Hi all. I'm mostly a lurker and have read tons about this truck and the 7.3, of which I've had three. I'm new to the 6.4 and I have read completely the bullet-proofing post (great info) and about 30 or so other threads related to this topic.
My question is this. Should I buy a $2,000 warranty (bumper to bumper 5 years/100K miles) or put $2,000 into upgrades/mods.
History: I just bought a Texas truck that is bone stock except for the B&W turnover in the bed. All emissions equipment still on it. 171,000 miles and no indications of any trouble. One owner, all services performed faithfully, only bulletin performed was the radiator. Vast majority of miles were obviously Texas highway miles.
My predicament is I intend to do some long-term travelling with this as my only transportation for the better part of a year. I will be pulling a 15k+ fifth wheel.
I like the idea of a warranty (service contract) because it covers me for unforeseen trouble. However, I can see *any* warranty company trying to weasel out of a repair bill because of "pre-existing" conditions that I have no way of knowing about. I also like the warranty idea because I won't have facilities to do my own work.
I like the idea of bullet-proofing because I know the major trouble (and limiting factor regarding power) with this engine is the emissions garbage. I also like this idea because I intend to declare residence in a rural locale that does not require smog, like my current Reno, NV does. The part that worries me is if I remove the emissions to prolong the engine life, the big question mark (and possibly repair bill) becomes the transmission. I'm not interested in more power as much as I am more longevity out of this rig.
Someone please help me make the right choice. I guess the third option is to just sell this sweet truck and buy yet another 7.3 and trick it out (built engine and tranny) with the money from the price difference.
Should I be nervous of this truck?
It is so smooth and the power is great. Quite different from the 7.3 with those two turbos.