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    Default Gas, Desiel, or Hybrid? Which would you buy and why?

    Hey guys. Here is an ongoing argument between me and my buddies and I don't feel that there is a clear winning side. I just finished reading an artical in Truck Trend about the new 2 stage hybrid system coming up late '08 on 1/2 ton silverado/serria pick-ups (March/April p. 82). I've got to say that its about time that this is happening. 40% better fuel milage city and 25% better highway is a selling feature that I just can't ignore. Plus you can still tow over 6000lbs!!! If they are reliable, and the bugs get worked out, sign me up when my wife's Saturn Vue is over the warrenty.

    But here is where the debate begins. My buddies are desiel guys. Hey I drive a '93 6.5 everday. I love it but I also love the fact that I'm not paying for the repairs. They are saying that the new 4.4 Duramax is the way to go. I see what there saying. All that tow power and great mpg.

    Then there's another guy who's keeping behind ol' reliable, the gas motor. He says that the price tags for eiither a desiel or a hybrid are way to high. The up front cost on the sticker and the possiable high repair bills for pumps or unproven tech. is just to high risk.

    I can see all three sides. So if you guys had pick one of these three, which would you choose and why?
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    My Old Man drives the huge Durimax motor, he pulls anything out of anywhere, and his MPG destroy my 06' Silverado's gas milage. Not only that his truck has never had problems with the motor or tranny.

    Personally I'm with you... I want the Hybrid for the fuel purposes. Maybe you should just wait until some one crashes one and then go to the junk yard and take off all the goodies, should you choose a gas guzzler.

    I would pick Diesel if I had to do it again. Oh, and 4x4 too! haha
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    I would get Diesel! My dad drives the DuraMax Diesel and it HAULS. His gas mileage isn't bad either. But if the cost of Diesel is concerning you, you should get the Hybrid.

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    Diesel. Very low maint and less cost without sparkplugs, wires, and ingnition parts to replace. Longer lasting than gas engines, more than enough HP and Torque to tow most anything and still get remarkable fuel mileage. With only a few upgrades (exhaust, intake, and a programmer) you can achive 50% more HP and fp-torque and increase fuel mileage to mid 20's.
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    I would go Diesel, particularly as the smaller, more efficient motors are coming out.

    The biggest issue with Hybrids is Legacy cost. Do you know how much it is to replace the batteries in a Prius. Put it this way, most people just get rid of the car. Also, those batteries are extremely toxic, and non-recyclable. In the end, the Hybrid is a stop gap solution in the transition from gas to hydrogen power, and will be viewed dimly by history. Diesel is a good alternative because it actually has less emissions if they use a particulate filter, is easier to refine than gasoline, and provides significantly higher power per gallon than gasoline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffs89Suburban View Post
    ga$ baby!!!!!!

    Gas must be cheap there. Hope so, I'm driving there from Calgary, via Houston, for my brother- in- laws wedding. Why did you pick the gas motor? Dollars the big reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crane3447 View Post
    Gas must be cheap there. Hope so, I'm driving there from Calgary, via Houston, for my brother- in- laws wedding. Why did you pick the gas motor? Dollars the big reason?
    well, if you call 2.94 a gallon cheap

    I have always owned gas engines, I've never had a desire to own anything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffs89Suburban View Post
    well, if you call 2.94 a gallon cheap

    I have always owned gas engines, I've never had a desire to own anything else
    I won't get started on gas prices with you, but thats about 25% cheaper then here. Ask cableguy about the price where he lives. But back to the question. Wouldn't a hybrid be right for you? Heres a way for you to keep a gas motor but get much better mpg.

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