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I love it, but it's time to let go....

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by Naptime, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Naptime

    Naptime New Member

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    What I thought was bad gas, is far from it. The shop got the motor pulled apart and it's surprising the thing ran as well as it did.
    It'll need a new motor and I'm not willing to make that leap.
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    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

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    that sucks dude. always liked your suburban.

    Alex
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    Sorry to hear man. Hope you get a new GM product soon.
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  4. SurrealOne

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    New motors are cheaper than new vehicles...
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  5. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

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    X2..........
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    I think I know where someone can get a nice burb that just needs a drop in.
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  7. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

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    Why not find a low mileage replacement engine, a lot cheaper than a new car payment.
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    it is a sweet ride.. I say Nice new Crate motor.... I always liked that style too....
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  9. Jimmeh

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    While it's obvious that a new engine will be cheaper than a new car, sometimes it's time to just make a change. Good luck no matter what you do!
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  10. Naptime

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    Here's what it's boiling down to for me. If I throw another 5k(+) at it. I'll have a truck that I'll likely only be able to sell for little more than the cost of that motor.

    The replacement will be a cash purchase so I wont have a payment. Looking at a newer Jeep Unlimited. I like Jeeps too.
    As a side note, I really enjoyed the impotent expression on the Jeep drivers faces when they locked on this Suburban rolling their way.

    All that said. I am conflicted and appreciate the comments.
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  11. Ape

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    I just dropped a new crate engine in mine for 2 grand. After buying new emnissions stuff and sensors I probably got near 2,500 into it. But well worth it IMO.
    If the dealership would've dropped it in for me it would've been another 2 grand. Still not bad comparitively.
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  12. SurrealOne

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    Your Burb looks good and has some improvements done to it to suit your taste. You need to decide if you are going to keep it and, if so, simply roll with the punches and sink the cash into it. I like what I see in your pic; I personally wouldn't part with it if it was mine. If I wanted a Jeep I'd fix the Burb -and- get the Jeep. It might delay when I could get the Jeep but it's doable. And 5k for an engine sounds steep...
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  13. oldmanstruck

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    getting a Jeep? who know what problems will come with it :)

    I have a 88 sub and my wife keeps telling me to "let it go", "get a newer one"... I told her at least I know what problem my 88 has vs buying another "unknown"
    Don't think too much about how much you would sell for in later time, that reasoning is kind of pointless unless you are going to sell it NOW
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  14. Naptime

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    Regarding the unknown problems. That is a valid point, but it applies to all non-new components on the burb as well. And there is a short list of 'knowns' too. I look at it like this, fixing the burb or buying the replacement, basically sets the clock back at zero for both in the unknown problem area.
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  15. Naptime

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    The 5k is ballpark from the shop. Historically his ballpark is on the high side and the bill is less. However, he's telling me we may not be able to find a motor. I say "but they are all over the internet for sale". His response was to "just try and actually get one". So my only option might be to rebuild this one.
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  16. Ape

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    What engine does your Burb have now? Your local Chevy dealer will have one on hand I'd bet.
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  17. tbplus10

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    You know with a little work you could drop in a 383 stroker and still get close to the same HP as your 454, and possibly get a little better price on the engine. I know thier easier to find.
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  18. ChevyFan

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    What exactly is the issue with the 454¿
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  19. Naptime

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    A fantastic question. At this point we do not know exactly.

    It had a bad miss. They found very low compression in #2. Pulled the manifold etc. off, and found broken lifters. They suspect the cam and lifters were oil deprived. Possible bad cam bearing(?) I believe he said.

    He's saying they need to get the cam out to really see what's up.

    I put a hold on progress until other options, new engine, new vehicle, etc, are explored.
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  20. Naptime

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    I've read some guys have gone that route. Honestly, this truck NEEDS the 454. If there was a 554, I'd buy it!
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