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Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle.

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09-19-2013 17:14:21

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very similar to what i saw / experienced.

I was pulling often and my 98 1500 4x4 dodge with a 5.9 gasser was 1, just not HD enough, 2, wasn't super fuel efficient. not sure on the rear.. felt like near 3.73 or simial.. don't remember now..

I sold it and got a 99 f350 4x4 drw with a 7.3psd and 4.10 rear.

I have MUCH more tow capability, stability and breaking power. I get no worse fuel economy.. maybee even better. Acceleration? ok.. the 98 gasser , EMPTY took off a bit faster thant he PSD.. but loaded.. the psd sucks the doors off the 5.9 gasser...

service costs are NEAR a wash. I was doing 3k oil changes on the gasser using walmart oil at 6qts plus filters.. and 8500 on the diesel using a good synthetic at 15 qts, plus filters.. no spark plugs or wires or any ignition stuff. the diesel, per year.. may cost a bit more on the service.. but if so.. not much.. enough to call it a wash..

I can't see NOT keeping a diesel... especially if you pull a trailer or have large loads in your bed.

I had to go pick up a buddies broke down full size conversion passabger van out of south georgia a while back. blew down the interstate to get it.. and ran a lil slower onthe way back. the old dodge would not have done that for me...

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09-29-2013 10:36:13

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 Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle. in reply to soundguy, 09-19-2013 17:14:21  
Your 98 probably had 3.92s. They had 4.10, 3.92, and 3.55's available. Chevy ran (runs?) 3.73s and I think it would be a better option behind the 318 and 360 than the 3.92s.

The 01 318 half-ton I had was twice the truck our 98 360-powered 3/4-ton was, and it didn't tear up the transmission, either.

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09-30-2013 05:59:35

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 Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle. in reply to T in NE, 09-29-2013 10:36:13  
very well could have been the 3.92.. deffintely wasn't 4.1

can't remember the rpm on the freeway enough to palce it at 3.55 or 3.92.. but i'll bet it was 3.92

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09-19-2013 18:46:50

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 Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle. in reply to soundguy, 09-19-2013 17:14:21  
I hope the f350 would out pull a 1500 espicially when the ford is geared lower. Be a different story with a 5.9 in a 2500 or 3500 and 4:10s, or a hemi which has more power and 4:56 gears

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09-20-2013 13:36:22

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 Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle. in reply to G1355, 09-19-2013 18:46:50  
point is.. for a gas engine.. it was not a small one. and the 7.3 psd is no speed demon... however very reliable..

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