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Roland writes:

Hey Sajeev,

A number of years in the past I used to be on the lookout for a midsized SUV for my enterprise (kitchen renovations) and ended up with a ’07 4Runner Sport — which my son (and enterprise companion) determined was for him. Not desirous to derail a enterprise and private relationship, I caught with my ’01 Silverado pickup.

Lately I’ve been midsized SUVs once more (this time for myself), however don’t need something new, being a agency believer in used automobiles. One possibility is the Saab 9-7X (right here comes the derision!). I like the scale, styling, don’t want seven seats, and if I can interpret varied articles — it was the most effective GM SUV of its time, however Saab followers hated it for that cause. I can choose up an ’06 mannequin for a couple of $1,000 (CDN, with 104Okay miles) with a blown 5.Three-liter engine, no rust, and so on. Query: Would this be a possibility to drop a 6.Zero-liter right into a 9-7X with out the tough journey of a TrailBlazer SS?

Or simply discover a 5.Three-liter alternative engine and hold issues as is?

Or am I nuts?

Sajeev solutions:

Nicely, after all getting MOAR LSX-FTW is a superb thought. However the sensible transfer for a businessman is to wimp out and get a alternative 5.Three. These aren’t the most cost effective 5.3s round (i.e. all-aluminum LM4) however they’re nonetheless cheaper than a 6.Zero and might need much less tuning/programming complications. However possibly this isn’t being a wimp. Why, I reckon you may slap a light cam, a set of headers, full exhaust, tune, and so on, to a alternative 5.Three for much less money and be fairly glad along with your work truck!

I fairly like this concept, however I introduced in our very personal Chris Tonn for some private suggestions. Learn on:

Chris writes:

Bozi says: LS motor makes all issues nice. Chris, the ’06 Trailblazer proprietor, says: RUN.

I’d select a rusted ’88 Tercel rolling on three wheels and the left rear drum dragging on the bottom over one other GMT360. Although certainly one of my greatest gripes with my Trailblazer — the flaky ignition change that requires yearly alternative — is solved by the Saab’s console-mounted key change.

Nothing is simple to restore on the GMT360. In salt-laden climates, the facility steering strains and cooler will rust via, requiring the flexibleness of a gymnast mixed with the power of a powerlifter to switch with out pulling the engine. The entrance struts put on shortly and could be a bear to DIY. Gasoline economic system is dismal even with the six-cylinder.

If you wish to stick with a GM product, think about a Tahoe. It’s a correct truck beneath, with a bit extra inside house, higher journey high quality, and higher ease of upkeep.

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Ship your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.com. Spare no particulars and ask for a speedy decision when you’re in a rush…however be real looking, and use your make/mannequin particular boards as a substitute of TTAC for extra well timed recommendation.

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