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Old 11-01-2013, 09:32 AM
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Once a lemon always a lemon?

Got my 6.0L in december, had it completely overhauled in May after discovering 2 cracked heads. Its currently running on a rebuilt engine ("bulletproofed") and transmission (failed a week after the engine was done). Ever since the rebuild every 3-4 weeks and issue comes up that needs fixed. I wish I was exaggerating. It is quite literally always something. Everytime something gets repaired I keep thinking "Ok it'll get better this time". Its like a bad relationship when you make up after a bad fight "things will be different this time" but it turns out its not

It's not major issues just little annoying things. Like my power steering pump, alternator, radiator hose leak, oil cooler clogged, hpop leak, door sensor, turbo, etc etc etc. Its nickel and dime-ing me right into the poor house. All i want is for this thing to be reliable. Its a pavement princess, my daily driver. I don't beat on it or anything. An alot of money has already been put into this thing to make it reliable. But it continues to have issues.

I have talked to a few people an they seem to think some trucks are just "cursed". No matter how much money goes into them there will always be something that needs fixed. Do you guys think there is any sense to what they are saying? It was purchased as a lemon, maybe it will always be one.
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I used to feel like that about my truck too, but look at the mods I have done to my truck and now I don't feel that way any more! Just keep spending money and eventually there will be nothing left to fail.

I'm just kidding, but for the most part, it DOES get better. These are mechanical devices and some items are more prone to failure than others. In some cases, maintenance helps, but doesn't eliminate those failures. Best of luck and let us know if there's anything we can help out with.
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I used to feel like that about my truck too, but look at the mods I have done to my truck and now I don't feel that way any more! Just keep spending money and eventually there will be nothing left to fail.

I'm just kidding, but for the most part, it DOES get better. These are mechanical devices and some items are more prone to failure than others. In some cases, maintenance helps, but doesn't eliminate those failures. Best of luck and let us know if there's anything we can help out with.
Thats exactly how I feel! Its a mechanical beast and logically if I replace everything eventually it will stop breaking on me.....right?
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You also have to remember that you bought it used and even though you don't beat on it, that doesn't mean the PO didn't and who knows what maintenance schedule was used. I bought my truck with 29k on it and blew the head gaskets at 50k. Since all the mods, I've had basically 0 issues (knock in wood) and now have 105k miles. It'll get better and will all be worth it in the end.
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Thats exactly how I feel! Its a mechanical beast and logically if I replace everything eventually it will stop breaking on me.....right?
Well, if you get that far... Most folks get broke and frustrated, so they end up selling it. And it's even worse if you are making payments on it WHILE having to repair it.

There are a number of us that have been in that situation and the good news is that if you aren't afraid to get dirty, quite a bit of the repairs are DIY with most having posts dedicated to showing how to perform it. Unfortunately, these are expensive beasts, so the parts are usually at a premium. BUT, there are many of us who have persevered, so we are either stubborn or stupid (or both!)
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youre in too deep already

Engine and trans done if you dump it now you lose. Thats what happened to the guy sold me his truck I have all kinds of new stuffon mine.
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I'm in this same boat.

It's gotten to the point I don't enjoy driving and can't have the music playing cus I think, what was that??? Is that a new noise??? Is it running funny????

I'm probably just paranoid lol

So far just in the month of having the truck..
HPOP
HPOP lines
Fuel sleeves
FPR housing
CPS
clogged fuel filter
Very old oil
(Said he just had both changed)
Glow plug relay
Brakes front and back
Sway bar bushing
And my PSP is starting to go out lol

I hope one day it will stop having problems but at this rate I'll have a new rebuilt truck this time next year lol
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:40 AM
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did you have all of these issues after the reman went in? if you did, who ever did the reman did a poor job.

don't give up on the truck, it's not a bad boyfriend.
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