Test drove a 04 2500 4wd with a 6.0/4L80E in it today. Motor and tranny were absolutely flawless. Ran just as good as a brand new truck and pulled hard. Truck was straight as a carbon arrow. All panels aligned perfectly, etc. Only had one problem though(well I guess a bunch).
All of the joints were leaking grease, and it was clanking and clunking around. As far as I could tell, it needs new upper and lower BJs on both sides, inner and outer tie rods on both sides, steering box needed to be tightened up, and an idler arm. It had 114k on it, and needing all of that isn't disconcerting to me in the least bit. I plan on using it as a bargaining tool. It also looked like it could benefit from new control arm bushings and shocks.
I priced all of that out on Rock Auto, and it was $510 for all Moog stuff. Out of all of the above, I have replaced all but the lower ball joints, control arm bushings, and idler arm myself on vehicles.
Should I even attempt the lowers and idler arm? I've heard they can both be a huge PITA, but I have never seen it done, so I don't know. Should I try and get the dealership to do it all? If I try to talk them down, what is the book labor on all of that? It is priced well, so I was ballparking asking for $1500 off because of the repairs.
Tie rods are easy as frick. Shocks are easy as frick. Tightening steering box takes all of a minute. Upper ball joints were aggravating, but not much knowledge was needed
This post was edited on 7/14 at 10:34 pm