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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    I like having a fuel efficent car for daily driving. It's saving money, simple as that, especially when I only paid $1100 for it.

    Now, the toy car for the enthusiast in me does not need to be fuel efficent, but it still averages 18-19 around town.



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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    my sister had a new one. light blue metallic with silver. man was it big. If I recall it the the old style computer in where you could take a paper clip and hot wire term 1 and term 2 or A,B, together. It makes the check engine light blink out the codes. Cant remember if they stored codes. I think the TBI is great to have minus the direct injection its almost bulletproof as well as the tranny. With all the room you might get a compression check. Then of course the coolant will clue you on how well it was maintained. good luck! looks real nice.

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by CadillacLuke24 View Post
    If you're referring to me I can assure you your assumption is false, buddy.
    Not unless you've bought a Prius lately and forgot to tell me.

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by 02603sec View Post
    my sister had a new one. light blue metallic with silver. man was it big. If I recall it the the old style computer in where you could take a paper clip and hot wire term 1 and term 2 or A,B, together. It makes the check engine light blink out the codes. Cant remember if they stored codes. I think the TBI is great to have minus the direct injection its almost bulletproof as well as the tranny. With all the room you might get a compression check. Then of course the coolant will clue you on how well it was maintained. good luck! looks real nice.
    Yeah the computer stores trouble codes just like any modern computer. In the service manual for my 91 Caddy(350 TBI) it actually had a couple of pages on how to read codes without a scanner, it even told you to use a bent paper clip and insert it into two different pins on the diagnostic port. I think its crap that you have to have a scan tool on newer OBDII cars to read the codes, they should all be like late model Cadillacs where you can enter diagonstic mode by pushing a button on the dash.

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by drewsdeville View Post
    I know it smells great to you, but get you head out of your @$$.
    Don't think you're understanding what I was meaning to illustrate. Regardless, maybe I am just unable to put myself on your level. While you probably enjoy your four-banger, I couldn't imagine achieving any more "Economy" than I get out of my 7.5 Tripower V8. If you own something different, purely for the purpose of owning something more fuel efficient, I truly feel bad for you. On the flip side though, it must be nice to have enough free time and money to worry about MPG.

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by The-Dullahan View Post
    Not unless you've bought a Prius lately and forgot to tell me.
    I still have my DeVille. You may be loaded and can afford to ignore MPG, and that's fine and dandy,

    but the last time I checked, an automobile enthusiast enjoys DRIVING their automobile. Better fuel economy allows for more driving.

    Sure, you can get from A to B on one gallon (me) or thirty (you). The difference is you can go from A to B. I can go to C, D, E, F, G, and H, and have money to eat, get some goodies for my car, and maybe even a souvenir.

    Orconn is right. You don't buy a truck body SUV for the mileage, you buy it for the capbility. I was acknowledging the fact that they don't get good gas mileage.

    Buying a vehicle solely for MPG is stupid. I agree with you there. You get a crap econobox.

    However, MPG is certainly not a bad thing. Like I said, you may be able to pay for 7 miles to the gallon, and that's fine and dandy. Your money, not mine. I didn't buy my DeVille because of the fuel economy, but I certainly enjoy the fact that she gets good mileage. I love my car, therefore, I love driving my car. Better mileage means more driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CadillacLuke24 View Post
    You may be loaded and can afford to ignore MPG, and that's fine and dandy.
    I'm actually an orphan from a poor family line with bad taste in cars.

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by The-Dullahan View Post
    I'm actually an orphan from a poor family line with bad taste in cars.


    How's the 'Burban HazardJohn?

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by The-Dullahan View Post
    Don't think you're understanding what I was meaning to illustrate. Regardless, maybe I am just unable to put myself on your level. While you probably enjoy your four-banger, I couldn't imagine achieving any more "Economy" than I get out of my 7.5 Tripower V8. If you own something different, purely for the purpose of owning something more fuel efficient, I truly feel bad for you. On the flip side though, it must be nice to have enough free time and money to worry about MPG.
    Don't beat yourself up over it, bro. You might make it up there someday. But yeah, time and money are plenty enough - no uncompleted projects to speak of, my cars are all in one piece, we'll maintained, not burned or charred, and driven frequently with pride. Doesn't sound like much, but just those things alone are difficult for some people to achieve. I feel bad for them.

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    That too. Couldn't imagine having an unfinished project or lack of proper maintenance. I'd probably die of OCD if I did.

    I don't need to make it up anywhere. I have more cars than I'll ever need and enough houses to park them at. I make money faster than I can spend it and can't think of a thing to complain about.

    The only change I would make to my collection is to park my Mum's Cadillac beside my own, after these ten years apart from it. And I'm working on that as you read this.

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    I love owning more than one car. Maybe this year I'll make it three!
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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Tell us, Chad, why do you love owning more than one car.

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    Because some equate that to success.

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    You gotta be kidding me!

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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Because some equate that to success.
    I consider that ill-advised. I own six cars, a truck and a bike and that hardly screams success to me.

    I always figured the successful need not own many cars and personally, if I were a billionaire, I definitely wouldn't drive ever again. I am already considering hiring one of my girls as a chauffeur someday and if I had THAT much money, I'd buy one nice car and have someone else drive me around in it.

    I think Chad enjoys owning two cars, because it allows him to preserve the Marauder, but still care for the Buick. The cool thing about owning multiple cars is that even if one car requires maintenance, you have another to fall back on.

    Not really sure what Drew is on about. Most people don't "Char" their cars (Unless I am missing it and it's slang for something. You must excuse my dreadful English at times ) and I think MOST people properly maintain their cars. Also, not sure what a half-finished car is. Maybe a car with no interior, but new paint on the outside? I had one of those once. I loved it that way, honestly.

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