How much $$ do you put into your truck before saying enough is enough?

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  1. Derick

    Derick Full Access Member

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    So my mechanic called me yesterday and my torque converter is toast. $950 bucks total...which of course isn't bad. However that is one thing that needs to be fixed out of several. But hey, its not a motor - yet.

    I've asked him to get me some prices on changing the upper ball joints, the oil pressure sensor, and the rattle in the back that drives me nuts. The big repair, the oil pump, is dependent on oil pressure after that sensor is replaced. So I could have a 2k bill on this, and even then I dont know what might fail next.

    I cannot find any 07+ suburban 2500 under 18 grand right now, and I think I have maybe 11k in it right now....

    I'm considering getting this mickey mouse stuff fixed, and pushing it down the road. I had a variety of people hit me up on craigslist about it, so I think it would sell. I generally like it, and I might continue to fix it up, but I'm seriously looking for like a 2500 crew cab pickup with 1 owner who can give me a more comprehensive history on the vehicle.
     
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    my 2 cents

    I'm in the same boat as you...autoride shocks need replaced, other suspension parts are likely around the corner, spark plugs and wires soon, brakes, the TPMS sensors started running out of battery..

    In my opinion, it isn't worth dumping several thousand dollars into an older car. I'd move on unless you are seriously planning on keeping it another 5+ years. I've been very fortunate that all I've had to do is regular maintenance in 5 years of owning it but I don't want to keep rolling the dice. I'm planning on selling mine soon and jumping into something new.
     
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    The good thing with keeping them is that you know more and more what's been done as you've done it! Once these repairs are out of the way the rest is likely small potatoes for a number of years. Buying something new(er) brings you into unknowns again. Then again, if you can afford it and you want something else, well, then get something new. But to get rid a 2500, sacriledge! LOL
     
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    I agree with swathdiver. Think about how much you will pay for a new(er) crew cab 2500.. Then five years from now if you have a loan, you will be back in the same, or similar boat. Dumping money into that vehicle on maintenance.

    I have an 09 suburban that is about to hit 160 K on the odometer and stuff is needing replaced.

    The repairs of $1000 here and $1000 there are still going to be less than taking out a new loan on a newer vehicle (Say $30K minimum) paying that off, then paying for maintenance on that vehicle.
     
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    Never....if I'm done spending money on it I've lost interest and am ready to move on.

    Oh repairs is a different story
     
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    I don’t think I’ve ever sold a vehicle because it needed work. I always feel bad if there’s something a vehicle needs that I’m selling (and 100% the buyer has never actually cared).


    If you don’t want it, sell it. Be honest and a buyer will either be fine with it or not. You’ll probably get lowballed because of it so I’d list where it would be if it was 100% and lower in person.
     
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    Oh I've never sold anything that has been broken. If I were to sell it, I'd get the TC fixed and at that point, what I knew was wrong has been resolved.....so I can do so with a clear conscience.

    That said, anyone like youtube? This ole square body enclosed ramp truck is a beaut but their adventures during purchasing are hilarious.

    Part 1

    Part 2
     
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    It really depends on where you are in life. I'd say that if you have kids and bills to pay, moving into a shiny new car probably isn't the best idea. Your family should be priority 1.

    If you're single, no kids, have money and not a care in the world, do whatever you like.
     
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    I spent I don't even know how much money on my 00 nbs over 12 years, rolled it to 312k and sold it, now I regret it because that dam truck was like new and will likely roll to another 300, but o'well I had to have this 2012, there's some satisfaction in knowing that certain essential parts are good to go once you have maintained it and that it's unlikely to leave you stranded on the side of the road somewhere. I drove that thing across the entire western united states and it never let me down, only one time when I was 3 states away in new mexico I had to have the fuel pump replaced I don't remember exactly what happened but it was more or less get it fixed just in case since I was so far away from home. I remember what it was now the pump started making that whiny noise (very typical) and usually not a sign of immediate impeding doom but I had my family and we were driving thru desert heat and just felt it was better to just get it done.
     

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