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Old 08-30-2007, 09:10 PM   #71
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I think you will have many happy miles in your new Burb. We have 99 1500LT black with tan leather, a Vortec 350, and 4wd. It gets 17mpg, not towing. If you keep to the fluid schedule it will be good for 200,000 miles. Enjot! LJH
Yeah, I took my 1997 1500 2wd to 160000 miles, with no signs of tiring. It's worst feature were the weal brakes, which I believe is what caused me to total it. I think it has the sme engine as yours, Vortech 350.
I got 15-16mpg around town, and 17-19 on the open road, not towing.
Towing, I often got 12.5mpg while towing at 62mph, and 11-12mpg when towing faster. However, I drive conservatively, just fast enough to flow with traffic.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:30 PM   #72
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Oooh, not timeless in that sense....
Of course you get a ride in it. How about at the next Rally?
I don't think I can wait that long..I am kinda a car guy and a new car/truck/suv in the hood gets me excited. Congratulations, I guess this means no more jump starts at Malibu nor sand pulls at Cadiz.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:56 PM   #73
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I don't think I can wait that long..I am kinda a car guy and a new car/truck/suv in the hood gets me excited. Congratulations, I guess this means no more jump starts at Malibu nor sand pulls at Cadiz.
Hey now...what happens in Malibu and/or Cadiz, stays in Malibu and/or Cadiz. I thought our mother made that clear!
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Thank you, Richard!
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:31 PM   #76
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Hey now...what happens in Malibu and/or Cadiz, stays in Malibu and/or Cadiz. I thought our mother made that clear!
Don't tell Mama, Milo made me do it.
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uwe-congrats. The Suburbans are addictive. Great all-around vehicle. The newer models have MUCH better brakes than the older chassis (like the one you "modified"). And with cylinder de-activation you should get good mpg not towing.
Good look, and try not to "modify" this one,

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uwe-congrats. The Suburbans are addictive. Great all-around vehicle. The newer models have MUCH better brakes than the older chassis (like the one you "modified"). And with cylinder de-activation you should get good mpg not towing.
Good look, and try not to "modify" this one,

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Speaking of modifications.....here's what happens if you run out of room with a Suburban.
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Congrats!

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Congrats on new 'Burb... We loved our '94, though the ABS brakes had quirky habit of just "releasing" every other year or so and not stopping at all... A few quick pumps (and a shot of adrenaline..) and all would be well for a few thousand miles...

Just wanted to note that local Chevy dealers blaring on radio ads that new 2007 Crew Cab Pickups (1500's with tow package..) are starting at $8K below MSRP... Cheaper than Suburbans on same frame and running gear.. People who don't need 3rd seat or secure storage in rear (or who want place for generator, etc under bed cover..) might want to look at one of these, with long-term warranties, better brakes, hoses and rubber capable of handling higher levels of Ethanol, etc etc.. Plus you get cool XM Radio and OnStar with Nav features to play with..

Look forward to seeing new combo at AirForums event...
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Congrats on new 'Burb... We loved our '94, though the ABS brakes had quirky habit of just "releasing" every other year or so and not stopping at all... A few quick pumps (and a shot of adrenaline..) and all would be well for a few thousand miles...

Just wanted to note that local Chevy dealers blaring on radio ads that new 2007 Crew Cab Pickups (1500's with tow package..) are starting at $8K below MSRP... Cheaper than Suburbans on same frame and running gear.. People who don't need 3rd seat or secure storage in rear (or who want place for generator, etc under bed cover..) might want to look at one of these, with long-term warranties, better brakes, hoses and rubber capable of handling higher levels of Ethanol, etc etc.. Plus you get cool XM Radio and OnStar with Nav features to play with..

Look forward to seeing new combo at AirForums event...
Looked at the Silverados and Avalanches as well, but can't do much with a pickup bed for my business. Guitars like to ride in A/C comfort, same with tube amps. Plus the Suburban has added security. Got Xm and OnStar, and definitely the big brakes. This wagon really stops, and actually has quite a bit of power to accelerate.
The sensation you described is axactly what happened seconds before I totaled the 97....absolutely no room for error with those old brakes.
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We loved our '94, though the ABS brakes had quirky habit of just "releasing" every other year or so and not stopping at all... A few quick pumps (and a shot of adrenaline..) and all would be well for a few thousand miles...
We sold our 1994 1/2-ton GMC Suburban to a friend when we bought our 2002 3/4-ton Yukon XL for towing our SOB. The '94 Sub had ~90K miles when we sold it, and our friend still drives it....it now has 190K miles, and it is still going strong (and looks beautiful)! She is looking for something that gets better mileage....16-17 on the highway with the 5.7L gets old with these gas prices, especially when you don't need a vehicle for towing. We never had the brake problem, but from the time it was new, about once a year, the starter had a problem, where it wouldn't turn over; but, the second time you tried it, it fired right up. My friend eventually had to replace the starter at ~150K ;-) It was a great vehicle that served us well!

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Old 08-31-2007, 05:04 PM   #82
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We sold our 1994 1/2-ton GMC Suburban to a friend when we bought our 2002 3/4-ton Yukon XL for towing our SOB. The '94 Sub had ~90K miles when we sold it, and our friend still drives it....it now has 190K miles, and it is still going strong (and looks beautiful)! She is looking for something that gets better mileage....16-17 on the highway with the 5.7L gets old with these gas prices, especially when you don't need a vehicle for towing. We never had the brake problem, but from the time it was new, about once a year, the starter had a problem, where it wouldn't turn over; but, the second time you tried it, it fired right up. My friend eventually had to replace the starter at ~150K ;-) It was a great vehicle that served us well!

Cheers, Dee (and TinEarPaul)
Yes, those were great vehicles, with only few flaws. The brakes were worst flaw.
My 97 looked quite nice, too, especially righ after a car wash. 166000 miles, and no major issues. I had the same starter problem remedied it by installing a new starter just before summer. I saw up to 19mpg hwy with the 97, 14-15 around town. My Suburban had a Fuel injection recall done, where they replaced the injectors under some sort of emissions recall.
Last year the transmission broke, had it replaced. Other than that, just minor stuff like battery cables and battery, tires brakes, and Amsoil oil changes. Not a bad truck at all. My plan was to drive it to 200k and then take a really close look at it. But, so much for plans....
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:07 PM   #83
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Hey Uwe,

Sorry about the accident but congrats on the new 'burb! The brake issues make me think about our '96 Burb. I've been through two power brake boosters in two years. The first one lasted 112k miles, the second only 12k, now I'm on number three. Braking this big beast gets me anxious now, never knowing when I'll hear that hissing noise of vacuum loss and the subsequent difficulty coming to a stop. Not a good thing.

As much as I like my vehicle - it's been paid off for 6 years - a truly reliable braking system would do wonders for my peace of mind.

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