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diesel or gas?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jvm81, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 381

    Trading my 06 HD 4 door crew LT for a new 08 ssame pgk pretty much. Dealer trade is $16K for a diesel or around 11K for gas. What in return is the better option according to your opnions?
     
  2. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    It all depends on how many miles you will put on it each year. I just bought a Ford 450 for my business. It will get used about 5000 miles a year average. I opted for the gas engine. The diesel is $6000 option plus additional expense associated with diesel and higher fuel cost. It would take too long for the diesel to recover those costs with its higher fuel mileage.
     
  3. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    I LOVE my chevy diesel. You have to see what you'd do with the truck. If you drive 20k+ per year and/or tow 5000+lbs regularly, opt for diesel. Why are you trading in the '06 so soon anyways? Depreciation is really gunna hit you hard.
     
  4. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    go diesel its sooo hard for me to go back to a gas truck after plowing with a new diesel the power and torque is unbelievable.
     
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    Good answer! I'm debating the same thing myself!
     
  6. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    Diesel.:bluebounc:redbouncepurplebou
     
  7. Plowinpro03

    Plowinpro03 Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    go green..aka diesel.......bio diesel will be much more affordable and makable in the near future...gas just sucks............there's even a concept corvette coming out in....you gussed it diesel...
     
  8. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    Well, the future better get here soon, cause this diesel fuel is killing me. Sorry O/T

    It terms of fuel economy, diesel is better everywhere
    In terms of horsepower, diesel is better everywhere
    In terms of torque, diesel is better everywhere
    In terms of paying for a diesel, diesel sucks!

    But, if you ever own one, you won't be able to go back. In the summer, you have a truck that pulling a trailer gets better fuel milage than an unloaded gas truck, and if you want to pass a car while doing 55mph...you can with a loaded trailer.... with ease! In the winter you have a truck that can plow for 24hours on one tank of fuel where as a gasser is filling up mulitlple times.

    I love my diesel, I will never go back to a gas truck! Oh and Chevy diesels they give you an Allison.... nice.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2007
  9. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    Ok first you say paying for diesel sucks, then you say how nice it is to own one.

    Diesel is about $.30 higher than gas. So if your filling a 30 gallon tank it's only $10.00 more per fillup. If you can't afford an extra 10 bucks at the station, you should charge more for your services.
     
  10. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 381

    I usually trade ever two years. This is my truck that I use - none of the work trucks that every guy can run - i have 4 other chevy's that are 02 and newer and all have gas. I am thinking time to change. I usually put on 15 - 18K per year, usually pulling something on summer be it just a mower trailer to help out mowing crew to our 32 ft 5th for landscape/construction jobs that we get into.
     
  11. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Diesel all the way! Im running kubota,isuzu,international and duramax diesels. Very little down time, good to great mpg,tons of power, years & years of durable service. Pay it up front and save for many years down the road!
     
  12. niv

    niv Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 38

    If money will allow it go diesel, you will love the power and resale when you trade it in 2 or 3 years.Either way you cant lose with the looks of the new style. CONGRATS!!
     
  13. TTA89

    TTA89 Member
    Messages: 36

    Sure its more expensive but I'll never go back regardless of the cost. Diesel is awesome!!!

    I suppose its the difference between buying a V8 Camaro/Mustang or buying a V6. The V6 will get you to work but the V8 is way more fun to drive.

    Gas will get it done for what I do but I don't care, the diesel makes it more enjoyable and fun to drive. When I tow its a breeze and when I plow you can basically just idle through the lots and driveways. I love that! :cool:

    Also when you sell it or trade it in you get the majority of the initial cost back over trading or selling a Gas truck. Selling a Diesel with 150K on it isn't a big deal either.
     
  14. kah68

    kah68 Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    I like 'Older' diesels, less $ to buy, more parts for them, easier to fix (not as complicated) and usually better suited for plowing (not as big a deal to ding up an older truck) plus they are easier on fuel then the newer trucks.
     
  15. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    Uh... wheres the problem. Paying for the fuel sucks..... But, excluding the fuel being more expensive, it is great to own one. Makes perfect sence to me.

    Diesel is a lower grade fuel than gas and it is more expensive. I don't get it.
     
  16. niv

    niv Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 38

    It dont make sense diesel is a waste product of gasoline.There killing us.
     
  17. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Can you explain to me how my 1990 7.3 powerstroke is easier on fuel than my 2008 6.6 duramax or my 2003 4.75 isuzu ?
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2007
  18. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    yes. emmisions. More restrictions. The newer trucks are computerized. Put a chip on and the factory restrictions go away.
     
  19. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Ok, my duramax is getting much better milage than my 18 year old powerstroke!
     
  20. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    sorry, I need to read better. I read you hole post better and see what your saying now. I was meaning why every year the fuel econmony goes down. (as per 2001- 2008 in duramaxs) Sorry, I see what you are saying now.