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Diesel/Gasser Help

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mjf4UGA, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. mjf4UGA

    mjf4UGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Ok I have a 03 Ram 1500 with 101k miles pullinga 7'x16' enclosed with zero turn, walk behind trimmers edgers etc. Would it benifit me more to get a diesel, stick with what I got, or get another gasser? I know the 09 Ram will have 45 more hores power to make 390, but don't know if that's enough or not. Thanks for any and all advice anyone can help me with.

  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    I cant believe im saying this but thats not a big enough load for diesel. Wait for the new ram, i heard they up'd the fuel mileage even more on em, so they should be decent.
  3. mjf4UGA

    mjf4UGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    It just seem to struggle a bit especially with hills
  4. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Ive been looking at diesels myself. Not for the load but because of the cost per mile. Im guessing a Cummins with an intake, exhaust, and tune will get around 17mpg pulling my 6x12 with my ZTR.
    I know my Chevy gets about 10mpg, but requires 93 octane.

    Best I can figure, it cost about $0.38 cents per mile to drive my Chevy, and itll only cost about $0.27 cents per mile to drive a 4dr 4wd diesel. I like having the extra torque when pulling anyway.
  5. mjf4UGA

    mjf4UGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    That's the other big thing. I thought surely I would be able to get better gas mileage with a diesel. Right?
  6. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    If you look at an '09 ram make sure you test drive extensively. Chrysler is having some issues with their throttle by wire systems on the new engines. Significant lag time between moving the gas pedal and moving the truck:hammerhead:
  7. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    For that load, I'd say stick with gas but upgrade to a 2500. Heavier suspension and braking are just as important as pulling power.:)
  8. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Dodge, Chevrolet/GMC, and Ford will be introducting thier 1/2 ton diesel's in 2009. Funny I remeber a thread with you tube link??? about how GM was going to phase out the diesel engine too expensive??; ironcally last night on ABC world news GM'S CEO Roger Wagner said their gas guzzling engines will be replaced buy smaller displacement (CGI) compacted graphite iron V8 & V6 diesels or hybrid gas/diesel electric. Gm's is also in the process of purchasing back all Hummers dealerships; because of poor sales, and GM is scared of pending lawsuites buy dealers stuck with Hummers, the Hummer H1 & H2 are worth 50% less now than 2 years ago, cannot give them away:laugh::laugh:. Wager also eluded their 52.9 Billion loss this quarter was alarming; "GM might not be able to be fixed" he said; however their banking on the hybrid/gas/diesel, electric cars/suv, and Volt electric car smaller displacement diesel (CGI) V8 & V6 programs to get GM through the tough times ahead. The Hummer shares the same powerplant as some GM's trucks; which are gas guzzlers. :laugh:

    IMO I would seek out a used 2nd or 3rd generation used Dodge Cummins or Chevrolet duramax 3/4 ton, or just wait until 2009.
  9. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    They sure will! but i just thought about the half tons will be getting new diesels in a little less than a year, that may be something for you to wait for. (i just read what nosparkplugs said) Other wise you need to find an 02-03 powerstroke. great pulling power and good fuel mileage, or of course 02-05 cummins. 02 is the old body style but is the first year for the H.O. cummins!!
  10. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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