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Old 12-08-2006, 08:59 PM   #15
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And miles to go before I sleep.

118,352 on a '91 Suburban R2500. Runs great and the milage isn't too bad either: 13.5 w/o trailer, 10.something w/trailer; highway, that is!

Mobil 1 & Wix filters seem to work like a charm.

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Old 12-08-2006, 09:07 PM   #16
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Mine now has just 240,000. Time to take the window sticker off.
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:16 PM   #17
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:26 PM   #18
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How many miles on your tow vehicle?

My current primary tow vehicle was ordered with the intent that it would be used for the long-term. I placed my order in January of 1998, and my 1999 GMC K2500 Suburban was delivered on April 12, 1998. It was ordered with every factory option except the sunroof and diesel engine -- it has the 10,000 pound trailer towing package. About 40% of its miles are towing one or the other of my trailers.
  • Currnet Odometer reading is 177,000 miles
    • It is currently on its 8th electronic 4 WD tranfer case control board -- these seem to last about 15,000 to 18,000 miles.
    • Windshield Wiper Switch replaced at 144,000 miles.
    • Transfer Case Seals & Gaskets replaced at 160,000 miles
    • Front Brake Rotors Resurfaced at 80,000 and 166,000 miles with new pads.
    • Rear brake shoes replaced at 166,000 miles and drums resurfaced.
    • Fuel Pump replaced at 165,000 miles.
    • Water Pump replaced at 106,000 miles.
    • Thermostat replaced at 80,000 and 160,000 miles.
    • OEM Shocks replaced at 89,000 miles.
    • Heater Core replaced at 120,000 miles.
    • Fuel Injectors cleaned at 80,000 and 160,000 miles.
    • Tie Rod Ends and Idler Arm at 155,000 miles.
  • Ziebarted (Interior, Undercarriage, and Exterior Packages) when new and maintained annually since -- no evidence of rust.
  • Original Firestone tires replaced at 35,000 miles with Michelin LTX tires.
    • Second set of Micheling LTX tires installed at 123,000 miles.
  • Regular factory recommended maintenance performed by one of two GM garages every three months or 3,000 miles according to factory recommendations.
  • Transmission serviced every 30,000 miles.
I have looked at new Suburbans, but still like mine better. My current plan is to anticipate 350,000 miles from the drivetrain. Unless the body/chassis suddenly develops a rust problem, I would rather spring for a Good Wrench engine and transmission as opposed to purchasing a new Suburban. I don't enjoy purchasing vehicles, and the age of the vehicle that I drive doesn't bother me, in fact, I prefer a vehicle that has some history.

I suspect that the Suburban will need a paint job and new chrome for its bumpers in about 2019.

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Old 12-09-2006, 03:19 AM   #19
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I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours....!

Hello all -

My TV is an '01 2500 4x4 Suburban LT with the 6L motor. Been OEM and BULLIT PROOF so far. Even still has the original factory Brake Pads on it.

Mileage is 69K.

Getting 14.5 in mixed urban/highway driving. When I go to all highway, the cruise it set at 65 + ish and I get about 16/17. When SilverToy joins the party the MPG goes to 11.5 or 12 (mostly highway speeds).

Did get about 60K on the original tires - Steeltec's. Michelins now, and if there was a need for all new tires tomorrow - they would all be Steeltec again. Just ride better. DEFINATELY TOW BETTER.

Everything else is boring and original.

LOVE my Burb - she gets me where I'm going!!!! NO questions asked!

Ciao everyone!

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Old 12-09-2006, 06:01 AM   #20
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:16 AM   #21
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:05 AM   #22
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I have about about 119,000 mi on my 1994 Chevy dually with the 6.5 td and haven`t had any major trouble other than 1-inj pump replacement and a PMD replacement after that along with tires,belt,brakes,etc. My wifes 2004 Suburban ,5.3 eng has 42,000 mi on it with only having the tires replaced around the 37k mark. Davis
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:28 AM   #23
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The best tow vehicle I ever had was a '82 GMC 1/2T 4X4 with 454 and Turbo 400 trans. Towed several Airstreams but mostly a '76 Caravanner. Averaged 11-12 mpg and had more power than ever needed. Miss them both. Now have a '95 Ford F250 4X4 with 460/Overdrive towing a '68 Tradewind. Gets 10.5 mpg, has 95K miles. Continuous problem is from brake rotors warping. (I'm convinced the ABS system is faulty, but Ford disagrees.) Other tow vehicle is reliable '64 Pontiac Star Chief with 200K that I've had for nearly 30 years. Handles the Tradewind fine, looks great, and gets better milage, but out of respect for it's age, I only tow to local events. Darol
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:38 AM   #24
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:40 PM   #25
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still looks great - 5.9L v8. 16mpg empty, 8-9 mpg towing. Cost me only $7,500 - pulls the whole girlscout troop en masse.

A brick, but a cheap one!

Needs new AC, but I don't want to pay ($1000) to upgrade to r134... no one will touch the old r12.
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:41 PM   #26
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Hi all,
I have 79,000 miles on chev 3/4 ton 350 Vortex. It is a 98 and the chev does all the towing of the Airstream. Schould last another 5 years.
Russell In sunny Tucson Az.
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Needs new AC, but I don't want to pay ($1000) to upgrade to r134... no one will touch the old r12.
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Marc - off topic, but I upgraded 2 Mercedes 2 years ago to R134, and it was just a matter of replacing fill valves, and a sticker. The seals are holding up just fine. No need to replace fan switches either.
Don't let anyone fool you with the 134 hype - it's cheap and efficient to change the system over.
I have done it on 3 vehicles so far, including my prior TV, a 91 Dodge van.
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:59 PM   #28
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Needs new AC, but I don't want to pay ($1000) to upgrade to r134... no one will touch the old r12.
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Marc, your van should already be equipped wih R134a from the factory, almost every vehicle manufactured for the 94 model year was R134a.
Also, the convert to R134a, all you need is the two adapters, a sticker, some PAG oil, and of course, some R134a. Fill to 80% of weight of the R12. If you need more info, let me know and we can move these posts to another thread to keep this one on topic.
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