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Re: Buy new or rebuild?

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04-01-2012 19:39:15

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Don't know where you live geographically , but unless it is starting to rust pretty bad , to me it is a no-brainer...keep it and do whatever you need to keep it going. You are looking at $30,000 difference...a third of that will do whatever it needs for the next 10 years...ACCEPT RUST! I live in MI and 06,s are allready starting to split the door seams here. rust...keep it! Sounds like quite a truck.

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04-01-2012 20:42:45

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 Re: Buy new or rebuild? in reply to B-maniac, 04-01-2012 19:39:15  
No Rust. I'm just outside Houston TX. I've kept up with the mechanical maintenance, It's the cosmetic stuff that is starting to bother me. As an example: the driver seat needs to be reupholstered and the headlights are getting pretty cloudy. I've kept it waxed and have accumulated very few dings so the paint still looks good. I pd cash for this one in 06. I'm self employed so this truck is a business expense. I'm pretty conservative and don't feel the need to impress anybody.

I suspect that it will make sense to keep it till it's junk or I wreck it. I've had multiple close calls driving in Houston traffic over the years. Mostly people on cell phones or texting not paying attention. It sure makes them jump when you lay on the horn, they're just oblivious.

I pd right at 31K for it and could probably get close to 20K if I sell it now. Dealer's here in Houston are asking around 22-26K for similar trucks to mine. It's sure held it's value. I haven't looked yet but I suspect a comparable new replacement is well into the 50k's.

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04-08-2012 07:12:49

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 Re: Buy new or rebuild? in reply to DeanOlson, 04-01-2012 20:42:45  
I have a 98 1 ton flatbed with close to 300,000 miles and it isn't even close to giving up the ghost. I replaced the headlights with aftermarket ones for $100 a pop. I replaced the driver's seat with a real nice one out of a junked 99 half ton that matched the old one perfectly. A re-paint was in the $1500 range just for the cab, that base/clear stuff isn't cheap but it looks like new now. So I do have some bucks in it, but it's nowhere near what I'd have in a new 1 ton dually with a choked down engine. Jim

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04-07-2012 04:54:07

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 Re: Buy new or rebuild? in reply to DeanOlson, 04-01-2012 20:42:45  
Then open a savings account and put the $500 or $600 payment that the new truck would run you into the account. Every few months pick something and have it fixed/rebuilt/replaced.

Some of the new trucks even make it out of the factory with the computer telling the stereo that it can turn on when the key is off, and has to turn off when the key is on. Then the built-in brake controller is nothing to write home about from what I have heard.

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04-02-2012 08:46:49

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 Re: Buy new or rebuild? in reply to DeanOlson, 04-01-2012 20:42:45  
The new trucks are pretty nice. I was in the market last fall the prices(after rebates) were: $37K for Ram 2500 crew cab, 4x, ST package, with manual trans. Laramie pkg will put the price at $46K. Regular cab long bed models are going for $32k. MPG is not as good as the older trucks due to emmissions equipment.

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04-02-2012 06:10:54

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 Re: Buy new or rebuild? in reply to DeanOlson, 04-01-2012 20:42:45  
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I'd keep it until there is nothing left to fix and then start shopping for something even older that has even less electronic garbage on it. I plan on keeping my '01 Chevy dually until I don't even need a truck anymore.

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