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Gas Or Diesel??

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by FTGUprprtyMaint, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. FTGUprprtyMaint

    FTGUprprtyMaint Member
    Messages: 67

    So heres my question, I'm looking to buy a new truck, not brand new but newer then my 03 dodge and I'm trying to decide between gas or diesel. Only concern for the diesel is its already $4.28 a gallon where i am at while gas is still around $3.30. Any thoughts???
     
  2. TL697

    TL697 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    Here's a few factors to consider:

    What will you use the truck for? Towing? Commute? etc?

    Mileage will be better with the diesel. From your numbers above, diesel is 23% higher than gas. My 2005 Dodge 2500 CTD gets about 18mpg average all-around. The same truck with a gas motor (v8) would probably get about 14mpg all-around... Basically, breaking even. If you are towing, forget it w/ the gas motor... I get about 12mpg towing a 12,000lb trailer. The gas truck would get about 6mpg...

    Diesels last longer... will you be keeping the truck, or trading every 75,000 miles?

    For me, I have to have a diesel b/c of my line of work (I tow heavy equipment from jobsite to jobsite), and I live in the mountains out in the country (pulling hills and great mileage from mostly highway driving...) I also plan to drive it til the wheels fall off...

    As far as initial cost, I got lucky, I paid about $33,000 for my truck that had a sticker of $45,000...

    my $.02
     
  3. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,573

    I agree with TL it depends on what you do with the truck we pull 10,000lbs everyday so the diesel was the only way to go had a gas it got about 5mpg where my diesel gets 10-12mpg
     
  4. ABES

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

    Diesel truck if you can afford it gas truck if you cant its that simple. If you do a search there is a ton of threads on this very subject.
     
  5. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,828

    I agree lots of info here. I would go with Diesel