Okay, new guy here so I will be frank in saying I have never owned a diesel before, but I understand how they work and have many friends who work on/maintain them and go figure, they are all "Cummins People." So needless to say all the input I have had has been very biased. I understand VERY WELL that the 5.9 first/second gen dodges are reliable (mostly), get decent mpgs (20's on the hwy), and come factory turbo with torque to spare.
Anyway, I am looking for a truck that won't bleed my dry on fuel and maintenence, will last me as long as I can care for it, will tote at least 1000lb of welding equipment when needed without flinching, doesn't cost a fat mint (under about 5K), and isn't impossible to work on. For the early part of my ownership the truck will be a daily driver (unloaded) on about roughly an hour's commute commute to/from classes per day (85% hwy.)
I am curious about the 7.3 IDIs, they seem relativly availible in my area, parts seem a LOT cheaper than Cummins, and the whole truck is less expensive in general. Here you everyone wants 6-8K for a 250,000 mile 2nd gen dodge. Plus I have always been a Ford guy My main concern is fuel economy, 7.3 is a biggish motor in a biggish truck so it is hard for me to wrap my gasoline-fueled brain around. I understand gearing helps, so does trire selection and PSI
, and driving habbits.
Anything to do with the cost of ownership/maintenence of these trucks would be greatly appreciated.
oh, and here is an example of what I am looking at
ford f250 diesel
Your input please and thanks :)