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Old 06-22-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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Gas vs diesel worth 8000?

Hi there -
Looking to buy a F250 for towing - planning to use it 6-8 times a year - east coast - not mountains - worth the extra? dealer said that given expected use and cost of diesel these days - not worth it
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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Hi there -
Looking to buy a F250 for towing - planning to use it 6-8 times a year - east coast - not mountains - worth the extra? dealer said that given expected use and cost of diesel these days - not worth it
Thoughts?
It depends on how much weight you will be towing.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:09 AM   #3
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Many things should affect your decision other than the price of fuel.

If you tow a lot, you will ALWAYS get better fuel economy with a diesel than a gasser. It may even be more economical in the long run.

I pull a fifth wheel and I would not even consider a gas tow vehicle. That's me.
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I just bought my truck in February. I went from a gasser to a diesel and don't know why I didn't do it sooner. There is no comparison between the 2. The extra power and fuel economy are worth it in my opinion.
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Jeannie's right. You really need to give us some info on what you plan to tow in order to provide an accurate, meaningful answer to your question.

Should you opt for the diesel? Here's my own rough guide. If you are towing a trailer:
  • Under 5,000 lb GVW- No
  • Under 8,000 lb GVW- Probably not, unless you're you're a diesel lover or someone who likes performance
  • Under 10,000 lb GVW- Maybe, but a 3/4 ton gasoline powered truck should provide satisfactory performance for most folks
  • 10,000 lb GVW or over- Yes, I highly recommend it

However, I must warn you. Once you own a diesel, you'll probably never go back to a gasoline powered truck until no longer need to tow anything. Don't believe me? Take a survey of those who own diesels.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:55 PM   #6
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The new 6.2 gas engine that Ford is using is a really good motor. Lots of power, and respectable mileage in a big truck. MUCH better than the old 5.4 V8, and comparable to the V10, although the new V8 should be better in about every way, if only slightly.

That said, it still doesn't really compare to the diesel. You will probably never recover the $8k up-charge because of the higher cost of maintenance and fuel, but most people don't care because those trucks are truly a joy to drive (loaded or unloaded).

Not sure which way I would go if I were buying new right now. My TT is right around 10klbs, but I seldom go more than 150 miles one way. Either motor would do what I need it to do. Knowing myself though, if I got the gas engine, there would always be part of me that wished I had gone for the higher power of the diesel (which is why I always get the biggest motor available when buying anything).
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It would be really hard to go back to gas from a diesel. But these days the diff in cost is hard to justify.
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Jeannie's right. You really need to give us some info on what you plan to tow in order to provide an accurate, meaningful answer to your question.


Should you opt for the diesel? Here's my own rough guide. If you are towing a trailer:
  • Under 5,000 lb GVW- No
  • Under 8,000 lb GVW- Probably not, unless you're you're a diesel lover or someone who likes performance
  • Under 10,000 lb GVW- Maybe, but a 3/4 ton gasoline powered truck should provide satisfactory performance for most folks
  • 10,000 lb GVW or over- Yes, I highly recommend it
However, I must warn you. Once you own a diesel, you'll probably never go back to a gasoline powered truck until no longer need to tow anything. Don't believe me? Take a survey of those who own diesels.
Good guidelines but how the truck will be used when not towing has a lot to do with it as well. A 3/4 ton diesel truck is serious overkill for a grocery getter or Mom bus. If towing infrequently enough, it may be worthwhile to put up with the slower speeds and higher fuel consumption of a gasser while towing.
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My opinion, diesels were made to be run.They do not like to sit still. The more you use it the bigger the advantage. For occasional use as you suggest (6 to 8 times a year is not much IMO) the gasser would be fine, provided you are not towing a monster of a 5er. BTW welcome to JOF, what will you be towing with this new 250?
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For 6 - 8 times a year I could not justify the difference in cost between the two.
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