They do make them out of stainless steel, too. My vet tells me that dog urine plus HDPE is an uncleanable mess that will smell.Ahh, I did see those. As this is meant to be a semi permanent installation that will be subject to many hose-downs, and only ever used to prevent the leaking of dog piss, I think steel wouldn't be the material of choice for this application.
Basically, I'm making a 10'x3' patch of artificial turf, where employees can "hitch" their dogs inside an office building while they eat. While every dog has to be trained, it's simply *going* to happen that a dog is going to piss or shit on it, and it needs to be trickle/wash proof.
There is only one good engine in the Excursion, the 7.3L PowerStroke Turbo Diesel. The gas engines had issues and the later 6.0L PowerStroke is a disaster. The 6.0s usually have lower resale values than the 7.3s. From the C pillar forward, it's basically an F-250 SuperDuty Crew cab so parts are readily available. However, Excursion specific parts (mostly cosmetic and trim plus anything to do with the rear hatch or ambulance doors) are more difficult to find than Suburban as the latter was sold in hugely greater numbers. Mechanical parts are easily gotten and the vehicle can be updated to any of the later front ends and lighting systems used on the Super Duty through 2016. The Excursion is actually a tougher truck than the Suburban and some say it rides better, but it weighs more (apparently it requires a special license in Finland, or so I've been told), maintenance is more costly with the PowerStroke diesels, and there is just more maintenance to do. On the other hand, you can literally tow a house with one.Chevrolet Suburban (the early 2000's model) or Excursion? Which engines to avoid? Or is there some other proper full size three-row truck that doesn't pop into my mind right now?
Sounds like the Finnish are importing these as heavy trucks, something Michael may have mentioned to me. The 8.1 was only available in 2500s.All Suburbans seem to have either 6.0 or 8.1, nothing smaller even available so that is a good thing I guess. The 2000-2006 models go for a bit over 10k, and the newer about 20. Worth the extra 10k? https://m.nettiauto.com/en/chevrolet/suburban/8598722
The GMT900 trucks like this one are another story. It's really a much nicer, much more modern truck. The 1500 is a better bet in these years but don't get one with the 4L60/65E transmission (07-09 1500s - 09 could have an optional much better 6L80 automatic) for reasons stated above - though I would recommend against a 1500 for your application, and I suspect you probably mostly have 2500s due to your import situation anyway. Get the 6.0 motor either way at a minimum, the 5.3s still had issues. The 8.1 is gone, replaced with a 6.2L on one Yukon variant. 1500s have lower towing than 2500s again; the 2500 tops out at 9600lbs again but this is with the 6.0 this time. They are much nicer to drive than the Excursion or GMT800 trucks. This was when the GM trucks really started driving a lot more like cars; the Excursion is surprisingly car like for its time but you can easily tell it's a big truck. The GMT900s drive more like a big car, but it comes at a cost - it's not as rugged as its predecessor (except in the steering linkage, which is improved). You can't just bull through stuff in a GMT900 like you can in the Excursion.
The Navigator is significantly smaller than the Suburban; it's really a Yukon competitor. Rear rows are pretty tight in that truck.And when going to 20k also Lincoln Navigator and Escalades fit the budget too... Though choises
Mm... Nope. :lol:
Good GOD, no. Don't buy one of those horrible things. The GMT600 platform they're based on is a slightly updated 1980s GMT400 truck with a few GMT800 features (the early 2000s Suburban) thrown in. Their midlife update/'second generation" is the GMT610, which was only done to slightly update the interior (not very much or very well) and running gear to be compatible with the then current GMT900 so they could stop making the oldest crap the GMT600 was forcing them to use. Their ride, handling, and pretty much everything about them was miserable. GM only still makes them because there's no Euro/ROW van in their worldwide fleet that they can bring over as a suitable replacement for the 2500s/3500s. The 1500s were discontinued due to lack of sales years ago and were replaced by rebadged Nissan NV200s, which were hailed as an enormous improvement. That should tell you everything you really need to know for those things; on top of which, routine service is annoying and very special care must be taken to not ruin the interior when servicing. Additionally, non-routine maintenance is difficult to do and mechanics will often charge far more money if they have to work on them. Very few people in the market for a full size van will buy one of these if they have any other option.Do the same things apply to Chevrolet Express? They seem to be comparably easier to find than SUV versions with low mileages...
Nope, sadly not. The 600 is mostly a modified version of this 1988 chassis:Ok, this better be forgotten then. :lol: I assumed they would have as much parts bin stuff as possible with similar age Subs but apparently not.