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Old 04-11-2011, 07:57 PM
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http://www.alacable.com/forsale/2008dodge/ is a truck i have for sale for $19500 with less than 300 miles on rebuild engine. I drive the same truck daily but its a 2005 cummins with 300,000 miles on it. Bought it new and changed oil air and fuel along with trans filters and never touched the engine. Just a torque converter on the trans. It get 27 MPG with no chip
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:19 PM
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Keep the truck you have and enjoy having smaller bills with more money in your pocket.

New used truck=

Sales tax
More Insurance
More property tax
More Registration due to higher GVW
More depreciation
You would now have a opportunity cost since you spent money(what could have you done with the money if u didn't spend the money)

If your truck does the job (u never said it didn't) then keep it. Its not smart to buy a $25k truck to get a few MPG more. I've done the math over and over again, and a diesel is never worth it for average driving with a little work. And towing a couple lawn mowers is not considered heavy duty towing.

If have a bigger truck and a diesel was worth it I would've bought one already. I have the money to buy a new diesel but i won't cause its not worth it.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:17 AM
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so 5-10 mpg more isnt worth it to you?
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:27 AM
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so 5-10 mpg more isnt worth it to you?
Not even close. I've got a 1/2ton dodge getting 10mpg towing/hauling that is paid for. Now if I go out and find a used 3/4 ton diesel for $15,000 and after paying tax and tag $17,000 and get 14mpg and pay $.40 more per gallon for fuel where did I come out better.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:33 AM
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lol .40 is what 10-15% more than gas, so let's say I get 10 atm ( more like 9 actually) and I get 15 with a diesel ( probally more like 17-18) that is a 60% increase is mpg at a 15% increase of cost. I am not going to be paying much more when it comes to payments. If I can't get one around the same payments, I just won't get it. Plus factor in the abuse that 33" tires have done on my IFS. 1000 dollars every few years for new suspension parts.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:48 PM
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lol .40 is what 10-15% more than gas, so let's say I get 10 atm ( more like 9 actually) and I get 15 with a diesel ( probally more like 17-18) that is a 60% increase is mpg at a 15% increase of cost. I am not going to be paying much more when it comes to payments. If I can't get one around the same payments, I just won't get it. Plus factor in the abuse that 33" tires have done on my IFS. 1000 dollars every few years for new suspension parts.
You prolly wont see 17-18mpg that often, definately never for work. Before I got my diesel, everyone talked about 20+ mpg, etc. etc. but the mileage hasnt been as good as I expected. I see about an average of 13mpg pulling around 6,000lbs, whereas the gasser that I have used for the same route got about 9-10. I found a good deal on my truck with low miles and should be able to keep it alot longer than I would a gasser putting about 20k a year on it.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:53 PM
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Seems to me most people get into a pissing match about what thier diesel gets for mileage and the numbers get really inflated. I bet most diesels don't get much better mileage than a gasser when working.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:07 PM
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lol o have had a 06 gmc lbz before, lol believe me i will get close to 18, if u have a 07+ diesel ur mileage will be shitty.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:51 PM
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DO NOT BELEAVE what people tell you they get for MPG on their diesels. My 03 cummins gets 10-11 pulling a 16ft landscape trailer around town..... that is maybe 2 MPG better than the gas trucks I have owned. Highway driving is where the diesels really shine. My 03 Ram does 70MPH on the higway and dosn't go over 2,000 rpms to do so which = 20MPG. Its a shame I rarely do highway driving.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:47 AM
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deisel is false ecomomy in a full sized truck
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