So here's my issue, I'm in college on a college budget. I have a '96 2500 that I bought for $4,000 January this year as my first vehicle.
I hadn't realized when purchasing that it was VERY abused by the previous owner, and had been in a serious front end accident a year before I bought it. It destroyed a Hyundai, and the whole front end was replaced using junkyard parts by the previous owner. I also have reason to believe the odometer was replaced with one showing less miles during the repairs (Owner before last noted in the owners manual that 260k miles was last oil change, but truck is showing around 20k less than that now, and that was indicated around 7-8 years ago). It's got fairly serious blow-by, to the point I had to build a vent where the oil cap was so it didn't spit out all the oil from the pan. (Here's the link to that post https://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/9...gh-speeds.html
) I've lost the tappet gasket, wheel bearings, power steering lines, water pump, exhaust pipe (literally fell off while driving), the aforementioned blow-by oil loss, no ABS, no emergency brake, no cruise control, and a dozen other small things. It also didn't have a thermostat when I bought it.
Now, here are the positives I've considered--It has new wheels and tires. The transmission seems to be running good, with only 3rd gear grinding a bit when you put it into gear, and that's only when it's cold. The KDP was removed by the mechanic that replaced the tappet gasket. The mechanic's assistant used an impact driver on the injector pump while reinstalling, so it cracked. They replaced it with another P7100 injection pump, but this one was from a school bus. They fixed that free of charge.
I've threatened to sell it almost every month I've owned it with every problem that pops up. Every issue that I've come across (with the exception of the tappet gasket) I've fixed myself, and have been under $100 per repair.
I was wondering if I could get your opinions on if I should keep or sell it? And if I kept it, what can I expect will go bad next, and how much would it be? Is it too beat up to keep reliably? Obviously you can't see into the future, but is there a general trend that goes with repairs like these that I might expect more issues? I've been told by several people on this forum that it'll need a complete rebuild at some point. How much would that run me, and could I do it myself on a college budget? I'm still learning how to repair it, and I've gotten better at diagnosing issues, but how difficult would it be to rebuild it? Is it even worth keeping it?
Now I *feel* like most the issues have been ironed out. It's honestly starting to become a good looking and running truck now. That said, I've yet to drive it without feeling a bit nervous that it'll leave me on the side of the road, which it has five times. I bought it because I thought it would be a million-mile rig, but my mother's '99 expedition has had less issues in it's entire lifetime than my truck has in the last year I've owned it.
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but every response is highly appreciated. I'm honestly so mixed about it right now, I'd love some second opinions.