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Old 04-25-2015, 03:45 PM   #51
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I noticed in a past post someone mentioned "repairs to a diesel engine". In the three diesels I've owned or driven, none have ever had any repairs done. All three had at least 260,000 miles on the clock. One was over 300,000 and still strong. Longevity is something to think about.
Once you have owned a diesel, you will not go back IMHO. The one I have now is a 2013 Duramax/Allison and has been the better of the three I've owned or driven [work] in the past 15 years. I only have 40,000 and change on this one. Keep the oil and filters changed and they last a long, long time. Even if I didn't have an RV, I would still own a diesel.
You are very fortunate, I have talked to plenty of people that have had to do fuel related work that cost them upwards of $2000. Some don't mind, cause it's like a hobby to them and they love their diesels. I personally would be pissed. Engine and transmission are the only 2 components on a gasoline truck that would exceed that cost.

For those who boast about the longevity of the diesel trucks, how are the bodies of these rigs looking after 400K miles? If you live in Wisconsin and use it in the winter, the panels will likely be falling apart. If you have the money to buy a newer diesel, I doubt you will be keeping the truck long enough to see that superior longevity anyway. I'm not trying to rip on folks who like to own these trucks, I'm just coming from a practical dollars and cents angle.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:48 AM   #52
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If you are willing to travel, there is a place in Virginia that deals in mostly used diesels, prices seem fair.

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Old 04-27-2015, 08:09 AM   #53
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...For those who boast about the longevity of the diesel trucks, how are the bodies of these rigs looking after 400K miles? If you live in Wisconsin and use it in the winter, the panels will likely be falling apart. If you have the money to buy a newer diesel, I doubt you will be keeping the truck long enough to see that superior longevity anyway. I'm not trying to rip on folks who like to own these trucks, I'm just coming from a practical dollars and cents angle.
I agree if you live in the snow belt that the rest of the truck will be left all over the road, the interior worn out, etc.
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I think very few people keep vehicles over 200,000 miles. To hit the 400,000 mile mark is very unusual.

I think the vast majority of people simply get bored with the vehicle or are seduced by a shiny new one and just want a new truck. Americans would have much less debt if they could learn to keep items that are functioning fine and not replace things because they want something newer. Those that can resist the marketing departments are not in the majority. Remember Star Trek. "Resistance is futile." lol.

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Old 04-27-2015, 08:42 AM   #55
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There are a lot of "what ifs" in there! I'm 69 years old and only live by the "what has been" events. It's those situations that have formed my opinions and not the what if worries. My dad used to say "what if a bullfrog had shock absorbers, he wouldn't bump his butt every time he jumped".

This isn't a very logical approach to use when comparing vehicle drivetrains, IMHO- especially with so much constantly changing technology involved now. It is a fact that the new diesels have a lot of complex emissions equipment. It is a fact that new gasoline engines can easily reach 200K or more on basic maintenance. It is a fact that repairs on new diesel trucks are costly. I can't speak in absolute terms because there will be new diesels that go for 400K on basic maintenance and there will be gas engines that don't break 100K before needing a major repair. But the days of that being the rule rather than the exception are gone. Your historical observations about gas and diesel engines have little to do with what type of service you can realistically expect on a new truck.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:40 AM   #56
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My 2nd last diesel was 10 years old when I traded it in on the one we have now. They use salt here like it's going out of style. If you do the maintenance, then the body should survive quite well. My old one was oiled once a year. Not one bit of rust. This one is undercoated and checked under the warranty every year. I look at owning a diesel this way, will it pay you back while you own it or do you want the fuel mileage and hauling capability, etc right away? I chose the 2nd. Luckily we are in the position to own a diesel because the engine & tranny are expensive for sure. If I can help it I will never own another gas job. My youngest son's 1/2 ton dodge hemi, pulling a 28 ft TT goes through a lot of gas. Just my opinion.
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You are very fortunate, I have talked to plenty of people that have had to do fuel related work that cost them upwards of $2000. Some don't mind, cause it's like a hobby to them and they love their diesels. I personally would be pissed. Engine and transmission are the only 2 components on a gasoline truck that would exceed that cost.
This is what extended warranties are for
(BTW, the powertrain warranty which includes all "that strap on stuff" on a New Dodge RAM 3500 is 100K miles)

Oil Changes are every 15K miles
Fuel Filters are every 30K miles or when the 'puter sez so

Not meaning to argue here; I am just saying what the Dodge specs I got from the dealer are say'n.

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For those who boast about the longevity of the diesel trucks, how are the bodies of these rigs looking after 400K miles? If you live in Wisconsin and use it in the winter, the panels will likely be falling apart. If you have the money to buy a newer diesel, I doubt you will be keeping the truck long enough to see that superior longevity anyway. I'm not trying to rip on folks who like to own these trucks, I'm just coming from a practical dollars and cents angle.
This is why the new trucks are coming with super-seal undercoats. Plus, as
I have learned (having a DW from the Snowbelt) this is why you wash your vehicle weekly (and why the car washes are so cheap up north)

We lived in Europe for 4 1/2 years drove ALL over Bavaria/Austria/Switzerland in the winter. Had over 160K miles on our Hyundai XG350L when we shipped it back to the USA in 2012. Because of the way we maintained it the only issue we had with the underbody was the bolts on the struts had to have lock-ez gooped on them before we could replace them

Back on to the thread topic. As most of ya'll know, I am in the group of folks who think that a 1/2 Ton truck, properly equipped, can tow even a modern day lightweight 5er (the 2015 Ford EcoBoost, properly equipped can tow 11.7K! ) So I agree with one of the posters who said match what you are going to tow with the truck.

Having said THAT...if you even remotely think you are going to upgrade in the next 3-5 years to something that you cannot tow with your current TV...plan ahead and get a bigger TV. Your ROI on a 1T diesel dually starts at @ 108K miles. Plus while you are towing the lighter load you will get a heck of a lot better diesel mileage than a gasser. When you DO upgrade to that 17K toy hauler/5er your TV will just about be broken in and you will still have lots more miles on the truck before you need to think about trading it in.
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I have learned (having a DW from the Snowbelt) this is why you wash your vehicle weekly (and why the car washes are so cheap up north)
Not really relevant to the conversation, but I couldn't help myself. . Wash you vehicles weekly? Oh my... My truck is just under 3 years old and has never been 'washed'. It has went through the occasional car wash, but I sure as heck don't have time nor the inclination to wash it, most definitely not weekly. I don't have that kind of time.. .

At almost 10 bucks car washes aren't cheap, then again I am a cheap bugger..
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must throw a wee bit of screech on it to make it feel good tho'????
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:17 PM   #60
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Talk about rust on a truck makes laugh. I just traded in 2008 GMC a year ago that had a rust problem. It was in the body shop twice to repair rust. The rust was coming from the insde of the inner box. The truck could have done another 100,000 miles but would have looked like a rust bucket. So it's what you feel good riding in.
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