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Thread: Considering a diesel truck
08-30-2013, 11:28 PM #1
Considering a diesel truck
Was looking at an 04 silverado, diesel. 140K miles (good bad or average for a used truck) body is solid.
This would make my first diesel truck, and was just wondering about general maintenance, and cost of ownership. and other helpful things I should know.
I'm not looking to "roll coal" or tow invisible trailers. Just need a truck to tow a double axle full of wood, with a bed full of wood if needed for home renovations.
08-31-2013, 12:52 PM #2
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08-31-2013, 03:35 PM #3
will a half ton tow a 10K lbs, or haul about 1K lbs of lumber in the bed?
08-31-2013, 04:03 PM #4
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08-31-2013, 05:02 PM #5
Definately, Ive got a double axle. Just need enough umph to be able to merge onto the highways here. we have clover leafs and gotta be able to pull a 30-70 in about 6-9 seconds.
10-05-2013, 09:11 AM #6
I had a 12 Silverado 2500HD with the 6.0L. It was a great truck it just didn't have enough to pull a 24foot enclosed with a combined 17000lbs, down the highway. It would do it but at 7-8 mpg at 65. I purchased a 13 2500hd with the 6.6L Duramax and did the same pull. Averaged 14.0-16.5 mpg at 65mph and had no sluggishness at all at any point over the course of 400 miles. Yeah the maintenance is more than a gas motor but the benefits outweigh the cost of ownership. Think about it. Diesel in my area average about 3.70 a gallon. and 93 octane is about the same. I always use the 93 unless I am just flat broke then I will use 87 octane and if I have to use 87 I only put in no more than 10 gallons... Just my 2 cents as a current Diesel owner and former Gas motor owner...2013 Silverado 2500 HD, 6.6L 4X4 Z71 Crewcab.
11-05-2013, 06:01 PM #7
I'm looking at a few '04 body style silverado 2500's (I prefer the look of the older ones over the newer ones, plus I cannot fit in the new trucks, The seats sit up higher than the 04 styles. [I'm 6'4"])
11-05-2013, 10:10 PM #8
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- Lake Worth, FL
That used truck you looked at is 9-10 years old. That's 13,000-14000 miles a year, not too bad and below normal for the number of miles since most people drive 18K-20K miles a year. For a diesel that is maintained it is at about half life. The engine takes 10 quarts to fill up and you must use oil rated for diesel. When they break, parts are much higher in price than a gasser. The tranny's are heavier and also have to consider cost to repair. Call a tranny shop and ask for a cost difference. Bottom line a diesel truck is best for heavy towing since diesels have lots of torque and will get better fuel economy when towing compared to a gasser. Diesel fuel cost more, they are usually a 2500 or 3500 series truck, more weight, bigger tires and breaks, etc. Diesels are designed to get the heavy work done, not save you money. As you know wood is heavy and it seems like you could use a diesel. If you go with a gas engine truck, a 1500 wont last, you'll need at 2500 or maybe a 2500HD.
11-29-2013, 02:22 AM #9
Last edited by Cowpie; 11-29-2013 at 02:33 AM.2013 Silverado 1500 4x4 Crew. 5.3L Auto. Range AFM Delete, PCV Catch Can, RC Leveling kit.
2013 Freightliner Columbia. pre-EGR Detroit 12.7L 500 hp 1850 lb torque, 18 speed.