Video: Under $10K – We Buy Three Giant SUVs That Are Complete Crap – But Which One Is The Worst?

Suburban, Excursion, or Escalade?

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Yes! It’s time to launch our next “No Payment Needed” video series. This time it’s “Go Big!”. We are going big by purchasing three giant SUVs that can be turned into overland vehicles. The budget is $10,000 each and that includes the vehicle, repairs, and any modifications we need to make to turn them into 4×4 camping machines.

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I go big in every sense of the word. I decided to buy a Cadillac Escalade. It’s a 2003 model that is equipped with a 345 horsepower 6.0-liter V8. When new, this was the most powerful production SUV on the market! It’s big, it’s luxurious, and I can turn it into one sweet overlanding machine. OK, it does not have a 4-LO transfer case or a lot of ground clearance. It smells like a cigar bar, but it cost me $6,000.

Tommy brings a 1999 GMC Suburban. It’s a GMC and it’s a Suburban. It’s huge, it has 4WD with a low range, and it’s powered by a 5.7-liter V8. The interior is awfully dirty, there is a bit of rust, and the front driver’s door does not want to close. It cost Tommy just $4,000.

Nathan wins the big challenge. He rolls in with a 2000 Ford Excursion. It’s a heavy-duty truck with an SUV body on top of it. It has a massive 6.8L V10 under the hood and a fair bit of rust. The Excursion makes the Suburban and the Escalade look like compact crossovers. It is also the most expensive of the bunch. Nathan paid $8,000 for it.

Join the video below for all the fun and a bracket drag race between these three. Will they even make it to the end of this episode?