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Old 05-03-2007, 07:52 PM
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I have a bit of a decision that I'm having trouble with. Buy new while my current rig is still worth something or drive it into the ground and then buy new with a huge payment? Current rig that I have owned since new is a 97' F350 4x4 crew cab 7.3 diesel with 163000 on the clock. Realisticly the body wont last forever, it will rot around that motor. I still love that truck but have the urge for something new and would like to get something before all the diesels have the emissions control systems on them. I have been looking at a Dodge quad cab 4x4 with the 5.9 diesel.
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What about sell now and get something newER but not NEW?
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:11 PM
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The question revolves around getting rid of a reliable but old truck and getting a new to me truck be it brand new or newer. I'm just looking at the trend in diesel trucks and they are getting outrageously expensive (local Ford dealer has an 08 for $58000) and with the EPA tightening its grip on the diesels I don't think that they will be as reliable as they were in the past. So its kind like speak now or forever hold your peace, Would you give up a truck you love knowing that its life is limited to get something new before EPA regulations or wait a couple more yrs?
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J is yours an auto with a 3.73 rear end with an E40OD tranny?
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It's an auto with 4.10's and 35" BFG's, the larger tires puts it close to a 3.73
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James I did the same thing just about a year ago, Had 2000 F250 7.3 Diesel with 200,000 miles. wanted something newer before all the New Emissions hit the street. Could not bring myself to pay for the Junk Ford had been selling "6.0 DIESEL" So I went over to the Dodge bought a Mega Cab with the 5.9, KILLER Motor, great truck! Glad I did it, have you seen the Turkey shooter mufflers they are putting on the 08 Chevy and Fords....???????
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My last truck, I told myself "I'm gonna drive it to the moon" (240,000 miles). Drove it to the moon, told myself.."stoopid, who's gonna buy a truck on the moon?" Started driving it home. Ultimately sold it to my daughters boyfriend at 280k. If you like it, keep it. Or is vanity creeping in?
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Big Mojo - 5/3/2007 8:40 PM

James I did the same thing just about a year ago, Had 2000 F250 7.3 Diesel with 200,000 miles. wanted something newer before all the New Emissions hit the street. Could not bring myself to pay for the Junk Ford had been selling "6.0 DIESEL" So I went over to the Dodge bought a Mega Cab with the 5.9, KILLER Motor, great truck! Glad I did it, have you seen the Turkey shooter mufflers they are putting on the 08 Chevy and Fords....???????
The 5.9 has always been a stout motor from what I hear, I'm sure there some good ones out there but I can't see myself driving a Ford 6.uhoh and the new 08's are hideous.

Have you had any issues with the rest of the truck? I had read that there were some vibration issue after Dodge went with the fully boxed frame, supposedly an aluminum driveshaft fixed it.
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My last truck, I told myself "I'm gonna drive it to the moon" (240,000 miles). Drove it to the moon, told myself.."stoopid, who's gonna buy a truck on the moon?" Started driving it home. Ultimately sold it to my daughters boyfriend at 280k. If you like it, keep it. Or is vanity creeping in?
Vanity isn't much of a problem, the interior is not worn and except for one very light stain under the passenger side floor matt, is completely spotless. The paint is in great shape, it's got the typical chips from 10 yrs of use but washes up nice clean. I guess this the landlocked version of 2footitis.

The truck was awesome and still is awesome for right now, I'm trying to look 10 yrs from now
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58k is 58k, either way I look at it that is a lot of bacon....that's what my Loaded, 2500 Quad Ram, Diesel, 4x4, Long box, Sport was worth back in 03. I paid just a little over 47k for it...that was cost price.

Back in the year 2000 I was driving a Nissan King Cab V6 4x4 3/4 ton and the body was getting pretty ruff, but the truck was operating like new. Because at the time I didn't have the money for a new truck, didn't need a bigger truck and really didn't want to part with perfection I bought all new body panels including a box and tailgate....I basically put a new body on the frame! For "me" that was a no brainer, I once was a body shop O/O. After replacing the both bumpers, grill, headlight bezels, rad saddles, fenders, doors, door handles w/ lock set, rockers, full box, tailgate, all new body mounts and paint my total bill was something like three thousand bucks.........big deal I said for a new truck!

* Buying and installing brand new OEM body parts is a cheap and very effective way to go about saving what is matured and pleasing.....it is an awful lot cheaper then shelling out 58k plus taxes and interest!!!

Do I regret buying the Dodge Ram? Not on your life do I, but I sure the hell do miss my old Nissan!!!
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Let me see, spend nothing for a truck that will probably work well for another 5-10 years, or shell out $58K for a new truck.

I'm going to have to think about that question some more.
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i'm with SeaJay on this one........paid 45 hundred in 1990.....apples and oranges , but the concept is the same

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also look on ebay for a dodge ram 2500 diesal lots of dealers sell on there really cheap take trades and delivery to yoru home
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Thanks for the opinions gentlemen. The 08 Ford I saw was $58k, I'm not buying a Ford, they are out of thier minds with the prices they want for the diesels, that are not that good any more, but thats my opinion. The Dodge quad cab I am eyeing up is $42k and negotiable

Garett, I would love to reserect this rig when the body starts rotting away, but unfortunatly I don't have the same skill in autobody that I have in woodworking. If you want to come down to Jersey with your tools in a few yrs....... The other problem would be the lack of a garage, or at least one that this beast will fit into, even if I cleaned up all the fishing gear it still would have no hope of fitting.
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jamesb,

How about keeping the truck you have, and buying a newer half-ton?

You get the best of both worlds.




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Well....if I were YOU ~ I'd sell it to ME~!!!!

How much you askin'?

Where do you live?

And when can I pick it up??!!!

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ford is doing zero intrest right now. That will save you a bundle over the 5 years. If you have a business you are loosing a major tax right off by keeping the old truck.
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jamesbfishin - 5/3/2007 9:02 PM

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James I did the same thing just about a year ago, Had 2000 F250 7.3 Diesel with 200,000 miles. wanted something newer before all the New Emissions hit the street. Could not bring myself to pay for the Junk Ford had been selling "6.0 DIESEL" So I went over to the Dodge bought a Mega Cab with the 5.9, KILLER Motor, great truck! Glad I did it, have you seen the Turkey shooter mufflers they are putting on the 08 Chevy and Fords....???????
The 5.9 has always been a stout motor from what I hear, I'm sure there some good ones out there but I can't see myself driving a Ford 6.uhoh and the new 08's are hideous.

Have you had any issues with the rest of the truck? I had read that there were some vibration issue after Dodge went with the fully boxed frame, supposedly an aluminum driveshaft fixed it.


i Have had ZERO probs. with this truck, Nicest truck I have ever owned!
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james..... I thought at least half the reason for buying the diesel trucks was for longevity? IMO, 163K isn't high milage, probably the perfect mileage to be buying it, not selling it.. What are they telling you it's worth? What'd it cost new $40 +/- ?
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Afishinado - 5/7/2007 8:02 AM

james..... I thought at least half the reason for buying the diesel trucks was for longevity? IMO, 163K isn't high milage, probably the perfect mileage to be buying it, not selling it.. What are they telling you it's worth? What'd it cost new $40 +/- ?
Exactly right, especially with big rigs. For the most part, these lite duty trucks will not last as long as the motors. Just thinking it might be a good decision to refresh with a new, last generation rig before the epa really starts tightening the grip on street diesels.

Jane, I know how much you love the old Fords, if it goes up for sale you will be the first to know. And when you guys come out to pick it up, I'll take you out for some Jersey striped bass on my boat.
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