Originally Posted by wwsmith111
Diesel as more pulling power but is more expensive per gallon and way more expensive to maintain/repair.
Care to elaborate on "more expensive per gallon and way more expensive to maintain/repair."
Loaded highway travel I'm getting 18+ MPG, my former 1500 got about the same.
Towing I get typically get 12 MPG, my 1500 got 9.5. So the diesel is getting about 25% better towing MPG.
Around here diesel averages about 15% more per gallon than regular unleaded. So paying 15% to get a 25% return is still a cost savings.
About maintanence -- around here to have a shop change oil in 1500 gasser is about $40, a 2500 diesel is about $90. So if you get 3 oil changes per year, diesel is a $150 premium.
Oh, but wait there is the matter of a fuel filter in a diesel. Still assuming 3 oil changes a year, that would be 2 fuel filters. Again, have a shop do it and your spending $100 -- or $200 a year.
So if $350 a year is way more expensive in your mind then you could be right. For $350 plus an extra $400-$500 in fuel isn't way more expensive at all and so well worth it.