Considering Diesel Pickup
I travel the state of Texas for work, usally 3-6 hour road trips are required weekly. I will very rarely tow, but I want a diesel anyway. Am I throwing money away and should I just settle on a gas engine truck? Experiences on cost of ownership please, but opinions welcome too. Thanks in advance.
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2004-2006 Dodge 5.9L positives are Cummins engine, shorter turning radius, lower used cost to buy ;
negatives are questionable auto tranny, cramped back seat
2004-2006 Chevy 6.6L positives are Allison auto tranny, plush back seat ; negatives are questionable fuel system, high turning radius, higher used cost to buy
To me, it looks like the safest bet is to buy a Dodge with a 5 spd manual-what do you guys think???
Also, how can you know if a used truck is in good mechanical condition besides driving and having a mechanic check it out???
With the wide range of responses to appropriate fuel mileage, how do you know if the truck you are buying is on the upper end of the scale (~20 mpg hwy) without filling it up and driving it on a long trip, which is impractical if buying a vehicle.
I know these are good questions, but I don't have the answers- perhaps you do!