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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #80 on: August 23, 2017, 03:32:30 pm »
In the end I like my truck so its worth it...well almost

Thanks for the update.  I was wondering how you made out.  Sorry to hear about the cost.  Sounds like a lot of labor was involved .

If your batteries were weak, you probably dodged a bullet by getting them replaced when you did.  Lots of stories out there about fried computers due to weak batteries (more $$$).

Also, if you aren't already, only use Ford oil filters.  I've heard stories out there about the 3rd party filters being made differently to dodge patents, leaving the oil system and injectors open to problems.  Some have even broken down due to the intense heat, and the pieces found their way into the system and caused all kinds of issues for some.

Glad to hear you have your "baby" back.

Buy a car with 50,000 miles or less on it and you will have a like new car for way less money.

Can't say I disagree with this.  I've owned cars for 34 years and haven't had, nor wanted, a new one yet :)

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #81 on: August 23, 2017, 04:08:53 pm »
Thanks for the comments guys.

As for the cost vs. diagnostics. It is cheap for them to plug into it and run some tests. But once they need to dig into the engine the cost goes up. Not specifically because it's diesel rather because the part they need to get to physically check is under a whole lot of other parts and then they need to put it all back together again in reverse order. That is why I had them just replace the whole oil pump as well as the sensor. They got it open, better to put in a $100 part now to be safe rather to trust my 12 year old oil pump and have to pay to have them take it apart all over again.

Don't get me wrong, the dealership is expensive, probably about 20% more than I could get at a local diesel shop. However I looked around and tried 3 shops to do some basic stuff to the truck when I first got it and only the 3rd one was worth taking my truck to. Sadly that one is 20 minutes away. The dealership is 5 min. Also because I bought a car from them in 2014 they try hard to keep me happy. Free coffee, wifi, rides to and from work, free rental when we had a recall issue. (no hassle tire repair and battery replacement.) 

With my Jeep I also had trouble with random local techs forgetting things...brake fluid cap, lube points on my 4x4 system, and then there's the upsell.  While the dealership does try to sell me stuff I never feel like they want me to do things that are not truly necessary. So I took that car to the dealership too after a few years. Not all dealerships are good but sometimes you get what you pay for.

If I had a good, solid local diesel mechanic I would take it there in a heartbeat. My last truck I owned for 22 years it had 180000 miles on it and I did about a quarter of the work on it myself, the rest went to my local shop sadly the guy retired and the new guys are not the same.

Randy: you are not kidding. I read many horror stories about cheap after market oil filters. First thing I did when I was replacing all the fluids was put in an OEM oil filter.
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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #82 on: August 23, 2017, 05:54:29 pm »
Depreciation really only matters when you sell.  If you're not going to sell it's not that big of a deal.  It's not like you're going to take out a car equity loan.

After paying off the loan on my Tundra, I've used it twice to pull out secured loans of sizable amounts.

Keep us informed!

Update on my Truck.


Ouch. This is the exact reason why I don't let anyone besides myself work on my vehicles. Was a mechanic for several years... I had very few co-workers that I thought highly of... It's a crap shoot going to the shop. And 90% of the time they throw the shop monkey on your job...
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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #83 on: August 23, 2017, 08:24:15 pm »
Here's my take on the new vs used car thing:

I have a dealer's license and can buy 1 year old lease returns with ~10k miles for great wholesale prices... sometimes.  When it works out, it is great - you already know the car looks practically new, and anything you can't see is typically covered under warranty, which still has 2+ years and tens of thousands of miles left.  And it is not unusual to save up to $10k over the "brand new" price of a nicely loaded mid sized SUV or car.

But it doesn't always work out that way, sometimes the savings is way less than the trouble of buying a car from an auction 3 states away.  And when looking for something beyond basic packages, the selection gets thin.  10 years ago we could buy a loaded half ton truck that had a sticker of $50k for as low as $30k.  Today a $50k sticker truck sells for $41k at the lot and sells wholesale with 10k miles for $38k.  Doesn't make much financial sense any more so my company mostly does high mileage leases on brand new trucks for the fleet.  Oh, and when you buy wholesale, it is cash and carry with no trade ins. 

I bought a brand new truck from a dealer in December (2016 Colorado), despite the fact that I could have probably called my contacts and eventually found a nice one with super low miles for $4-6k savings.  As I drove off the lot, the truck was worth less than the loan on it, but that's what gap insurance is for.  Besides, it only takes about 8 months for that gap to close, and since I am not planning on selling it any time soon, in five years the amount I "lost" will be offset by lower mileage.  The convenience of getting that vehicle when I needed it, not having to dick around with trying to find the right color and options at an auction, and not having to go to the bank and get an overpriced loan to pay for it was well worth the extra cost (to me).  The cherry on top is that I didn't have to deal with a car that looked nearly new but smelled of PBJ farts every time I sat in a seat.  9 months later it still has that "new car smell", and it just topped 2700 miles. 

To make this relevant to the Anti Chuff thread, it's been sideswiped twice (no dent, just scratched clear coat thankfully), there's a small ding (like a hail dent size) in the tailgate, and the bed already looks like a 5 year old truck bed.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #84 on: August 23, 2017, 08:58:50 pm »
No PBJ farts? GTFO.
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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #85 on: August 23, 2017, 11:01:51 pm »
Get me the pastor taco lunch special and I'll paint those seats with more than farts.  Always felt kinda bad for whatever sucker ended up with that truck... That stain NEVER came off the seat.  Like, to the point that I think I chemically burned the upholstery. 

Those were some damn good tacos, though.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #86 on: August 23, 2017, 11:27:34 pm »
To add to the naff, I can't unread what pbj just typed. 

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #87 on: August 24, 2017, 09:57:53 am »
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« Reply #88 on: August 24, 2017, 10:40:05 am »


That's the offender.  It can be purchased here:

http://www.losbalitostacoshop.com/welcome.html

Y'all making me hungry.


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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #89 on: August 24, 2017, 12:03:01 pm »

I think PBJ just made a compelling case for leather seats when buying used.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #90 on: August 24, 2017, 03:51:19 pm »
Well, in other matters, my entire family is in the warning zone of dear friend Hurricane Harvey.  I'm sure to be at a dead stop on the freeway all night.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #91 on: August 24, 2017, 04:54:31 pm »
Well, in other matters, my entire family is in the warning zone of dear friend Hurricane Harvey.  I'm sure to be at a dead stop on the freeway all night.

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Are you having Tacos?  :o

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #92 on: August 24, 2017, 09:33:48 pm »
If he's gonna be there all night, not unless he brought a change of underwear....and pants.... and seat covers....

I've got family down that way as well... hope everything turns out ok man. 

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #93 on: August 25, 2017, 03:05:11 am »
Yeah, we'll all survive.  Most of them fled to Austin. 

I45 was packed the first 300 miles leaving Houston, it is going to be a mad house tomorrow. 

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #94 on: August 25, 2017, 06:29:30 am »
I hope everything turns out well for you and your family PBJ. Same for your family Howard.

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« Reply #95 on: August 25, 2017, 08:06:42 am »

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« Reply #96 on: September 02, 2017, 11:48:13 pm »
Made it to Rockport. Looks like hell on Earth. Pics whenever I get back to civilization.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #97 on: September 03, 2017, 11:59:59 pm »
Strategic cell phone charging, a candle, and a decent cellular signal enabled us to watch Texas A&M blow a 34 point lead tonight.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #98 on: September 04, 2017, 12:28:04 am »
What's the estimate on power returning?

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #99 on: September 04, 2017, 05:52:31 pm »
Friday. It was over 100 yesterday. Generators exploding today.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #100 on: September 06, 2017, 09:23:48 am »
battery in my car died after I got to work today. Weak crank leaving the house, nothing when I tried to restart it to repark.

Had to make a change to a SQL table. Went in through SQL management studio, made a back up, made the changes . SQL was ok with it, our software wasnt.  Reverted the change, racked my brain on what could have gone wrong, 2 hour tech support call later and I found out you have to change that particular SQL table in the software not in SQL.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #101 on: September 06, 2017, 12:09:27 pm »
Probably dirty terminals on that battery, you filthy animal.


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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #102 on: September 06, 2017, 12:41:39 pm »
Didn't take tons of photos, wasn't much to see besides human misery in all directions, but here we go...

An ordinary 3 hour drive turned into 6 hours of this:



Hundreds of line repair trucks... hundreds....



Man camps...



Typical view:



Parents' street, borderline chaos of home owners, volunteers, and lookie loos:



Parents' marina... Very typical site.



Tool shed... my dad is as nuts as the rest of us about projects, so several died....



One of the donation centers...



Not a great pic, but the roof is ripped off all those condos on the right, and damage to those million dollar homes on the left...



My "---fudgesicle--- you, this is Texas, and we WILL grill meat and watch football no matter what" pictures....





Directly across the street from parent's house.  They had holes in their roof above every single room.





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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #103 on: September 17, 2017, 10:15:03 pm »
Friend brings his kids over.

The 11 year old promptly updates my WiiU, I catch it halfway through and unplug it.  Hacks intact but gives me a download error upon each boot.

Then knocked Spectrum out of commission.  Don't sweat it, kid, they made 200 and its 35 years old...

Messed up Firepower.  Parts on order.....

Star Wars Battlefront quit working on my PS4.  GameStop has replaced it....

My ceiling lightshow projector  goes dim, I burn the ---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- out of my hand tonight cutting open the case with a soldering iron.  Not sure why I attempted that.  $15 has a new one en route,


Frankly, I'm impressed at his inept destruction.

Broncos brutalized the Cowboys and now I'm sitting quietly in the corner waiting for the weekend to end.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #104 on: October 12, 2017, 12:54:56 am »
My town has been consumed by fire...


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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/94852716-132.html

My house...1 mile from the mandatory evacuation area...high winds tonight. :(
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« Reply #105 on: October 16, 2017, 12:20:00 am »
Was slot cutting some orders this afternoon when I slipped and my thumb hit the slot cutting bit...

Three stitches (they couldn't stitch up the rest, cut was too wide) and some debridement, got bandaged up and sent home.  Oh and an updated tetanus shot.  Yay me.



On the bright side, no nerve damage, so that's good. 

Watch those power tools, folks!

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« Reply #106 on: October 16, 2017, 02:01:24 am »
OMG... That's like horrible, A wide cut like that is going to leave some dead nerves, I don't care what dr phil says....The good news is that wasn't a jointer, that would have just cut it off.

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Re: 2017 Anti-Chuff Thread
« Reply #107 on: October 16, 2017, 08:45:43 am »
I don't buy it. Your fingernails are far to clean to have been to any work...
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« Reply #108 on: October 16, 2017, 09:26:27 am »
My town has been consumed by fire...
The bottom video thumbnail looks like a screen shot from Fallout 4

I don't buy it. Your fingernails are far to clean to have been to any work...
look manicured too!


My naff isnt nearly that bad, I decased the guest room TV to use in my driving cab and..... ---smurfin--- thing is 3/"4 too wide

still have to recase it.
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« Reply #109 on: October 16, 2017, 09:35:19 am »
My town has been consumed by fire...
The bottom video thumbnail looks like a screen shot from Fallout 4

I don't buy it. Your fingernails are far to clean to have been to any work...
look manicured too!


My naff isnt nearly that bad, I decased the guest room TV to use in my driving cab and..... ---smurfin--- thing is 3/"4 too wide

still have to recase it.
Almost seems you could get an inch off that bracket around the sides...No?

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« Reply #110 on: October 16, 2017, 10:50:14 am »
I don't buy it. Your fingernails are far to clean to have been to any work...
look manicured too!

Pfft. I have a thing about keeping my nails neat.  Lol.

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« Reply #111 on: October 16, 2017, 10:55:02 am »
Almost seems you could get an inch off that bracket around the sides...No?
if I pulled the guts and cut the frame then maybe. I didnt want to hack it up and it still not fit, so I went and got a cheapie TV for $140 just seemed like the better option.
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« Reply #112 on: October 16, 2017, 11:00:00 am »
At least you didn't end up like the old poster here I affectionately called The Ocho.

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« Reply #113 on: October 16, 2017, 12:38:08 pm »
At least you didn't end up like the old poster here I affectionately called The Ocho.

 :o

Ugh.  Yeah.  I got pretty lucky all things considered.

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« Reply #114 on: October 16, 2017, 02:42:58 pm »
My town has been consumed by fire...
The bottom video thumbnail looks like a screen shot from Fallout 4

I don't buy it. Your fingernails are far to clean to have been to any work...
look manicured too!


My naff isnt nearly that bad, I decased the guest room TV to use in my driving cab and..... ---smurfin--- thing is 3/"4 too wide

still have to recase it.


LOLLOLOLOLOLL  just do this....

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,146925.msg1528799.html#msg1528799

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« Reply #115 on: October 16, 2017, 02:48:44 pm »
LOLLOLOLOLOLL  just do this....

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,146925.msg1528799.html#msg1528799
I *almost* slotted  down the inside to slide the TV in from the top but again the allure of a $140 TV was too hard to resist.
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