desiel or gas

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by dudley, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. dudley

    dudley LawnSite Member
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    is there any perks to desiels any more if ur not pulling 12 or 15000lbs everyday? high fuel prices, sorry fuel, 4or$5000 for new injectors more maint, blown headgaskets. has epa ruined deisels? I have an 04 3/4 ton but i am thinking about getting a new chevy gas cab& chassis.
  2. dudley

    dudley LawnSite Member
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    its a dodge by the way.
  3. Magnum Services

    Magnum Services LawnSite Member
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    Do you run any fuel additive in your diesel fuel? I run Power Service Cetane Boost as diesel is supposed to a have a minimum of 55 cetane rating and all the diesel pumps here in Kentucky don't have any ratings. I drive a 96 GMC Sierra 2500 with the 6.5 turbo diesel and mine runs good. No, it won't run with the Cummin's or Power Strokes but it pulls or hauls everything I need it to.
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    You buy diesel because you want a diesel buying one for fuel economy ended long ago.

    If your looking a Dudge I don't think they have much of a good line up for gas engines. With Ford you have the reliable V-10.
  5. dudley

    dudley LawnSite Member
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    yeah i run hows deisel additive
  6. dudley

    dudley LawnSite Member
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    if i went gas i would definitely go chevy or ford.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you want to go with a regular 1 ton cab and chassis then go with the Chevy 3500HD if your looking at 2wd because the F-350 2wd cab and chassis still use twin I beam suspension on the front end or I think they still do. The twin I beam isn't a very good suspension I never really liked it. I had F-350s flatdecks with it and any load the truck handled like crap.

    If your going with a 4x4 then go with Ford because they have a mono beam front axle good for carrying some weight.

    If your in the market for a 1.5-2 ton truck then Chevy really isn't a good option because all you can get is those god awfull 4500-5500 trucks with the monsterous cab.
  8. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    Just replaced one of my Diesel trucks with a gasser. Will more then likely replace the 03Ram 3500 diesel with a another gas truck once the warranty runs out next year. The only advantage I have found in a diesel is its pulling power....The many disadvantages include High maintenance costs, huge repair bills, $1 per gallon more VS gas and the fact that not all gas stations carry diesel. That becomes a huge inconvenience in itself and forces you to always plan to make sure you will be near a station who carries diesel when you need it. Although I have never driven one, I am hoping that a ford v-10 will give me enough towing performace to replace my Dodge diesel with and not look back.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    The new diesel trucks nowwadays the dealer should supply you with some personal lubricant and a roid cushion. The 6.0 will probably be my last diesel if I order a new F-450-550 it will be a V-10.
  10. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    The maintenance thing some of you guys say kills me. The maintenance is not any higher than a gas engine, and in most cases alot less. So get that outta your head!

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