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Moving on up

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tsuintx, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. tsuintx

    tsuintx Full Access Member

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    So... When kids have been gone for a few years, it's time to upsize the house and the ride, right? Upsized the house last year, so now it was time for the ride.

    Not sure why, but for the last couple of years my wife has been wanting a Suburban to accomodate those 2-3 times a year Tahoe wasn't quite enough. I tried talking sense to her to stay on a Tahoe, but to no avail.

    Time to get to work, then. Sold her 2010 Tahoe last Monday after just 10 days on the market and replaced it with a 2015 Suburban LT today. Looked at a few and I think on this one it all clicked the best.

    Was kind of hoping for butt coolers, but just didn't find something to fit the budget and/or condition. Only heaters on this one, but coolers have been something at least I have been missing since we sold her 07 Escalade some years ago. Oh well, maybe next time.

    Bought it for 19.5K from second owner who had it since 2016. Has 137K miles, but since 20-23K was our budget, we had to stick with 100K+ miles. Latest two Tahoes (07 and 10) both had roughly the same miles when we bought them, so I'm not afraid of miles. Especially if the truck looks to have been well maintained and based on the records I got with it, that has been the case. Including frequent fluid changes, AC condenser last year, new front/rear brakes and KYB struts in front a couple of months ago. Haven't gone through all the paperwork yet, but those are the main things I noticed.

    Has had front and rear bumper covers replaced due to parking lot fender benders and the guy even sent me pics of both incidents. Crawled under to see if I can find any marks anywhere and none were found, so didn't hesitate due to those. Also has really clean tan interior with WeatherTech floor covers front and rear. No cover in the cargo area, so need to get one for that since I don't want to get the tan carpet dirty. I'll probably post better pics once the weather cooperates better in the next few days.

    It's wife's truck, so no big plans for mods etc. Just need to take care of the basics first: catch can, Airaid MIT and DiabLew tune. Tires (22") are getting there, so those will probably also need to be addressed still this year.

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    nice upgrade
    & rims look good
     
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    The wife is right, bigger is better!
     
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    Nice looking truck. Are those wheels an OEM option? They look good.

    We just got a 2015 Tahoe LTZ, wife didn't want a suburban, lol. Also with higher mileage at 104k..... Couldn't afford the ones with under 50k they were 10k more.

    Like yours is was in good shape, good luck with it!
     
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    Nice find on your well maintained Suburban LT! Looks brand new!

    No worry on the 137K miles. I generally find lower mileage vehicles are in worse shape mechanically then higher mileage ones plus not well maintained. I have almost 95K miles on my 2016 LT and plan on taking a ton of trips with it next summer if not before.
     
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    Thanks, guys!

    Not sure about the wheels. Haven't had time to look at them yet. Will try to do some over the weekend. They are 22s and I don't think GM had that style of 22s available... I do like them, but what I don't like is that the guy put some Chinese Fullway, or something like that, rubber on them... :confused: They still have good tread on them, but I just haven't had good luck with the cheapo Chinese rubber, so will get rid of them soon.

    Also, while going through the receipts, I found that the torque converter was replaced under warranty in 2018 at 83K miles. Tranny was dropped, cleaned etc., so I guess that's good, too.

    And yeah, miles clearly don't bother me. My 2016 Silverado had 179K when I bought it in August. :D
     
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    If you're looking at replacement tires/wheels, maybe consider 20's... a little smoother ride but still look good, and more readily available. I just bought a 12 Tahoe with 20's, and the only time it's smooth riding is with my travel trailer attached... food for thought
     
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    20" is pretty much where I personally think the sweet spot is. The 07 Tahoe we had came with 24s and was ridiculous. Went immediately down to 22" and eventually to 20". 2010 Tahoe came with factory 18s, but upgraded them to factory 20s.

    Haven't driven this one that much to form an opinion yet, so we'll see. As said, there's still quite a bit of tread left, so not in a hurry to make changes. Will evaluate over the next few months and go from there.
     
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    Nice truck! Good find.

    If you do consider going to 20" wheels in the future, you may want to consider a 305/50x20 tire, which should fit with no rubbing and no suspension leveling or lifting. Just a thought, if you want a wider tire.
     
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    We'll see about the tire size if/when we get there, but I've seen 305s in some trucks and they do look nice and beefy (=comfortable).

    One thing I'm actually a bit bummed about is that this thing doesn't have Apple Carplay. It has the I06 with factory navi, but no Carplay. Not really excited about having to spend another 500 bucks or so for HMI and radio module upgrade. She might need to settle just for Bluetooth for now. She does like the Carplay in my truck, so I'm sure the pressure will come. :confused:
     

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