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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]
Jim T.*48* SLAPS Co-Founder, 30.8 yrs RETIRED UAW 6/01/06, Now an ART (Specialists Flight Chief) with the USAFR 414th MXS Seymour Johnson AFB. My pics!'03 Dually pics!, New truck, 2011 F-350 SRW LB CC. White Platinum Lariat! 4x4
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.
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.....
1999 E-350 Cub Wagon, 7.3L Power Stroke, E4OD, 3.55
1990 E-350 Club Wagon, 7.3L IDI, E4OD, 3.54LS x2
1994 Chevy C2500 6.5L TD, 3.42
1983 F-150 2x4, 4.9L, C-6 w/GV-OD, 3.55 Farm pickup
1981 C-8000, 3208 CAT, RT-6510, Rockwell SSHD Tandems (Swap)
1981 VW Rabbit Pickup 1.6L diesel (project)
1978 VW Rabbit 1.5L diesel (project)
1977 K100C, NTC-350, RT-1110, Tandem
1977 Transtar II, NTC-290, RT-9509 Single
1977 Transtar II, Formula 290, RT0-9513, Tandem (project)
1974 C-750, 391CID, Clark 5 speed, Eaton 2 speed
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
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.
00'F350 psd CC Drw 2wd Bright Amber Western Hauler, exhaust brake transfer flow 50 gal tank tool, 30K Cody goose neck hitch, hawk pads, cryo'ed rotors, stainless lines, 380,000 miles
02' Psd Excursion Limited ultimate Estate Green 7.3L Auto 2x4 hellwig swaybars and rancho 9000's. 381,000 miles.
1993 F-superduty (F-450) 7.3L Gutless non turbo 2x4 Auto, Tire eating S.O.B. 12,750lbs 80,000miles lincoln Vantage 500 Duetz bolted in the back.
1994 7.3 I.D.I.T. factory turbo, auto 2x4 DRW with lots of upgrades, 11 transmissions under 100K factory warranty. 280,000 miles Currently Cavitated and parked.
96 F-800 24'flat 5.9L cummins, 4spd allison juice brakes.
89 F-800 6.6L 5+2 27,00lbs light weight with National 556A crane behind the cab.
2006 T800 KW 550 C-15 18spd 22K front, 52K rears murray ramps, 195" W.B. CA spec heavy haul SOLD
2006 Murray 16 tire professional lowbed SOLD
1996 fetherlite 4 horse GN, Walton 18' 14K tag tilt equipment trailer.
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...
clam the powerstroke grinch
2000 Excursion LTD 4x4
Slightly tweaked HPCR 5.9 Cummins
Allison 1000 5 speed auto
"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]
1997 F250 HD PSD 4x4 OR Auto 3.55LS CC SRW SWB 265x75x16 Michelin LTX DP 211K mi.; Ford AIC; Fuel milege; 20.3 mpg @ 70 mph. 12.5 mpg pulling my boat,12.5K, along two lane rural roads. A number of mods ordered from DaleI. Nice round replacement DP. FS2500 by-pass oil filter installed. Fumoto drain valve. Tymar Intake installed! HX mod from Tymar installed. TFI fillneck kits installed. Auto-Rx cleaner in engine & transmission done. Switched from Rotella dino to Rotella synthetic. Amsoil 5W-30 Series 3000 installed!
FS-2500 Bypass filter installed. CD Changer
Velvet rides installed. Joe Servo IDM mod was installed. Replaced with Swamps HV/HF IDM! Rear air lift springs. 4" exhaust installed all the back from DP and bye bye Kitty.
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