New Engine or New Truck?

DSLND

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Pekin IL.
My 99 Chevy 6.0L K2500 engine is about to go. Its banging and knocking like crazy and mechanic thinks it spun a bearing.

Its got 196k miles and has towed, pushed, pulled and driven all over the place. Its a good truck and I really would love to keep it.

Mechanic has offered me a great deal (IMO) on a new Jasper engine. Engine, installation, etc. for around $3k. Engine is warrantied and I've heard good things about Jaspers.

My thought is that as soon as I drop a new engine, the transmission will need attention, then the transfer case, and so on. By that point it will be to the point of go all the way and build myself a new truck or just replace it.

I've put a decent amount of money in the truck in the past year. Front end, water pump, oil pump, intake gasket, all brakes (pads, rotors, callapers), the uni mount setup for plow, shocks and within last two years it has had power steering pump, fuel pump, oil coolant lines, etc.

I would like to keep running the truck but I just hate to keep throwing money in it. I even thought about doing the engine and having the transmission rebuilt now (during winter) and just having one less thing to worry about. I can get transmission rebuilt for around $1500-1800.

Thoughts?


-Mitch-
 

integrityman

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
North West Ohio
Good thread.....

I'm afraid Ill be in a similar situation soon. My 01 has 165k+ on it....but stills seems to be going strong.

At what point do ya ditch your old beloved war horse???

Love my Chevy.... Been very, very reliable.

Keep the posts coming....
 
Good thread.....

I'm afraid Ill be in a similar situation soon. My 01 has 165k+ on it....but stills seems to be going strong.

At what point do ya ditch your old beloved war horse???

Love my Chevy.... Been very, very reliable.

Keep the posts coming....
I think you toss it when a lot of big expenditures need to be done. If all you have to do are regular maintenance items and things that are say $500 or less, I would keep using it.
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ecurbthims

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
sudbury ontario
its time to part ways when the truck is no longer reliable,is incapable of doing the job required,or the repairs cost is close to or greater than the trucks value.
 

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