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Old 12-31-2003, 01:52 PM
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I look at it this way. I put about 5000 miles a year on my truck. With gas prices in the chicago area it will take me 10 years to recoup the upcharge for the diesel in fuel savings. Also, the Duramax and 8.1 gas put about the same torque to the rear wheels due to different gearing. Pull offs have shown the same thing. I am not sure about the Hemi vs. Cummins.
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You can't come out cheaper with the diesel and that is a fact. Not only will you not make up for it in gas savings but you also have to consider that every time you change the oil it takes like 7 more quarts and you have fuel filters that need changing often.

The way you make up for buying a diesel is:

1) The ease of pulling the boat around

2) The fact that I know many cummins diesels with over 300K miles that still run like new

3) When trailering big boats long distances the diesel trucks usually go a lot further due to better gas mileage and sometimes larger tanks. I can piss in a bottle if you can give me a 1000 miles per stop on a haul

Gas and diesel both have their advantages and disadvantages. You have to weigh out what means more to you.
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Old 12-31-2003, 02:18 PM
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Dodge Cummins Diesel. The best choice for towing.
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Old 12-31-2003, 02:37 PM
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Once you tow with a diesel you will not want ot go back to gas.

Before I purchased my first diesel in 99 I was a little hesitant, but after owning 4 of them now I will not go back.


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At what RPM does the gas motor make the same Torque??? you can cruise in a diesel at low rpm with a heavy load and the transmission won't be hunting for the right gear.
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Old 12-31-2003, 03:00 PM
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ctd all the way.i have a 2003 dually with the ho cummins.i have a 80 hp chip,cold air box and a 5 inch exhaust....get 16 to 17 mpg when pulling the boat.it is also scary fast runnin around town....
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Old 12-31-2003, 05:22 PM
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Thumbs up Diesel!!!

The newer Cummins are much quieter than the older ones, and the performance is impressive.
I agree w/Cuda!

These engines are well proven and will outlast any gas engine without a doubt.

Very happy with mine, and I haven't even begun to put the performance enhancers on it yet.....
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I have a 98 1500 with the 360 and I get 11-12 on the highway and less than 8 towing 6000 lbs at 70 mph. I hate it!! Love the truck, hate the mileage. If I had to do it again (and I won't for a while unfortunatly, $$ is a big issue right now) I'd look for a diesel.

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Old 12-31-2003, 05:48 PM
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nomomoney-whose products did you go with? Was it a noticeable difference?

Gottahaveit! ran my truck on his G-tech one day and I don't remember exactly what the times were...I think 11 sec 0-60 and 18 sec qtr or something like that. Have you had any tranny issues?
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Old 12-31-2003, 06:57 PM
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105---have the afe cold air box,the edge chip,and the flowmaster system.the difference is awesome...my mechanic buddy says i am around 445 hp.from zero to sixty,scary fast....i also have a 4:10 rear end that helps alot..good thing about the chip.it plugs in on the fuel rail.there is no comuter altering.the chip just boosts the fuel pressure.i love it
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