You are correct. The new diesles are very quite. But so are the gas engine. I don't even care ether way. They both get the job done. And imop a diesle will get it done better but it also cost more. I'm just sick of the hole gas verse diesle arguing.
They both have their places. For me The cost of a diesel in the long run will pay off. I have been on the road with my 11 since Nov I have changed oil once and probably will again soon. With my load I have to have a diesel, I know I would destroy a gas engine.
Botom line for me is long term durability. I am averaging so far with 11K on the clock 9.5 mpg west coast towing. Gas engine would probably be about 5-6 mpg. That is a big difference for me.
That's all I'm trying to say. My trailer only ways 8500 loaded so the v10 works for me. That being said if I could have bought a excursion with a common rails cummins I would have done that. But the only options I had was a 2002 or older excursion with a100,000 grand plus for $25,000 or a low mileage 6.0l. When I was looking I started out looking at the dodge wih the cummins. But I desided the excursion would work of better of me and my family.
To Cummins12V98: I like the Cummins, but as craigwieck says, sometimes the Dodge is out of reach or not designed to do what an Excursion can do. I own a 00 V-10 Excursion and a 05 6.0psd Excursion. With 4 kids, a mother-in-law and Lovely wife and I, we need at minimum seats for 7. Dodge does not offer that configuration in a 3/4 ton or better and Cummins. At this time neither does Ford or GM. That was why I first bought the 05 in 05. Then after several warrantee calls on flash's and two turbo's, the 6.0 seems to be fine now. With still only 36K miles, it is hardly broke in, but I dread the potential repairs, especially if the break down occurs here in Kodiak, Alaska. My only choice would be the Ford Dealer... And it took them from Memorial day to Labor day to fix the turbo just before the warrantee wore out... I know a few guys that have retrofitted Cummins into Excursions. That would be the best of both worlds, but that is a difficult and potentially expensive option too...
Bottom Line, Excursions (gas or diesel) were built for a select audience that needs towing power with people hauling...
Thanks for your input.
Garry in Kodiak...Where gas is $4.64 and diesel is $5.44....
Wife + 4 kids
Retired Military Family.... Alway's on the move....
2002 F350 CCSB 5.4 6spd 4x4 in AK
1966 Avion C-10 Truck Camper
Not sure about the newer diesels, but I don't give my 05 two seconds worth of though for maintenance. It's always the cheapest of everything for my old girl, and she's still purring at 100k, no injectors,turbos, or anything other than the usual batts.,etc.. Now compared to having a gas block at a 100k, I'd rather have mine right about now , I don't burn a drop between 10k changes, and I'm sure the internals should be fine, helical gears instead of a timing chain, cast block and heads, it will probably be my last truck, my wife is trying to get me to buy a car and motorhome instead.