I have a older still 89 4x4 burb that I have had since new and a 98 is a
better burb than the new Silveradoones if you ask me. It is one of the
last of the "classics". THe newer ones are more car than what the burb
originally was. I also have a 2000 K3500 old style classic P/U, the last
of its breed. I do not care for the newer truck or SUV with plastic
I have a 1998 Suburban LT K2500 with the 7.4L (454) L29 motor in it.
It is a great vehicle to own. One of the things that I like about it
is that it is so easy to work on. I have big hands with telephone
poles for fingers and it is extremely difficult sometimes to work on
some of my other vehicles (yes I confess my sin I also own a Chrysler
LHS and a VW New Beetle), but not the Suburban. The inside of the
engine compartment is roomy and things are layed out well. My Suburban
runs extremely well. The body is in excellent shape with no rust
whatsoever. The paint job that GM did was excellent. My Suburban sits
outside all the time and the paint and interior are as good as the day
it came out of the factory. This doesn't mean that you won't have
things break occasionally, because they will. I will tell you that the
truck is built solid. The only thing that I would consider somewhat
major that I have done to it, was to replace an intake manifold
gasket. Even that was a snap job to do because the engine is easy to
work on and get to.
I can't forsee ever getting rid of this truck. The way I see it, a few
short years and the value of these trucks will be increasing instead
of decreasing. $8950 is not to much to pay for an LT. Also remember
that you are buying it from a dealer who wants to make a little money,
keep that in mind.
If you do buy it, I hope that you also try to locate a set of the 1998
K truck factory service manuals. This is a four volume set from GM
that has thousands of pages. These service manuals are exremely well
written with exploded diagrams, pictures, and displays that are easy
to understand. There wiring diagrams are the best (in my opinion).
There will always be parts for these vehicles for many years to come.
There is an abundance of aftermarket parts available and IMIO it will
be a time proven collector vehicle into the future.
No need to hunt...
(ok - you'll probably have to glue that link back together! Or drill through
and find it again.)
also, how are trannies? doi they go at a certain mile? for example, if you
had a diesel benz from 81-85 the transmission would go at 225k miles. if you
got past that with no problems you would be ok.
at what mile doe sthe intake manifold problem manifest itself? how about the
engine and tranny too?
thanks alot you guys are really helpful!
Mine has the 4L60E transmission. Until I had it fixed properly (i.e.
off-warranty...) the valve body had to be replaced at about 30k intervals.]
"Properly" means putting a sleeve in a certain cylinder so that it doesn't wear
I bought mine last Jan with 130k miles.
Previous owner: Intake manifold gasket and heater hose coupling
Disc brake rotors every 40lk (I think they rode the brakes).
Heater bypass valve replaced,
Removed dexcool, put in green coolant
Removed passenger side door closed switch (dome light on all the time,
Removed and reinstalled glove box light switch and locking latch so
the light would turn off.
Barn doors power lock motor replaced
Fuel pump replaced
Transmission at 135k miles (it had fluid replaced every 60k miles)
Slip yoke had to be greased at 136k miles (Chevrolet made me pay for
this, but I am still working on it. Anyone know how to get an address
for a zone rep?)
Front seat is broken at the front of the seat's frame.
I like the truck, and it is the LT model with everything. But, I think
the bucket seats are probably the most uncomfortable seats I've ever
owned. I constantly feel like I am being pushed forward, and, on long
road trips, I manage to slide down in the seat and have to "scoot up".
I hate leather anyway. The arm rests are useless. Because of the
leather, the seat heaters are an absolute must, though I am
embarrassed every time I use them.
I agree with every positive comment about these older Suburbans. I
owned a 99 for a while but eventually fell victim to a new Tahoe.
One thing I would get the dealer to do is replace all the fluids.
Sometimes, when folks are getting rid of their cars they let all of
that slip. Radiator, power steering, brake, tranny fluid may or may not
be original fluids. Just a good rule of thumb on a used car purchase.
Drive it over 65 too. Dealers usually don't drive a car more than a
block at 25 just to see that the car will go and shift. Get a Carfax
report too. Most dealers will do them for nothing, they have an account
when to the car dealers website and saw the truck listed for $500 LESS than
the autoshopper. woo hoo. they will honor it.
my dad went and looked at it and gave it his seal of approval provided they
replace the oil cooler lines. he is a Chevy mechanic so he knows his
anyway, 8000 for this truck is a very good deal. 89k miles, LT 1500 model
with the 350 engine. leather interior, great shape...
I test drove it today and it was fantastic...and it was raining and
everything so it wasn't the best conditions for a test drive but maybe the
most telling conditions...
I mean if I like it in crappy weather, ill like it in nice weather...
thanks for all your help guys...I hope to be active on this board...
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