If you can afford the initial extra cost and plan on keeping the truck for at least a few years, the diesel is the way to go. But at around 5000.00 extra for the diesel, you'll need to do a lot of driving to see the value in it.
15 to 17 mpg pulling trailor with diesel.
7 to 10 mpg pulling trailor with gas.
Do enny of yo fellers knows whar ah can find a diesel push mower???ahs hankerin one so when ahs cuttin long grass ah won't kill th engine when ah run on over a tire o a bicycle.Effn enny of yo fellers knows of one let me know!
We have two 1997 Ford F350 with the powerstroke diesels they are both 4wd trucks with a Banks power kit 580 lbs tourque and 300hp and in the summer we can get 22mpg in city nothing in tow towing in summer drops 4mpg or more if your not throttling it, plus that banks kit sounds as good as it performes And boy can these thing plow snow!!
In the old days diesel trucks were meant to be left running all day long. The new models are more tuned to the frequent start and stop of everyday driving. If you can afford it and plan to keep it for the long haul then you're sure to benefit. I highly recommend the Ford Powerstroke, just ask any diesel mechanic and they'll probally agree. STROKE IT!
I agree with al these posts,but just remember if you drive only 5 minutes between stops all day long,you might want to stick with a gasser.Diesels are heat engines and love to be run long and hard.This is where they will shine,with a load and running for enough time to keep the engine hot.The powerstroke is a good motor,but it is very hard to work on and it still uses a troublesome glowplug arrangemnet that requires replacement after a few years.Did I mention,keep your fuel filter clean,the powerstroke has a CATerpillar oil fired injection system that requires very clean oil,and fuel.These are 3000 for set of injectors,around 2500 for an injection pump.Warranty wont cover them if they are damaged from neglect or a bad batch of fuel.The Cummins 5.9 in Dodges is a better all around motor,but its not quite as strong as Fords in stock form,and Dodges quality reputation is as bad as Fords.Dodge advantage is better economy,more low end torque,less maintance,no glow plus or big $$ injection pump required,2100 will buy a brand new pump and injectors.its is very easy to work on being an I6,it will outlast 2 or 3 powerstrokes easy.One thing all Diesels seem to like is a manual transmission,the autos dont transfer the low end torque as well.Ford advantages,Crew cab,more power,quiter at idle,better brakes,better auto.Compression ignition rules
I bought a gas truck for two main reasons, first being the short trip scenario, I may run two minutes between stops, the diesel I had previously had nothing but problems (IH 6.9) which the truck shop blamed on short trips, second with a gas (at least in Dodge 2500) I gained 800 lb payload due to lighter weight of engine axles cooling etc.