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Old 10-18-2015, 08:53 PM   #41
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I didn't say major costs. I just said more maintenance and there is. You have fuel filters, you have water separators to drain, depending on make/model year you need to add def, some also require cetane additives. You have to worry about fuel gelling up in cold or getting fungus in it if it sits too long in heat. I am on my second diesel, yes I do know about the maintenance schedule. Our oil changes are approximately $100 every 5000 miles. The fuel filter is typically another $70 every 10000 miles. Def usually needs to be added about every 4000 miles, more frequently if towing. Def is about $12/gallon at Wal-Mart. In exchange for the maintenance you get a better towing vehicle with a longer life span if properly maintained. Parts are more expensive when they break down but so far our issues have been covered by warranty.

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Old 10-18-2015, 08:59 PM   #42
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The only additional maintenance on my Duramax diesel 2500HD is the DEF. If you buy it at truck stops, it's about 1/3 what you pay for it at auto parts stores and WAY LESS than what the dealers charge.
I change oil/filter when my OBD tells me to, which averages around 8,500 miles.
Nothing could get me to go back to gas or 1500s. The fuel mileage is much better than gas both towing and loose. The torque, well, you just have to experience it once to be sold. 765 ft lbs out of the box.
I have a 50 gallon transfer tank/toolbox tied in with a pump to the stock 36 gallon tank, so stopping for fuel is not a problem. I couldn't be happier!

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Old 10-18-2015, 09:58 PM   #43
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what tune you running blackhat ??
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Old 10-18-2015, 10:23 PM   #44
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No tune here. Running stock everything, still have 5 years warranty left.

I go in for my first oil change Tuesday at 12,000 km When I bought the truck a 120,000 5 yr extended warranty was $1200 and maintenance plan was another $1000.00 for 5 years/ or 24 service dates so I definitely believe this is money well spent.

To answer the OP's question. As you can see from all the posts a Diesel truck is wise choice. We don't want to spend your money but just give a different perspective.

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Old 10-18-2015, 10:36 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by davel1971 View Post
I'd sure like to know what the "more maintenance" is that everyone speaks of. I've had my diesel 2.5 years and have only opened the hood for oil changes. Not having to buy spark plugs gives me more beer money

Hopefully you have done fuel filters a few times in that 2.5 years.

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Old 10-18-2015, 10:43 PM   #46
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Let me start this with this:
Plz do not bash other makes cause your a ford guy, Chevy guy, etc.... Just looking for honest, preferably first hand knowledge... I am looking at upgrading my tow vehicle and here's why (I would not sale my Navi if not for the following)

2000 Lincoln Navigator AWD w/ air ride pulling a 27' 2015 Avenger ATI W/ Ez Lift bars and sway control

While pulling, at times, I can really feel the TT push me in curves, wind really makes her rock, and of course large trucks and such cause me to white knuckle the steering wheel. I am just wanting something with more "butt" so it's not so stressful pulling the TT for 4-5 hours one way.
My friend that picked it up for me used a new 2500 GMC Denali Diesel truck and we never used the EZ lifts or sway bar. His truck never knew it was back there and we ran 75 up a mountain. Now his truck was way overkill being it was a turbo diesel but just the feeling of not being pushed around was a relief. These are my current thoughts on vehicles and please chime in with other options. Also, if one of these is not a good option or rated for this plz let me know as I am just now starting to look. Thank you

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Or if those will not be any better than the Navigator then:
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Have you tried disabling your air ride while towing? Just curious.

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Old 10-18-2015, 11:12 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by steelpony5555 View Post
And for some reason people think a diesel is harder to drive as your daily driver???????
How does the DPF and short commutes and/or idling get along? If diesel motor isnt getting to operating temps it will regen more often. Regen is not cleaning. Regen burns the soot, creating ash. Eventually the DPF will need cleaned or replaced, typically 100-130k. Short commutes and idle time will generally mean sooner. $$$

Oh and did I mention you can drive the wheels off a diesel, no problem putting 300K miles on one.
300K isn't attainable with anything other than a diesel?

OP is from Alabama? That helps a lot to make the choice of diesel. As a daily driver up here with my short commutes? Nah. -50 wind chills, -25 for days. Gotta run a blend all winter and fill with #1 on to prepare for those cold snaps. Use stanadyne as as well. Why??? Ever gel up on a two lane with no cell service? My 7.3 Powerstroke took forevey to warm up. The 6.2 gm was better.
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:40 AM   #48
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A heavier truck will make you feel safer on the road. We have a one ton Dodge 3500 and that might be overkill for you, but it sure makes the pulling nice. This is my wife's comments from a blog post I wrote shortly after we bought the truck.

"Our truck is great for towing our 5th wheel. I feel confident that it has the power to get us up the mountains, and more importantly has the capacity to control the weight and push when we come down mountains.
At first I was very apprehensive to drive the truck pulling the trailer. But I feel confident, that the truck and I can handle it. I have been driving through the mountains and passes no problems. In the cities with the trailer I am still a bit cautious. In the city without the trailer is fine, although in my opinion this truck is way too big and parking is a challenge.
I still call it the beast, but I have learned to tame it."
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:34 AM   #49
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Rhino,by your own admission you are a candidate for a Hensley Hitch! You want to keep your 2000 Navi but you want a NON White Knuckle drive! Perfect,buy a Hensley and all your Desires are answered! If it fails to be TRUE then there are a LOT of Members here and elsewhere that are NOT telling the Truth! Buy a NEW one for 3000$ and if it fails to give what you are looking for SELL it,even if you loose some$$ it is still WAY cheaper than Upgrading TV,which You Dont want to do! Your call! Youroo!!
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:35 AM   #50
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Def is about $12/gallon at Wal-Mart.
DEF isn't $12 a gallon anywhere. The $12 jug at Walmart is 2.5 gallons. If DEF is bought in bulk at truck pumps, it's around $2.75 a gallon

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