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Old 04-27-2015, 08:36 AM   #21
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Diesel is 10 to 20 cents cheaper than Regular in the SF bay area. But then again, all fuel is expensive here in California.

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Old 04-27-2015, 08:53 AM   #22
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Reading the posts in this thread is like reading my very own experience!

I just brought home a RAM 2500 6.4 gasser. I traded in my GMC 1/2T. The Sierra did okay towing the trailer, and it was barely within specs, but it just never had the stability to make me feel completely comfortable. With some long-distance trips coming up, it was just time to upgrade. I've towed about 10 miles with it so far, and it's a HUGE difference. Just have to get my hitch dialed in and I'll be GTG!

Short commute to work, not a WHOLE lot of towing, so diesel just didn't add up for us. This 6.4L HEMI will get a little worse MPG than the 5.3 did, but it's totally worth it!
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:50 AM   #23
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Fuel in B'More..

Reg $2.39 gal.
Diesel $3.19 gal.
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:08 AM   #24
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Wow, with that price difference I may have considered a 2500HD with the 6L gas engine because I use my truck mainly for trips around town.
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After reading all of the Posts, you guys almost had me rethinking my Gas vs. Diesel purchase. But the Math I used with the initial cost of the Diesel option @ $9,000, plus the price of Diesel here in Pa & NJ is over a dollar per gallon more than Regular, it just did not make sense at the present time. I remember a couple of posts about the cost of diesel averaging out at approx. 75-80,000 miles. I'm happy with the gas F250 at present but as they say, Time will tell. Heading out west in the Fall and will report back then

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Keep in mind you get a lot more than just an engine for that $9000. The entire drive train is super heavy duty because of the increased torque. Plus most diesel packages include a lot of options as standard equipment.
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Who was I kidding!!!

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Keep in mind you get a lot more than just an engine for that $9000. The entire drive train is super heavy duty because of the increased torque. Plus most diesel packages include a lot of options as standard equipment.

Drivetrain is exactly the same in the HD trucks gas or diesel unless you buy a Ram with the Aisin trans.
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I have own 3 F-350's over the last 10 years, used them for work. Never used them for their towing capabilities. This weekend I will set out from Central Alberta to the Okanagan Valley of BC, climbing over the Canadian Rockies, this will be the first time pulling a 14,000 # trailer behind me. The Turbo Desiel is up for the job, no doubt about it, especially with a High torque 5 speeds Trans behind it. My only worry is that the 2010 era came with 3.55 gears in the differential mostly, unless ordered special, which will make the truck work a little harder on the hills. Ford did this cause the fuel economy was a sales issue. Thank god we have 5 speed versus 25 yrs ago with only 3 speeds for Trans, that wouldnt help compensate gear ratio back then. This truck has only been used for 5% towing miles, and it has 100,000 miles on it now, boy it is going to wake up this weekend. So in a perfect world, having the gears up graded to 3.73 would be a great combo, of course the 4.10 ratio is the work horse of gear's. Maybe the next unit will be set up for towing, 80% of its miles.
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Not much. I have the same rear an F350 diesel has. They change only when you go from SRW to DRW. Or up to F450. Warranties double also. My warranty cost $1200. The same for the diesel was $3650. Just little things to consider.

Now..with that being said..the diesel's torque is around 800 ft.lb as compared to the gas at 405 ft.lb. THAT'S where the big difference is.
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