1985 Chevrolet Suburban Silverado 6.2L diesel from North America
Still drive it as my "winter" beater since the A/C failed
4 starters, 2 head gaskets, 3 water pumps, 3 alternators, 3 radiators, 3 AC compressors, 2 AC/ heater blowers, 1 heater core, 2 hydraulic brake actuator replacements, rear A/C repair, 3 injector pumps, split dash, cruise control, 3 rear main seals, oil pan seal, 4 wheel drive transfer case, glow plugs, glow plug relay.
Replaced motor mounts.
Front end work.
Exterior paint failing, especially on top-rear, hood, and hood air intake cowling.
Currently parked outside and waxed annually.
Won't start and suspect ignition switch, solenoid and or starter (again).
A great person and cargo carrier with an average 16 MPG. However being big and heavy, this vehicle does require lots of maintenance and it is frequent and expensive. If you need a high torque engine for hauling (forget climbing steep hills without this jumping constantly into passing gear) then this is the vehicle for you. Mine has a 3.72 rear end and a Powerglide 3 speed transmission, which adds to the loaded hill climbing saga.
While the mileage is low for a diesel, I couldn't stand the worry of something breaking down on every 1,000 mile trip, so it's retired to around town driving with tow insurance coverage and all the spare parts and manuals in my garage. Bought this off a Hertz rental lot for $16,000 in 1985 with 4,000 miles. Diesels were hot and hard to get at less than MSRP. I believe the listed price - new, was around $22,000.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th May, 2016