When is it time to say....."That's it, I've had it!" - Mazda pickup
Ok so I got a 2001 B2500 4 x 4 pickup with 250K on the dash. Last year I had to replace the synchromesh, 1st and 2nd gears. Replaced gear box, transfer case and diff oils. Used the synthetic oils.
This year about a 1month ago I got the alt over charging and blowing the OCR. One week ago I replaced a cracked head, head gasket c/w seals.
Still have to replace hoses in the cooling system because some are sweating, replaced one which was leaking.
Now just today, 4th gear is not engaging and when I do manage to get in engaged it gives me a fight to disengage.
Oh and did I mention that during the changing of gears I get a jerk at the back of the pickup. I believe that I may have to replace the crown in the diff.
The thing is since I 've had my Betsy for the last three years, I've been servicing her every two months like clockwork....air/oil/fuel filters, oil (synthetic oils I use) and minor mechanical adjustments. I mean she answers the call when I need her to take me around. She even puts some of those 2012/13 BTs to shame on the ashpalt even moreso when I put in diesel additives.
But given what I've spent on her so far....it's like a downpayment on a latest model. The problem is these new overpriced models that they are selling nowadays are for picnic enthusiasts....not for guys like me...if I can tie bails of electrical conduit in the tray...then it aint a pickup.
So can anyone tell me....do I squeeze another 50K out of her or should I trade up (more like sell out).