History of the Suburban

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by unplugged, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. unplugged

    unplugged New Member

    GM's Suburban has been around since 1935. In light of the current economy and the administration's bent for eco-friendly cars, let's hope GM will be able to continue production.

    Most don't know that Plymouth produced a "Suburban" begining in 1949.

    Here are a couple of great sites that recount the history of the Suburban:

    1. Wikipedia
    2. Old Burb Club
  2. dbassam

    dbassam New Member

    I doubt it

    unfortunately the future seems to be in the direction of "no big gasoline engines". As an owner of a brand new one i also hope the suburban sticks around as well. I bought one with the upgraded 6.0L V8. Before too long you may never see one again.
  3. unplugged

    unplugged New Member

    I tow a boat, some jet skis, and an occasional piece of rental equipment like a bobcat. How are you supposed to tow your boat to the lake with one of those greeny vehicles they want us to buy? Big Blocks Rule!
  4. Knucklehead

    Knucklehead New Member

    It would be unfortunate if they were to stop making Suburbans , but then everyone could buy older ones and restore them!
    That is interesting , i had no idea plymouth once produced suburbans.
  5. dbassam

    dbassam New Member

    dont ask questions



    You will not be able to tow anything. You will need to call a government certified company to do that for you. It's called "progress". Now sit back down and eat your jello.
  6. AmericanMade

    AmericanMade New Member

    I can vouche for this as its the case in Europe. You see cars towing everything and minivans used for work trucks. You can't buy an SUV or pickup unless you buy it from an american that brought it over, and then its a pain in the @#$. Nothing like seeing a VW towing a pop up camper for a weekend. Crazy!
  7. tigersdl65

    tigersdl65 New Member

    Tha ts what I've been saying for a while is that no one will be able to tow anything. I say we get together and hide as many trucks and suvs as we can just in case. But seriously what would we do without trucks, I couldn't haul hay and feed and cows/horses any more so I would have to find a new job.
  8. cao88c

    cao88c New Member

    Too bad this cars for clunkers program is going to screw us in the end when it comes to parts for our trucks. I wish I had the money/space to tell everyone that was going to trade their trucks/SUV's for the $4500 Obongo check, that I would give them $5000 for their truck/SUV, and I'll just hoard them.
  9. BurtsBurb

    BurtsBurb New Member

    Co-sign!

    Seriously, the market for used Suburbans and other V-8 vehicles will likely grow stronger when The One & Company outlaw them. They want us to drive like Europeans, but they have no clue that some of us don't live like Europeans, nor do we wish to. Also please take note that the government elites are all driven around in large vehicles, and many of them fly in government provided jets. Their carbon footprints make all of us look like third-worlders.

    Contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them if they vote Yes for Cap & Trade you'll be voting for their opponent.
  10. TUTONE

    TUTONE New Member

    I don't think we'll ever see our most illustrious, wonderful, grand paotentate, supreme executive leader, (might as well get used to calling him this now so you don't get arrested for not referring to him as such in the future) commander in chief, Mr. President Barack Obama toting his family around in a "SMART CAR". Yet he/they (congress as well) want(s) everyone else to do so. Oh yeah, sure, he's a real MAN OF THE PEOPLE. I've got a bigger family than he doe's and they can't all fit into my Hyundai. Gentlemen, I belive a revolution is in order!:sleep: "Wake up America!" ---Earl Pitts
  11. unplugged

    unplugged New Member

    Suburban Revolution

    I like it. History will record it as the.......
    Suburban Revolution![​IMG]
  12. TUTONE

    TUTONE New Member

    Ha HA! Who's with me?!
  13. Kraziken

    Kraziken New Member

    I joined the GM site on Facebook and posted about the 4.5 Duramax diesel. 20-25% greater fuel mileage for big rigs and possibly the Suburban, I think it would be a hit.

    But they've put the 4.5 Duramax on the shelf. I get, it kind of, as the ramp up cost of production, but still. They spent money to engineer this great motor, and now won't sell it?
  14. bsharles

    bsharles New Member

    Old International

    Back in the early 70's I had a international travelall [suv] it was old and rusted ,dont remember the year it was ,I lived up in gary indiana and it was the only thing on the block that would start in the dead cold of winter..everyone use to say ''why are you driving that old junker'' until winter came and their fancy new cars wouldn't start and they needed a jump..it was rusted out and had a flathead 6 in it but was one go anywhere anytime truck..can't remember what happened to it,, been to many years
  15. moosetags

    moosetags New Member

    Suburban Historical Researsh

    I am a long time Suburban fan and was doing some research, and came across some interesting information.

    The Chevrolet Suburban is the longest-lived automobile nameplate ever produced. There has been a Suburban produced every year since its introduction in 1935. This includes the World War II years as it was classified as a commercial vehicle at that time. There were Suburban produced in 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945.

    The 2010 model year is the 76th consecutive year that the Chevrolet Suburban has been produced.
  16. kdr358

    kdr358 New Member

    I Pull a Crown Victoria Demolition derby car about 55 miles each way every friday night in the summer with my 89 suburban. I would love to see a jetta or small "compact" suv lugging my 4,000 pound ex- police car that distance.
  17. boduke5051

    boduke5051 New Member


    Jello? Shouldn't it be Soylent Green? lol.

    Just my personal opinion here, I never wanted a Suburban, thought it was a giant gas hog, & what the heck would I ever do with one of these things??? bought an '88 4x4 back in Feb after my S-10 4x4 Blazer got totalled in a 6 car pile up on the way to work out of desperation. had a good price tag on it for the shape it was in. Absolutely, Positively, Without a DOUBT the best purchase I've ever made! I'd now swear by these things! 22 yrs old, 113k on it when I bought it, took me round trip from Tulsa to south central Idaho to see & meet some family that I hadn't seen in almost 30 yrs, stopping through central Utah on the way back. Been driving it through the first winter storm since I've owned it, & only the 2nd recorded bilzzard in NE Oklahoma history, (some news stations are saying 3rd), it hasn't even THOUGHT about getting stuck.

    This thing hauls the kids & the groceries, will just about pull a house off the foundation in 4 low, does it in comfort & style, easy & affordable to work on. Gas mileage really isn't as bad as I thought. I drive about 20 miles each way across Tulsa (I live on the SW corner, & work on the NE corner) through some pretty heavy traffic (made even worse by the insane amount of construction going on in town right now). I can usually get by on about $30 to $40 a week in fuel depending on the pump prices on payday. only 2 gripes are very small ones. can be a bit rough to park in tight spaces, & I wish the window frames on the barn doors were a bit narrower.

    10 months of owning this thing, it boils down to this. They'll take my un-eco friendly Suburban away the same way they take my guns: from my cold dead hands! I'll keep scrounging parts for this thing as long as there are some to be scrounged. If I have my way, & the poor thing doesn't get sideswiped by a Semi or something crazy, I've bought my last vehicle. & I'm only 31. If this thing DOES die, I can guarantee I'll be looking for another one just like it.
  18. Kraziken

    Kraziken New Member

    I couldn't agree more, and I'm on my third Suburban. I also thought they were huge gas hogs, but I keep it as a third vehicle, and admittedly, during the weekends sometimes I drive because I like it. Overall I still don't put very many miles on it. I can't imagine living without one now.
  19. Powershift

    Powershift New Member

    Lets hope for another 25 years of the truck to make it a full 100. Not matter what the design - they always look good - anyone have experience with this 2000 Suburban?
  20. Tom.Horsley

    Tom.Horsley New Member

    Ever since i started driving in 2006 ive always had a suburban. My first car was a 95 burban. I drove that thing till both running boards fell off, the breaks were totally gone, and frame rusted out. Lucky for me my dad wanted to replace his 97 burban with a 2006. I still drive my 97, and i have every intention of drivin it till completely falls apart. Im hoping to through some 4x4 tires on it, and trying some OHV driving. Ive heard this is another area in which the burban excels. Im from MA so im very familiar with government restrictions on the public, but if this, or any other administration tries to remove these trucks from the road, ill be packin up my family, and my guns and getting outa here. That would be a sad sad day for this country, but i pray that that day will never come. now-a-days you can never be sure. My name is Tom Horsley, and i will always drive a burban.

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