Hello everyone. I'm not a super social person or really ever added much to the forum. But I was a previous member who really enjoyed my 03 so. Long story short, previous owner bent the oil pan. Truck running on a hill. Oil pump not running.....
Anyways. Went couple years without a truck. Got a house. Got some antiques couple trailers and do some odd jobs. So I now have an 03 Chevy 2500hd 6.0 4.10 with only 104000. This truck was purchased with the intent to run it a long time, payoff student loans and then finally get a nice rig. Well after 2 years. I'm tired of fixing this thing constantly and now I have the luxury of watching it rot away.
So wife is prego. She's ok with me tinkering and doing house stuff. But the truck has us both stressed.
So in comes the potential. Buy newer ?....or spend a little more and get new. Well I love aluminum on the fords. Hate the rust on the chevys. Love the new body style and would enjoy being back behind the wheel of a Cummins. So only been looking couple days and found the following. It's 2018 3500 with aisen. I don't tow real often but do tow up to 14k. The reason my option opened to a diesel is not wanting to get a gasser with high gears that can't pull as well as my current setup. This thing is not the new body style and doesn't have the upfitter switches or can lights. But it's perfect otherwise. The question is should any of it concern me? It's a little higher than budget would like. It's silly but I'm trying to get everything I need and keep it as low as possible. What reasonably price could I offer ?
Hey, check out this car I found on Cars.com: https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/d...ff=share_other
I know this post could be semi duplicative. I understand "search feature usage" just in a weird crunch where we have our minds on doing this and eliminating headaches. The Chevy is now making noises in rear ended and my mechanic says the driveshaft yokes are about to rust a part.
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Sorry about the chevy but it's to be expected. I wouldn't put another nickel in it.
As to the Ram? Looks a little spendy but I'm sure they'll negotiate down some.
Also, are you really sure you want a diesel what with all the new EPA junk on them?
As to pulling, an F-150 ecoboost would pull that old raggedy shove-it-or-leave-it in half. They'll even pull more than most cheby 2500 gassers.
The biggest thing with an HD truck is, IMO, the suspension. If you need the HD suspension, you need it. No compromising on that if you want to be safe with yourself and your family.
If you really want a new Ram CTD, go for it. Don't cheap-out on yourself. Seriously. I've bought somewhere around 15 personal new vehicles (I'm fickle). And after about 6 Months you forget what you even paid for them. I had to ask my wife the other day what we paid for our CTD. I forgot.
But get what you want. Many older people look back on life and regret the things they didn't
do more than the things they did do.
. Hard. You can make it drudgery or you can make it fun. Most of the time, it's a little bit of both.
I love my CTD. Love my Ram. Love it.
HATE the EPA crap on it. HATE it. I get angry just thinking about it.
The expense of maintenance don't bother me too much but with an Aisin you're looking at even more expense so keep all that in mind