- The diesel engine is a $7,000.00 option. Ouch.
- A diesel engine is overkill for the amount of towing I do, which is less than 2,000 miles a year (3,219 km).
This new truck has the power to haul two horses anywhere I want to go. Sure, it will be less fuel efficient hauling a trailer up a mountain pass, but I can buy a lot of gasoline for many years to come before I'd reach the break-even point on a diesel purchase.
The new truck is a pleasure to drive and it is nice to have a positive occurrence after the recent string of truck & horse issues.
LESSON LEARNED: Get the facts - the Carfax (or AutoCheck report) when you buy a used vehicle.
When someone wants to make their problem your problem...buyer beware! (That goes for horses too.) We got ripped off on the old Ford which we bought based on the seller's word and a pre-purchase check at a local diesel specialty shop; both of which turned out to be a bit unreliable.
We spent a lot of money repairing that truck, but kept finding more and more problems. It was time to be rid of it. We received a clean title when we purchased it, but when we went to trade it in, we discovered it had been salvaged early in its existence. It originally came from Canada (the tire pressure info on the inside of the driver's door was in French). Apparently it was wrecked at 15,000 miles, rebuilt, sold, and the title got washed as it passed through several states in the U.S. If we'd pulled a Carfax or AutoCheck, we would have known better because all the details showed up in the report. We didn't get much in trade at the dealership because of the salvage history. As they say, "Live and learn."
In the meantime, I'm finally getting out & about with Misty; taking riding lessons and getting training help.
Misty is faring well as a lonely-only, but I do want her to have another stablemate one of these days.
I heard from Marley's owner that "he is happy and doing well."
I'm shopping for a 2nd horse now and I wish I could pull a Horsefax on prospective ponies. I hope I can be smart about this next purchase. I'll be sharing some thoughts on that in an upcoming post.
Horse shopping is even more portentous than truck shopping!