Need to make a decision quick, buying a suburban with 100k miles

spencer_electricianAugust 13, 2007

For some time now I have been looking for a new vehicle. I have my own electrician business and I wan't to have size but also the luxury to enjoy while circling the city all day. I've ruled out cargo vans because I really just dislike them. I currently drive a Nissan Xterra which is way to small but the idea works keeping everything in tool boxes and supplies in boxes with the seats folded down. The problem is, an 8 foot ladder goes from the back door to the windshield. I have heard the suburban gives 8 feet of cargo room from the back door to the backs of the front chairs. I also am going to need to occaisonally pull a small cargo trailer.

The opportunity I have is a year 2000 suburban 1500 LT completely loaded. It is being sold by a wealthy suburbs family and has records off all maintnance performed at Chevy. Their cost is only $10,000. I have always grown up with thoughts of Honda, Nissan, Toyota run forever. Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc run till 100k and then awful things happen. But as I research more and more, I seem to find good things about the suburban. People selling them with 285,000 miles and such.

If they are that good, does that time frame typically include a change in transmission or perhaps an engine? Any other expensive routine things at 100k? Or things that typically go out in the next 100,000 mile period. I have a good feeling about this one because it seems to have been used lightly and has been maintained at the dealership.

Thanks for any advice.

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This is a truck based vehicle and 7 years old. Trouble spots are likely body corrosion, engine valves/valve train,and maybe electrical connectors. Check the doors for rust out at the bottom, although up here in the rust/snow belt, GM and Chevy service trucks are driven many years with the bottom gone from the doors.

Chevy drive trains and gears seem to enjoy long life. A valve job may refresh the engine for many more miles (when needed).

    Bookmark   August 15, 2007 at 4:19AM
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Engine will run a LONG time if properly serviced. Transmission will typically run 100k to 150k so you will need to plan a new tranny soon. That will probably be your biggest expense. The other minor things can add up if you try to keep this vehicle in like new condition. I have had good luck with a 97 truck it now has over 337k and is only on its third transmission. Lots of little things have happened along the way most have been repaired some have not. I guess the key here is not to expect to much from a vehicle. kinda like the old Harley Davidson motorcycle repair guy told his customer that kept returning his new bike for repairs and complaining about it, he told him "Son you gotta kinda look at it this way, little babies die every day, and GOD made them!"
So what do you really expect from a car truck anyway?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2007 at 6:42PM
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