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Old 04-22-2013, 11:20 AM
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My family had three 5.7L suburbans in the 90's.
Each had 2 transmissions while we owned them and one had 3 transmissions. The 4l60E is a piece of junk.

During that time I got in to Land Cruisers, and my entire family switched from Broncos & Suburbans to Land Cruisers & 4runners and we have not had a single transmission failure since.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:33 AM
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My family had three 5.7L suburbans in the 90's.
Each had 2 transmissions while we owned them and one had 3 transmissions. The 41l60E is a piece of junk.

During that time I got in to Land Cruisers, and my entire family switched from Broncos & Suburbans to Land Cruisers & 4runners and we have not had a single transmission failure since.

4 Runner traded for LandCruiser 12 yrs ago.....now on my 3rd LandCrusier......great vehicle.

Get 19-20mpg highway when not towing.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:06 PM
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Yeah, land cruiser is out of the budget unfortunately. I need to be able to tow a 3400lb dry boat plus gear/trailer/fuel weight so a 4runner is just about maxed out on tow cap. This will be used to pull a 20 foot vdrive mostly, and I want it to be able to go on the highway pretty well. Suburbans are cheap and there's a ton of them, so that seems the best route at this point.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:16 PM
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I towed our '01 X9 with '93 FZJ80 Land Cruiser on 35's a few times. Besides not being able to get out of it's own way, it towed fine

Seriously- you can find '98 and '99 100 series land cruisers (4.7 V8) down around $7-8k. My roommate bought my dad's old '98 and it now has 250k. First non-schedule maintenance was a CV joint at 230k. It rides and drives better than my '06 Tundra with more than 3 times the miles.

Sorry if I'm distracting from the goal of the thread... The 5.3 and 5.7L engines are great, I just hate the rest of the truck.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:21 PM
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I towed our '01 X9 with '93 FZJ80 Land Cruiser on 35's a few times. Besides not being able to get out of it's own way, it towed fine

Seriously- you can find '98 and '99 100 series land cruisers (4.7 V8) down around $7-8k. My roommate bought my dad's old '98 and it now has 250k. First non-schedule maintenance was a CV joint at 230k. It rides and drives better than my '06 Tundra with more than 3 times the miles.

Sorry if I'm distracting from the goal of the thread... The 5.3 and 5.7L engines are great, I just hate the rest of the truck.
What I'm attempting to do here is sell my Jeep XJ and just use that to purchase a different tow vehicle. I'd like to keep it around 5k or less. I know that's a terribly low budget, but the only thing this truck is going to do is tow a boat and get me through a couple snowy winter days a few times a year. I'll put less than 2500 miles on this in any given year so gas mileage and any other daily driver aspects of the vehicle are not a deterring factor. I just want a tow beast that won't be an eye sore in front of the house. I found an 01 'burb 2500 for $4500 with the 6.0L in it. 211k miles, but if I could get him down to 3800-4000 for it, I'd probably pop on that.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:24 PM
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We found Suburbans (had two) insufficient for our needs. Also blew out a tranny on a '98 model. Went with the diesel Excursion -- a different class of vehicle altogether, if you need that sort of capability. 18mpg empty, 15-16 mpg loaded.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:32 PM
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Sounds reasonable. I traded my 01 Yucon XL with the 6L motor at 198K. It still ran strong, just was starting to drip a little oil. Pulling power shouldn't be a problem. If you have "autoride" that isn't working, there is a source to deactivate it and replace it with bilstein shocks. At some point, an old high mileage truck is going to breakdown - probably without warning and at a most inconvient time. Doesn't matter if it is a toyota and someone else has 300K miles on theirs or if it is a GMC. It's just going to happen and that's the risk you take driving a high mileage truck.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:40 PM
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Sounds reasonable. I traded my 01 Yucon XL with the 6L motor at 198K. It still ran strong, just was starting to drip a little oil. Pulling power shouldn't be a problem. If you have "autoride" that isn't working, there is a source to deactivate it and replace it with bilstein shocks. At some point, an old high mileage truck is going to breakdown - probably without warning and at a most inconvient time. Doesn't matter if it is a toyota and someone else has 300K miles on theirs or if it is a GMC. It's just going to happen and that's the risk you take driving a high mileage truck.
You are on the money.

I might be a little biased....
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:32 AM
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I have an '03 with the 8.1L 496 in it. It's awesome, pretty fun to tow an X-45 with the same engine in it too.
Gas mileage, however, is awful.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:58 AM
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We have a 2002 with the 5.3 liter motor. The motor pulls well down low. No problem pulling an XStar up a fairly steep launch ramp. Loses power up long hills. But we put on 35 inch tires and have not re geared yet.

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