I found this rather nice looking GMT800 3/4 ton Suburban on eBay. The miles aren’t atrocious (135k) and it looks great. I tracked down the owner today and took it for a spin. It drives great. The issues I found on it were: the ABS/Brake lights illuminate shortly after setting off- wheel sensor? The front leather seat bottoms are trashed and so-so repaired. The bottoms in leather run $200 apiece from theseatshop.com. And, the carpet was shampooed by someone who REALLY like soap... it needs a really good rinse- if felt sticky and gross. The seller says he’s asking $10,900 which is way above clean dealer retail (around$7k). Should I take it on for a PPI and make an offer? Should I Just put in a bid and see what happens? Should I just stick with my falling-apart GMT400 1/2-ton turd Suburban? Should I get ready to bend over at the pump with a 6.0 and 4.10 gears?
Ideally I’d love to find a 3/4 ton with a 6.0, leather, no moonroof, and dual climate. This one checks about half the boxes... Should I just wait it out? 3/4 ton Suburbans aren’t easy to find.
My goal is to buy something that will last until 300k miles or 5-10 years, whichever comes first, and can do everything I need it to- tow a trailer, cart kiddos, take road trips, commute in comfort, haul dogs and so forth. Also, NOT FALL APART like a *certain* half ton Suburban with its made-of-glass 4L60E and 10 bolt rear and gutless, manifold-gasket-eating Vortec 5.7.