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Bob
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The Best deal is the one you bought right. Its never clear for a few years.  In the end its miles per dollar. That's the only measure that really counts.
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Coal Roller
Reply with quote  #27 
for me hauling ability counts. the accord is for the miles per $. 
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Bob
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Yea Hauling miles per dollar is still a good measure. Your van is only a good one because once you got it sorted its been good. You also stole it in the first place. That cheap rack was a good find too!
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Coal roller
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wasnt cheap after all the work I did to it was worth it. iv put over 50k on that van probably 10k of that was heavy hauling. best vehicle I have owned. should go 10 more years. going to be hard to get it inspected this year with the window tint. Ill pick the hottest day in june and just keep them rolled down and hope for the best.  
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Bob
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Vermont is so stupid. They are killing the economy in the name of safety and they have no data to support the whole effort. They should fine you if you get into an accident because of defective equipment. Leave it at that. Stop creating a bigger machine that does nothing.
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John K
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Looking again. Any opinions on Austin Craigslistings?  There's a 1999 Ram 4X4 2500 and a 2009 Ford 4X4 F 250, both with low mileage. 

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Reply with quote  #32 
Hey John, that Ford would do well. They (rednecks) seem to like Fords around here, you see them everywhere...... nice and rusty.
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coal roller
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wait till they try and get it inspected.
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Bob
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VT inspection sucks. My 1986 Van went in and even though its not got a computer I got a list which included faults that have been on the Van since I got it. The Directional pod on the steering column is wiggly (works fine), My Fan only works on high, my rear tail light has a cracked lens, my battery tie down in not stock. I was like your are kidding me. I had to pay 50 bucks for that feedback, and my muffler has rust on it(quiet but going to fail soon). I will have to pay again when I go back. Fucking stupid!
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coal roller
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my ball joints wiggled a bit, that will be a grand. wtf
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John K
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Sorry, didn't realize that I had posted on grumpy old men site. Thanks anyway
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There's reason to be grumpy about owning a vehicle in our great state. Drive around burlington, essex,  and colchester (they're the worst), and dodge all the component damaging potholes, and add to the mix, all the salt brine the state sprays on the roads, and to top it off, they expect your vehicle to pass their inspection with flying colors. That's why you don't see too many older rigs on the road. Poor folks don't stand a chance. If the state/towns would only maintain the roads better, then rigs would have a fighting chance. Between property taxes and owning a car, you're lucky to have anything left in the till to tell about. I just purchased a 2007 sienna that came from the great state of west virginia, and it looks and drives practically new. All the rigs I looked at, that were Vt driven vans, were in rough shape.

So John, if you can score a good deal on anything, you'll do well here in the great state of decay.
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Bob
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I love it Joe you just changed the Green Mountain State to the Great State of Decay. The only thing we fund well is Public schools and Human services. Everything else is operating on left overs.  Our Collective Vehicular Equity loss on a yearly basis is a number our Government could care less about. Its an interesting exercise in math. Lets say there are 300,000 cars in Vermont that average in value at  15,000 dollars. Lets say that 15,000 car will last 10 years before its useless because of road salt. This means each car losses 1500 dollars a year. That is a 450 million dollar loss to Vermonters collectively on a yearly basis. I just made up those values so they might be different but it gives you an idea about how much road salt might cost. Its really a hidden tax when you think about it. you not only get to pay for the salt you also get to pay for the damage it causes. 
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John K
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Your posts bring back memories of swiss cheese frames and inverted roadsters, but I'm looking for opinions on what the locals want in a pickup. I guess older, relatively low miles for 10k or less. Would a rust free with >160k miles sell easily? Easier to replace engine and transmission than replace chassis. Thanks for the feedback
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Trying to convince drivers to slow down or use chains when the roads are bad is a useless exercise. Vermont DOT is just doing what the public demands:
"I want to drive fast and get to work, skiing, shopping, and school as quickly as possible no matter what the conditions."  [icon_angryfire][crazy]
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Originally Posted by John K
I guess older, relatively low miles for 10k or less. Would a rust free with >160k miles sell easily?


I was surprised at how people didn't flinch at 216,000 miles when we sold the rust-free Outback. On the other hand, having only 80,000 miles on the Impreza made a difference in our selling price. It was covered with hail dents but didn't seem to make much difference; it was more about being rust free with low miles.

I think if you can get a good price on a rust-free pickup with 160,000 miles you could sell it easily. But because of the mileage it won't bring top dollar, rust free or not.
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DP
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I was just all through Virginia and North Carolina and the rigs down there are clean clean ... it's where I'll get my next rig for the Mrs.
JK keep your eye out for a 4dr. tacoma ... I see lots of them here and they seem to hold their value.
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Bob
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http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Car-engulfed-in-flames-on-I-89--440025693.html

They dont rust but they may burst into flames?
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Toyota has a recall out for the model year 2014. They (toy) will do right by the customer...... Unlike Ford... GMC...etc. What's funny Bob, is that the 2006-2010 siennas are holding their value better than the 2011-2017 models. I'm telling ya. The sienna rules the mini-van market..... As far as quality. 

 

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