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Old 05-10-2012, 08:56 PM
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I'm glad I found this forum. I have a 2007 Mega Cab 4x4 with the Hemi and 114K miles. Just got a new sales job with a MUCH bigger territory. I've been thinking about going to a used 2500 4x4 mega cab diesel but I have some concerns. I don't tow much other than my boat (approx 3500#). I'm considering diesel for longevity and mileage. Other than the higher cost of fuel and oil changes, what other costs do I need to consider? I did find a sweet 3500 4x4 mega cab/single rear wheel with only 25K miles. How much rougher would the ride be on the 3500 vs the 2500 with empty bed? Most of my driving will be highway with no load. What kind of mileage should I expect from either the 2500 or 3500?

Can someone tell me more about the tuners and different "deletes" I've been reading about? If I bought a used 2011-2012 diesel, what modifications might be good, without affecting the warranty?

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Old 05-10-2012, 10:59 PM
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if you are looking at a 5.9 that was taken care of and not chipped, go for it. bullit proof. mpg should be on hwy between 18 and 21. week spot are the ball joints, replace every 40 to 60000 miles. if it is the nv 6 speed manual, you will also have a great trouble free trans. the ride is just as good as a 2500.
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x2, if its the 5.9 motor you're all set. If you have the 6.7 motor then you would have a sleeping beast under the hood, with an EGR and DPF deletes you'll see a 20% increase in power and milage. Add BlackMaxx, Quadzilla, or EDGE Products controller to complete the delete process (they provide the "fooler" codes for the truck) and you should see some very reasonable highway miles. I got 20mpg towing 7,000lbs with 35x12.50r20 toyo m/t's on my 98 cummins with the edge chip and some other mods...things have only gotten better.
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Repairs are a fortune on diesels.
Contrary to popular belief even the common rail 5.9 is not bullet proof. They're good but lots of them have/ had injector issues, wash the crank with diesel fuel.
Also watch engine hours. Some of them may be low on miles but spend all day ideling.
As for the ride, I find the diesels seem smoother than gas 3/4 or 1 tons. The extra weight seems to reduce the "choppiness" that you get with the gas trucks
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I have to agree repairs are more expensive and so is fuel. A weal maintained gas engine will last you.
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