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Okay, I just want to throw this out to see if others have had the same experience. I bought my 2000 f350 psd with about 50000 miles on it. Since then I have put 80000 more for a total of 130000mi. I have had to repair or replace: water pump, front bearing assemblies, all the u joints, brake rotors, a couple of calipers, rear yoke and pinion seal, clutch, rear main seal, ball joints, glow plugs and harness, cps, blown out a hpop seal, door lock actuators, and maybe a few other things I can't remember. Now today I took the truck to my mechanic to check out a vibration in the driveline and it turns out that I need to rebuild the rear differential. I love my truck but it seems like I'm having an inordinate number of issues. I baby my truck and am meticulous about maintenance. So here's the question: Is this an anomaly or is it normal to have to do so many repairs on a truck in 130000 mi? I'm starting to get discouraged this stuff is getting expensive.
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I have done many of the repairs you have listed and i have 127k some of the stuff is pretty common for the truck

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I have done many of the repairs you have listed and i have 127k some of the stuff is pretty common for the truck
This truck has been the most expensive vehicle to maintain that I have ever owned. I joke with my buddies that it is a hillbilly Ferrari.
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Ya i hear ya i guess if you want to play with the big toys you gotta pay the big bucks

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Ya i hear ya i guess if you want to play with the big toys you gotta pay the big bucks
Yeah, every time that I have one of these big ticket repairs I think that I've fixed everything that could possibly go wrong. Now I'm wondering what's going to be next.
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i have all the service rtecords from my 95, and i've actually done most of the repairs starting at 175k. It's still on it's original tranny, and spent the first 150k under a four car gooseneck. the HPOP was replaced at 105k, and i've done UVCH's, repaired wiring harnesses to the VCG's, water pump, fan clutch at 180k, injector rings at 188k, and am going to have to replace my front end soon. Two batteries and a starter at 183k, still had original starter in it. now i know it's had the window lift motors replaced, ive done two. my rear door locks dont work, and i've had a few issues here and there, but i feel i've been lucky with mine. If you've got only 130k on the clock, and have done all this, it seems to be an excess of repairs.

maybe it was beat on real bad before you bouht it????


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the worst part is once you've gone thru it it will probably be time to start over again

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In your list you only have 5 repairs done to the engine. Waterpump is common around 100K, glow plugs and harness hit or miss around 100K, CPS is just when ever. As for the rear main are you sure it wasn't the boost boots leaking and just the oil seping out of them that made it appear the rear main was leaking? At least you don't have to worry about blowing headgaskts and EGR's.
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In your list you only have 5 repairs done to the engine. Waterpump is common around 100K, glow plugs and harness hit or miss around 100K, CPS is just when ever. As for the rear main are you sure it wasn't the boost boots leaking and just the oil seping out of them that made it appear the rear main was leaking? At least you don't have to worry about blowing headgaskts and EGR's.
When I had the clutch done we noticed the rear main was weeping a bit and decided to go ahead and fix it while the tranny was off.
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i have all the service rtecords from my 95, and i've actually done most of the repairs starting at 175k. It's still on it's original tranny, and spent the first 150k under a four car gooseneck. the HPOP was replaced at 105k, and i've done UVCH's, repaired wiring harnesses to the VCG's, water pump, fan clutch at 180k, injector rings at 188k, and am going to have to replace my front end soon. Two batteries and a starter at 183k, still had original starter in it. now i know it's had the window lift motors replaced, ive done two. my rear door locks dont work, and i've had a few issues here and there, but i feel i've been lucky with mine. If you've got only 130k on the clock, and have done all this, it seems to be an excess of repairs.

maybe it was beat on real bad before you bouht it????
I'm not sure what the history of the truck was but it had low miles and appeared to have been taken care of.
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