Everyone - I’m looking at purchasing my first Suburban (although I’ve owned a 2004 Avalanche & 2007 Silverado) as a spare vehicle and wanted some advice on this deal.
This is a 2001 Suburban LT 1500 4x2 with 220k miles for $1,900. With that said, it’s being sold by an older gentleman who purchased it brand new and has been letting his daughter drive it lately. Also, this truck has spent its life in Texas so rust really isn’t an issue.
The owner mentioned having done some engine work to seal some oil leaks and replacing the injectors but it still has an occasional misfire. Otherwise no mechanical issues, but some typical window motors dead/dying. My personal concerns are basically the transmission, engine and AC system but for the price it seems like a good deal to me. I sold the Avalanche and Silverado both around 160k miles without any major fixes so I’m not sure what to expect with the extra mileage. Does anyone have any pointers of specific items to look for and what some potential upcoming repairs should be expected and what kind of budget for those repairs?
Keep a close eye on the brake lines. 2001 is of the vintage where they all rusted out. Favorable climate and garaging can delay it but it's still going to happen, pretty much guaranteed unless the guy already took care of it, which is also a good possibility. To me, that's the big one. The rest of the common problems have been mentioned by others. None of these are deal-breakers, more like just a heads up. These are awesome trucks.