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Old 08-14-2007, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Duramax Suburban

Don't know if anything like this has been posted before but I thought it was kind of cool.

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Re: Duramax Suburban

That's a nice looking Suburban! I have always wondered why chevy never offered the D-Max as an option in the suburban.
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Its kind of cool but not worth the money in my book.
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Re: Duramax Suburban

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That's a nice looking Suburban! I have always wondered why chevy never offered the D-Max as an option in the suburban.

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As a GM retiree I have no clue, really what GM should (we as buyers think would sell,,) they don't do usually. It took them 3-4 yrs to get the D-max, (Diesel) into the vans again, I think they lost alot of sales in that time without having one offered. The reason they didn't is supposedly the Dmax and Allison factorys couldnt keep up with the demand for the trucks, but some word passing around the Van plant was that it was an engineering screwup where the diesel would not fit, and took substantial re-engineering for it. Either way, it should not have taken that long to offer it. And I agree, it would sell very nicely in the 'Burban I think. Familys and RV'rs. ESPECIALLY with FORD not selling the Excursion anymore!

The bad thing about that one, is when you go to register it, the state will say it has to be emissions tested, because GM did not offer an oil burner in them. Could cause problems in some states, metropolitan areas... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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Don't forget about the emission BS the government has. Something about points..... gotta have so many clean vehicle's vs the dirty ones on sale.
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here in pa, on the regestration, it say emissions tested, diesel exempt. that is on any regestration, car truck diesel gas. just if it has a diesel, it is exempt.
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But your still breaking federal laws by bypassing obd2 compliance when you put a diesel in a 95 or newer car or truck. A lot of places might overlook it but if they wanted to bust your chops they could. You might be able to work around it if it is a 2500 or larger but anything smaller could be a problem.
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Depending where in Seattle he is at, he might be exempt. Or he just "lists" the address of said vehicle in a non emission checked area. Happens all the time. Granted, now a days, they ask you where is the physical location the thing is at.....
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I know a lot of places dont hassle you about it but nobody knows what will happen 5 years down the road. Would be a shame to do a conversion then a couple of years down the road you can't get it tagged
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Like I said in post, the "Fed" doing things for the name of 'progress'. They should leave a good thing be......
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I talked to a GMC engineer when Chevy FIRST released the D-max (I joked with him that I didn't know anything about the engine at all but it had no choice BUT to be the best diesel Chevy put in a pickup)

Anyway we chatted for a great while about the new engine and drive train and asked him when the diesel suburban's were going to hit the market and he said there were absolutely NO plans to diesels the suburban. I asked why the hell not?

He said that in order to stuff the Allison in the HD pickup they essentially had to put a 3" body lift on the cab to have enough clearance in the floor pan. I said they would sell like hot cakes and he said there wasn't any market share for a 3/4 ton diesel SUV. (I guess that's what ford discovered with the excursion unfortunately)

he said nobody wanted the suburban with the body lift as it would make them too tall to be practical.

Just what the GM engineer said.
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That is why Ford dropped the Excursion? No market?! Well, I guess I'd better find one for myself (eventually)..... and I guess I'm the exception to the rule.
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The guy lives in the town of Buckley, which is where my vehicles are registered. That is outside of the emissions testing zone in Pierce County.

I had a 95 suburban 4x4 with the 6.5 turbo diesel. I would have bought another one in 2000, but GM had dropped the diesels out of the Suburban line. Consequently, I bought the Excursion-

Next time I buy a truck, I'm heading for Renton to visit the Kenworth factory. I'm sick of paying through the nose for equipment that falls apart at 100,000 miles, or in the case of a certain brand of aftermarket 7.3 connecting rods, less than 10,000 miles. Grrrrrr...
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My sister in law loves her Excursion PSD. Sad that she will trade it in for a gas powered Expedition because the Excursion in gas and diesel is no more.
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"Sad that she will trade it in for a gas powered Expedition because the Excursion in gas and diesel is no more. "
Ford says that help is on the way. I don't expect a diesel
Expedition before 2010 though. I did expect the Hyd. hybrid
before then until it was cancelled. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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