the fruit bowl of California with cruise control pinned at 55 MPH... Still... Averages about 18 MPG, and running strong. :p

    What GM should do, is make the 2500 into what the Suburban was. The fold flat second row seats, the removable third row seats, and offer the 6.6 Duramax with the 6 speed Alison. That would be a killer machine.
  3. KidHauler

    KidHauler Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    I'll x2 that! Let the fancy folks have the 1500, and those of us who use it for its intended purpose, "The Carryall", get the 2500, the way we want it. Vinyl, cargo doors, tons of torque...
    Are you listening GM? (tap,tap) is this thing on?
  4. Nargg

    Nargg Rockstar

    Heck, even that much talked about 4.5L diesel would be a welcome addition to the real original SUV! Hey GM! Listen up!
  5. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I have a friend that works at GM powertrain. He said that they have been testing the 4.5L for years. He also said that they have all but given up on the idea. They tested it. Were happy with the results, but don't know if the market would support it. I know many people that would be all in. I would love one, I could never afford it, but it would be awesome.
  6. Nargg

    Nargg Rockstar

    Heck, if the 4.5 would have been available on my 2011 purchase that's the truck I'd bought. I'm sure it would have been more $$, and I can see that if pricing were an issue that would bring pause to GM on releasing it. It'd only make sense if the price were right. The 6.xL versions are mad expensive for sure. But I would never need that much power; the 4.5 would be plenty and a heck of a lot of fun to own and drive (not to mention fuel savings...) I kind of miss the GM that would put things on the market just for the heck of it...

    Say hi to your friend for us! :)
  7. ahm1127

    ahm1127 Rockstar 100 Posts

    A diesel for all 1500 models including Suburban would be great, thats what I would want if I was in the market! Come on GM
  8. Nargg

    Nargg Rockstar

    CNG would be a nice option too. Especially since CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) is about $1.30 per gallon equivalent right now. :great:
  9. Airezenmaster

    Airezenmaster New Member

    If it has an air bag I wont buy it .if it aint carbed it should be! I'm a carb man.

    Has the purpose for the old-style Chevy Suburban gone and will never return?
  10. warhrse

    warhrse New Member

    my suburban just turned 25yrs old,454 was gone when i got it so i built a 358cid at about 400hp.it's a 3/4 ton 2whl dr,400 turbo,4:10 detroit locker,you want to talk about balls !!i have it for one main reason,hauling my two german shepherds (female 80lbs,male 150-160lbs)try that with an suv.i live in cleveland ohio but the truck came from florida but i stock up on used parts when i can find them.somebody hit one of my rear doors(talk about a hard item to find around here)it cost me $400 with a big dent in it !anyways as alot of you had said when someone needs something moved,towed,or whatever my phones ringing.no plans on ever getting rid of it!!!

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