My wife says I am losing money on down time and repairs. My powerstoke has over 500k on it and I just got it up and running again to the tune of $1200 in parts and my labor(save for the A/C evac and charge). Things I replaced:
A/C compressor, condenser, dryer, orifice tube
original water pump, fan clutch, t-stat, hoses, belt
flushed dirt out of radiator fins, intercooler
harmonic dampner(separating), front oil seal
Maybe she is right and a truck payment would be a better route to go in the long run. The way I look at it, if I were to buy an '02-'03 7.3, I would be doing the same maintenance and repairs to it. If I bought an $$$ '08, I couldn't wrench on it and hopefully wouldn't need to for a while. At least I wouldn't be wrenching as much on my days off. It seems some companies hang into the old equipment and do repairs, while other companies buy new every 3-5 years. I suppose part of me is waiting for the motor to go, that would solve my dilemma...as long as I am not out somewhere in the desert. :shock: :lol:
I will have to replace the truck eventually...I guess it's just a matter of when.