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Old 08-16-2016, 02:04 PM   #11
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I wouldn't necessarily write off a diesel based on mileage alone, If you find a well maintained, highway miles truck that wasn't running high hp tunes it's whole life I would pick one up. The towing experience is much more relaxed pulling up hills at 1600 rpms vs 3000 +.

Some people want you to believe a diesel can't make it from point a to b without a breakdown but it's simply not the case anymore. If I had to pick the most problematic out of our 800+ diesel fleet it would be the Powerstroke.

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I don't think I would be starting out in one with that mileage anyhow unless it was a work truck.
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:19 PM   #13
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The diesel in question is a '06 with a 5.9, but it's no longer part of the equation now.
The reason I'm considering making a trade is because it is getting more difficult to climb in and out of the 4x4. In my looking I came across the Dodge that I mentioned. My wife will soon be retiring, and we plan to spend a lot of time camping and sight seeing and I thought the diesel would be the best choice. Now that I put that all out there to read, I see how bad a choice it would have been with possible breakdown at every town.
The 5.9 Cummins are very popular and sought after. One user on here recently found one that was babied with only 70K miles. If you want one, keep looking, you might just find that jewel.

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I wouldn't necessarily write off a diesel based on mileage alone, If you find a well maintained, highway miles truck that wasn't running high hp tunes it's whole life I would pick one up. The towing experience is much more relaxed pulling up hills at 1600 rpms vs 3000 +.

Some people want you to believe a diesel can't make it from point a to b without a breakdown but it's simply not the case anymore. If I had to pick the most problematic out of our 800+ diesel fleet it would be the Powerstroke.

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My dad runs fleet trucks, and would completely agree with your Powerstroke comment.

And I would agree with mileage not being an instant deal breaker in some cases. But you still can't get around the rest of the truck having 250,000 miles (everything from the radio controls to the seats to the air vents to the suspension...) and so THOSE are the problems I would be worried about. As far as the drivetrain, I wouldn't worry so much about that if it was well maintained. And I agree that if you can find that "jewel" that's been maintained and has a lot of highway miles, it might be worth pouncing on. Especially with the OP's potential for more extensive travel in the near future; a change in usage pattern might reveal more advantages for a diesel.
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The truck was an '06 with a 5.9 and an automatic. was listed as having 3.73 gears. When I asked him what tranny it had, he said it was a 5 speed. All I seen was P R N D 2 1. It did have more minor issues than I wanted to deal with, and a few bigger issues, too.
I thought it kinda of funny how he kept telling me the tranny was the weak link of the drivetrain on a Dodge. Probably told me that 6 times.
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A cummins would surley be an upgrade from a gasser. But it would not be an upgrade in this case for a quarter million mile 10 year old truck. The 6.0 you have is a reliable truck and it's hardly working pulling the trailer you have. The earlier ram trucks had front end issues too.
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I don't think I would do that deal. Keep the 6.0 gas save some $$ and get a newer used diesel under warranty and sell it before it runs out if you are worried about repair costs. Also any one who has research diesel trucks know the ones to stay away from. I will warn you that once you tow with one you'll never want to go back to gas.
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Some people want you to believe a diesel can't make it from point a to b without a breakdown but it's simply not the case anymore. If I had to pick the most problematic out of our 800+ diesel fleet it would be the Powerstroke
I'm assuming your referring to the Navistar made 6.0l/6.4l. Of course the Navistar 7.3l was one of the most reliable diesels ever made and the Ford produced 6.7l seems to be holding it's own. Diesels are not grocery getters and should never be put away cold.
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