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Old 10-07-2013, 08:00 PM
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I forget where I read it but somewhere I read if you use over 50% of the vehicles towing ability over 50% of the time a diesel should end up being cheaper. Anything less than that and there's not enough difference. In other words if you tow heavy most of the time it's worth the expense to have the diesel and remain well within it's comfort zone vs running a gas engine to it's limits. It's more expensive to repair a diesel but it's less likely to break than a gas engine that is constantly stretched to it's limits. Flipside is if you're not pushing the limits of gas at all you will never recoup the cost of the diesel. I believe all the numbers are based on running a truck until dead, like plantscape said if you sell it still running you recoup a good portion of the initial price of the diesel.
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