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  1. I was just talking to someone about water pump impellers the other day. It was over a wp for a Chevy Colorado, but I noticed that it had the stamped metal impeller. Kind of thinking that manufacturers discovered that the cast metal ones were problematic; maybe too much mass (compare to the plastic ones), so they went with the lighter stamped metal. My car is running the cast metal impeller. Holding up for 80k miles now: knock on wood.
  2. There's the $400 and then all the other time (and transport). I'd make sure that the daughter pays (reimburses) the $400. Figure it as paying [for lack of] attention!
  3. Most likely the strategy is to just target the manufacturers of the aftermarket parts, let the existing stuff that's out there (and [de]installed) fade away. Testing, as has been shown, isn't cost-effective. If they're looking to kill diesels, non-commercial, I'm thinking that they'll do it via cranking up pump prices. But, the number of light-duty diesel trucks is fairly insignificant in the entire scheme of things. Best bang for the buck is to target commercial trucking on emissions compliance: do so as part of regular inspections? Commercial burns a lot more diesel. My ALH TDI VWs are modified, though I have not removed any emissions gear. At 51mpg ave on my car there's plenty of room on fuel price increases before it becomes cost-ineffective. No idea on how my truck measures up vis a vis emssions (over stock), but I figure that being pre-emissions it's moot. I've been to Manila and experienced what it's like to have TONS of old diesels with no emissions equipment whatsoever running around. It's really nasty: you have to hold a cloth over your nose & mouth!
  4. I took the advice of Mike Boyd. I'm going to hold out for a new truck: talking 5th Gen! Need to buy more lottery tickets! Basically, at this point, I don't expect to get another truck any time soon. Plans on road-tripping etc. will also be cancelled. Seem to recall someone here who was going to get a new truck but ended up getting horses for his daughter. I kind of did a similar thing, shelling out a bunch of money for the wife's son so he could buy a house. For now I'll hang on to my 94 and only allow one passenger to ride with me: dog or wife. Any trailering will be with the utility trailer.
  5. Someone has a truck that I'm kind of interested in and it has a RaceMe Ultra tuner. It's a 2013, deleted, with an Aisin. I'm not exactly after something that's got a tuner or has been deleted, but the truck is otherwise pretty much matching what I'm looking for. My understanding is that one cannot do an appreciable power bump with an Aisin (no ability to program to deal with power changes). The owner of the truck had a shop set things up for towing (personal rv only); says that it works great and that he doesn't really mess with it. What concerns are there with something like this?
  6. VW has an extended warranty on all these Dieselgate cars. I know that lots of people yanked premium accessory parts off before turning them in. Figure that many of these cars might have been beaten like a rented mule before being turned in. I'd be looking for a good indy mechanic to look over any potential purchase.
  7. I've attempted to contact THREE different sellers and have gotten no responses! What's up with people? Anyway... Things just ain't lining up for now. Nothing local and heading into winter I don't think it's a good idea to try and land something that's any significant distance away. Targeting a Laramie Longhorn (w/Aisin) also narrows the field. Lots of trucks out there look like they're trade-ins of hotshot drivers. I don't believe that I should be concerned here with regards to those with Aisin transmissions as I am not hearing of issues with the Aisin. What concerns would there be with one of these trucks? (rear ends?) Found out that the frontend changes in 2014 were for the 2500s, the 3500s were already running the newer suspension bits: in 2014 2500s also got changes to the rear suspension, air bag option (?).
  8. I think I may have found THE truck. 2014 Laramie Longhorn w/Aisin. Granite exterior and saddle brown/black interior. Private party. Original owner. Stated, and pictures tend to confiem as being in "immaculate condition." Price creep for sure, but it is in the general range.
  9. Discovering that it's a tad hard to find what I'm looking for so I kind of expanded my view a bit... After reading that folks really like the refinements with the Gen4s I decided to peek over the fence (and at that "greener pasture"). I have accepted that I'd have to shell out more money, though how much more I'm willing to push it I have yet to determine: Gen4 2013s and up along the lines I"m looking at tend to run at least $35k (if under 200k miles). Would like feedback/comments on two candidates (both 3500 Laramie DRWs): 1) 2008 with 68rfe trans and 75k miles; 2) 2013 with Aisin trans and 140k miles. The 2013 is about 17% more money than the 2008. Figure all else being fairly equal. I understand that I'd pretty much be stuck at stock power with the 2013 and Aisin. At 385hp and 850 lb-ft stock I doubt that I'd ever need any more. It's my understanding that the 2014s have significant improvements to the front ends. Seems that things are always better the next year(s), which leads to the slippery slope to brand new (I can't justify $40k, there's no way I could justify $80k [new]!).
  10. $24k. But that depends on the interior (and engine compartment). While looking for a late Gen3 dually I run across a ton of these SRWs. With a 6spd manual, and a Laramie, one would be looking closer to $28k. Dealers, of course, seem to bump up prices by about $2k. One problem is that there are a lot of trucks from Alberta flooding the market; they clean up well, but... if folks aren't aware to be wary of these then they might slurp up one of these for a lower price. Is your brother looking to buy new?
  11. Paul, yes, I agree. But, how does one assess in the cases in which someone states that the transmission has been rebuilt?
  12. I'm looking for tips on how to evaluate the condition of a 68rfe in, of course, a used (gen3) truck. Seems that knowing if one these transmissions is on the edge of failing that one can use that as leverage when negotiating the purchase price of a truck. I"m OK with paying out for proper value, but certainly not for over-paying. Age (well, it's getting up there!) and a diminutive wife have me really leaning toward going automatic. I've been advised to just figure on a proper rebuild right away. Mike Boyd told me that I shouldn't worry and just wait until the trans pukes and then have it done right. Either way I would be looking at putting money aside for the inevitable.
  13. So, all dealers cannot resell if deleted? I can see listings on CL from dealers that show clear evidence of deleted bits. Would upgraded exhaust always mean it's been deleted?
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