Greetings Chitown AirStreamers!
Originally Posted by Chitown AirStreamers
I'm looking at buying a a 1999 Chevy 2500-4x2- with the 7.4 engine... ANyone have a 4x2 with a 454 in it? What gas mileage are you guys getting?
IMHO, you are looking at one of the best Suburbans. The two-wheel drive is FAR preferable to the four-wheel-drive version that has what must be one of the most unreliable 4X4 setups around. The only problem that I have had with my '99 K2500 Suburban is with the four-wheel-drive transfer case. At approximate 15,000 mile intervals, it requires a new control module that has a list price of $750.
The VORTEC 7.4 Liter is a towing machine. With 4.10 differentials, I average 10 to 12 MPG towing my Overlander - - or between 12 and 14 MPG solo. At 196,000 miles plus, the only recurring problem with my Suburban has been the transfer case. The two-wheel drive version will certainly save you MANY dollars in repairs -- and should be a little more economical than that 4X4 version. I honestly don't know what all of the "hand wringing" is over 4X4 as my four-wheel-drive has never worked properly, yet in 196,000 + miles of use I have never been stuck or had to be towed when Airstreaming.
Good luck with your investigation!
P.S.: I am keeping my K2500 Suburban, but will be spending $4,000 on converting it back to two-wheel drive rather than spending $3,000 on a remanufactured transfer case and $750 on another control module that would be destined to fail in 15,000 miles.