>",,, When you consider maintenance costs of a diesel, I think the gas hog nature of the V10 is not that big of a deal."
Must be the type/brand of diesel engine?
I haven't seen this exorbitant high maintenance cost everyone talks about. Maintenance isn't that bad with a Cummins.
250 gas vs 250 diesel or 2500 gas vs 2500 diesel ; You still have to change transmission fluid in both type trucks, if automatics. If a manual you have clutches in both. Grease for all the fittings, air filters, universal joints, anti-freeze, differential oil. AC in both, if you want or not. Yeah all those items are in gas and diesel trucks.
New diesel trucks have that urea stuff now, that's true. I don't know how expensive it is.
I do pay more for oil, three gallons at a change, but that's ok. More oil better cooling.
I don't have to change sparkplugs or sparkplug wires. (Diesel trucks radio will play better because of no sparkplugs).
Oil filter are about the same, (unless you go cheap on gas engine oil filter).
Fuel filter are about $13-15 bucks for diesel truck, unless you get cheap diesel that has water in it, fuel filters are easy to change, and just regular interval.
Both trucks gas and diesel have shocks they probably wear about the same(if you get a good brand shock). Diesel truck is Easier on brake pads, if you have a exhaust brake. They both have fuel injectors.
Tires, I would think you would want a load range E on a gas truck, like a diesel, if you were serious about towing.
I guess if you like a lot of rpm on a hill, or you plan to stay in flat land , gas would be ok. Yeah I don't see this super-high maintenance cost thing. Maybe its the two battery thing? I do have two batteries under the hood. Diesel fuel is $3.59 a gallon, thats like premium gasoline price?
I had a gas truck, and I can't go back. It was like 'rowing a boat or something' getting though the mountains, planning your moves for on-coming hills, dodging tractor trailers. I was wore out when arriving at campgrounds.
I have the cool 'rattle', but rattle is a gas engine is bad.
whatever, to each is own.
Have a good one,