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Posted: 5/1/2009 7:24:32 AM EDT
Any suggestions?

Woke up this morning to a passer-by banging on the front door to let me know my truck looked like this




And I don't even have the one showing the flames before the water really got on it (forgot to put the memory card in before I started snapping and that first one got saved to camera's internal memory; haven't yet retrieved it).  I'll post pics of the interior when I get a chance.  Needless to say, not how I wanted to wake up on  a Friday mornning.

However, I need a new vehicle since that was the family vehicle.  I would love another suburban but am concerned with both the cost of a new one (don't like the model years between mine and the new ones) and the quality of GM of late, not to mention the "other" stuff.  Would also consider an Excursion, if I could find one or a 4-door F150.  It has to be capable of towing and fitting a family of 4 comfortably.  Four-wheel drive is pretty high on the list but could probably be sacrificed if I had to.  Small to mid-size SUVs are not in the running.

What does the hive suggest?  I haven't been vehicle shopping in 10 years.

God, I miss that truck already.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:26:32 AM EDT
Get another one like yours then.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:26:51 AM EDT
I guess my question is, who tried to kill it with fire?
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:27:45 AM EDT
wow man, I'm sorry to here about the loss of your truck. my vehicles hold a special spot in my heart and I'd be heartbroken to have something like this happen to one of them. your chevy was in nice shape too, looks like you took good care of it. good luck
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:28:35 AM EDT
Something that doesn't spontaneously combust as much?
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:28:59 AM EDT
I think that before I'd buy another Suburban I'd look into the reason why that one erupted into flame for no apparent reason.  Was it parked long?  Do you have enemies?

-Gator
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:29:01 AM EDT


Toyota sequoia (sp?)







Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:29:05 AM EDT
Wow what started it?
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:31:03 AM EDT
We bought 2 Tacomas in January and love them both.

HH
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:31:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MEH:
Wow what started it?


We don't know.  Originated near starter and mass of wiring harnesses.  *shrug*  After 13 years and 237+K miles, who knows?
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:31:14 AM EDT



Originally Posted By MEH:


Wow what started it?






 
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:32:06 AM EDT
How did it light on fire? Terrorism? Did you have an anti-obama sticker on it? Wish I could give you advice on a new rig. I personally hate full size SUVs. Go with a F-250 Crew cab of a 2500 Dodge Cummings. Trucks>SUVs.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:33:03 AM EDT
Looks like a bit of a safety issue there. Imagine if it were parked in a garage.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:34:38 AM EDT
Power stroke Excursion

Mega Cab Ram


Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:35:05 AM EDT
Looks like you left something bright yellow on the dash?
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:36:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2009 7:37:13 AM EDT by Danner130]
Originally Posted By Krzy_Erl:
Power stroke Excursion

Mega Cab Ram BOYCOTT CHRYSLER (aka UAW/Gov. Motors)




Mod'd for you.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:38:14 AM EDT
I remember the older F150s had problems similar to that. ( if it is the same)

Something to do with the wiring losing its casing over time and raw wires touching and arcing or something like that, regardless, it was wiring that was starting fires when the vehicle weren't even turned on.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:38:57 AM EDT
I recently sold my 2000 Suburban and stepped up to a new Tahoe.  Its the best vehicle I've had so far.  I can't find anything negative to say about the Tahoe....
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:39:21 AM EDT
Nissan Titan 4 door.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:39:39 AM EDT
Toyota Tundra.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:40:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ARLady:
Originally Posted By MEH:
Wow what started it?


We don't know.  Originated near starter and mass of wiring harnesses.  *shrug*  After 13 years and 237+K miles, who knows?


Hmmm... I'm glad it didn't happen when you were driving!


As for what you should get now, I must say I don't really like most modern cars... Try for something used.


You could alwasy buy a Willys Jeep with a mounted MG... You would be the envy of all Arfcomers!
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:41:24 AM EDT
2009 F150
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:41:25 AM EDT
I want in on this one.

What year was the Suburban?

Do you yet know the cause of the fire?
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:41:56 AM EDT
Get the same thing again, there are plenty on the market and prices have never been better, i see 10 a day for sale here, i bought a perfect 01 last year with the 8.1 and low miles for 8K, and it have every option and i will never be without a Suburban i use it to tow alot and its just a great rig, its my first GM as well.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:43:10 AM EDT
Get a Ford Excursion....preferably diesel.  You'll wonder why you wasted the money on the suburban
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:43:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Krzy_Erl:
Power stroke Excursion



This.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:44:12 AM EDT
Won't buy new.  I refuse to lose a third of the value simply by driving it off the lot.  Plus, I don't want the car payment.

It was a '96.  
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:44:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2009 7:44:57 AM EDT by fastmover]
it'll buff out
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:47:03 AM EDT



Originally Posted By fastmover:


it'll buff out













 
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:47:32 AM EDT
Now that I've read the thread I'll add one to the "get another Suburban like what you had" after the cause of the fire is determined.

How many miles were on the Suburban?
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:47:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ARLady:
Won't buy new.  I refuse to lose a third of the value simply by driving it off the lot.  Plus, I don't want the car payment.

It was a '96.  


you could buy a perfect low miles 96-99 for 5K here if you wanted a 1500, the 2500 are a bit more
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:50:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ARLady:
Won't buy new.  I refuse to lose a third of the value simply by driving it off the lot.  Plus, I don't want the car payment.

It was a '96.  


OK They made what you had up until '99 then in 2000 went to the new body then in 2007 went to the new new body.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:52:58 AM EDT
What's your budget? Plenty of nice vehicles out there for $3000-$4000, if you can go up to the $6000 range you'll find VERY nice vehicles.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:55:55 AM EDT
When I was shopping thread

repair thread

I'm still under $4K for the truck

The front seats were terrible but easy to replace.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:56:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Danner130:
Originally Posted By Krzy_Erl:
Power stroke Excursion

Mega Cab Ram BOYCOTT CHRYSLER (aka UAW/Gov. Motors)




Mod'd for you.

FORD makes Excursions.......FORD is the only vehicle I will by from now on!

My Excursion

Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:59:40 AM EDT
Dont buy American - you're supporting the Democratic socialist Party.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:59:54 AM EDT
Ford Excursion.  Awesome vehicles, especially if you can find one with the 7.3 Diesel.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:00:29 AM EDT
Had the same thing happen to me with a piece of shit taurus sho I had. Mine started up around the battery though.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:02:36 AM EDT
Sadly (and I say this as a person who has never owned a Ford)...

I think you need to look at the 4-door F-150's.  Ford's going to be the only company not owned by the Government that makes a decent truck.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:04:25 AM EDT
ford f250 crew cab power stroke diesel, nuff said
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:09:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ASUsax:
Sadly (and I say this as a person who has never owned a Ford)...

I think you need to look at the 4-door F-150's.  Ford's going to be the only company not owned by the Government that makes a decent truck.


I second that, I have had my 02 f-150 since it was new and it has been the best vehicle i have owned.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:11:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2009 8:19:32 AM EDT by ARLady]
Originally Posted By winddummy82:
ford f250 crew cab power stroke diesel, nuff said


Only with a full eight foot bed.  

Yeah, that would be my dream, but I don't know if cost is going to play a part here.  I'm pretty sure we can't count on much from the insurance company and we haven't quite decided how much we want to spend.  It's kind of a catch-22.  We'd spend more if we found something we really liked.  Of course, the other half is even considering a car (a la crown vic flavor) for temporary purposes, but I say why spend money on a vehicle we don't really want.  

That's why I'm kinda searching for opinions on what others drive.
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