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Old 06-14-2013, 03:27 PM   #81
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Holy cow... you are getting rapped at the stealership!!! prices are about average but man this just reminds why i work on my own stuff! my oil/air/fuel filter changes with oil even are all under $125 each time... I do all of these as well as tranny service every spring and then oil again every fall and in between if needed...

If you are at all mechanically inclined I would gladly walk you through the differential fluid change and save you some money... fluids are all easy to change... just a little scary for some for the first time or two if you haven't done it but holy cow it will save money!
Well let me explain something - when I was younger I did my own oil and filter changes - had the ramps, filter wrench, drain pan etc. I also had a bigger garage then. Now I'm older and fortunate enough that I'm able to have that work done.

I'm not about to buy the ramps and tools necessary to perform these services on a 3/4 ton pick up now.

I still change my air filter, cabin air filter and other routine things on my other vehicle, but gladly pay Kwik Kar $30.00 to change the oil and filter in it.

As far as the being mechanically inclined, I know you didn't mean any offense by it, but I was a mechanic in the Air Force as well as as for a major inline working on big airplanes and finished out my career ad a FAA inspector.

To wrap it up, for me it's just not worth it to do some of the car things I used to do any more and I'm glad I can have it done by someone else.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #82
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I'm glad you didn't take offense to that! I appreciate your service to the country! My father feels the same way as you do about just paying the man to do it! I have since been able to convince him to at least let me do the majority of it for the sole fact of being 100% sure what is truly being done... My issue with paying someone else is truly that I just don't trust our local dealer...
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:41 PM   #83
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I'm glad you didn't take offense to that! I appreciate your service to the country! My father feels the same way as you do about just paying the man to do it! I have since been able to convince him to at least let me do the majority of it for the sole fact of being 100% sure what is truly being done... My issue with paying someone else is truly that I just don't trust our local dealer...
No problem at all. I do trust my Ram dealer - I got to know the service manager well and even had lunch with him.

One example of trusting them is the air filter. they didn't just change it without showing it to me first and I saw it with my own eyes.

I asked to be shown how the water separator works ( I read the manual when I brought the truck and that's how I knew there was one, but seeing it is better than just reading about it IMO ) and they wee changing the oil filter and oil while I was there and saw that also.

As long as you can do it - I say do it.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:38 PM   #84
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Here's a chart i made to compare my father in law‘s expenses and mine. Results will vary depending on many things.
He bought basie model chevy 2500 with duramax. I bought limited model tundra with extras. But... his diesel engine did cost him more than $7000 more than gas engine. This chart is a starting point for helping make the gas/diesel decision. Other important items to consider are trailer weight (dry and pin), how long you keep a vehicle, etc. Good luck.
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I didn't buy my diesel to save me money... I bought it for peace of mind knowing I had the power I need when I need it... I bought it for the longevity, reliability and for the shear weight of it! The fact that the truck is much heavier than it's gas brother is important when pulling a camper. A camper is nothing more than a HUGE billboard and very susceptible to wind and diesel is going to handle it with much more ease than a gasser will any day... Not saying a gasser wont get it done as they all have their place!
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Agreed. Too many factors to consider when choosing gas or diesel.
I saw, this week, a 1 ton dodge diesel dually towing a little jayco pop-up. Overkill? Surely he uses it for other than towing the pop-up.:-) I chose half-ton gas because it does all i need for less money. My 2 brothers have 3/4 and 1 ton trucks and tow little bumper pulls of about 5500 - 6500 lbs. I tow a 7700 lb 5th wheel. We‘re all content.
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Well, my gasser cost me $22,400- + a worn out, 10-year-old Expedition, so about $27,000-, drive-out. I get about 21 on the hiway (302 cu. in.) So, are you really getting 22 mpg hiway with the diesel? That's OK but not really better than what I'm getting, because diesel costs more. I get about 10.2 mpg pulling and others tell me that the 6,000# I pull would only drop me to about 16 mpg pulling with a diesel. I looked at a Ford F-250 today but it would cost me between $20,000- and $25,000- to trade up. I am having a tough time justifying that much expense... Aaaaahhhhh!!!!!! Seriously, I don't have much hair left... so don't make me pull any more of it out...
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Found out on vacation this year that you have to look real hard in some cases to make sure your getting what you need. and some of the diesel pumps are in areas that are hard to get to if your pulling something behind you. As stated in Iowa the diesel pumps have green handles not so in all states.
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I didn't buy my diesel to save me money... I bought it for peace of mind knowing I had the power I need when I need it... I bought it for the longevity, reliability and for the shear weight of it! The fact that the truck is much heavier than it's gas brother is important when pulling a camper. A camper is nothing more than a HUGE billboard and very susceptible to wind and diesel is going to handle it with much more ease than a gasser will any day... Not saying a gasser wont get it done as they all have their place!
These are the reasons I am looking, and using to convince the Minister of Finance... I do think a 3/4 ton truck would be safer... Thanks...
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No problem at all. I do trust my Ram dealer - I got to know the service manager well and even had lunch with him.

One example of trusting them is the air filter. they didn't just change it without showing it to me first and I saw it with my own eyes.

I asked to be shown how the water separator works ( I read the manual when I brought the truck and that's how I knew there was one, but seeing it is better than just reading about it IMO ) and they wee changing the oil filter and oil while I was there and saw that also.

As long as you can do it - I say do it.
Not to really say anything bad about your dealer but you say that they showed you how to drain the water separator and you said it had a little bit of water in it. Was this at the dealer you drained it because they should have drained it when they did the service.
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