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Posted: 09/05/19 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would use the extent of cancer (rust) as the determining factor. Get a second opinion at a good body shop. Pretty much all of the mechanical things can be renewed, and you have one that parts are easy to obtain and reasonably priced. For example; stainless steel brake line kits are often used for replacement here in PA for a fair price.





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I would suggest you listen intently to what the DW has to say in this matter. What you describe is a well used, long in the tooth, rust bucket. I’m sure she doesn’t really like driving in it. It is clear to me that you don’t have to buy brand new to improve your lot.


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wildtoad wrote:

I would suggest you listen intently to what the DW has to say in this matter.


This x2.

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Another question no one has asked is what type of vehicle do you want to replace it with. Your trailer loaded to go, is likely over 9,000 lbs, not too many SUV's anymore tow that well.
If you don't want a truck that could sway the decision.
If the idea of a extended cab pickup is seen as beneficial in other ways, then that too could sway the decision.

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Six years ago I traded a 2001 Suburban 2500 with the 8.1 and 4.10. No rust, but repair costs were going up. In my case I was able to replace with a vehicle that reduced my gas bill 33%. That helped offset the cost. Preferred driving the new rig too.

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Great deals on Ford Expeditions right now.


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Posted: 09/05/19 09:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I have to pay for the same major repair a second time, time is up.


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If it doesn't rust away.....it's always cheaper to fix than replace.

Red is 29 years old and I've had to put some cash into her lately...clutch, alternator, replace AC, pwr window motors and locks. I've decided that I will keep her and "upgrade" everything. Dana 80 rear axle, new springs, BIG engine, new trans, completely rebuild the front end. It will probably cost me 10 or 12 grand, and she will be brand new when I'm done for far cheaper than replacing, and it will be EXACTLY how I want it. [emoticon]

But then I'm able to do 95% of that work myself....


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"Our local shop says it is worth limping along with it" This to me sounds like your shop owner sees dollar signs every time you walk in the door. If you get rid of it now you might still get a few dollars for it. If you wait you will get a lot less if anything and will put a lot more into it.

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When the cost of repairs or required repairs exceeds the value of the vehicle its time.
Don't put a $2000.00 transmission in a $1,500.00 vehicle.
There is a point where the expression don't put good money into a bad thing applies.
My last truck had 300K on it and was pretty much worn out, although it ran fine I was avoiding a couple of required repairs.
Rather than make those repairs I opted to trade the truck in while it still had minimal life in it and put that repair money into a new vehicle.


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