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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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Old 11-04-2003, 12:38 AM
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zoohoot is an av making machine now
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:55 AM
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The excursion is WAY bigger than the sub. Plus ford is better than chevy any way.
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Old 11-04-2003, 02:26 AM
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Ok, lets set the record straight.

The excursion is like 17" longer than a suburban (I believe my bro meant to type expedition, and I edited his post so it does). The '00 excursions are $20,000 if it has the V10, and more if it has the desiel. So they are NOT an option.

In contrast the same '00 suburban fully loaded is about $18,000 or less depending if you have to have 4WD or the LT trim.

As for my '68 FORD F250. She will still be mine. I don't think I'll ever sell it. I own it, and the insurance is really cheap, and she runs really well. So when it comes to riding I'll still have my truck.

I have enough friends and family with trucks that I really don't have to worry about it anyway.

Cowboy, believe me, If I could stick with FORD I would. Believe me, I would. They just aren't realistic at this point. As for the crew cab... oh man cowboy, you have NO idea how much I've talked, cried, begged, pleaded, and told my wife that I was getting a Ford Crew cab, and she has told me to go blow it out my rear every time. She says, "It's my vehicle and I don't want a big ol'e truck to be putting groceries, and my children in"

She has a valid point. You also have to know my little fire breathing wife is all of 5' tall. So big doesn't exactly fit the bill for her. Heck we have to have ladders or stools all over our kitchen just so she can get in the cupboards. You have to also know that we are expecting our 4th child right now, so with a crew cab, we would already have it maxed out seat wise. Our plans include one more child, so the crew cab would only be good for us for another 2 years or so max.

Ok, so back to the topic at hand...

The only thing I am not excited about on the suburban is that at like 120,000 miles you usually have to replace the rear main bearing. I guess they start spitting oil out like crazy. Anyone know if the 5.3 still has this problem? Or even the '98 or '99 5.7? Or is this just a rumor?
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Old 11-04-2003, 05:52 AM
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I did mean the expedition, not the excursion, thanks for making that change. The Excursion is only 4" longer than the suburban, contrary to common belief. How many miles does your Sister's '98 Suburban have? I know they have had a few problems, but they have all been minor, but I think they are only around 70k miles.
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Old 11-04-2003, 05:56 AM
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I think she is between 70 and 80K. No problems yet, well except oil leaks.
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Old 11-04-2003, 07:25 AM
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Ahh...that makes sense. Woody, I think you will be happy with the sub, I liked ours. If bike hauling ever becomes an issue, you can: 1) get a utility trailer or 2) my buddy bought one of those haulers that slides into your trailer hitch and he likes it.

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Old 11-04-2003, 07:50 AM
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Well I can only tell you this. I know a very many people that are happy with their subs most of them have 5.7 they don't have an oil leak problem and wouldn't trade them for anything. I have a 5.7 in my p/u albeit a 1995 I don't drop oil on the ground. I do have slight leaks somewhere in the engine but it only makes the engine dirty. I use (a typical chev) qt of oil every 5k miles I also change the oil every 5k. I have never had any major trouble with it. I have only changed the consumables oil, air filters brakes etc. I have 153k miles and drive it everyday.
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Old 11-04-2003, 07:57 AM
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Thanks guys.

DBD, so you have not heard about the rear main problem?
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Old 11-04-2003, 01:56 PM
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I know you can get a much better deal on SUVs in some areas of the country compared to others. I am in Rapid City, SD, which isnít that far from you. I have bought and sold several vehicles so if you would like me to keep an eye on the classifieds I could send you the phone number of anything that looks like a great deal. It would not be a problem to look at it for you and send pictures if it looks good.
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Old 11-04-2003, 07:22 PM
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Woody, I'm sorry buddy, but you shall be slapped for straying from Ford I would bet you 20 bucks once your wife got used to how awesome a big 'ol truck felt, she'd be in love. As for the groceries... get a roll-up tonneau cover. As for the 5th kid... GOOD GOD MAN, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!?!!? The world population is already increasing too much Johnny-boy, slow down there, sheesh!
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