Diesel Information......???????


LawnSite Member
North West
Hello everyone. I am looking for input about diesel trucks. I am looking into buying a truck(10k or under), and was wondering what you all prefer? I know some of you are die hard Ford or Chevy or dodge or....you get the point. I've had ford and chevy gassers, and liked em both.
But, I wanted to know who has the best engine? Who has the best tranny? What parts go out? How much better are diesels than gassers? What are the better years? What kind of gas milage can you expect while pulling a trailor? And will a diesel engine really run 300,000 on average?
And any other input you want to throw at me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks a lot, Jon


LawnSite Senior Member
Smyrna, De
Man you asked alot of questions there. I have a dodge and I love it, I think now its come down to personal prefrence. I have seen a dodge with 500,000 miles. I havent or ever heard of a chevy or ford. I know the new dodge out this year(diesel) is 325hp at 600Ft lbs they set the bar this year its a moose. Oh yeah with my truck empty doing 70mph down the highway I get 21mpg.


LawnSite Senior Member
I am on a search for a new truck in the same price range and found a great deal on a chevy with a 6.5 diesel and have to pass it up because its just to much risk. You won't be able to find a new duramax around that price either so I think a ford or dodge would be our best bet. I am real close to going with a gasser, but I know I could use the tourqe of a diesel. I am looking into a '96 ford diesel because of all the great things that were said in this post http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=65144

Premo Services

LawnSite Bronze Member
You might go to
www.dieseltruckresource.com for info on dodges.
There is one for fords that I visited abefore buying my truck, but I can't think of it now.

When I started this business I had a new 94 1/2 ton gmc seirra 4x4 5.7 v8. I used the truck for 8years and it really did great. I know I needed the heavier truck but I made it work.The last few seasons, the gas was killing me so I decided to go with a diesel. I bought a dodge ram this year, and it is awesome!!!! The power is amazing. The fuel mileage is incredible. I have put about 3500 miles on it and still am amazed that a 6000+ pound machine has so much power and could get around like it does, and not burn much fuel either. I bought used and am very happy that I made the switch. I see the savings almost every day, when the gasser would have consumed the gas that it did, and the diesel tank don't move at all. I know when I get the enclosed trailer this year the mileage will drop some, but this cummins has soo much power.
I know there will be some maintenance, but when you drive anything, there wil be maintenance that has to be done.


LawnSite Silver Member
S.E. Michigan
Originally posted by Premo Services
. I have put about 3500 miles on it and still am amazed that a 6000+ pound machine has so much power and could get around like it does, and not burn much fuel either.
I think you're understating the weight just a bit. My Dodge Cummins weighs 8800 # ....empty.:D


LawnSite Bronze Member
The Cummins is the best built engine of what is being offered. It was intended for a much larger application than a Dodge so it is barely working in a pickup.

The 6.2 and 6.5 GM motors would not even be an option in my opinion. The 7.3 Ford is a decent motor and should give you several years of good service, but when it comes right down to it the Cummins is still the winner for being the most "overbuilt" for the application.

Jeff Quinn

LawnSite Member
Dover, TN
I have a 92 chevy with the 6.5 Turbo Diesel. I bought it used in 97 with 50,180 miles on it. Today, it clicked over 200,000 miles. It has given me no problems at all, except that I had to replace the alternator twice, and the fuel gauge no longer works, but neither is an engine problem. With the 411 rear, it pulls great, and I average 17 MPG. I use nothing but BP/Amoco fuel, and change the oil with Rotella every 3000 miles. I hope to keep it going for many more years. I would not hesitate to buy another.


LawnSite Member
Lee's Summit, MO
Get a ford or dodge. The cummins is probably a better engine, but the powerstroke is a close second. Problem with the dodge/cummins is that it's a bada$$ engine in a not so bada$$ truck. I guess what I'm saying is that dodge just barely has a better engine, but the fords are better in about everything else. You'll be able to find a good used powerstroke for that kinda money. Dodge's seem to be a little harder to find. I've been wanting a flatbed 12-valve for a long time, but never really come across them. One thing that you'll discover after buying a diesel is that almost everyone on the internet(for whatever reason) lies about their mileage. So don't be supprised if your cummins or stroke ain't getting ya 20mpg.