Friday, August 3, 2012

Boosting Local Economies

In a previous post of observations and wonderings, I commented that I had been supporting the service departments of Ford dealerships during these last three months. I was hoping for future major expenses to wait until 2013. After a morning of coffee at Loveland Coffee, Silver Slug wouldn't start. Here we go again.


Long story short. Towed and repaired within the same day and now $1800 poorer. (On a credit card until next month.) A shorted fuel injector module was the reason for Silver Slug in "no go" mode. That was one very expensive part. The technology seems to include pricing for a Mac computer.

Once again I hope this is the end of these expenses for Silver Slug.

Wonder if there is an insurance plan for aging Silver Slug. Probably not with the miles and pre-existing conditions. :-)

Forgot to mention that this occurred on my birthday. Some birthday present!

10 comments:

  1. Just in case no one else has said it, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY from another August baby.

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  3. Howard & Linda from RV Dreamers blog has had hell with their Ford. Do you use roadside service like Coach net?

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  4. Thanks for the best wishes.

    gumo, Don't have road side service. My Geico insurance provides roadside towing (for both truck and trailer). No complaints about the Silver Slug -- model year 2000 Ford F-350 -- with the 7.3 engine. With the price of a new truck similarly equipped, I would have to find about $55,000 to get a new truck. Maintenance is cheaper than a new truck -- unless the maintenance continues at the current rate.

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  5. Stuck in the middle... It is tempting to buy a new vehicle when the old geezer starts acting up. But as you say, 55K will buy a lot of repairs. Good Luck with the Silver Slug.
    mark

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  6. On my birthday July 27 the power steering/brakes hydro booster went out on my Duramax diesel. Got it to the dealer and $1100 Och. So part of the club...
    Ron
    www.fulltime.hitchitch.com

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  7. You could always ditch the motor vehicle and travel like Heinz Stücke. He's been traveling on his bicycle since 1962 non-stop.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_St%C3%BCcke

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  8. Ron, Now the Wandrin Wagon is in need of some suspension repairs. This living on the road is getting expensive. Thinking about a tent.

    Anonymous, Not sure I am ready to go that far. I frequently have the thought of getting rid of the truck and living in some down town location. Transportation would be walking, public facilities or renting a car. That would be a whole lot less expensive.

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  9. Walden Creek RV SteveAugust 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    belated Happy Birthday! I always made it a point to find a GOOD old fashion machanic where ever I go.I always roll up my sleeves and pitch in with one of these backyard mechanic types- Go get part- twelve pack of beer and 100 bucks usually gets the job done!

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  10. Walden Steve, As a nomad, it is pretty hard to find that guy. Worse yet is dropping in to a strange town with a problem. Where to begin the search.

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