Is it worth to fix ?

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by jahongir, Aug 4, 2022.

  1. jahongir

    jahongir Bobtail Member

    Sep 13, 2015
    I have freightliner Columbia 07 with Detroit 60 series engine and it has over 1.3 million miles on it. I bought it last year and i was told it has been done engine overhaul on 1.1 million miles. I haven't used it last 4 months due to fuel price and current low price market. Yesterday i had my 1st trip after for a while, it broke down and i towed to shop, i was told engine failure. Current estimate $6000 just for labor plus whatever parts they use. I was told total can be between $8000 to $12000.

    is it worst to fix in current crazy market?
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  3. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    You won't be the first and you won't be the last to experience this dilemma, its a hard choice to make really, bottom line is what you've got to consider is repair price < > = to replacement price. And at what point is it not worth spending the money? If your total costs will be around $12 000 that'd still be much less < than replacement costs. Then you've got to consider other possible break downs will these future costs be greater > than the replacement costs. A good comparison is a TV years ago if it broke down we'd get it fixed, these days to get a TV repaired will cost as much a new TV so the best option is simply buy a new TV and throw the other one out. Basically you can apply the same principle to your truck. All the best mate with your future as an O/O.
  4. wndrwtr

    wndrwtr Light Load Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    IF use is ONLY local weekend amazon loads...NOPE..Would probably take 10 years to pay for itself!!!
  5. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    I would ask if the bull gear was replaced at the first overhaul.
  6. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    What does “engine failure” mean? I’d possibly tow it to another shop that might actually know what they are talking about
  7. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Yeah engine failure is pretty vague. I'd want a little more info than that.
  8. KrumpledTed

    KrumpledTed Light Load Member

    May 6, 2022
    What exactly failed and what are they suggesting they are doing to fix it for that price?

    Other than that, look and see how long it would take the truck to pay that bill back at the rate you use it. That alone will tell you whether or not you should.
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  9. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    If you plan on still Trucking, really can’t get off much cheaper than fixing what you've got, and running it. If considering quitting, fixing it just to sell may or may not payoff, vs selling as is. Sometimes it’s best to cut your losses instead. Almost guaranteed to be $12k or more, considering the estimate you already have. Like others said, what’s the failure? What’s the $6000 Labor include?
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  10. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
  11. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    There's nothing I wouldn't fix on my babied 2014 cascadia at 1.1 million miles and still looks great .
    A truck will take as good of care of you as you take care of it .
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