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Remarkably Well Kept: 1988 Chevrolet Suburban Silverado

Trucks are huge in the collectible market.  However, finding original condition trucks in great shape is difficult.  Thanks to our ever vigilant reader T.J., we have found one of the nicest vintage Suburbans in the United States.  You might want to look closely at this 1988 Chevrolet Suburban with the Silverado upgrade for sale on craigslist in Fort Collins, Colorado.  With just 84,000 miles on the odometer, this well kept truck’s asking price is $12,900.  Is a 34 year old Suburban worth that kind of money?

Based on the reliable and long running C/K Series full size trucks, the Suburban offered four doors and a jumpseat’s worth of passenger carrying capacity for either workmen or families.  These vehicles were also favorites of the RV crowd, with their large, stable platforms being perfect for towing trailers all over the United States.

The vehicle you see here is a great example of the seventh generation Suburban.  This body style would soldier on until 1991 when its replacement finally arrived.  This particular Suburban is advertised as a one family owned vehicle with many of the options one would desire.  It has dual air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, velour interior, and bucket seats with a center console up front.  Sadly, this truck does not appear to have been equipped with four wheel drive.

The real selling point is the care that the vehicle has received since new.  Every indication is that it was garaged most of its life.  The paint is in great shape and there is minimal fading of the eight passenger interior.  The seller has also included pictures of the logbook for the vehicle.  Every step in its maintenence history has been documented.

While there is no mention of the displacement of the engine, we can guess that it is the standard 350 cubic inch small block V-8 with an automatic transmission.  It is obviously not a diesel, and it doesn’t appear to be a big block.  Perhaps a reader could let us know if a big block was even an option in 1988.  We are told that it is ready to roll and that one must see and drive it to appreciate it.

Any of us who have ever ridden in or driven a Suburban of this vintage can appreciate the owner’s belief that you must see and drive it to appreciate it.  These vehicles were more truck than car, unlike SUVs of late.  They can take a good bit of abuse, but are very reliable.  This is the kind of vehicle that someone who loves the outoors can enjoy.  For someone looking for a versatile vehicle to use regularly, there is a lot of life left in this vehicle.  Hopefully it will find a good home that wll continue to take good care of it.

What would you do with this vehicle if it ended up in your garage?


  1. Avatar photo Bakyrdhero Member

    Considering the amount of money changing hands for any and all vehicles lately I can’t believe this truck is still available. Nice find.

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  2. Avatar photo CJT

    There is not a gas station anywhere this Suburban would not pass……

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  3. Avatar photo DavidH

    The price is fair considering how much you would have to spend today to get half as much vehicle. I owned a 2 wheel drive ‘8o white suburban and you would be amazed where that vehicle could go in snow. Once in a while I got some help from tire chains to finish the trip but not often.

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  4. Avatar photo Vair Nut

    What Bakyrdhero said. I live in the rust belt/salt city and vehicles like this from the south command huge money, like 2x what the asking price is. It won’t be for sale long you watch.

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  5. Avatar photo Tom Bell

    A 454 was indeed available. Also a c/k 2500. I had an ‘87–best family car ever.

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  6. Avatar photo jwzg

    That’s a big-block. Check out image 19 of the valve cover and exhaust manifold. Why this isn’t gone already is anyone’s guess.

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    • Avatar photo Colin Smeltzer

      Good eye, also looks like a 3/4 ton wheelbstuds, and the 3/4 ton wheels/covers that no doubt were removed just before the pics were taken.

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  7. Avatar photo Homer

    I had one same year with 350. Installed heavy duty shocks and drove like a dream.

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  8. Avatar photo Richard F

    Very nice – but those wheels…UGH! Help the poor thing out and ditch those garbage skinny, ugly, atrocious wheels…stat! Combined with missing center caps only makes it look cheap and unkept…like a nice clean tailored suit with worn out shoddy shoes – no bueno! Probably why it isn’t sold yet…

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  9. Avatar photo Gil Davis Tercenio

    That would be a great price, but with gas prices up and estimated 8-10 mpg, I couldn’t afford to drive it. :(

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  10. Avatar photo Greg Milner

    I have a 3/4 ton I love it just not keep in a garage

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  11. Avatar photo tim961

    Maybe its just a shadow but the left rear quarter behind the wheel looks wavy like it may have bondo but overall it’s very clean!

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  12. Avatar photo Jace F.

    Love the 2500/3/4 ton 99-06 wheels on it!

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