After driving some more it seems to be ok as long as I don't shift early like my motorcycle, tho it can still have some issues when four people have the car loaded down. Most of my miles are highway.It may be possible DrunkenBastard commutes frequently in a city-like environment causing more significant wear on the clutch.
Pros for replacing a Hyundai Elantra with a GMC Suburban:
- Effortless torque
- Ridiculous room for people and cargo
- Excellent vision around the vehicle with no blind spots as long as you do a head check..
- No deer is going to come over the hood and thru the windshield.
- Solid road presence, I.e. people notice you and don't try funny buggers in front of you.
- 15 mpg, aka $120 bucks at the servo fills just 3/4 of a tank...42 gallon tank.
- not a good candidate for a daily commute.
Fortunately I still have the other Elantra for the commute and the burb will be for family road trips/hauling the kids and cargo around.
On a net basis, I highly recommend a used Suburban, despite the horrible image the environmental movement has portrayed it as.