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Old 04-21-2010, 06:07 PM   #1
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Settling on a Diesel TV For California New Regulations ??

Hi Everyone

I have a 25' AS Safari with 7200# when fully loaded. I am under powered/ with a 1500 Ram Van right now. I am trying to settle on a new TV. Here in California there are new regulations that will affect Diesel engined vehicles.

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New diesel rules - SB Now

Anyone familiar with how these new laws will affect choices we make today??

FWIW, I was thinking of trying to find a Ford 7.3L F350 diesel truck..

Any helpful suggestions are appreciated..

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Old 04-21-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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I think its going to be like the gasoline powered vehicles. After 5 years old and then every other year take it in for the obligutory (revenue generating) smog test.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:33 AM   #3
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ANY diesel that you may purchase in California is FINE....

The new Ford Diesel's will work - but don't know about the 7.3L - but if it was sold in California you would be fine.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:03 AM   #4
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Go diesel. You will never go back to gas, trust me. So many reasons: Power, lots of power and grunt. Better fuel mileage than gas, by quite bit. Longer engine life. Can run biodiesel someday when America gets it together to get it at the pumps.
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Stick with the Dodge, the newer Fords have been issues for many owners. Especially if you buy used, because they are a nightmare to work on (body-off repairs) to get to the engine. You can't go wrong with a Cummins. We just bought our 1st (new to us 2003, dually, 4x4,quad cab) back in Oct. '09 and are loving it!
I agree with the other posters here be sure to buy one here in Calif. so it is Calif smog legal.

Good luck.

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Ford is one of the BEST trucks out there. I've owned 3 power stroke diesels. Yes they had a problem in 03, and 04 with their new diesel then but 05 and up are strong great trucks. I have an 07 Superduty and still runs like new with over 80,000. No problems at all. Several people I know have the 05 and up, no Issues.The 6.0 will prove itself to be as worthy as the 7.3 diesel, which I had also and traded it in a 198,000 miles with NO problems. The current 6.4 is good also just not in the mpg department. BUT the BRAND new 6.7 scorpion diesel is amazing on fuel milage and extremely well built. Ford has learned a lesson on the 03 and 04's from the past and this new one is one AWESOME TRUCK. If affordable.

On dodges, great engine,...and thats about it. Built like crap on the inside, Everything rattles and nothing seems secure. I can't stand a rattle or a squeak when driving down the road.

On Chevy even Dodge, well, Support Capitalism and but a Ford.

Good luck in your search and Diesel is definatley the way to go.

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Thank you everyone for the feedback. I have heard some very sad stories about the current generation of Ford Trucks. I don't want to put my money down on a newer (less proven vehicle) as it can cost a whole slug of money when (if) it does goes wrong. My wife is being a stickler and wants a newer truck but its certainly a tricky element that is definately needed when towing an AS.

The original reason for the post was that California is moving to newer regulations vis a vis diesel trucks, & I am was hoping someone smarter than I, had some insight. I've heard rumors that by 2014 the state will issue vouchers to buy back older trucks off vehicle owners to ensure that pollution levels are going to be forcibly reduced. Is any one on this board aware of how these proposed (& implemented) regulations are going to play out? Here's the link to (CARB or) California Air Resources Board Subject Top Page: Diesel Programs and Activities

On the choices for diesel trucks I've seen so far I am contemplating a Dodge with Cummins 5.9L and a GMC with a Duramax Allison combo.. I loved the idea of an early 2000ish Ford F250 with the 7.3L but the wife doesn't want to go for it! There are still a few of those out there that come up from time to time with reasonable existing mileages on them, anyway that's a different discussion..

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I would go for the 6.2 Cummings instead of the 5.9. With all the emission controls added on to the 5.9 I have read it really brings the power and gas mileage down. I'm not sure Dodge even offers the 5.9 now. I have an 05 Dodge with the 5.9 Cummings and more than pleased with it. Towing I get 13-14 mpg and just driving on the highway I can get 20-22 mpg. I believe the Cummings is easier to work on than the Duramax.
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Test drive the Cummins auto with the exhaust brake. On your way back to the dealership you will be getting out the checkbook. It is that impressive!
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I've had several Ford diesels and the 7.3 is the best motor until now. The 6.0 and 6.4 diesels were a disaster for Ford. Keep in mind, diesels for Ford pickups were manufactured by another company. I'm getting ready to replace my 7.3 and have looked closely at the Cummings (Ram, formerly called Dodge), the Durmax (GM), and new 6.7 Scorpion (Ford). Currently, I have a 2001 4WD F350 7.3 Supercab long bed Ford. It has been a great truck. I have decided my next truck will be the Ford 6.7 F250. The F250 and the F350 have the same towing capacity and I don't need the bigger cargo capacity of the F350 any more. The F250 is a little less money and I'm hoping the ride is a little better too. The new Ford 6.7 also comes with a new 6 speed transmission that is also very impressive.
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Those rules apply to big rigs only at this time. The trucking co. that I work for has to retrofit their trucks with the new filters in order to be in compliance. Mostly this affects trucks going into the port facilities. Dodges are good however you should take a look at GM. It is my understanding that the 2011 models will have the highest torque rating of the big 3. Also do you need a 1 ton? Unless you are hauling alot in the bed a 3/4t will do the job nicely.
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A/S Squared, no I don't probably need a full 1 Ton truck I am getting more comfortable with the Silverado 2500HD from Chevrolet. So yes a 3/4 ton should do the trick. I have to say thanks again for all the help of this board to guide me to a good truck too. John M
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A/S Squared, no I don't probably need a full 1 Ton truck I am getting more comfortable with the Silverado 2500HD from Chevrolet. So yes a 3/4 ton should do the trick. I have to say thanks again for all the help of this board to guide me to a good truck too. John M
The DA is a great combo...wait until you tow with it...amazing. The Cummins is great too...but it comes wrapped in a Dodge...
Verdict is still out on the new Fords...nice trucks, but I would wait to see how the new deezul is...

PM if you have any DA specific ?...

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[QUOTE=mccartjt;840693]I've heard rumors that by 2014 the state will issue vouchers to buy back older trucks off vehicle owners to ensure that pollution levels are going to be forcibly reduced.

WE (as the state of California) does not have the money to buy back owners vehicles - and the ones that are causing all the issues are the "Big Rigs" - not the 3500\350 series trucks and below.

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