you want to get 10 more years out of a truck that already has 185,000 miles on it? these trucks are expensive to fix, with that kind of mileage everything is going to be wearing out, unless you are a professional mechanic i would choose a vehicle that is cheaper to operate and repair......Honda mini van or the like.. IMO
Ouch.. well, I suppose if you don't know my situation, you might think that.
I'm getting ready to start construction on my family's new home. I'm my own general contractor and most of my own labor.
Over the next 18 months, I need a heavy duty truck to hall skidsteers and pallets of sod and lumber etc. Once built, we're also gonna have a few horses, so need something capable of hauling the trailer.
Not cost effective to rent every time I need a truck.
By trading in my current commuter, I'll be spending less than $10K out of pocket for this truck - including the DPF delete.
I can't run a vegisystem on a Honda, nor can I pull trailers with backhoes or dump trailers to the landfill.
But since it'll be my only vehicle, I gotta get the best mileage I can, and I gotta seat all 6 of us.
I'm not a performance enthusiast, but everything I've read indicates a lot of the previous gen's of PSD's are lasting 500k or more if taken care of.
I'm not gonna be pulling crazy miles on this truck. Maybe 20k per year at most, hence my hope to make it last if I take care of it and don't try to jack up the power.
Even if I have to replace an engine 5 years down the road, as long as the basic truck is lasting, that's much less cost than a new vehicle.
My biggest concern is learning the most I can about what works and what doesn't for maximizing life of the engine and other components, and maximizing mileage.
But I do appreciate the feedback.