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Frank2
10-23-2004, 09:54 PM
Here's the deal --- Trade in mason dump on new diesel or keep mason dump and buy new V8 gasser???

Option 1 - Trade in dump truck on new '04 f250 diesel lariat, extended cab, 8' bed......will cost $30,200 + my mason dump. I will then need to put a plow on the truck and dump insert...about another $5500. (I tow an 18' enclosed trailer w/ two z's and walkbehind)

Option 2 - Don't trade in dump and buy a new '04 f350 xlt v8 gasser, extended cab, 8' bed for $30,400 and still have the dump as well.

I'm am leaning toward option 2. I would really like to have the diesel, but can not seem to justify the cost and losing my dump. If I did by the diesel, I lose my dump w/ plow and have to buy a new plow and dump insert for the pickup. (by the way....dump is paid for....it's a gasser and has received about $1000 - $1500 worth of repairs every year over the past two years)
I would then be using this new truck for my daily cutting rig....w/ guys sweating in it and spilling sh#@ everywhere. Then plowing w/ the new truck and hitting manholes at my commercial places would kill me. The reason to go w/ option 1 would be to have the diesel and get rid of the dump that could or could not be on its last legs????

Input, comments, jabs........lets here them.

stslawncare
10-23-2004, 10:01 PM
hey, sounds like a tough decision. why cant you get a 04 f250 diesel lariat extended cab 8' bed and keep the dump?

Frank2
10-23-2004, 10:07 PM
hey, sounds like a tough decision. why cant you get a 04 f250 diesel lariat extended cab 8' bed and keep the dump?

Because I'm a landscaper and can't afford to....lol
For real, because that $30,000 is the max number i want to borrow from the bank...don't want to have to borrow that extra $7000.

Eric 1
10-23-2004, 10:22 PM
#2 here. It gives you an extra truck and a backup plus you could run 2 crews if you need to, a cutting crew and landscaping crew.Plus its paid for!

stslawncare
10-23-2004, 10:49 PM
i have a feeling i didnt make myself clear, i understand thats how much u want to pay, wouldnt a f250 diesel be about the same as a f350 gasser

Frank2
10-23-2004, 11:03 PM
i have a feeling i didnt make myself clear, i understand thats how much u want to pay, wouldnt a f250 diesel be about the same as a f350 gasser

I see what you are saying.....the f250 diesel is still about $6000 more than the f350 gasser. Not much of a price difference stepping up from the f250 to f350....only real difference they said is in the suspension in the rear of the truck.

kc2006
10-25-2004, 11:21 AM
You have to remember fuel milage though, the diesel is going to get way better milage then the gasser. Theres all these guys on here saying they get anywhere from 8-14 mpg towing with their gassers, I get 18 towing and 20 around town without the trailer and my truck has 240,000 miles on it. My brother owns a farm and he used to have a gasser and would use up gas like crazy so he traded his 02 gasser in on a 99 diesel and he's amazed, he said it was well worth it just in fuel.

Why not step back a couple years on a diesel? Like a 02 or something to save a few bucks? Remember they have a 5 year 100,000 mile warrenty on them i think. Plus the diesel will out last the gasser many times over. Can you tell i like diesels?

pfifla1
10-25-2004, 12:01 PM
diesels get better gas mialege, and better life. plus you would be paying 2 insurance payments, and the repairs are a *****, its nice to have a warantee on something, why not get a xlt or xl even, thats an awefully nice truck to landscape in. personally im not a ford fan, i had 2 ford diesels, but i guess thats just cause i like 25mpg on the highway. extra vehicles are nice if you need them, but they can become draining with time.