Daily cost of diesel vs gas?

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    I wasn’t talking about truck value. It’s extra cost of the motor versus the gas motor. Unless you are towing every day it won’t even out. Even if the gas motor gets less mileage the fuel is less to buy.
     
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    Was your main reason for buying the tank to capitalize on the cheaper diesel fuel? Also, how many gallons does it hold?
     
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    But sometimes the upcharge for the diesel engine is later recouped in resale value, or a combination of value and fuel economy. In the case of the Cummins, that is 100% true. In the case of an EcoDiesel, that might not be 100% true. But even if it were 40% true, the extra cost of the engine might be worth it for some. I know I wouldn't enjoy driving a Pentastar as much as I would an EcoDiesel. So, the joy of ownership has to be calculated as 'value', too.
     
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    It's a 300 gal tank, almost everything I own uses diesel fuel, all the way down to lawn mower. Skid- steer, tractors, etc.
     
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    #20 Mar 23, 2020
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    The same eco diesel has been used on the Ram 1500 since I think 2014 and has been reliable. A buddy of mine has one with over 200k miles and has nothing but great things to say about it. His previous ride was a Ram 2500 with the Cummins and he says that the 3L eco gets about 10 more MPG than the Cummins and for what he tows it's just as powerful.

    Here in AZ, we continue to get screwed about as much as our neighbors in CA when it comes to gas/diesel prices. While you can buy gas in Kansas City for $1.72 a gallon or diesel for $1.80, we are still paying close to $3 a gallon for either here in Phoenix but the rural areas are anywhere from 50 to 70 cents a gallon less (unless you gas up in Wickiup where the price is $4 a gallon, like CA). No sense as they get their gas trucked from Phoenix so it should be more.

    Also take into consideration the resale value down the road. The Grand Cherokee diesels are selling for way more than the hemi models and more than making up for the difference in original costs.

    My RV has a 8.3L Cummins, the oil change is about $400 a year. The recommend changing every 10,000 miles but I do it at 5000. I'd never go back to a gas RV. You can't beat the power of the oil burner towing or going up a long steep grade.

    So IMO, if you want the advantages of a diesel and plan on towing, don't disappoint yourself by getting the Pentastar.
     
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    300 is a good sized tank. Will you manually pump the fuel or electronically pump the fuel?
     
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    Electric, with a manual one in the box for backup-
     
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    Smart idea! If I saw diesel drop down to $1.50 per gallon, I would be buying a tank, too!
     
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