thinking about a new truck.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by southgalawns, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. teckjohn

    teckjohn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282 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
  2. Scagmower48

    Scagmower48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    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.
  3. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    so 5-10 mpg more isnt worth it to you?
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,256

    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.
  5. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    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.
  6. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    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.
  7. Scagmower48

    Scagmower48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    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.
  8. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    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.
  9. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    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.
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    deisel is false ecomomy in a full sized truck

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