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Old 10-16-2017, 08:31 PM   #1
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Opinion gas vs. Diesel

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We own a 2017 eagle ht 29.5bhds.
Currently own a 2006 chevy silverado 2500hd 8.1 gas. Allison tranny 4wd. Averaged 8 mpg from hershey to long island. The truck is a 2006 with only 75k miles.
We're thinking of up grading to a diesel silverado for better mileage and performance. Will be able to afford around a 2006/2007. What do u guys think.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:58 PM   #2
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Do you have any concerns about your current truck - engine, trans, etc? If not, IMO put the money in the bank that you'd spend to upgrade to a diesel and keep driving your current truck. The added tow power of a diesel is nice, but it's unlikely the difference in MPG will amount to much (unless you tow A LOT) plus the maintenance of a diesel is higher.
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Do you have any concerns about your current truck - engine, trans, etc? If not, IMO put the money in the bank that you'd spend to upgrade to a diesel and keep driving your current truck. The added tow power of a diesel is nice, but it's unlikely the difference in MPG will amount to much (unless you tow A LOT) plus the maintenance of a diesel is higher.
X-2 Use some of the money to make some performance upgrades on your existing truck.
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with that low mileage on a 8.1L keep your money in your pocket instead of spending on a diesel from that year (which probably has lots of mileage). For the difference you would pay you can buy a lot of gasoline. I have RAM 5.7L when pulling a TT it uses similar in fuel ratio and the RAM probably has to work harder.
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I had the same truck for ten years and only put 44k miles on it when I sold it last year. Mine had 4.10 rear in it and it couldn’t pass a gas station without stopping but it was a towing beast. That said I wouldn’t have got rid of it to get a used diesel truck for sure. If you were buying new then yes.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:27 AM   #6
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Guys thanks so much for your input.
Do you have any experience with upgrades like a tuning kit or chip to give it some extra torque or horsepower.
What fuel mileage are you all hetting?
Current truck is in great shape. Just did new tires,stainless brake lines. Pitman and idler arm
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:39 AM   #7
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For tuning go with one of the well known tuners such as westers garage which replaces the pcm. You should be able to pickup another 20hp and 50ft/lbs of torque without other engine mods.
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Hi Demiles
Do you have a specific model# or cost of the tuner.
Seems like a significant upgrade. I too have 4.10 gears.
My other concern was not much room for my daughter in the back. She's 4 now. And can't roll down windows
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I agree with keeping the truck, especially if you drive it every day. Diesels are expensive to buy and maintain. Unless you are towing more than 10k miles a year the gasser makes more sense.

But, I'd think hard about a tuner. Do you ever plan to use it as a trade in? If so, leave it alone. Many dealers won't take a vehicle that does not meet emissions standards, even in states that don't test. Having said that, some tune jobs can be stealthy.

I did hotrod mine (diesel) when the turbo had to be replaced. Most of it was done to delete the emissions gear. If I had to do it over again I'd do the reversible deletes.
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