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Truck Shopping

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by csx5197, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    My buddy is looking at getting a newer F-250, probably somewhere in the range of 200-2005. He likes the extended cab I think. Just unsure about getting a diesel or a gas one. He doesn't drive to work, so it pretty much would be driven around town maybe here or there. He's also on the fire department so if theres a flood or something it might sit and idle for awhile. Just looking to get an idea which he should get. He's found a 7.3 that he likes, but not sure if he really needs it. Of course he wants it, but is it beneficial for him?
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Gas is cheaper to run and to maintain.
  3. ronnie dobbs

    ronnie dobbs Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Gas cost more per mile to operate than a diesel, but a diesel has more power and usually longer engine life.
  4. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    like I said, he doesn't pull anything and just kinda drives around locally. I don't think its worth it, but just wanted to get some opinions. I full agree with you though on the engine's power and longevity of a diesel over a gas.
  5. aklandscape

    aklandscape Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    diesel is now almost $.70 higher a gallon, so gas might be the way to go for fuel.
  6. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    If you are not hauling or towing, then you are just wasting money with the diesel. Especially with fuel prices the way they are, the only advantage a diesel has is TORQUE.
  7. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    why does he even need a fullsized truck?
    ford ranger four banger
  8. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    A gas truck is cheaper to run than a Diesel now. Tell him I have a 2004 Lariet that will be up for sale at the end of the month.
  9. ZoomByU

    ZoomByU Member
    Messages: 76

    gasser if it is going to sit around
  10. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    7.3L PSD is he wants to spend about $1k on after market parts. Get a economy 75hp chip, open exaust, K&N air filter kit. He will get 20-22 mpg all day long on the highway and 18 mpg in town. At least I did with my 2001 7.3L with 3.73 rear gears. The increase in MPG will easily offset the cost difference in gas vs. diesel