Rare Rust-Free Chassis/Frame 3/4 ton Diesel Suburban w/265,000 highway miles, BOTH engine & Trans replaced @ 235,000 miles (October 2010). Donor truck had 95,000 miles and good PM history). Proof of engine/Trans integrity is STRONG acceleration W/O smoking ! Leather seats good condition for model year with some minor cracking. Carpet reasonable with some minor stains/discoloration. Radio is inop but comes with replacement unit. MANY NEW PARTS and UPGRADES: remote PMD, Stanadyne Injector Pump, Bosch marine injectors, NEW glow plugs/relay, HO alternator, A/C compressor, A/C hoses, Interstate High CCA batteries (includes NEW 3rd battery in factory wrap) Nice GM later-model alloy wheels adds updated look, lowers 'unsprung' weight for better handling (includes several extra 8-lug rims, spare belts, parts, including NEW 1,000 watt engine block heater). Diamond Eye 4-inch turbo-back STRAIGHT exhaust improves fuel economy and throttle response (rumble can be quieted by simply adding a muffler if new owner prefers)
THE BAD: Typical GM roof streaks, peeling clear coat, nuisance leaks (cooling lines, P/S pump/brake booster, etc). Only very slight engine oil loss, maybe a pint every 3,000-5000 miles. BOTH front doors have the typical 'sag' and the plastic door handles are cracked slightly but still operate. Also, a minor collision in front, drivers side required hood/front grill, etc and the paint/body work isn't perfect. Hood has dimples, plastic grill mount is cracked, washer fluid reservoir lip is cracked but still holds fluid. Power lock button inop. Overall, the vehicle still looks good, real chrome bumpers and paint is shiny.
Crankcase, Trans, Rear Diff, Transfer Case ALL FILLED with correct Mobil 1 lubricants. I typically change oil and filter every 3,000 to 5,000 miles and also have all the chassis grease fittings lubed.
This L65 'old school' diesel is MUCH simpler and easier to maintain than recent diesels with their complicated electronics and expensive parts. Parts for the 6.5 are readily available and NOT expensive. Recent parts came from DIESEL CARE in Memphis, TN (a good outfit) they overnighted me a BRAND-NEW Stanadyne cut-off solonoid (no questions asked, when their reman part failed) I like them a lot, ask for 'Amber'
The 4L80E Trasmission shifts perfectly and achieves good MPG with the electronic overdrive (the E in 4L80E). Drag racers use this same 'bullet-proof' Trans for 1,000 HP race cars, with Corvette servo and heavier clutches, etc. The original Trans didn't fail, I just got a good deal when I had the engine replaced. Also, has a NEW flywheel and NEW harmonic balancer (good protector of crankshaft)
The Heavy-Duty 14-bolt rear differential was serviced regularly, now has Mobil 1 75W-90. It doesn't leak.
I honestly believe this truck can go another 200,000-250,000 miles without major overhaul. The UPGRADES should allow this, for example the better K & N type air intake, bigger exhaust, Remote PMD, Injector and Pump replacement, upgraded cooling system, etc. Allows the engine to perform better, RUN MUCH COOLER and under less strain, wear and tear, etc. Than the original equipment. I was startled to see the VERY restrictive OE cross-over pipe ! (Choking exhaust flow). The NEW thermostats and High-Output (130 GPM) water pump, NEW radiator, etc. Operates at 180 degrees, perfect for HOT summers and towing. The heater still gets plenty warm in cold weather and BOTH the heated seats work well, have HI and LO settings. A lot of problems you hear about older 6.5's are caused by inadequate cooling systems that GM was slow to correct. Dropping operating temp from 212 to 180 F adds engine life, certainly. Lots of FREE information is also available online now, there are LOTS of 6.5's still running strong.
During a recent 'Valentines Day' freak winter storm/blizzard in central North Carolina, she pulled up EVERY hill successfully, even with a foot of unplowed snow drifts mixed with ice. The torque of the strong 6.5 diesel and the Michelin LTX 'mud & snow' tires are VERY effective in winter conditions. I gave rides to stranded motorists who had to abandon their vehicles and helped pull other vehicles (including some fancy AWD vehicles with regular summer tires AND a police cruiser) from the ditch. This is a VERY capable machine, NOT some fancy 'cross-over' vehicle with a weak AWD system.
Engine fired up immediately in 8-degree weather WITHOUT plugging in 750-watt block heater. (2 strong batteries, NEW glow plug relay and NEW glow plugs, I don't cut corners when it comes to reliability in my vehicles). A NEW 1,000 watt engine block heater (uninstalled) is included. Apparently, diesel drivers in Canada install TWO block heaters! one on each side !
So why am I selling ? My kids are all in college now so I don't need '8-passenger' capability, no more trips to soccer, swimming, etc. Nearing retirement I also want to 'down-size' and 'simplify' my life. This is a LARGE 17-18 foot vehicle that requires a big parking space.
However, it does have a COMMANDING presence on the road W/O a lift kit or giant wheels. It's GVWR is 8,600 ! Other drivers just DONT pull out in front of you or 'cut you off' typically. All the more remarkable for a heavy-duty hauler with 4 Low and a 4.10 rear end that gets in the teens on the highway. (TWICE the MPG of the 454 'big block') The Load Range 'E' 10-ply rating truck tires can safely hold 50-80 psi ! The 40+ gallon tank yields an impressive range for long-distance travel and/or towing, 600-650 miles !
If the WINNING bidder/buyer is not happy upon inspection, I won't mind if you change your mind. Just be realistic, this is a 16-year old truck. I want you to be satisfied with your purchase. I have tried to note every negative I can remember. ALL this stuff is on my 'to-do' list so some of the items may be fixed by the time the auction is over.
I can be reached almost anytime if you're serious and have questions. I have obviously written a VERY detailed ad so READ IT a couple of times BEFORE you call, PLEASE. Comes with 2 remote key fobs, original owners manuals, and a HUGE portfolio of maintenance records and receipts (including engine and Trans replacement)
Clear Title: Sign and Drive Home ! (Free pick-up from RDU airport if needed, 20 minutes away)
Ray (919) 605-1552
PS. Vehicle is advertised locally on Raleigh NC Craigslist. 'Granddaddy SUV'