Why Diesel Engines are More Fuel Efficient than Gasoline Engines

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jejb

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The closest to me: regular: $2.99/g
Diesel: $4.49/g.
A significant amount more.
That's not even close to "twice" the price. 50% higher would be much closer. And at that price, it's a break even deal for me compared to my gas 3/4 tons.

Diesel is high right now though. It was as close as 15 cents more locally a few months back. Crude oil prices have fallen a lot recently, so hopefully diesel will fall in line soon.
 

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So, this isn't meant as a dig to anyone that owns one. But, why spend the money for a 2500 with a diesel when it just crushes payload and thus severely limits the trailer? Best answer I read here a few months back was that someone had a smaller trailer but towed in the mountains a great deal. If buying a diesel for the working capabilities it would seem logical to buy a 3500 at least.
Each has its place and it really depends on how you intend to use the truck. In my previous situation pulling a 16.5k fiver, a 3500 was the only route to take. Given that we now want to step down to a larger travel trailer, the 2500 diesel fits perfectly with our needs. The travel trailer we're looking at would max out the tongue weight on almost all 1/2 tons, but is way under what we need for a 3500. It's a perfect fit for a 2500. Also, I wanted a diesel so that I'm not fighting to pull a 32' travel trailer into a tight gas station to refuel. I can still pull up to the big rig fuel islands and have as much room as I need. :)
 
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So, this isn't meant as a dig to anyone that owns one. But, why spend the money for a 2500 with a diesel when it just crushes payload and thus severely limits the trailer? Best answer I read here a few months back was that someone had a smaller trailer but towed in the mountains a great deal. If buying a diesel for the working capabilities it would seem logical to buy a 3500 at least.

Take, for example, the building of anything. It is always better to overbuild, than under-build. Put more concrete in the foundation, rather than less--use 2x6 framing rather than 2x4. Have a truck that can do anything asked of it, rather than less.

It also depends on the circumstances. When I bought my year end clearance new '19 3500 dually, in was January, 2020, the 31st to be exact. They had about 1/2 dozen "new" '19 duallys and this one was exactly as I like,bright white, with beige and mountain brown leather interior. It was marked down 10K off the sticker and because it was the last day of the month they took my offer of 5K under that. So, I got a brand new, fully equipped Laramie HO CTD, w/ the Aisin trans that is today selling for way over $90K (or more), for only $64K. I wasn't able to come up with the entire 64K but they gave me a 0% financing on the balance.

I would have been a fool to walk away from that deal. It was as if God was saying to me, "Look, you drove that little Toyota Taco into the ground for 23 years. This is My gift to you. You deserve it."
 

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Where is the closest to me?

It looks like you are quoting the lowest price you can find on regular gasoline and the highest-priced diesel you can find. Shame shame.

A quick look at the fuel pricing in North Carolina shows this is exactly what you are doing. Have you ever considered a career in politics?
That’s nearest to me. Actually, if I go about 2 miles further I can get a 12 cent reduction at BJs. So maybe you should look in the mirror about a job in politics, bob.
 

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Each has its place and it really depends on how you intend to use the truck. In my previous situation pulling a 16.5k fiver, a 3500 was the only route to take. Given that we now want to step down to a larger travel trailer, the 2500 diesel fits perfectly with our needs. The travel trailer we're looking at would max out the tongue weight on almost all 1/2 tons, but is way under what we need for a 3500. It's a perfect fit for a 2500. Also, I wanted a diesel so that I'm not fighting to pull a 32' travel trailer into a tight gas station to refuel. I can still pull up to the big rig fuel islands and have as much room as I need. :)
Yes, gas islands sometimes are a PITA.
 

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Twice as much? In NC? C'mon now. And that's not even shopping around or using one of my multiple diesel fuel discounts!


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Damn.. all those prices are actually relatively good. There’s usually a $1 difference between Regular & Diesel prices, though.
 

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Rudolph Diesel DID invent the engine. His peer, Robert Bosch, was purported to be so jealous that He (Bosch) knocked Diesel off! Urban myth?
Yeah. I am currently reading "The Mysterious Case of Rudolph Diesel." Interesting book. Or maybe John Rockefeller or the chancellor of Germany had him killed. We'll see how the book ends...
 
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