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Old 08-29-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Suburban 2500 discontinued

Chevrolet has apparently discontinued the 2500 version of the Suburban for the 2014 model year. There is, apparently, a large inventory of 2013 Suburban 2500s, and dealers anticipate being able to sell them through 2014.

2015 will bring a new platform. Rumor is that it will not be available in a 2500 configuration.

Max towing weight tops out at 8100 pounds, not enough for a 30' classic, let alone any 34' or slideouts that might be out there.

So I guess anyone who needs a 3rd row of seats is going to have to look at vans with aftermarket 4x4, or drive two cars.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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darn, I was planning to buy a 2500 burb as my next TV in 3-4 years. guess not!
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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I can neither confirm nor deny this, but demand had fallen to about 2000 per year. Draw your own conclusions.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:40 PM   #4
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Earlier today I was looking at the Chevrolet website to get the specs on the 2014 Suburban 2500. It was not there. I guess Suburban has now cut its last link to its truck heritage. It looks like future Suburbans will be strictly the purview of soccer moms.

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Old 08-29-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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All of a sudden, I'm a cappy hamper.

After I ordered my 2013 3/4, I was seeing rumors of an impending model change, which led me to believe it was a new design.

For many discontinuing the 2500 is NOT such a good design change.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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Oh please say it's not so. I think GM is missing the boat if they completely discontinue the Suburban.

If sales are down it due in part because they dropped the large V-8 engine. Okay, I know... fuel economy ratings enter the picture. But put the diesel in there or something!

I can only hope that 2014 is a re-tooling year and 2015 will mark the start of the new Suburban that is actually based on the truck chassis. I'm told the current 2500 is a half-breed of 1500 and 2500 parts with the actual frame/chassis being the difference. Similarly I was told the sheet metal in the cowl, firewall and floorpan was not a true 2500 stamping so the Duramax / Allison would not fit. Don't know if that's true but that's what a seemingly informed salesman told me.

Please, please let this be a re-tooling effort that will result in a 2500 with the Duramax / Allison combination. Otherwise I guess I'm going with a 4 door truck and a topper.

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Old 08-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #7
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Not too many apparently.....2000ish a year is far from profitable. remember the criticism during bankruptcy about too many products and GM building a seat for every butt?

Can't do that theses days and be profitable. We tried, didn't go so well.
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Oh please say it's not so. I think GM is missing the boat if they completely discontinue the Suburban.

If sales are down it due in part because they dropped the large V-8 engine. Okay, I know... fuel economy ratings enter the picture. But put the diesel in there or something!

I can only hope that 2014 is a re-tooling year and 2015 will mark the start of the new Suburban that is actually based on the truck chassis. I'm told the current 2500 is a half-breed of 1500 and 2500 parts with the actual frame/chassis being the difference. Similarly I was told the sheet metal in the cowl, firewall and floorpan was not a true 2500 stamping so the Duramax / Allison would not fit. Don't know if that's true but that's what a seemingly informed salesman told me.

Please, please let this be a re-tooling effort that will result in a 2500 with the Duramax / Allison combination. Otherwise I guess I'm going with a 4 door truck and a topper.

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There are no sheet metal stamping differences between the current 1500 and 2500. And no an Allison won't fit. There may be some truck components shared with the 2500, but the frame is unique, and that spells $$$$$$.
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Disappointing, but then I gave up on the 3/4 'burb when GM refused to power it with a Duramax drive train.


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Disappointing, but then I gave up on the 3/4 'burb when GM refused to power it with a Duramax drive train.


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Not refused. It's $$$$$ vs. low volume demand.

Understand, I too lament this, and when we protested (along with other products) it was explained in simplistic terms like this.

If you have a job which allows you and you family of five to live very comfortably and all the kids are well fed and clothed, and you can send them to college, all is good. What if you decided to adopt 6 more kids without an income change? What suffers? No college? go hungry? Which ones get the food and clothes and an education?

Point is, money put into a low volume product, with high expenses, which runs down the same line as another and disrupts production is a losing proposition. R&D dollars must be spread out over another line, without a profit. It results in robbing one product to feed another, which drags down the features, benefits, and quality of all the others.

Been there, done that, don't work. As a car guy, I share your pain. As an employee, taxpayer, and one who would actually like to receive the pension I paid into, I painfully agree with the decision.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:25 PM   #11
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One interesting fact to consider is that the largest boats that are towable without an oversize permit (due to their width) go over the scales at right around 8,000 pounds (including trailer), which is within the capacity of a 1500.

Over the last 20 years, the acceptance of crew cab pickups has grown considerably. Probably something that's made inroads into the 'burb market space particularly on the towing end of things.

The SOBers all seem to have gone to 5th wheel hitches, and the horsie folk to goosenecks, so they're all driving pickups anyway.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:34 PM   #12
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Jammer is right on. Once pickups started becoming more luxurious and roomy, many 3/4 Burb owners migrated to 2500 PUs.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:55 PM   #13
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I assume this means the same for the big GMC?
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:11 PM   #14
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I wonder what this means for the resale value on my 2500, as I'm looking to sell it.
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