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Old 09-29-2020, 01:09 PM
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Well, I went and did it. I went all Dave Ramsy this morning. I dumped my nice 2020 RAM and am going to get around on a 10K used SUV. That price range puts me around 2004-2010 Taho or Expedition with about 150K on the clock. What does the brain trust say? And no I am not interested in anything smaller or anything made by Japan or Germany just a good ol' American V8 SUV and may go for a similar platform SUV like an Escalade, Suburban or Navigator if I see something nice enough.

I found this guy today. I may go look and grab her tomorrow. Its an 04 Escalade
https://www.hollingsworthautosales.n...leigh-NC-27604
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2006 and back GM would be my choice. I picked up a 2005 suburban in reasonable shape with a bit over 200K on it for 3K last year. Transmission died not too long ago and headed to the shop this week, $1400 worst case rebuild including some hard part upgrades through a guy we trade a lot of business with. 2006 and back motors don't have the cylinder crop out nonsense and are pretty mundane and simple. Every indy mechanic on earth worth their salt is well versed in them. Escalade looks decent...given your neighborhood though...I might think twice.
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2006 Tahoe Z71.
Captains seats in 2nd row.
5.3L

One of the best vehicles we ever owned. Should have never sold it.

Reliable, comfortable. Parts are available everywhere. Anyone can work on them.

I’m frequently tempted to go find the lowest mileage one I can that has no rust.
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I did the Dave Ramsey thing years ago. Sold my Corvette, sold my boat, and bought my grandmothers car for $400. I started driving that to work. Who cares? Its paid for, amiright? Wooohoo! Out of debt!

Then I started thinking...hey, I don't need much to live on; basically just rent, and beer. Maybe I should get a much less stressful job, like maybe bartending or something, bag the whole corporate thing and only work a couple days a week. Then I started sleeping a lot more, and just generally was bored all the time. All of a sudden I was completely out of debt, and completely miserable.

I had to go get back in debt to get my life back on track. I almost ruined my career because I had zero reason to go to work a real job.

Oh..yeah..just find an old Tahoe or something.
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I did the exact same thing a year ago. Sold a car I owed money on, bought one cash instead. Wanted a Tahoe. Ended up with a 2010 Expedition XLT w leather, 4x4, 100k miles for $10,500. Just better deals on them. The 2009+ did not have the famous 5.4 spark plug issues. They can have the cam phaser issue but that is easy to detect on a test drive, and the fix really isn’t that bad.

07 and newer GM Tahoe etc has the AFM problem. Not a deal breaker either but tougher to detect it burning oil on a test drive.. and the fix is usually new pistons/rings.




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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
2006 and back GM would be my choice. I picked up a 2005 suburban in reasonable shape with a bit over 200K on it for 3K last year. Transmission died not too long ago and headed to the shop this week, $1400 worst case rebuild including some hard part upgrades through a guy we trade a lot of business with. 2006 and back motors don't have the cylinder crop out nonsense and are pretty mundane and simple. Every indy mechanic on earth worth their salt is well versed in them. Escalade looks decent...given your neighborhood though...I might think twice.
I know the cops will start pulling me over thinking I am the drug dealer. Good tip on the 2500 Suburban, I forgot they made those.
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2000-2006 Tahoe or suburban. Also look at avalanche if that kinda thing floats your boat. First gen LS motors are pretty tough and will go 300k +. General parts are cheap and plentiful. Watch out for northern rust buckets. Do a carfax. Nothing out of NY, PA, OH, IL, MI. They have cancer real bad in those states. Also watch for flooded vehicles. Thinking I would stay away from the Expedition but an Excursion would be good. You should be able to get a decent one for 10K but covid is playing havoc on used vehicle inventory and prices so not sure. I am in the market myself but looking for 1999-2004 for under 5K have my eye on an ex railroad hyrail 3500HD for 4500.00.
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Originally Posted by 1blueheron View Post
2000-2006 Tahoe or suburban. Also look at avalanche if that kinda thing floats your boat. First gen LS motors are pretty touch and will go 300k +. General parts are cheap and plentiful. Watch out for northern rust buckets. Do a carfax. Nothing out of NY, PA, OH, IL, MI. They have cancer real bad in those states. Also watch for flooded vehicles. Thinking I would stay away from the Expedition but an Excursion would be good. You should be able to get a decent one for 10K but covid is playing havoc on used vehicle inventory and prices so not sure. I am in the market myself but looking for 1999-2004 for under 5K have my eye on an ex railroad hyrail 3500HD for 4500.00.
Can you imagine how may sailor gypsies I can fit into the back on an Excursion
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I highly recommend a 2004 tahoe z71. My has 325k on the ticker and going strong. 2000-2006 = best years for GM suvs IMO.
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I've thought about doing the same, but for a high mileage vehicle that doesn't end up costing you more than keeping the new truck, I'd only consider a Tundra/Sequioa or 4 Runner. Yes, I know you don't want foreign, but they are the only high mileage SUVs that won't be in the shop every other month. I've had Tahoe, F150, 2 Rams and 2 4Runners.
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Bought our Tahoe new in 2001. Has 165,000 miles, just can't get rid of it!
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Wife's in a 2012 Yukon, but can't wait to get rid of it.

She had a 2005 Z71 that was awesome before that...should have just kept it. This one doesn't come close to comparing in any way.

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I considered it last year.

Looked at older Tundra's, Tacomas and 4runners.

Ended up with a brand new 2500 Duramax and a big smile on my face.
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Well, thanks a lot, OP. Now I'm shopping too.

Lil K needs a new whip!
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Toyota Sequoia... when the Fords and Chevys finally die the 4.7 Toyota engine is just getting broken in. If you can't get 500k miles out of one you ran it without oil for 100k of them.
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Toyota Sequoia... when the Fords and Chevys finally die the 4.7 Toyota engine is just getting broken in. If you can't get 500k miles out of one you ran it without oil for 100k of them.
The exhaust will crack at least once before 100K
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Originally Posted by skibum View Post
Bought our Tahoe new in 2001. Has 165,000 miles, just can't get rid of it!
2001 with about 180K. I have enough faith in it I just had it re-painted.
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Be careful of the cars that have been “wet” from the hurricanes and floods. If it’s from a private seller, it might not show up on carfax.
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If you go Escalade, definitely gotta do these wheels and the felony forest. Flat bill hat also mandatory.




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What do you want to do with your SUV?

Sub 10k I'm in for a Ford Excursion with a V10. They can be had for cheap due to them being so thirsty. I love mine and cant think of anything under 20k that will do what it does, and still looks good.

This is my 3rd V10. All of them have been great. Mine has 208k on it and no leaks of any kind. Runs like a top. Pulls anything. Can bring home full sheets of plywood in the rain...


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