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Old 08-16-2007, 06:46 PM
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It took $3000 but my truck finally passed inspection this afternoon

Failed on a cracked windshield and bad tires.

We went on a road trip to Canada 2 weeks ago so I figured it was time to get on top of all the things I've been lax on, saved the windshield until now - figured why risk a rock on a 1000 mile roundtrip.
(BTW - Toronto is beautiful, just like NYC but with nice people)

Changed all the fluids and filters - I mean ALL the fluids. Replaced em all with the best synthetics
Replaced 2 linkages
Replaced the vacuum solenoid (nice to have 4 wheel drive again)
New brake pads and rear rotors
New windshield
4 new tires with an alignment - $750 and I got a great deal!
Freakin tires are a complete ripoff, more then doubled in price in 3 years !

Still need to replace the glow plugs in cylinders 2 and 4 (probably just do em all) and replace the shocks.

$3000 bucks!! OUCH .
(and it was honest work at a discounted rate by a fellow striper guy)
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:14 PM
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hmm i think ur turck was sitting for awhile am i right? i think shocks whould be fine hmm about the glow plug how is the truck acting driveing slow?
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:32 PM
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Nope, use it everyday
Glow plugs are part of the trucks ignition system (Diesel)
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:50 AM
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I just had a new fuel pump put in the truck $500.00 + $80.00 tow to the garage. I also had my entire break assembly fall a part on my boat trailer at the ramp. Had to have one of the guys from my marina in Indy drive out an hour & half to fix it while I was on the water. (this all happened in a week) He replaced the break assembly, bearings ect at the ramp so I could at least get my boat home. Then I find out my trailer axle is fried too. So, I just had a new axle installed along with 4 new tires. I haven't got the bill for any of it yet, as I can only imagine that I will probably soil my slacks when I get it!



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Old 08-17-2007, 11:47 AM
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BTW, here's the truck
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:54 AM
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nice truck sudsys 2 thumps up for me
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:17 PM
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I've been down that road... all the years my kids were little sticker time was an dramatic event, last year I bought my first new truck... ever... I'll never own another one thats not under warrenty....
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:41 PM
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I've got 118,000 miles on it but I should be able, with the proper upkeep, be able to get another 200,000 to 300,000 on it.

I paid for the extended bumper to bumper warranty, used it once for something really small. I always swear I'll never pay extra for a warranty. Wish I stuck to that rule, I ate $2000 on this one.
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My 1974 Chevy went over 3000 K,The original owner was a mason, I rebuilt the body and cab twice, I rebuilt the transmission 3 times, but the only engine work I did was a set of valve seals and rolled a set of bearings into it ( motor in chasis) that truck worked HARD everyday of it;'s life and plowed a ton of snow during the blizzard of 78' ... this truck will be traded when the original warrenty expires..... I'm retired as a mechanic, I hate even changing the oil now...
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Being In The Car Buisiness I Know First Hand That Repairing Your Vehicle Isn't Cheap, Even More So The Maintenance On A Diesel Is Very Expensive.the Oil Change Alone Depending On Brand And/or Year Can Be $75 To $100, Ouch. But They Are A Necessary Evil.
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Being In The Car Buisiness I Know First Hand That Repairing Your Vehicle Isn't Cheap, Even More So The Maintenance On A Diesel Is Very Expensive.the Oil Change Alone Depending On Brand And/or Year Can Be $75 To $100, Ouch. But They Are A Necessary Evil.
Anyone who spends that much money on an oil change is insane. Before I crashed my SCCA car/daily driven civic I would use amsoil at 8 a quart not to mention that I had to use more than for because of the oil cooler system and larger oil pan, anyways 75-100 is too much money for an oil change anywhere even if you need 10 quarts.
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hey suds...i see why your truck sucked your walet flat..its a FORD.......nah just kidding....i had to go there..im a chevy guy...
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Anyone who spends that much money on an oil change is insane. Before I crashed my SCCA car/daily driven civic I would use amsoil at 8 a quart not to mention that I had to use more than for because of the oil cooler system and larger oil pan, anyways 75-100 is too much money for an oil change anywhere even if you need 10 quarts.
if you own a diesel...75-100 is not too much...especially on the newer diesels that require synthetic oil. the average filter is between 10-15 bucks..10-12 quarts of oil around 6 clams per quart brings you right up to the 75 dollar mark pretty quick..then the technician need to get paid something for his time. i will say, to do your own oil changes is most likely the cheapest route, however.. buyer beware...there are lots of inferior parts out there..especially oil and fuel filters..the potential long term damage of using crap parts is just not worth the aggrivation...its just something i see on a regular basis...when it comes to maintaining the second largest investment many people have..the parts and services used should not be price driven, but value driven..
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if you own a diesel...75-100 is not too much...especially on the newer diesels that require synthetic oil. the average filter is between 10-15 bucks..10-12 quarts of oil around 6 clams per quart brings you right up to the 75 dollar mark pretty quick..then the technician need to get paid something for his time. i will say, to do your own oil changes is most likely the cheapest route, however.. buyer beware...there are lots of inferior parts out there..especially oil and fuel filters..the potential long term damage of using crap parts is just not worth the aggrivation...its just something i see on a regular basis...when it comes to maintaining the second largest investment many people have..the parts and services used should not be price driven, but value driven..
Yeah I agree on the desil side oil changes are more expensive, and you should always by the highest quality parts available.
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ithe average filter is between 10-15 bucks..10-12 quarts of oil around 6 clams per quart brings you right up to the 75 dollar mark pretty quick..then the technician need to get paid something for his time.
Make it 15 quarts and $18 for the filter. The oil change / Lube costs me $95 and the mechanic might be making $10 on it. I'll gladly pay someone $10 to deal with what's probably the messiest auto maintenance job there is. One more thing to remember, I get 5000 to 6000 miles to the oil change, twice what a car gets. When you take that figure and go apples to apples comparing the cost of my trucks oil changes to those of a car I pay $47.50 per 3000 mile oil change. When you take out the 2.5 extra quarts of oil per change it's $40, only $10 more then a car. That's with the work done by a real mechanic, not some Burger King working at jiffy Lube (I won't go near those places)

Jimi, truth be told, if I could have found a diesel Suburban I'd have jumped all over it - unfortunately the odds of finding one are about as good as catching a 60 off the beach in Jersey, a very, very hard thing to do.
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