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Old 02-19-2012, 08:22 PM
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So, I must admit that I am obsessed with the Cummins turbo diesel! I have been looking at some for sale and as much as I would like to purchase one, I have no REAL reason to buy it. As I have been reading up on articles like gas vs diesel and such, it seems to have it's advantages, but not worth buying it unless I utilize it for towing. I have read that diesel is more efficient, but at $.50 more per gallon, would it be worth it? Essentially, what I am getting at is, is it worth buying a diesel just for fun?
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Nope, the novelty wears off pretty quickly. For the first few months you'll look for things to pull while you're trying to show off how much torque you have. But if you don't have a real application for it then driving something that sounds like a school bus wears on you after a few thousand miles. I wouldn't (won't) do it (again).
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I know a few people that use them as daily drivers and love em. To each his own. Id love one.
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I might get shot for suggesting this on a truck forum but if you are obsessed with having a diesel but have no real need for the big cummins, why don't you check out a car with a diesel? No it wouldn't be a truck, but it would make fill-ups much more manageable.

If you are dead set on a truck, check out a Gen 2 3/4 ton. I have heard the 5.9 Cummins in the late Gen 2's were like rocks, there is tons of aftermarket support, and you could probably pick one up for a decent price.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:43 PM
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I have a 98 3500 club cab with a custom work body. this is a dually, I have it hoped up to 350hp and it has the 410 gears. best work truck I have ever had, I do work it. I hook a 5 ton skid steer and the trailer and it handles it very well with a fuel tank and full of tools. With that being said for my personal truck I went with the CC 1500 bighorn Hemi, I love the power of the Hemi. So far I'm very happy with the truck over all. This is my 4 Dodge truck, I have had Ford and Chevy. They all have there good and bad. The older Diesels are a little loud. but if you are not going to use the truck as a truck stick with the gas. You will be better off in the long run.
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Me personally, I'm just looking for a reason to justify buying a diesel, love the Cummins and a Ram 3500 dually is my dream truck so I say, even if you don't plan on towing frequently, if you at least have a use for it, go for it!!!!! For me, one day......

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I'm just looking for a reason to justify buying a diesel, love the Cummins and a Ram 3500 dually is my dream truck- Cajun
I think that is just your inner redneck coming out Dana! LOL
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I understand the desire but unless you need it you will likely regret the decision later. It's certainly got a cool factor but the extra cost of fuel easily eats up the extra MPG in most cases and the higher costs for maintenance will likely dampen your enthusiasm. The diesel is more expensive to maintain and since it only comes in the 2500 o 3500, you have the extra expenses for that as well.

I was seriously lusting after a 2500 MC with the Cummins but when I added all the costs (initial price, fuel, maintenance and in my area an extreme bump in tolls) it just wasn't worth the cost. I opted for the 1500 CC Hemi and I love it.
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I got the 2500 with the Cummins "just for fun" and I am trading it in for a 1500. The extra fuel cost, maintenance, and worrying about the exhaust stuff isn't worth it. If ya have a use for it then great, if not...stick with a gas engine. Its cool for like the first year or so, after that....it wears off. If ya are looking into it, get an older one with the 5.9 in it, less to worry about and more ya can do with it.
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I'm glad this thread came up lol because whenever I hear these diesels driving around I think they are so cool but will stick with my Hemi. Really, I barely have a use for my 1500 but like Excoastie said... It's just the inner redneck.

It was probably the inner redneck that made me want a truck in the first place lol
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