Re: Need some tips on buying a 04 or 05 Suburban.

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Posted by cheyenne ( on 13:35:31 04/09/08

In Reply to: Need some tips on buying a 04 or 05 Suburban. posted by Crusader556

I would avoid the Z71 option at all costs because of their tendency for roll-overs (attributed to the rear suspension being so much stiffer than the front), especially if your wife will be driving it with the kids(unless she has the skills of a NASCAR driver).
The 5.3L engine is OK for city driving, but when loaded with several occupants it will drive you crazy with the constant downshifting on the slightest grade, unless it has at least 3.73 axle ratio (4.10 is better).
In my opinion, the best buy on used Suburbans would be one with the 6.0L engine with 3.73 gearing. If you're going to tow, get the 6.0L with 4.10, or better yet, the 8.1 with either 3.73 or 4.10 ratio.

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