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Bionic Man

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Posted: 02/22/12 11:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hemi will do it but I would go Cummins. More $ up front, but it will hold more value at resale time.


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Posted: 02/22/12 11:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Only where they salt the heck out of the roads will a vehicle not last more that 7-8 years. Towed with both and hands down; go diesel!

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Get the diesel and never look back. You will thank everyone that recommends it.


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Posted: 02/22/12 12:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Diesel for towing often. Night and day difference vs gas.

Gas is great if the truck will only be used for towing a small portion of the time.


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Posted: 02/22/12 02:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a diesel and really like it. Downside..$7,000 for diesel option. twice to three times as much $$ for an oil change, fuel costs more. Mileage empty will be about the same between the two. Towing mileage will be better with a diesel. I would have to give it a lot of thought. For sure cheaper to drive a gasser for everyday use not towing...

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Go Diesel if you are a frequent hauler or at least borrow/rent one for a test pull.

The maintenance cost for the vehicle iself is the same as a gasser. The engine maintenance costs equal out over time. A properly maintained diesel will out live a gasser 2 or even 3 to 1.

My oil change cost, which I do myself, is under $60. This includes oil filter, fuel filter and pail of oil. If you buy oil from a fleet service outlet by the 20L/5gal pail your costs drop considerably.

I have the oil pig 7.3 PS, 16L of oil, and after my 3rd oil change the 4th is free, except for the oil and fuel filter. Outside of oil changes and air filters, I have put $65 in parts towards my engine in the last 3 years. One was a glow plug relay and the other was a starter relay.

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Posted: 02/22/12 05:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The hills seem to disappear with the torque of a diesel ... we traded in our F150 on a 3/4 Cummins to "smoothe" the mountains around here. However, my do-it-yourself oil changes will be almost double the quantity of oil needed in the Ford Triton; filter is only slightly more. I am told that injectors are very expensive to replace; hence we use a diesel addative. My wife loves the 2012 Ram interior.


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I will be buying a 2012 holdover or 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 in Jan or Feb of this next year. Yeah I have a year to wait, but I can hardly wait! LOL. I have a 2003 5.7L HEMI dodge towing our 7500lbs...owned the truck for 7 years now....and while it tows very well, when we get it in some of the steeper portions of northern AR, we piss people off going 45-50 up hills too. And ours aren't that terribly big. Motor just has to work pretty hard.
And gassers can cost a pretty penny too!! I dropped $2200 in the rearend for a rebuild after it crapped out last year, and just spent another $600 on parts to replace a leaking radiator, and front suspension parts. But the motor still is very very smooth for 110000 on the odo. I have always put Mobil 1 Synthetic in it as well from the day I got it.


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I don't know if it has been mentioned, but I would vote diesel. You'll forget there is a trailer behind you.


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So what about this scenario. You need a truck as a daily driver and only tow 10-12 trips per year for no more than 30-35 nights/year. Is it still worthwhile to get a $40K diesel, or shop for a used 3/4 ton HEMI or 6.8L gasser for $25K?


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