to build or to buy?

Asked by Sep 25, 2017 at 12:29 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I'm in the market for a 4x4 Chevy truck or
van. Late 90s to 00s Astro or Suburban to be
specific. I was looking for a decent 3k$ but
found I'm looking at either rust or high miles
or both.  Realizing my price range would get
me only that . I got a bank loan for 7k$ and
now have 10k$ to play with. Now with more
options I'm having a hard decision. Is it
better to find a clean frame and body that
runs with higher miles for like 2k$ (I found a
few) and dump the other 7-8k$ into
rebuilding it bottom up , or look for a more
expensive 8-10k$ lower mileage good
condition truck and maintain it until failure.   
I'm thinking for terms of longevity.  I don't
care to have things new and shiny and ran
by computers, rather than it be consistently
working and reliable. I've had my car for 11
years 150k of my miles  and looking to get
close to that out of the next thing I buy.
What do you guys believe is a more bang for
buck/quality long term investment. To build
or to buy.

4 Answers

If you have the time and right person to replare rust, I would get a Suburban that is solid mechanically, OR a good body if you can find it with mechanical isssues, then you can replace tranny, if it is original will need soon enough, and you want a good engine, definitely not the smallest availble as they won't last. Or of course, you can drop your own engine into it also and then you can have it for a very long time. Liked my old 88 or so old Suburban, but rteally loved my red, big block 1998 3/4 ton Suburban with tow package. Never did find out what was the max it would easily/safely pull. Good luck!

I found a decent looking frame and body , want near 2k $ has 260xxx miles .and runs as it is. Have about a month or so til winter and can get 5k$ to put in it. Would have to find a mechanic for the job. Think its worth the headache now of swapping out ?

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