I think the real factor is the vehicle.
I drive a 132k mile 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 when I'm absolutely forced to.
While it offers a comparatively nice quiet ride compared to my friend's
96 2500 w/ CTD, its quite obviously mechanically *very* tired.
For comparison, my friend's truck has almost 300k, he's had it in the
shop a few times (trans fried a 110k, throttle issue around 200k [stuck
open], and a stuck something-another cause it to not stop running one night)
Oh, and for comparison, he gets $5k+ purchase offers on his truck
regularly - and the 'old-school' Cummins rattle makes half the ladies in
East Texas hot. I doubt I could sell mine for much more than weight,
because nobody wants a used-up gas-sucking half-ton piece-of-shit truck.
Oh well - it'll serve its purpose until I get my hands on a fire truck
(I need the storage, and an 80-100 ft ladder...)
This from the original "wide ride"? Well I suppose being a fat ass, Denny
knows what he's talking about. Although he hauls his around in a
Damn, ole Roy will be
No way Texas, Bush and Broke back Mountain. Of course there is a Bush in
Fla. but he can at least form a sentence. <G>
(That should set the tone for the test of the weekend.)
Oh Rabbit, got the kid moved. What a pia!! Two trips with a 24' truck loaded
full the first and about 1/2 the second. Into the hot tub first thing this
morning and to the chriopractor 1st thing Tuesday morning.<G> Sore, but it
was kinda fun to get both of my son's together and watch the interaction
again. House needs some work but nothing serious. Has a huge lot for metro
Boston, probably could sub divide it and put up another house. Time will
tell I guess.
Either you guys buying these new $45,000 diesel-duallys make a hellouva
lot more money than I do or your wife works or you've won a small lottery
somewhere. Tell me how you swing a $6~$700 (or higher if you were
upside-down on your trade-in) truck note and still manage to eat? Are you
maybe living in a rented "dubl-wahyd" in Hawbuck someplace? Four or five
guys all go in together on the note? Still sponging off mom & dad? Tell me
your secret please, because I want one of these too. :-)
On Sun, 28 May 2006 15:06:29 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
i don't know about the others but i bought mine. not a dually though
but still stickered in the range you were talking. i have a job, i
make a living. wasn't any harder than buying just about any other car
or truck out there.
I work for a living. thats how i do it.
and no i dont live in a trailer....i live in a quite nice house, brick at
that. and except for the trucks (and naturally the house) everything i own
is paid for.
I work for a living too. My AGI last year was a tad over $70k. No, not
setting the world on fire, but not too bad either. Wife doesn't work
outside the home, but all the kids are grown and gone. We do have one
still in college, which does at time put a strain on the budget. We do not
carry any month-to-month balance on any of our credit cards. Everything is
fully paid for except the house. Even there our house note is
comparatively small at $820/mo including taxes & insurance. We have a
credit score of 805. We of course can qualify for a new truck note at the
best interest rates available (credit score 805 = tier-one credit
worthiness). The problem is I don't want to have to wind up living
hand-to-mouth or paycheck to paycheck with no discretionary money left
over just because we're slaves to a freakin' truck payment. I've not had a
vehicle payment in the last 6 years so I've been out of the market for a
while. When the dickens did the 3/4 and 1-ton CTD start fetching prices of
$40~45 thousand? Jesus Christ!
that was the problem with me getting my truck. i got my truck fairly
reasonable (around 25k i believe it was). when i went into the dodge dealer
i had a set of 5 cryteria that i was looking for and told them so. also told
them that anything above and beyond these cryteria was simply luxury and i
wasnt willing to pay an arm and a leg to get the luxury part. (something
that is apparanty out of the sales staff's vocabulary).
i wanted a 05 CTD
1 ton perferred but 3/4 would work as the 99 3/4 had done the job well.
well needless to say they zeroed in on the 1 ton and kept bringing these
$45K+ laramies out. granted nice trucks.... but what i was gonna use them
for i just couldnt see paying that price. so again i repeated the list. they
said ok and pulled another overpriced truck around. after threatening to
leave and go to another dealer, they somehow figured out how to understand
english again and found a 05 3/4 CTD 6speed 2wd LSD QC LWB truck with ST
trim at the above price. dont let them fool you into believing that inorder
to have the CTD you have to pay the outragous prices they have on some. they
do still make trucks meant to work out of. but you give up the XM, leather,
power everythng, carpet, bells and wistles that blow when you change lanes
and what ever else they are putting in these things now.
well anyways that was my experiance getting a reasonably priced truck. good
luck in your hunt.
At $40~45K I can buy a fully dressed out Lexus ES. But I want a TRUCK and
I don't want to settle for something stripped-down with a cardboard
interior, manual-crank windows, rubber floor mat and a stick-shift. When
we started pricing these the shocker was the *HUGE* price jump between the
1500 QC and an *equally-equipped* 2500 QC (before adding the CTD). Judas
I don't need leather seats or the NAV package or mega-cab, but QC, CTD and
a decent freakin' radio is a requirement and I can accept the price "bump"
for the engine. The 8' box would be nice, but also isn't mandatory unless
I get the dually. The dually wasn't a must-have either, but taken by
itself, it's only a couple grand more than SRW, so that's actually one of
the more reasonable options. Okay, CTD $5500, DRW + 8' box $2200; How did
that get us to $42,790 + TTL?
I have the CHRYCO "preferred pricing" deal through my employer where I can
buy anything on the lot for 1% -below- invoice, but even the invoice
numbers seem to be a moving target and depend on who you ask. Go to Kelly
Blue Book and price it out, go to Consumer Reports pricing service and get
a close similar (not exact) number, but then go into the dealer and
suddenly my highest "invoice" figures are $7800 below theirs. What's wrong
with this picture?
you may be able to go to the dodge website and build a truck (with the
options you want) and get a general idea of what your gonna pay for it. then
keep that in mind when you talk to the dealer, most likely they are not
gonna have the exact truck you built but can find/get something close. with
me even the radio was optional. what i wound up with of course was radio,
cloth seats, vinyl floor (witch i really wanted but wasnt insistant on). the
dealers around here seem to want to go from a stripped work truck to a fully
dressed larmie in the CTDs when they have a much larger variety if trim
levels in the 1500. you can get that larger varity in the bigger trucks you
just have to be insistant on what you want. believe me for the price diff it
was well worth the hassel of getting them to understand english!
sounds to me like you want a little more than i did. stuff like the convince
group, and power group, but i dont think those options alone are an arm and
a leg more. like i said go to the dodge website and play around you can
figure out what options out price them selves and what you need/want really
quickly. heck you and even print off the info on the truck you selected and
take it right to the dealer and show them exactly what your looking for. it
was a really helpful tool for us.
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