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I bought the truck on Saturday the 15th and discovered the issues on Monday the 17th. The truck as been sitting at the mechanics since then as I argue with the dealer.
Some more back story. I bought this truck long distance. I made the mistake of thinking that since I bought it from a "reputable" Ford dealership and asked them to inspect the vehicle to make sure it was mechanically sound for pulling a 15K 5th wheel 3,000 miles, I would be ok. Another mistake, I didn't insist that they document the pre-buy inspection. I didn't have a 3rd party look at it because it' a small town and I figured the Ford dealership would be the most qualified to insure it was road worthy. This pre-buy mechanically sound conversation went on with the dealer 2 weeks before I picked it up. When I showed up and saw how rough it was, I thought, "well, at least it's mechanically sound since they checked it out. I didn't expect much in terms of looks for 10.5K. I only wanted towing capability. It was supposed to be ready for the trip back home pulling the 5th wheel. In fact, they didn't even check the tire pressure as I found out 3 hours down the road with anywhere from 30 - 60 PSI in 80 PSI tires.
I don't want to act like I'm not at fault for the above not covering my bases. I certainly paid a stupid tax last week when my vacation was ruined and I had to fly home. I'm just trying to figure out what's next.
If I understand the replies, you're saying to gear-head it back into condition. If the truck were back home, I would be tempted to do that using my mechanic. Since it's in Albuquerque, I'd rather spend the extra 1,000 and get the Ford complete remanufacture.
Just so you know, I'm a software developer, not a mechanic. I can fix this website easily, but get lost pretty quick when it comes with fumes.
Bulletproofing means? EGR studs and bulletproof oil and egr cooler? Can I do that to the new Ford reman without loosing the warranty?
Thanks for all the replies so far. I really appreciate this. It sounds like so far no-one thinks 25k or so is unreasonable for this truck. I was thinking it would be worth 15K tops after putting in the new Ford reman.
Last edited by PSDave; 02-23-2014 at 12:28 PM.