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Old 01-10-2018, 02:22 PM   #1
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Diesel or Gas

I've been towing my 2015 27DSRL with my 2004 Dodge Durango 5.7l gas with ease. The Durango has more than enough power with towing capability of 7,300 since I never load up the Whitehawk. Now I'm looking at trading in the Durango on a Ram 1500. My question is, should I get the 3.0l turbodiesel or stick to the 5.7l gas engine. THey both have a towing capability of about 7,700lbs. I have a chance to buy a new 2017 diesel for about $40,000 or a 2018 5.7 for about $10,000 more. We wouldn't be using the truck for much more than towing the trailer and the few times my wife and I need a vehicle at the same time. I've never owned a diesel before and I was hoping to get some advice from others that have. Thank you.

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Old 01-10-2018, 03:07 PM   #2
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The diesel is cheaper than the gas? just a model year older? same options? usually the diesel option is $4k premium...

I would recommend gas... but not if it is a 10K premium over a diesel... do they have leftover 2017 5.7L? that would be the other comparison to make.

go look at the RAM forums see what problems/issues the diesel is having or not...
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The gas does have a few options more than the diesel but I'm looking at better mileage in the diesel by 4-6 mpg. I just don't know what drawbacks there might be to the diesel other than cost of fuel is about $.60 a gallon more and the oil is more expensive and it takes 10.5l each change. That will be about $100 each year where the gas is only about $20 when I do it myself. Are there other "hidden" expenses and benefits with the diesel I'm not seeing?
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:47 PM   #4
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I don’t know if those small diesels have the same benefits as the larger diesels. If you’d get better mileage and more power I’d go with the diesel.
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Chances are the diesel doesn't have the payload you need to tow that trailer. You need a payload of about 1600lbs to legally tow that trailer and carry people. Most EcoDiesel have around 1000lbs payload.

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The gas does have a few options more than the diesel but I'm looking at better mileage in the diesel by 4-6 mpg. I just don't know what drawbacks there might be to the diesel other than cost of fuel is about $.60 a gallon more and the oil is more expensive and it takes 10.5l each change. That will be about $100 each year where the gas is only about $20 when I do it myself. Are there other "hidden" expenses and benefits with the diesel I'm not seeing?
Fuel filters are extra also water separator, check the warrenty on the fuel system

The biggest expense on any vehicle is the depreciation the mileage will be almost the same towing
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All of my vehicles are diesel except for my wife's 2010 Ram 1500. It has been a great truck all around, but is getting tired with 120K on it. We are most likely going to replace it with a diesel. All around, the truck has been great with very few problems. So, I have no problem recommending the Ram itself. And if it were my choice, I'd buy the diesel without hesitation.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:53 PM   #8
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Which Diesel engine? 6.7L Cummins or 3.0L VM Motori? 6.7, buy it ASAP.
3.0, hmmm. I think Id pass & stick w/ the 5.7 gasser.
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I've had two diesels now. They are REALLY nice to tow with, but, as stated, they are a bit more expensive.

Fuel mileage is better, fuel more expensive. Maintenance is a bit more as stated above. Normally I would say they last longer, but, our Dodge had the turbo go out at 105k miles. Not sure if the new ones have changed that design or not (VGT type turbo).

Not sure of your towing habits but when towing our longer trailer we have to be selective about fuel stations. Many we just cannot fit so use the truck pumps a lot. If I had a gasser that would not be an option and would severely hamper things.

Fuel capacity. The nice thing about my diesel is the mileage combined with the fuel tank size (35gal) means I can get over 300mi on a tank when towing. May not seem like a big thing. When we had our Toyota Tundra with a smaller trailer the short range was an issue many times out here where gas stations can be hard to find.

Hopefully the smaller diesels will warm up faster. Takes me about 5-10 miles just to get near operating temperature. Idling doesn't help. If you are in cold climates get a block heater and use it.
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Here is my input.
  • Diesel is cheaper than the gas 5.7, a plus
  • Diesel should get better mileage towing, a plus
  • Diesel is better for towing, a plus
  • Diesel resale is better and heavily sought after, a plus
  • Leaves you room to upgrade down the line, a plus
  • Gas mileage will be slightly better while not towing
  • Gas trucks are cheaper in maintenace costs
  • Gas trucks sometimes have larger payloads due to engine weighing less
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