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silverfz

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Posted: 12/04/20 01:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2008 Tundra 155k . Tows a 7k TT. I hit a bump on highway, felt a jerk and then it went into limp mode. Towed it home and all i could smell was burnt oil.
Aamco rebuilt it and promptly a tree fell on it . So now geico has totalled the truck and offering 17k. ...anyway crazy i cannot find anything close to this price for the 10 days i use the truck in a year.I did put brand new tires and brakes before it.

The buy back is 4800 and i am thinking of keeping it as the damage is all cosmetic. nothing mechanical.
I think its a good decision but i have no experience with a rebuilt transmission . Not a factory rebuilt . those were like 8k, so just aamco rebuilt with a new valve body on it. 18k/ 1.5 year warranty just started.

looking for some input rebuilt transmission .Also someone to tell me letting go is a better idea.
i have a jeep wrangler , 2 motorcycles for my personal use [been working from home for 4yr to one or two work trips a year]. My wife has a ford explorer and jetta [work mileage car] . so the truck is used maybe 10-15 days for towing.


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I can share that I had the tranny in my '97 F150 rebuilt just to deal with a much stronger rebuilt engine. It worked out great. I was very happy with it.


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Posted: 12/04/20 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

silverfz wrote:

So now geico has totalled the truck and offering 17k. ...anyway crazy i cannot find anything close to this price for the 10 days i use the truck in a year.I did put brand new tires and brakes before it.
Have geico find you a similar Tundra for the offer price or ask for more.
Brakes, tires, transmission do not add to the retail value.


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Take the money, the truck is 13 years old and damaged. Toyota is offering 2.9% for 72 months, Ram has 0% on some half ton models and there should be end of the year deals available.
Just checked, a 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5, Crew Max, 4 WD is around 42,500.00 before negotiating, with $17,000.00 down @ 2.9% for 72 months = under $390.00 per month.

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Take the money.

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I vote with Time2roll but then buy it back. I would bet that the difference for a new truck would be at least $30K or $400/mo. So $480 a day for cosmetic damage for each day that you use it for a new truck is pretty expensive. I guess it just depends on how much a dollar is worth to you vs a pretty truck.

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Put your ass in a brand new truck with your $17,000 downpayment.


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AAMCO doesn’t generally give me the warm fuzzies. And now that the truck is totaled, they can likely walk away from any warranty that it had.


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Geigo started with 15k and after neg I was able to get 17k.

Seems the used truxk market is absolute mad . I am going to see a 2015 ram 2500 crewcab work truck with 6.4 for 26k with 88k miles. Just get an idea.


Thanks for the input. I will think even more

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