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tRidiot

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So some of you may remember the problems with my '04 Tahoe, I blew a head gasket on the last day of 2020.

Spent the last month-plus trying to get it up and running again so we could take it on our trip to NM/CO we've been planning for several months.

I spent a buttload putting in a new motor and rebuilding the trans as well, justifying it to myself that I wasn't going to have a payment when I was done. I love my Tahoe, also... I've had it for close to 12 years, I think, and I always loved this body style, always wanted one from the first day they came out, etc. I've also spent a ton of money on it in the stereo/electrical department, customizing it the way I want(ed). I used to drive 150 miles round trip to work 4-5 days a week, so it was important to me.

So fast forward, since I got the truck back from the mechanic who installed my motor and trans - and had to rip it back apart to replace the rear main seal that was leaking from the newly-rebuilt motor (+$500 or so) - I've had to remove the triple alt bracket just to fill/bleed the PS pump, this was a couple of hours, then remove it again when I threw a pulley and it left me stranded.

I drove it to San Antonio over Memorial Day and it did fine. 1300 mile round trip.

So I'm excited, things are going well, and we get ready to head to NM on Thursday and it overheats just before leaving town. Like literally, as we stopped for burgers to hit the road. Back home, can't figure out why my cooling fans won't fire up - this was something I added not normally available on the '04, but has been working flawlessly for... I dunno, 8 years?

Then, as I'm troubleshooting that, the air conditioner compressor starts binding up intermittently. MFer... you kidding me? I had debated about replacing this when I had the motor pulled and it was all in pieces anyways, but... decided not to to save a couple hundred bucks. Now it looks like it's going out. <sigh>

So we finally get a buddy to take us to the airport and we rented a 2021 Chevy Tahoe to take on our trip. Lotsa bucks, but GD-it, we put it on a CC, we already had this trip all planned out and I NEEDED a break.

So here we are in New Mexico. It's been a good trip so far, in spite of hitting the road something like... 5 hours late or something.

But now I've fallen in love with this 2021 Tahoe. To the tune of a $60k+ vehicle that you can't hardly find anywhere these days, and dealers appear to be charging "market adjustment" addons of anywhere from $5-15k. Sheesh.

I'd love to buy a new vehicle... I would LOVE to. And I'm sure the bank would LOVE to put me further in debt. And dangit, but this thing is nice and quiet and smooth and amazing on the highway. I don't mind my truck at all for in-town driving, and even trip to Tulsa with the family... but jeebus, I KNOW how much more comfortable we are in this thing than we would be in my truck.

And we are wanting to do several more LONG road trips over the next 2 years before my son graduates and goes off to college - we want to do Black Hills and Rushmore, the NW and Yellowstone/Yosemite/Sequoyah...

At this point my dang 18 year old Tahoe has let me down so many times, I'm truly terrified to take it on a trip, even when I get these next niggly things fixed when I get home. <sigh>

And I don't like the wife's truck, which is an '07 Escape. It rides like a truck, and it really isn't big enough for all of us and the dog and all our crap for a long trip. It would be cramped. Not to mention, it's only barely newer than mine.

Why, oh why, did I have to get bitten by the "new car" bug at ALL, much less bitten during the worst time in history to buy a new OR used vehicle????

Sheesh.

First world problems, right? Yeah, I know... and I would think in my position it wouldn't be a big deal, but with student loans and business loans, I don't bring home nearly what people "think" I do. but with what I've spent on this stupid truck in the last 6 weeks, plus my rental cost now, I could have paid for a year, maybe a year and a half of new car payments.


TL;DR - I'm spoiled by a rental vehicle and don't like my old truck anymore for family trips. Want a new ride, but doesn't make financial sense.

So anyways, I'm collecting pictures of "Eating My Way Through New Mexico." Maybe I'll post up a thread later or when we get back or something...
 

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Peace of mind has a whole lot of value.

You're right... I mean, buying a new vehicle, especially a BIG one like this, is absolutely crazy expensive, but damn, to be able to just throw everything in the vehicle and drive away for a 2-3000k mile trip and not WORRY that anything is going to break or fall off??? That would truly be nice.

And again, I am freaking AMAZED at how smooth, comfortable and QUIET this thing is at 80MPH on Oklahoma's crappy roads.
 

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First world problems indeed. I haven’t taken a road trip in two years, and it’s saved me quite a bit of money. But then again, I don’t have small kids at home, so.
 

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I agree, but we love love love traveling, and we want to get some more family memories in before our son leaves home. We actually travel quite well together, all of us, even with The Dog.

We didn't get to take a big trip last year, the most we did was go camping a couple times, spent 4 days I think driving Oklahoma to see waterfalls. So our last "real" trip we count as a true vacation was when we went to see The Wife's family in St. Vincent in July of 2019. I am one of those people who really needs to take some time to recharge a couple times a year, and need to feel like I am achieving something by working like I do - instead of just making payments on a balance sheet. Like... what am I working for, you know?

And we didn't want to fly and and deal with the airlines' BS this year.

This is 100% why I left my previous job and moved into daily office work. More time at home to spend with the family, more chance to build memories, etc. It's been 3 years this week since I started this job, and while money has been significantly tighter, we have adapted and managed. I wouldn't go back - and in fact turn down offers to go back all the time.
 

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Life is short. Go for it or you will regret it forever. Easy for me to say , but sometimes it pays to bite that bullet. Search nationwide for a demo or maybe 1 year old..... But, I do know used are bringing premiums also.
 

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Looking at the Yukon Denali now... My God. Up to $80k.
Wanna spend money? look at the Escalade. You can go well over 100k

Whatever you do. Resist the urge to buy until this chip issue is over. Shortly after there will be a glut of vehicles for sale since they are still producing them and stacking aside until they can get the computer chips installed
 
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