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

    I'm looking to buy a new beater rig. I sold the Dodge a few weeks ago to a guy that offered me more than it was worth to me. I decided that I was going to buy a cheap truck to haul dogs and tow trailers with. I have been on the look out and I found this 89 4x2 suburban. It is really clean and the best vehicle in this price range. Any words of advice on what to look for and any thoughts. It has a 454 TBI and a TH400. It shifts and drives great. almost no rust and a real clean interior. I am sure it gets horrible gas mileage and yada, but I doubt I would put more than 2000 miles a year on it.

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

    Had one just like it in 3/4 ton 4X4. The only things I didn't like about it were the ride was terrible (3/4 ton 4X4!), the overall size (parking and traffic), and the gas mileage.

    As a second or third car, or plaything I think I would have loved it, and even more so in 1/2 ton. Loved the Silverado interior, seat was comfy, and once I got a bench seat console with armrest even better. While I would want 4X4, upkeep and ride would be better without.

    That looks like a real nice clean one and the bargain price is probably due to the gas. If not an issue for you, it would appear to be a match made in heaven!

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

    My brother and I have 5 1990s. All 1/2 tons. Probably my favorite suburban. Not only are they extremely comfortable but they're also workhorses. Can't go wrong with them, IMHO.

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

    A buddy of mine bought a 1990 with tbi 350. It still looks good and runs strong, despite having 190k miles. It has tons of torque for hauling stuff.
    I had an 87 silverado, and I will say the silverado interior was pretty nice for an 80s truck. it was much like yours but navy blue/ black with vinyl seat and brushed faux metal look instead of woodgrain. it was pretty clapped out at 115k (seems the body/ interior were just left to fall apart as it was a farm truck), but the motor ran great.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    A buddy of mine bought a 1990 with tbi 350. It still looks good and runs strong, despite having 190k miles. It has tons of torque for hauling stuff.
    I had an 87 silverado, and I will say the silverado interior was pretty nice for an 80s truck. it was much like yours but navy blue/ black with vinyl seat and brushed faux metal look instead of woodgrain. it was pretty clapped out at 115k (seems the body/ interior were just left to fall apart as it was a farm truck), but the motor runs great.
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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    And where did you need to get all these dogs to, in the middle of a blizzard?

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

    Oh hell yeah! 454, top line Silverado trim and in good condition! Get it now!
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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    I have a '93 C1500 'burb. Like you, I only put 1K or so miles on it a year. I use it to haul my sailboat in and out of the lake every year. I did have to drive it down to San Antonio a year ago. Very stable, comfortable and secure ride. The '89 should be a nice addition if the price is right.

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

    My God that is one handsome truck.
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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    And where did you need to get all these dogs to, in the middle of a blizzard?
    Nowhere now, but in the spring I run my dogs in field competitions (Hunting dogs) so it would be nice to have a truck and what not.

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    The only thing I am on the fence about is the tailgate. seems like a huge PITA to have to roll down the window everytime I need to get into the back. I wish it had the cargo doors.

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

    Considering the age, condition and rarity of these Suburbans, I'd say that's a pretty minor issue.
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    Re: I'm Thinking about buying a 3/4 ton 1989 suburban

    The 2 back door configuration is much more user friendly than the tailgate. Not a reason to pass on the car, especially if you're using it for utility purposes.

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

    I had the doors on mine because when towing I could open them and not hit the winch on my trailer. If you have a long enough tongue it isn't an issue. Down side of doors is window don't open at all. I would have rather had a tailgate. (My dogs would have preferred it too!)

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

    Suburbans of that vintage and body style are never a bad investment, regardless of which options they have. This one that you are considering also has the 454 and the single rear door, so it can be described only as ultimate.

    Every time I see one it makes me realize I have to buy one. I'd really enjoy one from Eagle.


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