Hi nflesher can't say I've did a lot of research on diesel pickups, they are not trucks they are pickups with a diesel motor, but after
working on diesel rigs both off highway and class 8 trucks for 30yrs. I've seen a lot of changes. 1999-2000 I worked at a kenworth
dealership and diesels then were not too bad, just had 1 computer, no cats and def. The las 15yrs. were wrenching for a warehouse
company, we ran freightliners and kw's, t800's with both detroits and cummins. With that said, BOY HAVE THINGS CHGD.
To finish this post THINGS HAVE CHGD. the industry wen from obd1 systems, which were ezy to bypass because the obd1 had no way
of knowing what you did to the obd2 system which double checks every part of the emission system. With the oobd2 system all info is fed to the ecm and if any thing doesn't work right including removel of items you get a check engine light and poss limp mode. The only poss
way around this that I lnow of would a new totally reprogramed ecm for the engine but seeing as the engine, trans, and chassis
computers all talk to each other don't know if that would work
Get the Diesel!
I bet you'll be happier in the long run and they don't cost that much more.
New Cummins oil changes are recommended every 15k miles so only a couple a year for most people. DEF is about $12 every 4k miles so that's less than $100 a year. Fuel will run a little more than gas but they get better mileage so the trade off there is not bad.
I did a lot of math when We purchased our first 07 Cummins MegaCab 4x and the break even came to 67,000 miles between gas and diesel for the same truck. We have put almost triple that on it and have been smiling the whole time! I love the 07-11 Cummins with the full delete kit, 5" exhaust and reprogrammed. These things will flat out git it and when you drive like a sane human being they will get 17-21 mpg depending on setup.
We have 2 of them Mine is a standard and my wife's is an auto. After driving them for a few years I wouldn't buy a standard for most highway driving. Hers will outrun mine on the highway with or without a trailer. I still like mine for off road the way it is set up with bigger mud tires and a standard and lower gears. We also have a '15 with about 40k miles on it. It is slower than the 07's but it will get a delete kit soon to fix that but it will haul an 18,000lb load of beef at 80 without hesitation. It's a much smoother truck with the new suspension and overall way nicer with all the new amenities.
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Care to share the figures you used to come up with the 67000 miles break even point?
We have 2 of them Mine is a standard and my wife's is an auto. After driving them for a few years I wouldn't buy a standard for most highway driving. Hers will outrun mine on the highway with or without a trailer.
N Once you're at highway speeds, it shouldn't matter.
I've had both an auto and manual F-350 7.3L, and absolutely hated the auto. Of course it was my first auto ever, but hated that thing. There is only one situation where I can see having the auto..........in heavy stop and go traffic. Other than that, I'll take the manual every single time. When passing on the highway, my manual will flat out get up and move even without downshifting......unless towing, then I might have to drop it down.
I get 10mpg city and 15mpg hwy.
same here, 14/10 for both of mine, both 3/4's. Relative has an 04 or 03 1500HD that came with 3/4 ton axels and a 6.0 and he's getting the exact same also.....
motor is as solid as they come though. same with their 8.1 but those make a 6.0 look like a camry.