When is enough to let go?

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Let go time is when things breaking on a regular basis and it's not getting you home type of failures. Currently waiting for a couple rack pressure lines to arrive as one is leaking due to rust.
I'm at the 150k mark and rust it getting to all the fluid lines on mine now. I've just started looking at Silverado's, got 2 other SUVs in the fleet currently.
 

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My next muscle car purchase will be a C6 Z06. Been wanting one for a while. Just hope that I don't hate working on cars altogether by the time I can get one.
Well that Corvette will make you hate working on cars itself. It’s the most difficult to work on GM ever built. My neighbor has a Z06 and while it’s great to look at, that’s all I’d want to do. Everything is so crammed in that in order to get to one thing you need to disassemble half the car. There’s zero room for hands or tools.

As far as the Tahoe, it could be uses as a learning tool for your kids, to get them involved in taking care of their own vehicles. Unless you plan on buying new vehicles for them, they’re going to be driving used ones and you know those will need maintenance so you’re back in the same situation only multiplied. And yes, at 150k there are several preventive maintenance items that should be knocked out. These can be done on your schedule so you’re not doing them when it’s inconvenient. If you go this route, you could start a thread asking members here what’s advised as far as that preventive maintenance. My truck currently sits at 170k and everything I can think of preventive wise has been replaced and I have no question it will go another 200-300k with only basic wear items. I’m old enough (63) that I’ll probably never even wear it out.
 

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Well that Corvette will make you hate working on cars itself. It’s the most difficult to work on GM ever built. My neighbor has a Z06 and while it’s great to look at, that’s all I’d want to do. Everything is so crammed in that in order to get to one thing you need to disassemble half the car. There’s zero room for hands or tools.

As far as the Tahoe, it could be uses as a learning tool for your kids, to get them involved in taking care of their own vehicles. Unless you plan on buying new vehicles for them, they’re going to be driving used ones and you know those will need maintenance so you’re back in the same situation only multiplied. And yes, at 150k there are several preventive maintenance items that should be knocked out. These can be done on your schedule so you’re not doing them when it’s inconvenient. If you go this route, you could start a thread asking members here what’s advised as far as that preventive maintenance. My truck currently sits at 170k and everything I can think of preventive wise has been replaced and I have no question it will go another 200-300k with only basic wear items. I’m old enough (63) that I’ll probably never even wear it out.
LOL, I know all about how horrible working on a C6 is gonna be. I watch vids of cam swaps, header installs etc on them and I'm like, man...do I really want one?

As for your comment about teaching my boys...we absolutely do that. I WILL NOT be buying all of their vehicles. I refuse to have basement dwellers unwilling to support themselves. I make jokes to them about how when they're moved out, they can't be swinging by the house for me to work on their vehicles. That aint gonna work! We ride drit bikes as well. Been doing it for 4o years. I have 3 motorcycles in the garage right now. 2 are somewhat apart for carb cleaning and jetting. We have a hard time finding the time to do that as well.
 
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When each of my kids was able to drive. And they wanted a car. I bought them a car from the Salvage yard. Yep a junk yard car. They had to learn how to build it back and get it running. This life lesson teach them how to respect the car that was given to them and how things work. How to fix it and what is able to be fix. The cars I bought where around $800 and only needed minimal amount of work. To this day my Daughter fixes her family's cars..lol Her Husband doesn't even touch them. Chip off the old block...lol One car was a really nice Jeep Grand Cheerokee that someone drove thru a corn field. Had corn stocks wrap around the drive shaft. Put a battery in it and drove the piss out of it for 5 years.
 
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I guess it comes down to this. Doesn't matter about KBB value. It's a matter if it works for you and your budget. Your relevance as to how much is it worth to you vs someone else looking at it. Like someone said. If it starts to become a parts chaser might be the time to give it up. Or as we get older. Is it your ability to work on such car says it's enough. Knowing you could take it somewhere to have the work done. But at what cost and does that really work into your budget. Price of new cars are so out of sight that old cars will still continue to be the true source. People are keeping their cars longer do to the increase of prices. I know my kids would love to buy a newer car. But prices are so high there is no way they could afford one. I've taught them all how to work on their own cars. I think to the point they hate it.
As I work on my HOe I hear it from my DW; When are you going to grow up and get rid of that thing. With 296K its still rolling. Yes it needs a lot or work. Yes I would like to have a newer car. But this fits me. I got a place for my phone, I have cup holders, Place for my Bang Bang and plenty of room for what ever I need to carry. She hates riding in it.
But also for me its easy to work on and parts are still available and cheap.
 

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I guess it comes down to this. Doesn't matter about KBB value. It's a matter if it works for you and your budget. Your relevance as to how much is it worth to you vs someone else looking at it. Like someone said. If it starts to become a parts chaser might be the time to give it up. Or as we get older. Is it your ability to work on such car says it's enough. Knowing you could take it somewhere to have the work done. But at what cost and does that really work into your budget. Price of new cars are so out of sight that old cars will still continue to be the true source. People are keeping their cars longer do to the increase of prices. I know my kids would love to buy a newer car. But prices are so high there is no way they could afford one. I've taught them all how to work on their own cars. I think to the point they hate it.
As I work on my HOe I hear it from my DW; When are you going to grow up and get rid of that thing. With 296K its still rolling. Yes it needs a lot or work. Yes I would like to have a newer car. But this fits me. I got a place for my phone, I have cup holders, Place for my Bang Bang and plenty of room for what ever I need to carry. She hates riding in it.
But also for me its easy to work on and parts are still available and cheap.
I just priced a comparatively similar new tahoe to replace mine... yeah it was 2/3s the price of my house. Not happening. Anything within 10 years of today is ridiculous in price as well. So no replacement anytime soon...

Also the local chevy dealer has this on the lot for 6,999. .

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I just priced a comparatively similar new tahoe to replace mine... yeah it was 2/3s the price of my house. Not happening. Anything within 10 years of today is ridiculous in price as well. So no replacement anytime soon...

Also the local chevy dealer has this on the lot for 6,999. .

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Clark Griswold, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
 

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I just priced a comparatively similar new tahoe to replace mine... yeah it was 2/3s the price of my house. Not happening. Anything within 10 years of today is ridiculous in price as well. So no replacement anytime soon...

Also the local chevy dealer has this on the lot for 6,999. .

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My grandfather, rest his soul, would actually make a B-Line to the dealer to buy that. He loved those little K-Cars. Junk Yard fodder is all they were ever good for.
 

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You would be surprised at what vehicles like that bring at B.A.T. auction site. I saw a Chevette go for over $9k, IIRC, about a month ago.
 
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You would be surprised at what vehicles like that bring at B.A.T. auction site. I saw a Chevette go for over $9k, IIRC, about a month ago.
No freaking way....Those Chevette where rust buckets. My friends Dad had one. Drove it every where. Was not good on gas either. $9k is crazy money. Then I should ask $10k for my almost 300k mile Tahoe.
 

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