My '98 (first and probably the last vehicle I've ever bought new)
is rusting through at the roof rack connections and it's got
about 180k on it.
Also, after a bad tow wiped out the front diff and the subsequent
repair it just doesn't sound/feel right up there - not to mention
the filler plug on the torque converter being rounded off by
somebody somewhere along the line...
I'm thinking that used 'Burbs sb pretty reasonable - maybe even
more so when gas goes up close to $4.00/gallon.
But it seems like Suburbans have been gradually gentrified... the
new ones even look like they have plastic bumpers.
My use consists of periodic beach use. Always have a large
rooftop cargo container full of windsurfing stuff. Carry
windsurfers, kayaks, surf skis as well on a regular basis.
Is there a sweet spot year-wise - where the functionality is
largely intact? Or are the newer ones (say 2007+) just as
functional as my '98?