Diesel pickup trucks - school me

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by mrbreeze, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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    Dunno diddly about the Fjord & GM diesels but the Dodge/Ram Cummins takes 12qts of oil and the filters & stuff cost more than comparable stuff for gas engines. If S-I-L is short on funds that might be something else to consider.
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  2. Rogue_Ryder

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    A gasoline powered one :lol3

    $12,000 can buy a hell of a nice Gasoline powered truck with 1/3 the miles of a Diesel.
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  3. Slipkid

    Slipkid Long timer

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    Any GM small block in a truck is nice; 4.8 or 5.3, plenty of after market style "hop ups" plus very easy to work on. A four wheel drive work truck with a 5.3 can be had with around 100k for around $12K and will seem new. The 4.8 is a very good engine as well, no AFM, but variable valve timing in a newer truck, 87 octane, will tow up to 5000lbs. You could do nice wheels, exhaust, tint the windows, sweet ride! A truck cap is a wonderful thing! Think camping, safer gear, dry storage.
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  4. slobinski

    slobinski easily amused

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    I'm still driving a '97 F250 four wheel drive (7.3) which has been a company truck since new. Closing in on 400600 miles. It's getting kinda tired but is still reliable after all that thrashing. Ford automatic transmissions SUCK! (Three so far) but can't complain about the rest of this truck. Keep up the routine maintenance, shitcan those lousy automatic front hubs, and it'll keep running pretty much forever. Still getting over 16 MPG on the highway in spite of its current 7200 lbs weight.
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  5. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    I own a 02 7.3. Bought it new. Yes the injectors are easy to take out and get new or rebuilt ones.

    The big problem with a few model years are the oil pans. They rust out and the motor has to be pulled to replace it. I did mine two years ago and it cost around 3 grand. My cousin has a small fleet of them and has had to have a few changed out also. I'm not sure what all years have the problem. Must have been a bad batch of steel or the pans were made to thin?

    I also had another major problem. The injector cups cracked. Pressurized the coolant system with fuel. The dealer wanted over 2 g just to change the cups. They pull the heads to remove them. I did it myself for about 300 renting a special tool on ebay to pull and replace the cups with out removing the heads. Luckily these motors are easy to work on. Also the fuel ate up most of the coolant system. Had to change the pump, hoses, and thermostat. In all I had around 900 bucks in parts.

    To the OP questions I would definitely not buy a diesel if you are not going to tow. I used to tow a toy hauler often but not so much anymore. I just did ball joints and front axle bearing assembles and it cost a grand doing it myself. The heavy diesel eats up front end components. Parts are definitely not cheap on these heavy duty trucks. I have done all these repairs on my truck and it only has 125,000 on it. Diesels do last a long time but it is expensive to get them there.


    Just my 2 cents..
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  6. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    :tb


    That truck makes my pee-pee tingle. :nod


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  7. DakarNick

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  8. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    Next time you see it it will have a boss V. Big Dodge is going to work this winter.
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  9. Gummee!

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    13 quarts in my 'Stroke. Made oil changes a tad expensive. :nod

    ...AND... out of the 3 5gal jugs you need to buy, you always had a bit left over. :baldy

    Having said that, I'd buy another. :nod 14-17 around town and low 20s on road trips (if I kept my foot out of it) wasn't anything to sneeze at.

    Got my 96 from ebay for $6k. It'd been cleaned up some, but was still in pretty good shape. I think it got used to haul horses based on the hay and 5th wheel mount in the bed

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  10. bmw318tech

    bmw318tech Been here awhile

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    Its funny how private users "need" a diesel for the extra power and towing While the Meduim duty market (generally commercial people) get by with about the same power and torque output or less in a heavier truck. I reference the Cummins that one could get in a new F650/750.
    Horsepower ratings from 200 to 360
    Torque ratings from 520 lb.-ft. to 800 lb.-ft.*

    http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/f650-f750/features/#page=Feature4
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  11. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Work?

    That beast'll look at that plow like a labrador looks at a tennis ball. :D


    Nice truck, man. :thumb


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  12. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    Of course you are right, especially when you consider its role will be to keep only one lot clear. :lol3
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  13. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Hey man, whatever justifies the purchase. :deal :lol3


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  14. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    Even better the one lot is paying for the plow! :lol3
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  15. 1stgenfarmboy

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    if a gas truck will do the work for you then it would be best to get one, but when they won't, you have one option.
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  16. GSbiker

    GSbiker new and un-improved

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    Damn, that's nice.
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  17. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I don't think anyone is questioning the need for diesel trucks. Mine was real nice when towing 6 or 7000 pounds.

    The OP never said that the kid needs to tow anything, just said he wants a diesel. One can only assume that he wants to roll coal.
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  18. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    +1000


    Probably my favorite truck (not including mine), on ADV. :nod


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  19. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Assuming the O.P. doesn't really need to pull anything, is there anything that can be done to turn the diesel into an extremely high mpg vehicle?
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  20. GSbiker

    GSbiker new and un-improved

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    It really depends on what motor he buys and how much he wants to spend to save very little. I drive a 2006 dodge one ton 4x4. Without duals. The only mods I have done are 5" exhaust and a Quadzilla MaxMileage. Around town I get around 18mpg if I drive like a grown-up. Highway is a dependable 21.
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