Yeah, I wouldn't want to be without a truck, especially if I have to depend on it for work. You need a backup truck!Doing a large monthly payment, and repairs on top is doable; but to not have it drivable in addition? That is some additional cost!
With the truck out of commission for about a month and half now I have had to rent other vehicles, turn down work, have my wife use up most of her PTO, and borrow a family members vehicle. We have done ok, but this isn't feasible for another month or two.
Well, it sounds like you're trying to remain positive through the whole ordeal, which is a good thing. The EcoDiesel is a good truck, but having a good diesel mechanic is important. Some people can go 200,000 miles without any major problems. Once your issues are fixed, you might go years without a problem. I did my own risk analysis (risk and reward tradeoff). Ultimately, I decided it would be in my best financial interest to keep the truck long-term, but I also started to put away money for future repairs and I bought a backup truck.I know a used vehicle is gamble (seems I lost), trucks require more maintenance (as does Diesel) but this vehicle has been a big headache.
Haha I feel like I am paying out of the teeth... only to get kicked in the groin. 😧