Solid Square Body: 1990 GMC Suburban – Sold!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday


Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Wagon Wednesday isn’t just about long-roof models; classic square bodies can play here, too. Take this 1990 GMC Suburban, for example, listed on Craigslist in Gardiner, New York with 150,000 miles in great running condition with no rust and an asking price of $5,900.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool tells us that this seller has priced the Suburban quite fairly, as a “Good” condition example clocks in at $9,800 and “Fair” models ring the bell for approximately $5,400. Based on what I see in the listing photos, it seems reasonable to assume the Suburban is in better condition than “Fair” and could be a solid buy if the rust-free claims are true.  

The Suburban has enjoyed a long and successful history on the American automotive landscape, with the basic recipe remaining consistent throughout the years even as the design has changed. Truthfully, the basic appearance of the Suburban hasn’t changed that much, either, as it’s still shaped like a brick with an emphasis on max capacity rather than elegant styling. However, if you were to ask me which era of the Suburban felt like the purest execution of the concept, I’d pick the late-production, seventh generation models for sure. They had just enough convenience features to make them feel modern but still mechanically unrefined enough to make it a true truck. The 454 and a massive diesel engines were still on the menu for shoppers, along with the smooth(ish) 350 V8 like in this example.

While it can seem like all Suburbans were equipped in a similar fashion, there were some key distinguishing features to set them apart. This example has front bucket seats along with the overhead console, which typically provided heating and cooling controls to the backseat passengers. It also has the optional tow package and of course, the classic rear barn doors for maximum convenience when loading or unloading. The seller notes the addition of many new parts while in his care, including fresh brakes, a new radiator, tires, alternator, and more. Based on the photos, the ‘Burban is clean but not exceptionally so; the interior could be detailed to a higher degree and there’s some waviness to the trim above the rear bumper. Minor nits, for sure, and the price is more than fair even factoring in some cosmetic blemishes. If you’re hunting for an affordable square body, this Suburban may be worth a look.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1990 GMC Suburban 1/2 ton 2wd. 350 engine with auto trans. Bucket seats with console plus overhead console as well . Rear barn doors and Tow package. Apprx. 150k miles. Many new parts, tires, brakes, battery, alternator , radiator etc. Very solid truck not rusted like most you will find. Runs and drives great. Asking only $5,900 . Will consider antique car or truck trades. Send pictures and description prior to making appt. to see truck.

Not interested in low ball offers. If you need to sell your vehicle first or ask spouse for permission do that prior to contacting me. Square body trucks are hot right now and my price is more than reasonable. Goes on Ebay if not sold locally. If still listed than still for sale. Interested parties send NAME and NUMBER. NO TEXTS . REPLIES THAT DO NOT INCLUDE NAME AND NUMBER WILL BE DELETED. REPLIES THAT ASK IF IT IS STILL AVAILABLE WILL BE DELETED.

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