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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-12-2019, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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How long do you keep your truck?

Does everyone have a set mileage/time they keep their truck before trading up? Is it another indication it's time to move on?

While I was contemplating life, I realized my vehicles usually make it 2 years and 45-50k miles.



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This truck replaced my ‘02 1500 that had 114k kms on it and we only got this one because we got a travel trailer. Otherwise I would have kept it awhile longer. The wife has a 2010 VW Tiguan that’s about to roll over 75k kms. We plan on keeping them awhile unless they start to need a lot of maintenance that either ends up being very expensive or I can’t do myself.

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I owned a 98' dodge 2500 with 185k miles and still going strong up until early this year. Only reason for trading up was due to the manual option not offered in the newer rams anymore.

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It seems that I replace my vehicles every 4-5 years usually coinciding with some life change. This time it was a hair over 3yrs.

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While there is no specific answer to your question, I like keeping vehicles for a while. 10 years or better if the vehicle will allow it. As long as the vehicle in question is reliable and not needing one repair after another, keep it. I dislike payments. Having a paid for vehicle is like a sore you know what, hard to beat.

While everyone will have their own preference, I like having no payments. Those who trade a vehicle with a loan on it, and roll the old loan into a new loan IMO will make it hard to get ahead.

I really dislike dealers advertising "Buy from us, and we'll lower your payment." What they are not saying up front is the amount of months one will be tied to that payment.

Dealerships want to keep you in the payment plan for ever.

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Bought my 2005 in Nov/2004 - over 200k later, it's still running perfect and no intention of getting rid of it.
Bought my 2014 in Nov/2013 - over 130k later, it's still running perfect and no intention of getting rid of it.

Really didn't need the 2014, but wanted something new. Wanted 3500 and 4x4 just to cover all my bases. Its handled everything I've thrown at it by a wide margin. No need for anything new at this time. And it's wicked nice not having any payments....

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10 Years, before there are any expensive repairs.
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Truck longevity

I typically keep them 5-6 years and only traded my 04 3500 due to rust from the North East winters which could have been prevented had I treated the undercarriage and body properly to protect from rust early on. I haven't driven my 14' when the roads are salted so hoping to get 10 years plus on this one (I don't put too many miles on, currently 45k) given that replacing my current 2014 would be about $10k more now than what I paid for it in 2014 and I would rather not have a payment.

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Every time I think "This one will do it for a while", my needs and wants change somewhat quickly.
The current want is a regular cab C&C with the 204-inch wheel base. That's a 120-inch CA, compared to the normal 60.

Maybe if we start telling people that the brain is an app, they will start using it?

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New vehicles are great, would like to get a new truck every year, but not ever going to be in the financial cards for me.

Current truck has 490K on it and will be 5 years old in February, will be paid for then, no plans on trading for 5 more years of payments, so long as it keeps running okay. Besides, with the miles it has on it, it isn't worth much for trade in.

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Right now I have 2 trucks (details on both coming) - downsized/eliminated the suv some years ago. In general, I care about getting a specific job done, reliability, and cost of ownership. Push the years you own a reliable vehicle beyond 10 and the depreciation per mile is nearly nil. Oh, I'm shocked at how many low mileage trucks are out there.

So, I have 1998.5 2500 cummins, standard transmission, some mild power upgrades done 200,000 miles ago, with 335,000+ miles on the truck today, for my DD. Reliability has and continues to be ridiculously good. I totally trust it - driving it on my present 2 week trip. I'll likely sell it early next year and replace it with a little fuel efficient gasoline suv. Why? because I have a 3500 that does everything I need a truck to do, and around here - everywhere I drive except far northwestern Canada - the price of diesel is well above gasoline. I can cut my DD fuel costs nearly or more than in half with a small gas vehicle.

I have a 2015 cummins, aisin, 3500 CC, LB, mostly used to haul my slide-in camper on long summer trips, but the rest of the year the camper is unloaded and the truck is available for whatever I need. It has 70,000 miles on it, yet only 31 hours idling - it's not downtown friendly. I should note, it had 40,000 miles on it before I felt it was fully broken it - power and fuel economy continued to improve to 40K. I'll replace it this spring. Why? Several reasons: My concern that the smaller fuel tank and lower MPG compared to my 2500 would give me problems were fully realized this summer - I want that 50 gallon tank. I also want to do some suspension upgrades, but they are optional and I see no point adding them to a truck still less than optimal for my long-term use. Lastly, the all around camera system, remote trailer rear view camera, and some other options are highly desirable upgrades.

YMMV of course, but for me - I'd rather have money in the bank than keep working in-order to own the latest technological wizardry that seldom does anything I can't do with a few seconds extra effort. These views have been life-long - well implemented through appropriate 'higher level' education, and enabled me to retire comfortably at 57 - now, well past 15 years ago. In summary, for me, the greatest consideration in replacing anything is cost of ownership, doing the job I need done as opposed to 'nice to have', and reliability. These trucks, with reasonable maintenance, easily and reliably go over 500,000 miles. That's what it is made for and what I bought and paid for - why not get my money's worth from it - and what money I thereby save I use to fulfill other desires.

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I'll have this truck until about 150k-200k miles. Is my plan. Last truck ran fine, but i wanted something newer and tend to trade in around or before 200k miles. at that point, they've done their bit for king and country in my book. That also equates to about 5 years of my current driving.

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