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November 26th, 2004

got the truck back this evening. @ 06:30 pm

Mood: distressed distressed
Music: hum of the dehumidifier and Dave showering in the bathroom.

On Monday morning we took my truck to our mechanic in Neptune to have them look at a brake lockup condition in the rear during hard stops (the truck has 4 wheel ABS and shouldn't be locking up the brakes).

They checked the vehicle over and called Tuesday AM, asked me(us) to come down to chat about the truck, the manager said, 'because a picture is worth a thousand words.' ut-oh...

The service manager showed us what he was concerned about and advised that I consider getting rid of the truck, after calming down, I had a few thousand Rude words for the dealer that I bought it from and the previous owner(s).

The truck is a 1997 Ford F150, that I purchased, used, in late Jan 2003, from Freehold Ford, Freehold, NJ,
{BTW, I will
buy from them again!!!},

The work that I had the mechanic do brought it back into safe operating condition and the costs were covered at about 50% by the extended warranty, still, paying almost $400.00 from your pocket hurts.
I have ABSOLUTELY NO ill feelings or thoughts toward my mechanic or the work that they did. Their work is Always top notch and their advice is always beyond reproach.

I do feel that the folks who sold the vehicle to me, in 2003, may have had more knowledge about the condition and longevity of the vehicle then they admitted to, or took action to correct.
( Next time someone wants to stuff a fire hydrant up my backside, sideways, I am going to demand that they use Crisco and put it in tapered end first. A small kiss on the cheek wouldn't hurt either. )

I'm not sure how I will work it, because the trade-in value is about 75% of the current value of the loan against the truck, so I'll have to check with the bank and see what we can figure out, but I'm certain that the truck Has To Go.

$600 to replace the gas tank, 6 months after I purchased it, called Ford Corp, was told, sorry but it's out of the corrosion warranty or we would have covered the repair.

$150 to replace the fan clutch, warranty covered > 90% of the cost.

$360 to replace the starter, after it almost left us stranded at Hillside campground one weekend a couple of months ago. The repair was not covered because I didn't contact the warranty company Before the repair work started.

$850 to replace 2 front calipers, brake shoes and pads, cut the rotors and drums, 2 front flexible lines that were almost rusted through, emergency brake cable that was sticking, covered at a little above 50% under warranty.

I think that I would have been better off holding on to my 1986 F150 and putting *all this* money into it instead of the albatross that I currently own and drive.
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Date:November 27th, 2004 01:06 am (UTC)
I had a great 1980 F250, moved mountains with that dude...Jiffy Lube totalled the engine when I went in for a friggin oil change and they friggin forgot to put in the oil. But at that point the truck was definitely entering old age, I tried to see the bright side...checked out the daily paper and there was a '93 F150 for sale at a crazy low price...sounded good so I borrowed a friend's car and drove up just north of Philly to see the truck...it looked damn good, spoke with the husband and wife and got em to come down another thousand bucks which made it one of the deals of a lifetime...as we were completing the transaction, the husband explained that the wife was in the final stages of a fatal disease so they were disposing of her possessions...I felt like crap. As I drove off, they said "We hope this truck will be as good for you as it was for us"...well, turns out it's been sort of a miracle vehicle...breaks while it's parked, repeatedly...
now that's what I call a good truck.
Date:November 27th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about YOUR truck woes, now. :( I hope it improves somehow.

I also hope that you & Dave enjoyed your holiday, and all of your other plans. I'll be home sometime during the day on Monday; we'll catch up then.

Till then, HUGS!!!!
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Date:December 4th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)
... never ceases to amaze me ...

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Date:November 28th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)

driving me nuts

hey Jeff,
after I submitted that response to your F-150 story, I was thinkin maybe it was inappropriate for me to talk about my truck and not yours...
I've had plenty of stuff to replace on my two Ford trucks over the years...
plenty. At times it has been maddening, so I hear you...but I'm still cool with the F-Fords. Forgot to mention: the truck I have now, the one I got the great deal on...came with some sort of problem with the electrical system (or, just a likely, the problem developed soon after I bought it)...blew out almost a DOZEN alternators...man, that truck really put me thru some paces, but it was always in a way that I could handle...FINALLY my new and great mechanics (based nearby, here in Philly) located the problem...
can you imagine the pain of being shut-down by at LEAST ten alternators blowing-out?...spaced out over YEARS... man, it was frustrating...AND expensive (but the last few were covered under warrantee).

on a brighter note, I found some cool photos you posted on one of your websites...hope you don't mind, I saved one or two of the purple-blue orchid shots with the black background...DYNAMITE shots, man!!!

on another note, the issue of my friggin Live Journal icon is also driving me nuts...couldn't stand the flashing neon star and found the hopping sumo gif last night, installed that for some relief, I'm crazy about sumo...butt still, the way that little dude hops around, now IT'S driving me nuts..cute little bastard, though! I wanta post a cropped-down face shot for my LJ icon and eventually somebody'll help me do it, I don't have the means (photoshop?). Fortunately, this isn't one of life's problems that ends-up costing dough.
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Date:December 1st, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)

the truck

*Hugs ya tight* Hope things get better for ya, handsome. Vehicle problems are the most frustrating! Have that cutie Dave pamper ya some!
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Date:December 4th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)

Re: the truck

back at ya!

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