Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: San Leandro, CA bay area
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Re: Duramax Suburban
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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