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Old 12-07-2017, 02:23 AM   #1
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Maintenance: Gas vs Diesel

Recent threads about maintenance costs on Mercedes Sprinters have raised some concerns. I would expect diesel maintenance to be slightly more expensive than similar service on gas but, except for oil changes, less frequent.

What is the real world story on Big 3 (Ford, GM, Dodge) pickup diesels? How often and how much?

Thanks for your time!
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:12 AM   #2
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A coworker came from a job where he managed a fleet of trucks with representatives from Ram, Ford, Chevy and they have used diesels since the beginning of time -until recently (couple years) switching everything to gas except for a couple trucks.

I questioned him extensively before making my truck purchase this year. He told me the scheduled maintenance costs were not an issue...The diesels were more for an oil change but they go twice as long between changes...the fuel filters were a minor inconvenience and cost but nothing about the scheduled routine maintenance was that big of deal. They bought DEF by the 55 gallon drum which was much cheaper than paying at the pump.

The reasons his company switched to gas was the down time for unscheduled maintenance on the newer diesels (not as reliable as they were due to the current complicated emission equipment) and the amount miles/time it used to take to overcome the initial higher cost of a diesel purchase was becoming unobtainable due to emissions related repair costs at higher miles.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:07 AM   #3
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So far (knock on wood), the only maintenance I've performed on my truck has been scheduled maintenance and 1 set of tires. A typical oil change and tire rotation runs me about $100. A full set of tires was close to $1300.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:22 AM   #4
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On my 2007 Ram 2500 5.9 CTD I changed the oil around 7500 - 10,000 miles. 12 quarts of oil, around $30 (used whatever was on sale at Wally World) and an oil filter ($10 or less). Every other oil change I would change the fuel filter ($20).

I have not changed the oil/fuel filter yet on my 2017 (Around 7k miles on it.). But, from what I see the oil and filter would be around the same price. The fuel filter seems to be significantly higher, around $100, if I am looking at on NAPA correctly.

So around $150 every 14-15k miles?
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:50 AM   #5
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On my 2007 Ram 2500 5.9 CTD I changed the oil around 7500 - 10,000 miles. 12 quarts of oil, around $30 (used whatever was on sale at Wally World) and an oil filter ($10 or less). Every other oil change I would change the fuel filter ($20).

I have not changed the oil/fuel filter yet on my 2017 (Around 7k miles on it.). But, from what I see the oil and filter would be around the same price. The fuel filter seems to be significantly higher, around $100, if I am looking at on NAPA correctly.

So around $150 every 14-15k miles?
Don't know you could by oil for $2.50 a quart and I sure would not be using in a diesel. Maybe that was back in 007 Most oils today run $5 at least, that $60. Later RJD
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If you are like me, you only put 12-15k miles on a year so gas or diesel Iím changing 2x. The 2 fuel filters yearly are not inexpensive. If you live in cold climates like I do, stanadyne fuel treatment. Iíve seen enough truck on the side of the road durning a cold snap to know I donít want that to be me. For me, maintenance and additives have more than doubled vs my 6.4l
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Since most of the miles I put on my F250 are for towing I change oil and filter every 5000 miles. I change the fuel filter every other oil change. I know I could probably go to 7500 miles but with the purchase price of the new diesels I want this truck to last as long as possible! Oil change and tire rotation is around the $120 mark at a dealer. The biggest difference between a diesel and gas powered is the amount of oil needed for a change. Mine takes 13 quarts.
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Don't know you could by oil for $2.50 a quart and I sure would not be using in a diesel. Maybe that was back in 007 Most oils today run $5 at least, that $60. Later RJD
I used the Walmart brand, Supertech 15w40, $9.44 a gallon. When on sale I would also use Mobil, $12.44 a gallon. 130,000 miles on the truck when I traded it in. You can get Rotella at walmart for less than $4 a quart. You might be buying your oil at the wrong place.
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I change my oil and fuel filter when my instrument cluster tells me it's time.
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I change my oil and fuel filter when my instrument cluster tells me it's time.
X2 - Will be doing so with my 2017.
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