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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 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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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......:D

- Cajun
 

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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 ******* 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 *******.

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

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I bought a 2004 Quad Cab 3/4 ton turbo Cummins about 6 months ago. So far I love it, its not growing old for me yet. I do haul a heavy load and tow on occasion, but not really enough to justify the extra cost. I guess you could say I bought it just for the heck of it. When I was looking, I had pretty much decided on a 3/4 ton truck, I just hadn't decided on a diesel or not.

As far as cost of maintance goes, thats a tough call. It holds 12 quarts of oil, but the normal change interval is 15,000 miles. In town, my truck gets better mileage than a gasser, out on the highway, about the same. Parts do cost more, but that has more to do with the fact its a 3/4 ton, not the diesel. So far, no regrets on my part.
 

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Get a 5.9, these 6.7s with the emission crap suck. I get crappy mileage, have to do oil changes every 3000 miles because of fuel dilution due to the regen cycles, and fuel is so damn expensive. If I delete, I lose warranty and diesel repair is 1000 times more expensive and complex than a gas job. The 14mpg babying it too isnt much fun either. I wanted an 06 or early 07 with the 5.9 so bad but there were none with low low mileage. I have mixed feelings about my truck sometimes I love it and others I wish I had gotten a 1500 gasser.

Dream truck would be a 2012 CC Laramie 2500 with a built 12 valve and built 48RE trans...
 

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I think that is just your inner ******* coming out Dana! LOL
LOL, that's probably true hahaha!

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 *******.

It was probably the inner ******* that made me want a truck in the first place lol
I can't say that's not true for me, too lol!

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I can't say that's not true for me, too lol!

- Cajun

I don't know, I mean if I was to get a 2500, I would probably want the diesel. Sure the mpg on it sucks, but wouldn't the Hemi in the 2500 without MDS suck even more than the diesel? But then again there are more things to worry about. I downloaded the diesel supplement for the owners manual from the Ram trucks website yesterday. 12 quarts of oil - ok not bad. 7500 miles between oil changes - call it 5000 miles since the manual for my Hemi says 8000 miles which I would never go all the way to. Gotta make sure I have a block heater out here - worrying about fuel gelling and crystallizing. Then that DPF thingy. Granted, I guess the regen is easy - just hit the highway for a little bit.

But then again for a 100 mile round trip 5 days a week that I will soon be doing for a year, combined with a good chance of towing an rv and maybe even a couple horses every now and then in the future, and living in Colorado at elevation with all the hills and mountains, I could see myself driving a diesel.
 

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I have to agree with you in the fuel mileage between the diesel and the HEMI without MDS but sounds like you would have more need for a diesel than I would. My biggest concern, even though the laws down here don't require emissions testing, I can imagine it being a pita. Never really looked into the cost of owning one, but were I to go that route, it would be an oilfield work truck, leased out for hauling, and if I ever wanted/needed to put a goose neck on it, I would have the capability. Other than that, if I ever get the winning lotto numbers, heck yeah I'd have one for fun and I'd find a reason to need it lol!

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Well, can someone please tell me besides more expensive fuel and oil changes, what other extra cost is there to owning a diesel - assuming you don't have problems? And also, is it bad for a diesel to run on short trips? I think the manual said something about in stop and go traffic in cold temps to put it in neutral when stopped and increase idle speed to make sure it is running warm enough.

Yeah out here in Colorado I guess we have emission testing. I don't really know too much about laws out here yet though. But emission testing would mean no DPF delete for me. You'd be hard pressed to find a 2500 with the HEMI out here. I'm guessing because of the power loss at elevation and the terrain. If you're towing anything, the diesel is going to make going up a hill out here look easy, not to mention when that turbo spools up you're going to have all the power that it is rated for unlike the Hemi.

But I guess all those reasons aren't for fun. Mostly I just like the 2500s because they look like tanks. If I was to get one, I think I would go with the diesel, even if I barely had a use for it.
 
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