New vs used

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  1. flatbedrunner

    flatbedrunner Bobtail Member

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    I am running a 07 freightliner now. I am starting to get up there in miles 800,000. Not sure if I should by a new truck or keep this one and rebuild it. I hear horror stories of new trucks always in the shop. But I don't want to run some old worn out POS. Any thoughts appreciated. Especially if you own a newer truck.
     
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  3. S M D

    S M D Road Train Member

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    800k ain't nothing if you take care of it. Oil,grease,tuneup, and so on
     
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  4. flatbedrunner

    flatbedrunner Bobtail Member

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    Even if you keep it greased and tuned up. The body is wearing out and every weekend I keep spending more and more time working on little things.
     
  5. S M D

    S M D Road Train Member

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    the name freightshaker should explain that.

    But more then less the older truck will out run any newer truck u can buy brand new 2015 right now and i dont think itll ever make you as much money as your old no downtime truck has. I'd rather lose all my fairings rather then a def/dpf issue
     
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  6. kw550cat

    kw550cat Medium Load Member

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    a proper rebuild should last you another 800k atleast. I prefer to do a one time payment of 20-25 grand and not have to worry about it for another 700k than pay 25k for 4 years along with higher maintenance. The older truck will last longer. If a rebuild is not needed now, don't do it. Wait till it is. Also, a transmission is not that expensive to replace as are rear ends. For around 40k you will have a truck that can do another million on it for a fraction of a new one. That is my plan if I keep running flats. Keep my truck and rebuild/replace parts. It will be cheaper and I will have no payments. Btw what are you replacing each weekend.
     
  7. sisz

    sisz Bobtail Member

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    Bottom line, pick your poison, I'm running a 2007 and in and out of the shop so much. I do not want to mess with def and all that crap. but.... rest assured I could of made a new truck payment and had money left over the past two years so like I said, pick your poison. It's a crap shoot!!!! BTW, I found an awesome shop in Charleston WV, Heritage International, they have been a God's sent! If you ever need any work done, please don't hesitate to go see Bruce, Frank, or John the service manager! I cannot say enough about this shop!! I went in there with a tapping noise in my engine, it was a injector cam; had exhaust cam replaced five months ago; they noticed on my bill that the shop did not do any preventative damage and helped me get workmanship failure warranty from them. What a god's sent!! They didn't have to say anything to me!!! So grateful they were my advocates and went to "BAT" for me with insurance company!!! KUDOS to Heritage International!!!!
     
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  8. flatbedrunner

    flatbedrunner Bobtail Member

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    Seems like there is always something small. I e wiring to a light is corroded, universal joint, wheel seal, exhaust leak, air leak in the dash, that #### rattling sound I hear all week... Just to name a few
     
  9. flatbedrunner

    flatbedrunner Bobtail Member

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    I know what you mean sisz. That's why I am considering a new one. I figure if I am already spending as much money as I would a payment. I might a well be driving a new truck with warranty
     
  10. kw550cat

    kw550cat Medium Load Member

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    If I was to buy new I would get a glider. I get a new truck with all the new truck perks, minus the unreliable engine. That and they are cheaper.
     
  11. flatbedrunner

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    Do you know how the resale value on a glider kit is??
     
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