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Old 06-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Buying a used diesel tv.

Full disclosure: I know virtually nothing about Diesel engines.

But I am thinking maybe trading my Tundra for a diese.

Seems I have read some threads that suggest some years of diesels were not so good. Don't know if they were GM, Ford, or Dodge Ram, maybe some of each.

So the question is, which years, size and mfgr should I stay away from?lease

Thanks in advance for your thoughts
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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http://www.dieselpowermag.com/featur...diesel_trucks/

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:29 AM   #3
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Thanks for that link . That's the kind if info I was looking for.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:45 AM   #4
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What that article doesn't mention is the 2011+ PowerStrokes. If you can fit one of these in your budget, you will do well. This is by far the most powerful diesel Ford has. And in general, it has been a very reliable engine. Mine certainly has. Not saying it hasn't had its hiccups, but Ford done good with this one. It is certainly worth a look.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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A lot of buying a diesel is going to depend on your budget and what you are willing to pay to maintain them done the road. You can get low mileage older ones for significantly less money than a new one. With that said though, you are still going to pay substantially more for a used diesel than a used gasser. Also note that buying a truck with an engine produced just before the emissions started hitting them will increase the demand as well as the price! For example I bought an 06' 5.9 cummins because in 07.5" Dodge switched the the 6.7 with much more demanding emission standards on them. I paid more at the time of the sale but then again my re sale is going to up as several people don't want to deal with the emissions BS... Also in 2013 it became mandatory for the diesels to run DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) which is another tank you have to keep filled with a urea based chemical (sold at walmart...) I had my Dad recently purchase a 2012 as he was on the fence and didn't want him to get stuck with that. Not that any of this is a huge issue but just one more thing to have to worry about...

Let us know what you are considering brand wise / price wise as it is harder to help with a vague description of you might be wanting a diesel...
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:12 AM   #6
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chevy= 06-07 with the LBZ considered the best years and the most expensive to buy used
ford = any year 7.3, 6.4 are ok stay away from any 6.0 unless it has totally deleted the EGR, know nothing about the new trucks,.
Dodge, any p pumped engine but they are loud only issue is the dowl pin.
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You know what I always say the all have some kind of problem they were made by man. Just drive them all and make a decision. I personally am a ford man but on another note all my fords have cummins motors transplanted in them. You can't beat a 12v I-6 motor for reliability and the miles you get out of the motor.
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chevy= 06-07 with the LBZ considered the best years and the most expensive to buy used
ford = any year 7.3, 6.4 are ok stay away from any 6.0 unless it has totally deleted the EGR, know nothing about the new trucks,.
Dodge, any p pumped engine but they are loud only issue is the dowl pin.
We bought a used 07 Chevy Silverado LTZ DRW with the Allison transmission. We chose the 07 because of the ability to change out the injectors individually. It was still an expensive truck, but not as bad as brand new. The previous owner took excellent care of the truck. It pulls our 40' 5er with no issues! I personally love driving the diesel more than our our other Chevy gas truck!
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Full disclosure: I know virtually nothing about Diesel engines.

But I am thinking maybe trading my Tundra for a diese.

Seems I have read some threads that suggest some years of diesels were not so good. Don't know if they were GM, Ford, or Dodge Ram, maybe some of each.

So the question is, which years, size and mfgr should I stay away from?lease

Thanks in advance for your thoughts
What is your budget? Are you pretty handy, willing to get your hands, arms and probably more dirty underneath? Do you want something that you just turn the key and go?

Diesel trucks are in general expensive. If a deal looks to good to be true, it almost always is. I really wanted a Dodge 5.9, but finding low mileage laramie models is impossible, and ended up in another Ford 6.0. Since I don't mind doing the work myself to make it a decent motor, I can live with it.

Your budget will determine what models/years you should focus on.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:54 AM   #10
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Yup if you can fine a 06-07 lbz 360hp/650lb-ft with the 6 speed allison in my opinion on of the best used diesel combo.
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