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Old 10-12-2011, 06:15 PM   #15
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Interesting to read rumors here about Chevy Suburban. Just yesterday I received a letter from my local Chevy dealer wanting to buy up to seven Suburbans within the next few days. Early indication? If they are discontinued expect a premium for the older ones.

But I like to believe there will be always be a market for this vehicle, unless GM can phase in an acceptable replacement. However Ford is discontinuing the Crown Vic and Lincoln Towncar. Both have a good reputation with Police, Government, Taxi and other users. Time and technology marches on. Vehicles are getting lighter while new Airstreams are getting heavier. Who really knows what will be coming down the road?
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:18 PM   #16
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One thing I've heard over and over about the Dura system is how crummy the mileage is. How come my 16000 pounder gets 15mpg and those Chevs get 9, if that?
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:31 PM   #17
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Used to have pix from the Detroit autoshow here...

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Old 10-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #18
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Last year I was part of a opinion gathering seminar with respect to the next gen interiors for the GM trucks and SUVs. The dash board/instrument panel. If you like the current interiors, you will like the next gen better.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:25 PM   #19
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One thing I've heard over and over about the Dura system is how crummy the mileage is. How come my 16000 pounder gets 15mpg and those Chevs get 9, if that?
Not a "Chev", but close, our Duramax is averaging 13.5 on our current trip to the Northeast. Apparently the mileage is better if you drive slower...who would have thunk it?
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #20
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Vehicles are getting lighter while new Airstreams are getting heavier.
That damn pressboard is heavy!
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:36 PM   #21
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Diesel Suburban

Diesel Suburban? There's a former farmer in the wilds of Western Virginia who modified his own Suburban with the Duramax/Allison combo. As the mechanic related, it was so popular that he custom builds to order. He does need to modify the tranny tunnel but for a custom order? No worries.

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Old 10-12-2011, 09:04 PM   #22
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My 2003 k2500 with 8.1 liter and 4:10 gearing is rated at 12,000 lbs towing and 19,200 combined. All I know is it pulls my safari 30 like a utility trailer and my old 6.0 and 3.73 was working hard for the same mileage even! I have kept my 03 and will until they offer something better than the 6.0 and lame gearing options.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:39 AM   #23
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There's an outfit in Florida that specializes in making "Duraburbs." I have to admit, I've been really tempted to give them a call.

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Old 10-13-2011, 05:15 AM   #24
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Wow, what a neat conversion! If I had the money. jim
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About 20 years ago a guy here in the area took an engine out of a Cat bulldozer and put it in his Burb. Apparently it worked well.
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My 2003 k2500 with 8.1 liter and 4:10 gearing is rated at 12,000 lbs towing and 19,200 combined. All I know is it pulls my safari 30 like a utility trailer and my old 6.0 and 3.73 was working hard for the same mileage even! I have kept my 03 and will until they offer something better than the 6.0 and lame gearing options.
Ditto.
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Just yesterday I received a letter from my local Chevy dealer wanting to buy up to seven Suburbans within the next few days. Early indication? If they are discontinued expect a premium for the older ones.
That's just a marketing ploy. Lots of folks get them for lots of vehicles.
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