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Old 11-03-2003, 05:39 AM
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I am in the market for a new vehicle (well not new, but new to me). My wife really likes suburban's and I like them too. I've always been a ford guy, but the ford offering just doesn't make sense, besides, they are way over priced.

Anyway, I'm thinking 98-2001, and want to hear if any of you have any opinions on those years. I know in 2000 they came out with the new 4.8 and 5.3 engines, better suspension, and braking.

I am really only interested in either the 5.7 or the 5.3 and I only want a 1/2 ton. It would be nice if it had 4WD, but I don't mind 2WD, as long as it has limited slip.

Anywho, anyone have/had one, and what are your thoughts.
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Old 11-03-2003, 05:52 AM
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I've got a 1998 GMC 4x4 with V8 (350) SLE with Z71 package ,120,000 miles and runs great. Keep oils changed and everything maintained and it is fine.
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Old 11-03-2003, 08:57 AM
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What kind of gas milage do you get out of your suburban?
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I bought a 1999 4WD with a 5.7L. I only have about 65k on it so far but haven't had any trouble at all. I can't keep my wife out of it. She will jump in the Suburban when it's only her and leave the smaller cars in the driveway. I'd rather her take the Honda Accord due to the gas milage. We get about 14-15 MPG. I drove it across country, from MD to San Diego and all aroubd in between. I love it! There are pretty good rebates on them right now. They resell pretty good also. I've seen '99 in the paper for around 20k. Get the rebate and finance for 6 years and buy new if you can. Great deals out there. I think there is a 3k rebate on them plus the dealers are hungry for sales right now.
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Old 11-03-2003, 09:36 AM
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LOL, Yeah, they do have nice rebates, but they still cost LOADS with that. I could never afford a new one. I'm looking for a $250 a month payment tops. $300 if it is just too nice to pass up.
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Old 11-03-2003, 01:20 PM
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I've owned 3 of them. An 87, 95 and 99. The last was a 3/4 ton with a 454 that I ordered out from GMC. Horrible mileage but a nice truck otherwise. All 4x4's. All very dependable trucks. I've since gone diesel with an 01 Chevy HD2500 duramax and now an 03 Excursion with the new 6.0 power stroke diesel. You might want to take a look at an 00 Excursion with the 7.3 diesel. Great mileage and they run forever. I get over 20mpg on the hiway and 17 or so all around.
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:12 AM
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A 2000 Excursion is still going to be around $20k. I think your only real option is the Suburban or the Expedition as they seem to be about the same price, but the Suburban is obviously bigger. The 5.7 and 5.3 are great motors too and this is coming from a Ford man.
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:22 AM
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Woody_CRF- if you buy a Chevy I'm coming to Utah to knock some sense into you! TRAITOR! I'm not a fan of the Suburban style rigs- how are you gonna haul your bike? Trailer's don't count LOL. You need to sweet-talk that lovely wife of yours into a crew cab Powerstroke
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:27 AM
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Woody_CRF- if you buy a Chevy I'm coming to Utah to knock some sense into you! TRAITOR! I'm not a fan of the Suburban style rigs- how are you gonna haul your bike? Trailer's don't count LOL. You need to sweet-talk that lovely wife of yours into a crew cab Powerstroke
He's got a good point there. Are you planning on keeping your truck??
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:29 AM
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I am not so sure the suburban is bigger than the excursion. My folks recently bought an excursion and it is VERY roomy inside. We used to have a sub, and I would venture to say the excursion has more interior leg room in the back seats.
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