Bought this Sub with 60K on it. Now at 105K. Many mods made to it. K&N Air Filter, Slotted front rotors, HypertechIII programmer, True dual exhaust with glass packs/headers, 2" front suspension drop, wider tires, 18" wheels, larger front brakes. All this enables 18+MPG on the hi-way. Makes heads turn even at 9 years old. Will flat out fly for a heavy SUV. Won't beat a Mustang but eats "Sport" trucks up for lunch. Cruises like it's on glass after the 2" drop in the nose. All together, I can't complain. Driving a 4 ton truck like a Corvette more than makes up for the $100+ gas station stops. But so does room for 8 and 700 miles between fill-ups! A little time/money goes a long way with her.
350 V8. Abundance of aftermarket "toys". Much cheaper and easier to work on than imports or newer SUVs/trucks. 44gal gas tank means I can pick and choose when to fill up. Plenty of room for a custom stereo and 8 adults. Went thru 12" of snow last winter with a 2WD and didn't get stuck. Chevy rules!
Bring back a real V8. You're buying a tank. Don't expect the fuel mileage of a motorcycle out of it. Hybrids and AFM systems are just more complex systems waiting to break down. If you're buying a 8+ year old vehicle, expect things to break. They don't last forever without some investment into them!