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Old 02-09-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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Which diesel?

I am at the point of towing I really need to consider a 3/4 ton truck and despite the upcharge I 'spose the diesel route is the way to go. So is there any clear cut advantage to Duramax vs Powerstroke or? I hear some scuttle butt regarding nagging problems on the Duramax motors but otherwise I am pretty clueless. Buying a new truck that needs frequent or even occasional visits to the dealer would be a major downer for me.
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I would be comfortable buying a Ford, GM or Dodge. IMO, there is no clear cut advantage to any manufacture. Go test drive the trucks you are considering. One may jump out and say 'buy me'. And I would add also IMO, if you need a 3/4 ton to tow, you need a diesel.
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I'm currently in my 3rd diesel (all have Ben 1 tons) I tow quite a bit (tractors, hay, what have you), and I will likely have the bulk of the audience disagree with me but I think your money would be better spent on a gas. This is totally just an opinion and nothing else, but to me the benefits of owning a diesel just arnt there anymore. Gas is much cheaper, the emissions you were running away from on a gas engine are now 10x as bad on a diesel, to make a diesel flat out reliable you will spend a good chunk of money deleting everything that made it so expensive in the first place. A gas engine with a lower geared rear end a sensible driver will handle a load just fine. That being said you won't see the fuel economy of the diesel, but in most trucks to step up to a diesel your looking at about another 8k. you can buy a lot of gas with that. Again, just my opinion, I fully realize you were asking for thoughts on diesels, just wanted to add another view point.

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I sorta agree with P & K, but in my mind there is a great alternative.

Get an '06 or '07 F-250/F-350 with a 6.0. Most have already been bulletproofed and the transmission is rock solid. Because of the reputation you can find these relatively cheap. Nice ones from $13k to $17K. I have an '04 Excursion and I spent $4000 in preventative fixes and couldn't be happier. I love diesel power, but I couldn't afford what they are selling today. I've put over 135,000 on mine myself and it has been trouble free.
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If you go Ford, which I highly recommend. The 2015's have the 2nd Gen Scorpion motor. Its a beast.

Good luck on your decision.
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I got the duramax and have been pleased with it so far. Im getting about 19 on the highway with it and could probably get more if my foot wasnt so heavy.
I get 12-13 hauling the boat. I got 7 in the gas truck. You may look at a 11 or 12 if you want to save money but, they can be tough to find if you want a specific color or luxury package on it.
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I got the duramax and have been pleased with it so far. Im getting about 19 on the highway with it and could probably get more if my foot wasnt so heavy.
I get 12-13 hauling the boat. I got 7 in the gas truck. You may look at a 11 or 12 if you want to save money but, they can be tough to find if you want a specific color or luxury package on it.
How big of a boat are you towing? Weight/type?
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How big of a boat are you towing? Weight/type?
24 ft Shallow Sport Mod V. @ just a hair over 80 mph
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I sorta agree with P & K, but in my mind there is a great alternative.

Get an '06 or '07 F-250/F-350 with a 6.0. Most have already been bulletproofed and the transmission is rock solid. Because of the reputation you can find these relatively cheap. Nice ones from $13k to $17K. I have an '04 Excursion and I spent $4000 in preventative fixes and couldn't be happier. I love diesel power, but I couldn't afford what they are selling today. I've put over 135,000 on mine myself and it has been trouble free.
I did that as well (except with a low mile 7.3 with a zf6 behind it) my problem with buying a bulletproofed 6L is that the chance of someone beating on it pretty hard goes up exponentially.....I think I'd rather buy one unmolested and do it myself. But even still not gonna get you that new truck feel...
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[QUOTE=HTJ;12578993]I am at the point of towing I really need to consider a 3/4 ton truck and despite the upcharge I 'spose the diesel route is the way to go. So is there any clear cut advantage to Duramax vs Powerstroke or? I hear some scuttle butt regarding nagging problems on the Duramax motors but otherwise I am pretty clueless. Buying a new truck that needs frequent or even occasional visits to the dealer would be a major downer for me.[/QUOTE]


Honestly the potential is there for any of the 3 to have issues offthe bat. Buddy of mine is a big time Cummins guy. Runs two of them and uses them for what they do and he wouldnt touch a Cummins with emissions junk. However, I deal with hot shots alot and talk to them about their trucks and what not, and the guys with newer Rams seem to like them. I have a 13' Duramax and love it. I have beat the chit out of it for the first 55K and have had zero issues with it. Time will tell if she will hold up, but it has been through its paces so far.

But like Pevo said a gas job will get the job done for what 99% of people need.
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