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Thinking about new Ecodiesel

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Troutman561, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. jack67

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    Nothing beats pure size, I would never touch a smaller engine for towing. For one thing, the smaller engine will wear out sooner.
     
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    If the OP tows several thousand pounds long distance and does choose a gasser-I would think the Hemi would be the better choice over the v6 pentastar. Or am i mistaken? Only had the Hemi-dont know how the v6 is for towing.
     
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    This is a great tool that can calculate easily savings with diesel or gas. I used it and calculated I save 1500 a year with my diesel. At current fuel pricing of course and a drive a lot of miles a year

    http://calcnexus.com/fuel-cost-calculator.php
     
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    You should also include the difference in maintenance and purchase costs when doing the math if you're buying a diesel with the sole intention of saving money.

    Years ago I did all the math and they were within a few $ of eachother over a year of driving. You'd basically never recoup the costs unless diesel somehow got way cheaper.
     
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    It all comes down to how many miles a year drive and what you’re pulling. Pulling a 5000# work trailer a couple times a week made it a no brainer for me.
     
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    You are correct that the resale will be higher. But you are not correct about how much higher. I once owned a 2015 EcoDiesel. At the time of purchase, the engine upgrade cost was $5000 more than the base v6 engine. I just now checked the NADA value on that vehicle, and the engine only adds $1700 to the trade-in value (over the base v6). So it effectively saw $3300 in depreciation. You will not get back the full $5000 more you originally paid (or even close to it) when you sell or trade it in.
     
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    It's also a completely null and void point if you don't sell your vehicles.
     
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    A concept I've never adopted, but probably should. Very true, but I suspect not too common.
     
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    My Ram is the first vehicle I've decided to keep for the long haul. I love driving it and it hasn't given me a problem yet so it seems like an obvious decision.

    Although before this I was always itching to sell/trade up to the next latest and greatest every couple years so I can understand that point of view too.
     
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    That's my problem. I never buy a vehicle with the intention of getting rid of it. It just tends to happen after a few years of owning them. Who knows, maybe I'll keep this one at least until the loan is paid off. :anitoof:
     

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