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Posted: 03/05/21 07:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wintersun wrote:



Diesel provides greater fuel economy but the total cost of ownership is double that of a gas powered vehicle.


Anybody really believe that?





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Diesel provides greater fuel economy but the total cost of ownership is double that of a gas powered vehicle.


After owning both I fail to see the dbl the cost. A couple fuel filters is all thats different. The better mpg's of a diesel will cover that.
Oil changes on new diesels are longer than gas. Syn oil for gas trucks is not cheap.

All other maintenance is the same.

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Good luck with it. They do make the longer trips way easier.


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Posted: 03/05/21 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess it's possible, my Dodge uses fuel filter that my Hyundai doesn't. The tires are much bigger, the air filter is more costly, differential fluid that the car doesn't have. Brakes are a bit higher,

So my annual maintenance for the Hyundai is about $35, and the Dodge is about double that at about $85. So yeah, maintenance costs are about double.


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goducks10 wrote:

wintersun wrote:



Diesel provides greater fuel economy but the total cost of ownership is double that of a gas powered vehicle.


After owning both I fail to see the dbl the cost. A couple fuel filters is all thats different. The better mpg's of a diesel will cover that.
Oil changes on new diesels are longer than gas. Syn oil for gas trucks is not cheap.

All other maintenance is the same.


Highly depends on the engine, and its failure rate.

Compare a 6.4 PSD, vs a 5.4 or 6.8 Triton for 300k miles, the diesel can easily double the cost. Major failures are when, not if. Most repairs cost as much as an entire used 5.4 longblock.

A late Cummins 5.9? Your ownership is probably lower than a Hemi / V10. Of course, we can go the other extreme, some BMW / Mercedes / Jaguar engine can match a 6.4 PSD in repair costs.

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Posted: 05/05/21 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How is it after a little use?
The Frontier was the world's most reliable truck, but you were def maxing it out and 7mpg is horrible.
What mpg do you get now towing the same?

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mr_andyj wrote:

How is it after a little use?
The Frontier was the world's most reliable truck, but you were def maxing it out and 7mpg is horrible.
What mpg do you get now towing the same?


7-9 MPG towing with gas is pretty standard. You get the low end with lots of hills and or headwind involved.

The high end in more ideal circumstances, obviously.

I had a 5.7L K1500 Suburban 3.73 gears, pulling my camper. 7-9mpg

Upgraded to a 7.4L K2500 Suburban 4.10 gears, same body style, same camper. 7-9mpg

The new truck gets worse gas mileage unloaded (at least 2mpg less highway). But pulling the trailer it is pretty much the same and does a much better job.


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