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Old 09-17-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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So when do you buy a new TV?

I am curious as to the what the milage is before one considers to buy a new TV.

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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I would think condition is more important than milage.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:49 PM   #3
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For me it was 250,000 miles on a '97 one ton van, 454 gasser. I still drive it but don't tow with it. That's a lot of miles on a gas engine, even a big block. It runs well since I've spent a small fortune on it the past 15 years but just always wondering when something might give way. Plus peeling paint, drooping headliner, other annoying things.

I started looking around for about a year and found a nice replacement. Maybe the key is to give yourself plenty of time to find the right TV. Don't wait till a rod flies out the side of the engine.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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In general, with good maintenance today's vehicles seem to be reasonably reliable to about 140,000 to 150,000. I hate breakdowns on the road, so that is the range for me to trade. Here in the rust free Western States the body holds up, but the mechanicals still go and are not less expensive to repair, even though the vehicle is not worth much. Several times I have put around $3,000 into a vehicle which was worth about that. The trick is to get rid of it just prior to that costly repair.

Your milage may vary, and this is only an opinion, of course.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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John, thats a loaded question... Other than mileage, my truck is in pretty good shape and is reliable.

I would love to trade my 2003 Hemi Dodge Ram 1500 that has ~173,000 miles..., but I am not very impressed with what is out there right now for the money. Besides costs, I am waiting for some job uncertainties to settle down. My wife thinks she would like a new truck before we go to Alaska in 2-3 years.

I would like to get 250,000 and still be able to tow before seriously looking for a new truck.

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Old 09-17-2012, 09:42 PM   #6
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Maybe a better question would be: What makes you buy a new TV?
I used milage because I thought that would be the most common denominator. Again just curious as to why one buys a new TV.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:59 PM   #7
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When you really want one? When you have to? When you can pay for one?
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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Good question. Thanks for asking it. I don't believe it is mileage but other factors. If you have driven your TV for 200k and it has been reliable, because it is well designed and you have maintained it well then I don't see why it won't go to 300k miles.

I bought a new TV because the features of the new TV were so much better than the old TV. My old TV was a 93 Chevy van- underpowered and under braked. My new TV, 2008 Tundra 2 wd, has twice the power, twice the torque, much better brakes, vehicle stability control, 6 speed tranny, a bed for stuff and /or my Ducati motorcycle, much better fuel economy, much safer with side, front and rear air bags, better reliability because it is new and if I put 300 or 400k on it, it may be my last TV unless something much better comes along. We will see.

My 08 Tundra is now 4 years old. There is nothing out there now that I would rather have than my 25K Tundra. It has been a great vehicle. I have only 43k miles on it, and the only repairs required have been a new radio (under warranty).

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Old 09-18-2012, 01:41 AM   #9
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Maybe a better question would be: What makes you buy a new TV?
I used milage because I thought that would be the most common denominator. Again just curious as to why one buys a new TV.
Nothing would make me buy a new tow vehicle. When I retired, I researched tow vehicles and bought a brand new 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel and have been delighted by it ever since. I am well into my 5th year of towing our 2007 Safari Airstream trailer and the truck is only approaching 15,000 miles.

Our truck gets the recommended servicing from our local Ford Dealer and I anticipate that it will outlast me (knock on wood)!

But if something catastrophic should happen... well... C'est la vie!
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We travel and tow Lucy a whole bunch. We get a new tow vehicle when we begin to feel that the old one may let us down in the middle of nowhere. In the past, we have gone between 125 and 150K miles before we became concerned.

We have had our new Silverado D-max for right at a year. By the time that we get home on this trip, the new truck will be at 36K miles. We figure that this truck will go another 4 years (about 150K miles) before we become concerned. I know that the D-max engine will go forever, but the other stuff (A/C, suspension, electrics) will start to disintegrate.

We will keep the new truck as long as we are confident in its dependability.

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:04 AM   #11
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So when do you buy a new TV?
If I can afford it, when I want one, for whatever reason. My current tow vehicle is an '08 GMC Duramax with 110,000 miles. I don't want a new one yet, but I've got my eye on the new models.
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When it costs "more than a car payment" to maintain for a year.

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Nothing would make me buy a new tow vehicle. When I retired, I researched tow vehicles and bought a brand new 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel and have been delighted by it ever since. I am well into my 5th year of towing our 2007 Safari Airstream trailer and the truck is only approaching 15,000 miles.

Our truck gets the recommended servicing from our local Ford Dealer and I anticipate that it will outlast me (knock on wood)!

But if something catastrophic should happen... well... C'est la vie!
I hope you know the 6.0L in your truck is notorious for being unreliable lol. But since youve only got 15,000 miles on it, youll be fine for about 40,000 more.

As for the original question, I buy a new TV when I get bored with my old one lol. So once a year or so lol
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:57 AM   #14
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If you usually travel far from home, as we do, it's about reliability. Nothing worse than on a remote highway or busy interstate with the Airstream, broken down alongside the road.

Our '91 Suzuki Samurai is just the ticket for local chores (although it has never broken down either).

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