Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hello, my husband and I are considering purchasing a 1985 GMC Sierra Suburban. It has only had 1 owner and has 63K miles.

asked by on

My husband and I are interested in purchasing a 1985 GMC Sierra Suburban that has 63K miles. It has had 1 owner and was driven mostly Summer's to haul a camper and boat and was not driven in winter. We live in FL but the car is in PA. We need something that won't require super specialized and hard to find expertise and something that won't be difficult or highly expensive when repairs are needed. We'd like to know the general cost and ease of maintenance and repair on such a car. Thank you!

The car has 63000 miles.
The car has an automatic transmission.

This model truck in general has a good history, with no Federal Recalls recorded, and no apparent dealer technical service bulletins. If the truck spent any time in Pennsylvania in the winters, it should be checked for salt or other corrosion damage.

Since you and the vehicle are in very different states, I would recommend having a pre-purchase car inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to get an accurate assessment of the vehicles condition, any damage and cost estimate for repairs. The YourMechanic inspector can go to where the vehicle is in Pennsylvania, and report back to you in Florida! Best of luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Hello, my husband and I are considering purchasing a 1985 GMC Sierra Suburban. It has only had 1 owner and has 63K miles.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I want to know if i should buy this car for $700 or just wait it out.

If the vehicle only needs a new axle (CV driveshaft) and a new radiator, the price is only "average". However, if there are any other defects at all, particularly significant corrosion on the brake and fuel lines, at $700 you...

Q: 2011 Lincoln MKZ has distinct pull/drift to left

I would first recommend having all of your tires on your 2011 Lincoln MKZ checked for incorrect tire conicity. Tire conicity is the ability of the tire to become cone shaped. If the tire tread becomes cone shaped this means...

Q: Jerking from 50 to 65mph

Hello. The jerking you feel are most likely caused by the spark plugs misfiring. The spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor button replaced. This should solve the problem that you are experiencing. The truck should run a lot better...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...