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Metro M & L said:
I think the diesel thing is a loser. It costs 20% more per gallon. And you pay 20% more for the vehicle. I had a customer who ran the #'s for his dodge truck gas v. diesel and he said it would take 200000 miles to reach break even. That would take me about fifteen years. I don't drive as much as many but who knows where we will be in fifteen years. The bet is too far away for my taste. I'd much rather have the cash in my pocket not incurring interest charges and hopefully garnering a return.
no offense but diesel just makes sense if you carry any kind of weight or do a lot of travel, I didn't run the numbers when I bought my sprinter in 05 but when diesel hit $5 a gallon in 08 it was still a winning combination over a gas van. In fact even today in a 05 sprinter packet with tools and materials I still average 18-20 mpg all day long and for a $85 fill up I can do 450 on a tank easy, if I lighten it up and take out the stuff that's not everyday 480 on a tank.
 

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ArtisanRemod said:
Diesels are great when they're under warranty, and if you live at altitude.
It's really all in how it's driven and maintained, if your a owner/ operator then you treat your stuff right, but if you have a crew that just doesn't care they jump in the trucks don't let them warm up, never check the tires, or filters, the basics then you get banged when you take it in for service, just as you would get banged in a gasser!
 
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