Originally Posted by titanman2789
The diesel option listed on the ram website is about 7 grand.
that's before you add the cost of adding a transmission to it - with the automatic, it's a bit over $8200 diesel option for 2012 MY.
Even with the DPF I still think that the diesel would get better mpg than a HD gasser. But even if it does, it's not much
I've done about half a tank so far on our new '11 diesel (crew shortbed) we picked up monday - so far we're matching what my research showed we should expect - 14mpg empty for my typical commute (mix of 35/45/80 driving). (mind you, we didn't buy it for the commute - but who can resist getting some miles on a new truck?!
The not-a-hemi 5.9 gas 2nd gen (quad longbed, 4.10) got 11-12mpg consistently for entire time we owned it (towing heavy we might hit 10mpg - towing light didn't change much)
My research indicated that the 5.7 hemi in a similar 2500 would get about the same as we got before - 12mpg.
Remember, when factoring fuel costs that the hemi claims to prefer at least mid-grade, so the price difference per gallon isn't so huge.
That said - without trying to factor in other costs (like that the diesel has a 3 gallon oil change, vs the hemi with <2 gallons) you'd save, say, $768 over 20,000 miles with the diesel in fuel costs - but it would take 200,000 miles to pay back the sticker price.
For the original question: Personally - the diesel isn't as much "fun" as the hemi when driving empty around town. Sometimes a bit more scary (pre-'12 HD trucks dont have traction or stability control) due to the turbo lag (start turning in front of traffic, apply a dose of WOT, lag lag lag -BAM- 650 torques. off throttle, try to correct the slide, regain traction, reapply throttle...). Once your up to interstate speed the diesel gets more fun - until you remember that it adds 800 pounds of weight to the front axle when you're braking and steering....
Mind you, that's 5 years of 2nd gen gas vs 15 minutes of 4th gen hemi test driving vs 4 days and a bit over 120 miles in the 4th gen diesel.