Ok.... I see this post often on here, "should I buy this 6.4? It has 19x,xxx miles and costs $xx,xxx dollars. Truck looks good and runs great. Had it checked by a mechanic and they said it was a good deal. Should I purchase it?"
Since trucks with mileage this high are pretty much warranty free I figured I'd post my numbers for thought. Posting my numbers for consideration.
Paid 12,000 for the truck
279.00 immediate change of all fluids and filters.
1400.00 estimate to fix leak in lower left side of radiator (instead I used a long punch to re-close the crimps in that area of the radiator, slowing the leak to a few drops of coolant a day)
70.00 lower intercooler hose
270.00 estimate from dealership to replace airbag control module when it went bad. ( didn't fix because I wear my seatbelt.)
260.00 replacement of serpentine belt tensioner.
8900.00 new short block engine installed when it turned out that the squeaking that was thought to be the belt tensioner ended p being a bad roller lifter eating through the camshaft.
Oddly enough, after the new engine was installed the radiator stopped leaking completely, go figure.....
100.00 cost of having local dealership go through truck to check everything after I discovered that three bell housing bolts and the two rear main transmission mounting bolts apparently were never tightened when the new short block was installed.
1160.00 + my labor. cost of tuner and delete once I discovered that within 2 weeks of the new engine being installed that the dpf system had dumped 3 quarts or so of fuel into my crankcase.
100.00 immediate oil change.
650.00 new ball joints installed last week.
35.00 replace idler pulley for serpentine belt (different pulley)
$23,275 spent or owed since January. Pretty sure I could have found a lower mileage truck with a warranty for close to this. If I hadn't been financially able to (barely) take care of the repairs I would now be in a real pickle. Oh, and I'm suddenly having the mysterious disappearing coolant issue and the fuel cooing pump has died. I'm going to block off the coolant flow to the egr cooler and see if that fixes it. Otherwise the tuner and pipe have to come off and it's back to the dealership. I asked the mechanic about the fuel cooling pump and he says don't worry about it. We shall see.
This post is not to discourage anyone but rather to remind people that sometimes its better to spend more unless you can afford to be holding that losing lottery ticket of unexpected costs.
Btw, last week I rolled over 10,000 miles on my truck.
Typed with my thumbs from my Autoguide app.