Originally Posted by DKB_SATX
Heh... well, I don't need to blame my interest in the V6 turbodiesel Ram on the wine, just the fact that I couldn't quite figure out what ThePill was saying, and in fact attributed almost the opposite meaning.
I figure the Ram has a good shot at matching the Grand Cherokee's towing mileage, since the governing factor there will be frontal area. I like having the truck bed for dirty and/or smelly cargo, and have a perfectly good wagon (that's hopeless as a TV) so for now I look to half-tons as my first choice in TVs.
If Ram can put together a configuration with payload competitive with my dream truck, they'll be in the running for my business.
Basically what I am saying,,,Wine man....
Is dont just jump in with both feet before buying a diesel. It a differant animal. There are tons of things to consider,..So I brought some of them up. I have owned and drove diesels for over 13 years. I drive a lot. No office no 9-5...driving for a living in a way. Plus I have towed OVER 20,000 miles in less than 3 years. Diesel I NEED. Others mught want to explore and bite off more than they can chew. My added diesel to my truck was 7,000 dollar upgrade. Dont know what the dodge will be.
Either way,....if you make small trips, not good, the diesel likes to be worked and worked hard,...it need to get up to optimal temps.
When I purchased my First diesel in 1999, diesel was .88 cents a gallon. Plus I was averaging 100,000 miles in two years. The longevity of a gasser and resale would have killed me. So diesel was the choice. NOW, diesel is quite a bit higher and I try to not drive as much, a.k.a. motorcycle..I do worry about diesel failure due to EGR's, again because diesels are made to WORK.
On oil changes, on my 6.7 there are oil changes over 100.00. 14 QTS oil. Plus the filter.
Another side note, on any diesel, when you buy fuel keep your receipts...water in fuel could cost you upwards to 12,000 dollars for a fuel system replacement. It is a catastrophic failure. TIP: just buy from a high volume station and don't ever get fuel while the tanker is filling up the tanks. I also add a Fuel additive a cetain booster, just in case I do get bad diesel...Doesnt hurt to be safe. Getting stranded sucks.Its just added insurance.
Another Necessity I repeat a Necessity is fuel filter replacements...Do it every 20,000 miles religously. There are two of them...close to 130.00,..unless you do it yourself of course.
other things to consider is tire wear, thos diesel engines weigh a lot to hold all of that compression.....you will go through rubber faster.
Hopefully I made myself more clear.