Canadian fuel prices are very high compared to the US. I live on the Quebec border and before the borders were closed for Covid, droves of Canadians crossed the border to buy cheap American fuel and have for years. So yea, I guess diesel and gasoline are priced similar. When the border opens again, I'm sure the trend will continue.
if the price of diesel and regular gasoline were the same, I would agree. Right now in New England diesel is running about .35 to .40 cents more a gallon. Now add in DEF and diesel additive and that 30% is long gone. Now factor in the cost of the diesel engine. I figure I'm running my gasser for 3.5 years for what that diesel engine would have cost me. I'm only pulling a 7,000 lb trailer. Nothing heavy.
Sorry to hear you had issues with both trucks. I agree both trucks will get the job done. I think as a whole, the diesels are more problematic. I replaced (2) DEF tanks, and (3) nitrogen sensors with my last truck. Now add in the potential for CP4 injector pump problems destroying your fuel injection system and the EGR valve ($1,000 repair) it kinda makes you a little apprehensive. I think the fact that you went with a gasser for your business truck speaks volumes. I would have gone the same route and saved myself $10,000 in the process, along with much cheaper fuel and maintenance.
Diesel exhaust fluid, fairly expensive fuel filter that has to be changed frequently, using a diesel fuel additive such as Stanadyne, oil changes cost more due to higher oil capacity, and higher cost of diesel fuel at the pump. biggest cost, I believe is laying out the initial $10,000 for the diesel engine package itself. You can buy a lot of unleaded fuel for $10,000. I;ve had diesel pickups for the past 21 years. I went back to a gasser. I now have a 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 CCSB 6.6 gas. and love it. Never thought I would do that. Modern diesels with their finicky emissions sys
I pull a Airstream Flying Cloud 28 RBT It weighs in at 7,000 lbs ready for the road. I have a 2020 GMC 6.6 gasser and it pulls it just fine. Used to have a 2011 GMC Duramax LML that I bought new and towed a 34 ft 5th wheel,. It weighed 10,040 lbs ready for the road. We downsized as we are traveling more rather than staying put in one place. Loved the duramax but just didnt need it anymore towing a 7,000 lb trailer. When I bought the 2020 gasser, I saved $10,000 by not going diesel. Figure thats pays for about 3.5 years of driving . Thought I would miss the diesel , especially the e
I think the vast majority of 2500/3500 owners are in the same situation. If you intend on using the garage you have to fold in the mirrors in, or park it outside. No much choice there. On the bright side, with the mirrors folded in I find I have much more wiggle room width wise than my old 2500. With the old truck it was a tight fit, as I had manual fold in mirrors. Time will tell if the gears hold up. So far, they seem solid.
I crawled under my 2020 Sierra 2500 this afternoon after coming back from my complimentary oil change and lube. I was only able to find 7 grease fittings. I'm with you. I dont see any on the lower ball joints. I'm guessing my total is 7? BTW the dealer did get the zerks, I could see fresh grease.
I have had 3 diesel pickup trucks in the last 21 years. Two Cummins and one Duramax. The last one was a 2011 GMC Sierra 2500 Duramax ccsb. I recently traded it in on a 2020 6.6 gasser. Never did I think just a few years ago that I would ever go back to gas. The truck pulled my 34 ft 5th wheel just fine. Plenty of power, fuel mileage was just ok. average about 11.5 to 12mpg. The big factors--- the emissions on the duramax. I have been screwed twice by the truck while on a long trip. The last time was last month. I was 1300 miles from home when the def / cel light lit up on my dash.
The problem is not only the production line shutdown but alot of dealers nationwide are also shutdown. Car /truck dealers are non essential and the sales depts are closed. They're not selling anythng. I would think there should be some decent deals to be had once the restrictions are lifted
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