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Thinking of selling her, buying another new 4th gen
Well, it's coming up on 2 years since I purchased her, and I'm seriously considering selling her and buying another new truck (I had a 2012 before this). Here's why:
The paint on the hood is starting to oxidize. I have tried a number of products to try to battle it, none of which have worked. It actually looks worse after I tried the compounds. I took the truck to a paint shop and got a quote of $5,500 to prep and paint the whole thing to look factory new.
The transmission performs flawlessly, but I know if I start hauling 15k routinely through the mountains this spring/summer, I could be looking at a new one. It's got 121,000 on it already. While the valve body and torque converter are heavy duty, all the clutches are stock. That's $4,500.
Then we get into the creature comforts. This is where the 2nd gen is really dated compared to the 4th gen. The comfort level is just not there. I don't need to go down the list, but it's a long one. The driving experience is lacking because of it.
I've thought of installing aftermarket leather seats, a NAV/Satellite radio system, etc., but that's just more money.
All in all, I'm questioning whether I want to put any more money into this truck because then I'm married to it for years and years to get out what I put into it. I'm the kind of guy who always improves a vehicle he buys. Since I bought this truck, this is what I've done:
-Replaced all four shocks
-Replaced front rotors, pads, unit bearings, front axle u-joints
-Upgraded Hellwig sway bar end links, replaced all bushings
-Replaced factory hitch with Curt 17k hitch
-Replaced 5th wheel hitch with B & W turnover ball and Companion
-Installed 60lb valve springs, both intake and exhaust
-Installed BD exhaust brake
-Bought used canopy
-Installed Weatherguard toolbox from old truck
As you can see, there's a lot of money there, and I could just keep going. Part of me just wants the new truck with the warranty. I mean, between the purchase price and the upgrades I've got over $20k into this truck already. I don't want to be over $30k into a 20 year old truck, but I would be if I kept it. I can't just sit still with them, I continue to address every single little thing. I'm the kind of person people want to buy a used truck from. I never let things go. At this point in time, the truck is absolutely perfect mechanically. No leaks, no squeaks, no noises (well, except the Banks exhaust which rattles against something, I need to find that), so perhaps it's a good time to find her a new home. Not positive, just thinking about it.
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