Hi All, 37, M from SoCal here. I've been mostly into Lexus cars prior to this, and my wife and I had a 2003 Honda Odyssey along with two kids age 5 and 2. Wife was interested in the 2011 Odyssey so I sold my 2003. When we finally looked at the new Odyssey, we decided that it was nice, but it wasn't $44,000+tax/title/license nice. So I searched craigslist and found a 1999 Suburban for sale. Burgundy, decent shape, asking $3100. I got it down to $2500, $2800 after tax and reg transfers. But then the fun began as I found out all the problems with it: Suspension is messed up, all four tires are bad (each one was a different brand, and one was a different size!), radiator was rusted, all brakes need to be redone including new front rotors due to warpage, major service incl. changing all filters and fluids, etc. So I'm investing about $3400 to get it back into tip-top shape, which means my total cost for the Suburban will be $6200 but that includes having replaced just about everything in the car that would cause a break-down with new parts. The vehicle has 157,000 miles on it. I'm told that after I replace all these parts, it should run for another 157,000 miles. It is the LT version, 2WD, with towing package. Good idea? Bad idea? Will this come back to bite me as a big mistake? I think that $6200 is better spent than the $44,000+ since I'm using the vehicles the same way, and I think the Suburban runs nice enough for us. Obviously, my regret is that I should have bought a vehicle that needed less work, but then again, I'm pretty happy that my Suburban will have mostly all new parts. After I get it back, it's going to get detailed, and then I'm looking to buy seat covers for the front and Nerf bars for the sides - do you recommend nerf bars as opposed to say running boards? It seems like they're half the price ($200 for a pair vs close to $400 for running boards). Any other mods or ideas? This is my first post, I'll have pictures of it when I get it back from the mechanic, and I'm glad to be a part of this organization. Looking forward to some help from all you. Thanks!