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T Scott
05-20-2006, 05:58 PM
Hey Guys,
I am considering purchasing an older (mid 90's) Suburban. I won't use it as a daily driver, mostly trips to Home Depot, pulling the boat around, etc.
My question is in regards to the reliability of these trucks with 100,000 miles plus. I have seen many Suburbans with over 200,000 on them, but I just wonder how bad it will nickel and dime me to get there. If anyone has any experience or comments surrounding this, I'd love to hear it.

Tom

brianaw26
05-20-2006, 06:01 PM
My dad had one. 95 I think. It had 234000 on it when he sold it, He did nothing to it but change the oil. I had an 89 s10 blazer and the same can be said for that. I think the older Chevy trucks are beasts. But it all depends on how the previous owner treated it.

Workin' 4 Toys
05-20-2006, 09:40 PM
The truck you speak of, issues are with brakes and the occasional fuel pump.
Otherwise, regular maintenance and you should be good to go.

Cloaked
05-21-2006, 10:02 PM
I have a 2K model with 134K on it. Runs like a champ. I just put the first replacement pads on it (4-wheel disc) last week. Replaced a window motor, and one cracked windshield. I am pleased with it.

Larryp
05-21-2006, 10:08 PM
I would like to add a couple of more issues. I believe you will find that the intake gasket will start leaking oil or coolant every 80,000 miles. Do not doubt me these beast have been paying my bills for a long time. I was a manager at the chevrolet dealership. Wiper controll module will fail, its under recall. Reat taillights fail. I f you want I can get you an internal warranty history from chevrolet. A VIS if you will. Remember wether it be a 4l60e or a 4l80e that tranny rarely last more than 150,000 miles.

Mi.mc
05-21-2006, 10:40 PM
Hey Guys,
I am considering purchasing an older (mid 90's) Suburban. I won't use it as a daily driver, mostly trips to Home Depot, pulling the boat around, etc.
My question is in regards to the reliability of these trucks with 100,000 miles plus. I have seen many Suburbans with over 200,000 on them, but I just wonder how bad it will nickel and dime me to get there. If anyone has any experience or comments surrounding this, I'd love to hear it.

Tom

we own a 92 chevrolet suburban and use it solely as a "lake truck" it has quite a few miles (i dont know exactly how many) and it is great for pulling the boat/ firewood etc. the problems that we've had have been a dead starter, and we have alot of trouble with the transfer case. overall, it does very well, and it starts right up after being in storage for a long period of time. The one thing is that it gets horrible gas mileage, especcially while pulling a boat.

Mi.mc
05-21-2006, 10:43 PM
one more thing- because of the fact that you live in orlando fl, the 4 wheel drive goofs shouldnt be too much of a problem (we also use ours during the winter when we need to drive our un plowed private drive)

Cloaked
05-21-2006, 11:12 PM
....... I f you want I can get you an internal warranty history from chevrolet. A VIS if you will. Remember wether it be a 4l60e or a 4l80e that tranny rarely last more than 150,000 miles.Please do. PM me for additional points of contact please.

86Craft
05-21-2006, 11:21 PM
It is a roll of the dice with any truck. Check it over, and gather as much info as possible on it. I'm a Ford guy, but the people who I know that have a Suburban, or GMC Yukon XL seem very pleased with them. Gas is the biggest beef, but you know about that going in. Good Luck!

Larryp
05-21-2006, 11:57 PM
I do believe they are great trucks I drive a 04 1500 4x4 work truck. for the money best one on the road. If its good enough for mc its good enough for me.

DrNautica
05-22-2006, 01:31 AM
Hey Guys,
I am considering purchasing an older (mid 90's) Suburban. I won't use it as a daily driver, mostly trips to Home Depot, pulling the boat around, etc.
My question is in regards to the reliability of these trucks with 100,000 miles plus. I have seen many Suburbans with over 200,000 on them, but I just wonder how bad it will nickel and dime me to get there. If anyone has any experience or comments surrounding this, I'd love to hear it.

Tom


T Scott,

I have a '95 3/4 ton Suburban w/454 gas engine that I ordered new in '94. It now has 280,000+ miles. Here's a list of what I've replaced besides routine maintenance:

Alternator x 2
Oil cooler lines
Water Pump
Radiator
Starter x 2

That is it.

The worst item on these were the front disc brakes. They suck. I wasa replacing mine every 16-20k and used to keep a spare set of front rotors for when the old ones warped. I'd replace them, then have the old ones turned to use as spares again.

Other than that, this truck rocks. My wife still drives it every day. I've moved on to an '02 Excursion diesel which now has 200,000 miles itself.

H20skeefreek
05-22-2006, 09:29 AM
I just got a 98 tahoe (4x4 5.7L v8) to replace my 2001 s10 as my tow vehicle (truck is still wifes daily driver). Prior to me owning it, it did have the intake manifold gasket replaced. The heater hose coonection on the intake manifold can be problematic on that particular block, but a cheap fix.

This truck is a GREAT tow vehicle. I barely know the boat is back there.

bigmac
05-22-2006, 09:36 AM
My partner has a Suburban with 360,000+ on it. It's pretty rusted body-wise, but it runs well. His only issues have been brakes, occasional driveline seals, but nothing major.

Thrall
05-22-2006, 10:43 AM
IMO, as far as longevity, the GM's are the best of the big 3, looking at early 90's models as you said.
Had a '90 GMC, 1500, 5.7L, 5sp 4x4. Ran it up to 160k mi, alternator, rear wheel cylinders, clutch, and basic maint items. Truck was solid when I sold it and saw the guy 2yrs later, w/ a gooseneck on it and 220k mi on the odo. Said still orig engine, trans and axles.

LakePirate
05-22-2006, 10:53 AM
I had a 97 Tahoe, replaced the tranny at about 140,000, replaced alternator, put brakes on it pretty frequently. That is the bad

The Good....I absolutely loved it. It went everywhere and did everything. It was a sad day when Big Blue got traded in for an 02 Avalanche. But I love the 'lanche as well.

mtripper
05-22-2006, 11:41 AM
I've got a 96 with 130k on it and it still runs strong. I used to have an old beater, 82 I think, I bought a long time ago and sold it with 260k on it. My brother has a 98 with 160K on it. It's my favorite tow vehicle.

DrNautica
05-22-2006, 11:02 PM
Thought I'd post a pic of the wife's 280,000 mile Suburban. Sorry, it's a nightime photo and sorta dark. I might be able to get a good one tomorrow.

Oh, I didn't mention that the entire exhaust system is factory original and still in great shape. And... No bodywork either.

Mi.mc
05-23-2006, 06:51 PM
what year?

on my 92 i've noticed some rust spots

rick s.
05-23-2006, 07:46 PM
we had a 99 suburban before we bought the 2003. On the 99, the brakes were replaced at about 20K miles, then every 6K (!!!) after that. Have 36K on the 2003 and (knock on wood) have not done any brake work yet. Soon tho, but not yet.

I would stay away from the big block motor, they were 100K mile throw-aways.

teddy
05-23-2006, 10:41 PM
My third suburban was a 95 that my son is now driving with 197k miles. Original motor and transmission and still running strong. The weakness' I am aware of is the oil cooler lines and power steering lines and air conditioners. I wouldn't hesitate to pull the boat with it now.

If I were looking for a mid 90 I would try and get a 96 or later to get the Vortech 350 for a little more power and the same reliability.

DrNautica
05-23-2006, 10:49 PM
what year?

on my 92 i've noticed some rust spots


Mine (above picture) is a 1995.

Original Big Block

280,000+ miles

Original Transmission

Original Exhaust

No Body Work

2 new Alternators
Oil cooler lines
Water Pump
Radiator
2 new starters

T Scott
05-23-2006, 11:19 PM
Thanks for all the great feedback guys. I am actively trying to find one.

T Scott
05-29-2006, 11:14 PM
I picked up this 1995 Tahoe over the weekend. 107k miles, 4x4, 33" tires, fair interior, dual exhaust, etc. Paid $3000. Should do the trick for local boat hauling and trips to Home Depot. Thanks for all the advice guys!

Tom

Mi.mc
05-29-2006, 11:32 PM
congratulations

Workin' 4 Toys
05-30-2006, 11:08 AM
T SCOTT Nice work...

How are the tires?

T Scott
05-30-2006, 05:19 PM
Tires are in good shape, but a little loud with regard to road noise. Also, It has dual exhaust and is pretty loud when I accelerate. :D