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is diesel right for me??

Old 06-04-2009, 06:50 AM
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Hi all,

I'm back looking for more information and opinions. I'm looking for a truck - probably used. I'm after a crew cab 4x4. If my girls stay involved in riding, I may be towing a horse trailer (5-6k lbs), but probably not on an everyday basis. It's probably overkill, but I've really liked the 3/4 tons I've looked at. Primarily GM. My wife really likes the Tundras.

I've really been considering a diesel as well. All 3 (cummins, powerstroke, and duramax) all seem to have great reputations. On a weekday basis, I'll probably only drive this truck 3-4 miles to work, then back home. I was told that for this type of regular short trip driving, not only would it defeat the purpose of the diesel (long running durability), but could actually do it harm - and lead to problems.

Does this seem right? Is my driving better suited to gas? I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone with first-hand experience like this to support or refute this thought.

Old 06-12-2009, 09:27 AM
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Yes, what you heard is right. Lot's of short trips is not good for the diesel. For what you describe, I would get a 3/4 6.0 GM personally. Great towing truck, but not horrible mpg's for work and back.
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