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Old 05-30-2008, 11:11 PM   #15
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High mileage Yukon

I bought a 2004 Yukon XL 2500 6.0 with quadrasteer in March for right around $13k - fully loaded! Only catch is the mileage - 134k miles when I bought it. Most people I talked to had experience with Suburbans giving well over 200k miles before giving up the ghost. I've put about 2k miles on it since then and have been super impressed. I figure even if I have to plunk down $5k in a new motor, I'll still be ahead. Everything looks, smells, and feels brand new.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:25 PM   #16
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Is your Quadrasteer a 2wd or 4x4? I'm curious about your average mph on your high mileage Quadrasteer. I'm guessing that it's a fairly high unmber which is a good thing.
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I'm not sure I trust the avg. MPH on the computer; I know I reset it so who knows how often it was reset before? Using the hour meter and the odo, I get about 35mph avg. I think the hour meter had something like 3,900 hours when I bought it: 134k miles / 3,900 hours = ~35mph...

Also, it's a 4x4 with a 4:10 drivetrain. I get about 10mpg driving normally, only ~11mpg if I baby it. I looked at replacing the ring gears with something geared a little lower - local 4x4 shop wanted $1,500 to do it. I can buy 10 tanks of gas for that! Not sure if its worth the loss of towing capacity.
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I don't believe that the engine hours meter can be reset. If you have come up with a 35 mph average, that's really good, indicating that it has mostly road miles.

The 4.10 rear end is a good thing for towing. I would leave it alone. Both of mine have 3.73's
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One interesting thing I noticed: it seems as if it was set up to be towed behind something. (The PO must have been wealthy; imagine towing a full sized 4x4 Yukon XL behind something!) There are mounting brackets on the front frame and an electrical connection on the front bumper.

Do you know if miles accumulate while being towed?
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Suburbans are just all around great TVs for more applications (not all).

I bought an '04 LT 2500 w/6.0L (passed on an identical one with the 8.1L still don't know if that was a mistake or not).

Love this truck. It's solid and is a real workhorse. The 6.0L is an exceptional engine. I would strongly suggest to anyone, even those that don't have Suburbans, to make sure you change the driveline fluids, particularly if you think they had not been changed. As the vehicles break in, some degree of metal wears and those particles get suspended in the fluids and captured on the magnets. I put in Amsoil across the driveline. Also, not sure what filter goes with the 8.1L, but GM did make a UPF-44 that has far better filtering than the standard PF-44 that mine came with. After the first 2000 miles of breaking in with conventional oil, I changed the oil to syn and installed the UPF-44 filters.

On the part of getting 200k, if I got that high, and the body and frame were still in great shape, I would then consider the Duramax/Allison combo that is done by a few shops around the country.
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