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Old 06-16-2018, 09:23 AM   #1
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Seeking opinions on less-noisy diesels

Hey all, I'm needing to upgrade my TV. Would love a 3/4+ ton diesel but the wife won't have it...too smelly and too noisy! I've heard some of the newer ones have gotten less stinky and more and more "quiet"(?)

I'd love to hear some opinions/experiences from you all as to which types of diesel are relatively quiet and less smelly. For example, I've heard others talk about the Ford Powerstrokes after 2009. Apparently, they were a big improvement (?)

What does everyone think?

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Old 06-16-2018, 09:35 AM   #2
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The new ones are very quiet and no smell or smoke. You can barely hear my Duramax in the cab. Test drive any of the big 3, you and more importantly SHE will be pleasantly suprised.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:41 AM   #3
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The new Powerstroke Diesel is pretty quiet. Guy in the neighborhood has one you can barely hear.

The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is pretty quiet too. Not sure what you're trying to haul.


Need to tell the wife it's part of the Ambiance then get a fully deleted and studded 6.0 you'll wake the neighborhood! (Yes, I'm.kidding).
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:45 AM   #4
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13 and up Cummins made some big improvements to help with emissions control reliability. My stock Ram is probably the loudest of the bunch in the cab, but it doesn't bother me. They're all going to be louder than a gas engine outside the truck. Diesels rattle. It is what it is. And with my 17, unless you stick your nose into the exhaust pipe, you can't even tell it's a diesel from the odor.
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Anything model year 2007.5 and newer (with a DPF on the exhaust) will be less stinky, theyíre all a bit quieter by then as well but the early DPF years donít get the best fuel economy. Iíd look at years 2011 and newer (DPF and DEF/SCR) to get better fuel economy and typically even quieter still.

A lot of the newer diesels are quieter when towing than their gas counterparts because they donít have to wind the engines out at high RPM when accelerating and climbing hills.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:59 AM   #6
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The only folks that protest about so called 'stinky and loud' diesel pickups are those that have never owned one. That is just an incorrect preconception.

True, the newer they are, the quieter they are. I don't believe there have been 'stinky' diesels in 15 years or more, unless you tune them that way.
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X2 what NMWilcat said my ram does not smoke or stink and very little noise.
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The only folks that protest about so called 'stinky and loud' diesel pickups are those that have never owned one. That is just an incorrect preconception.

True, the newer they are, the quieter they are. I don't believe there have been 'stinky' diesels in 15 years or more, unless you tune them that way.


DPFs have been required on any diesel built after Jan 1, 2007. So 11 years. Prior to that they werenít really smoky but they still smelled (I like the smell).
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I agree with NMWildcat...I drive a Ď96 GMC Suburban 6.5L TD and I have never noticed a smell except sometimes when starting and I get the puff of smoke. Noise, well...itís a bit loud, but itís not ridiculous. Thatís an old beast though. If itís stock, it isnít stinky and usually not too loud. Just my two cents. Obviously, the newer ones are much more quiet and have better emissions.
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DPFs have been required on any diesel built after Jan 1, 2007. So 11 years. Prior to that they werenít really smoky but they still smelled (I like the smell).
I have one of those pre-dpf/def Duramax (classic 2007). It is my daily driver. If they smell more, it isn't much.

The smell I don't like is the smell coming out of newer gas engines when they first start up and especially when going up a hill. Now that is a distinct odor

Oh, and I get frequent offers from strangers to buy my Duramax for a little more than half of what it cost new 11 years ago. Value retention is apparently worth a little perceived smell and noise
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