EarthWindandFire wrote:I nearly bought a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 extended cab with under 50,000 miles on it last year. It even had the 10 cylinder gas engine but the mileage would have been 10 mpg highway. Even driving just 9,000 miles per year like me, the fuel would cost $ 4,000 annually.
Your fuel cost for diesel would have been ????????????? if you don't do at least 80k miles/yr & tow/haul heavy,its pointless to go diesel,they tend to sound more manly,but.. UPS trucks sound that way too,even they are purchasing a lot of gas powered units again.
A little more than half of that for fuel,
My f350 with a PSD has tons of power and gets 17 mpg. Towing 15k lbs, I can't find a way to get less than 10mpg. Truck has towed heavy all it's life.
An F350 with a 460 never could do the work that mine does and would be lucky to see 4mpg towing the way I do. I don't think it would have lived through the beating the diesel took either.
That puts diesels at about half the fuel cost as a gasser.
There is a time and a place for diesel trucks. The shame... As Smitty pointed out is that they reduced the reliability of the new trucks.
My EPA diesel lacks all of the GOOD things but still carries the ridiculous price tag. The smell of the exhaust is kind neat though, it smells like a propane forklift running.
Please don't go down the road thinking all diesels are junk, or not worth having. My PSD has only had minor issues since new. I would bet I have put less than $500 in parts into it in 270 k miles. Mostly minor electrical items, sensors and a glow plug relay.