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Old 04-08-2019, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok been looking for a heavier rig for my wife to haul the kids around in. Currently she has a 3rd gen 4runner. She likes my 99 5.3 silverado so that generation and newer work fine. Been looking at them in the 2-5k range for that generation knowing I will have to do a trans sooner than later.

A 09 just popped up for 6k. Has 200,000 miles and an automatic.

What are the hickups for that generation




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Apparently it has already blown up because on the DOD and you shouldn't buy it. A Toyota for 10x the price would be great though.
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I am sure some forum reading clown that has no mechanical experience will come in and call it a GMT something or other, and post someone else's experience with the rig.


With that said,I would buy it. Good vehicle.
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Ok been looking for a heavier rig for my wife to haul the kids around in. Currently she has a 3rd gen 4runner. She likes my 99 5.3 silverado so that generation and newer work fine. Been looking at them in the 2-5k range for that generation knowing I will have to do a trans sooner than later.

A 09 just popped up for 6k. Has 200,000 miles and an automatic.

What are the hickups for that generation




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They were pretty crappy after the GMT800. I would pass.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am sure some forum reading clown that has no mechanical experience will come in and call it a GMT something or other, and post someone else's experience with the rig.


With that said,I would buy it. Good vehicle.
Or an ex GM master tech.
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Lots of minor stuff goes after 200k so it's a crap shoot. How do the front doors hang? Usually by then the pins/bushings are shot.
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07-12 gm; assume it needs a motor or will in short order. unless there's a documented replacement motor or DOD delete.

The dash of that vintage will crack; just a matter of time.

Those wheels at that price look like trouble in my gut instinct. (eta- why isnt there door trim on the rear door? rear qtr collission? I love me crashed shit for cheap, but crashed shity halfassed repaired with rims = double trouble IMO)

The top of the line door panels in that era trim still look like work truck shit...

personally, I'd find the most cherry 00-06 you can and count on it to go ~300k reliably, maybe with a trans around 200k, and other misc small shit... Or if she wants fancy shit and the space works go shopping for a sequoia/ landcruiser. yes they're thirsty, but the cost of a replacement motor buys a lot of gas...

If you're dead set on a burb/yukon XL, go 09+ so you get the 6 speed trans and cooled seats in LTZ trim, and know the motors on borrowed time.
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What WTF said
Find a 00-07
Keep $2k saved for a trans or 4L80 it
Pump rub fix
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Most of the hvac control stickers will be gone too. Good times just blindly punching buttons waiting for the air to come out of the right vents. Lol
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Find a 00-07
{nitpicking} It's 00-06 for the burb/tahoe/ yukon/xl

There were no 07 classics in the SUV's
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My mom has an 07. Has needed a brake switch (causing cruise control to not work. Minor) broke timing chain tensioner and a tooth off cam gear around 120k. Shop said it needed a motor. I replaced chain, cam gear, pickup tube o ring, pan gasket, and put in a ls2 chain dampener for less than a few hundred bucks. Needed an oil pressure sender and trans lines but no other issues. Stock trans even going on 200k now. Need to tune out the dod before a lifter fails soon but it has been pretty solid.
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My mom has an 07. Has needed a brake switch (causing cruise control to not work. Minor) broke timing chain tensioner and a tooth off cam gear around 120k. Shop said it needed a motor. I replaced chain, cam gear, pickup tube o ring, pan gasket, and put in a ls2 chain dampener for less than a few hundred bucks. Needed an oil pressure sender and trans lines but no other issues. Stock trans even going on 200k now. Need to tune out the dod before a lifter fails soon but it has been pretty solid.
is it using a quart of oil/ tank?
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What WTF said
Find a 00-07
Keep $2k saved for a trans or 4L80 it
Pump rub fix


This is what I am going to do 99%.

I already have a 5.3 Silverado so its kinda the same. Want to 4L80 and cam and tune mine and same with a suburban if we get one. Looking at the newer interior, 02-03?

My first rig was a 83 2wd 6.2. (I was going to put a 12v and 60’s on it, parents did t think I needed a 4wd so I was going to make one. the gig was up when I brought home a front axleI and dad saw it sitting in the garage. I still got a few custom bent tools floating around somewhere from that rig.


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... Looking at the newer interior, 02-03?

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Redesigned interior was 03-06. They are less rock solid than the 02-down; a few minor issues like auto climate control gremlins, dashboards that need to be rebuilt by 150k & finicky seat heaters. but all well documented, & relatively cheap/ quick fixes.

07-08 you get the same trans & a DOD motor with a shittier IMO interior. 09+ you get the 6 speed trans but still a DOD motor that gets 2-3 mpg better on the hwy but i wouldnt trust one after 180k.
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Your folks must have got one of the good ones; but a 200k 07-08 that doesnt guzzle oil is certainly a rarity.
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99-06 are great 07+ are shit for all the reasons listed.
Buy the lowest mileage older one, buy an OEM fuel pump and install it on your schedule. Stick 2k away for a factory re man 4l60e, and just do the pump rub kit and fresh oil.

At 200k these need head gaskets, not blown out, just steady consumption. I drove mine 200 miles from home in the summer, knowing I'd need a half gallon of water when I got there

Mine was great, but needed enough little things that I bought a sequoia, with the same mileage
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Most of the hvac control stickers will be gone too. Good times just blindly punching buttons waiting for the air to come out of the right vents. Lol
This is the main reason I never bought one. Every single used one looks like shit inside with the buttons rubbed off.
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For $10 on Amazon you can buy vinyl stickers for the HVAC buttons. Looks brand new. Our 08 is great. Definitely some GM quality things that piss me off, but it’s solid, comfy, and parts are hilariously cheap for it. Go look on rock auto, the whole front end kit (control arms with ball joints and all the rod ends) is like $350 for the quality stuff. I threw a range tech dongle onto the OBD port and DOD is disabled. Doesn’t burn a drop of oil. With that one being an 09, you get the beefier 6 speed. If no red flags, that’s a steal. If the DOD has fucked the lifters and coked up the rings, you are looking at about $1500 to get all that shit straightened back out, so make your judgement call on that.
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I recently bought a 2012 ltz suburban with 117k miles. So far the only lasting issues are some carpet stains and a cracked dash. My single biggest complaint is the lack of Bluetooth streaming ability but that's 1st world problems. The dash I fixed with some epoxy and the carpet will get shampooing.

I can't speak to the dod since my cluster shows it always being in v8 mode but I could be wrong in assuming that it'll show if it lowers the displacement. This is my first chevy so I'm not really up to speed on them.
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Ok been looking for a heavier rig for my wife to haul the kids around in. Currently she has a 3rd gen 4runner. She likes my 99 5.3 silverado so that generation and newer work fine. Been looking at them in the 2-5k range for that generation knowing I will have to do a trans sooner than later.

A 09 just popped up for 6k. Has 200,000 miles and an automatic.

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I am sure some forum reading clown that has no mechanical experience will come in and call it a GMT something or other, and post someone else's experience with the rig.


With that said,I would buy it. Good vehicle.
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I deal with these vehicles on a weekly basis, both wrenching and buying/selling.

900s are giant pieces of shit. No reason to own one.

800s are also giant pieces of shit. But the cost of maintenance is very low. Hence their popularity. You already own a 99, its all the same issues... any fix is $25. Ive gotten real good with adhesive, paint brush, and a spatula to fix the headliners.

I just picked up a 1 owner 2005 Tahoe Z71 with every option available, the sticker was $48,445. With 49,500 miles i paid $10k. Paying $6000 for a 200k mile vehicle is full retard.

Personal preference but a loy of these come with 3.42s and the torque comverter is constantly jacking off. I had the pleasure of owning one with 4.10s. EXACT same fuel mileage (15mpg) and a blast to drive.

If I was buying a burban, it would he a 2500.

Buy a sequoia instead.
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I have owned a 2004 Denali for 3 years, and have put 100k on it this far. Currently the milage is 215kish.put a trans in it around 150k and a water pump around 140k, other than that just a tune up and brakes. It's our family traveling vehicle, and I absolutely love driving it.
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