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Unread 08-09-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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Diesel VS Gas cost

As a fleet operator I receive the Business Fleet Magazine. This months issue had a detailed comparison report on the title topic. The diesel cars out performed their gas counter parts. The diesel trucks did not do as well. The 3/4 ton diesel trucks cost $.09 more per mile than gas after 3 years and $.04 per mile more after 5 years. This is at 20,000 miles per year. At that rate, the average person would have to own their diesel truck 12 years before they would start saving any money by driving a diesel. See the related links below.


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Unread 08-09-2010, 06:42 PM   #2
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Ya. I like diesels but as often as I tow the cost is bad. I can be irritated a bit with a gasser from time to time vs paying more initially and more at the pump. Locally diesel is about .30 more a gallon than gas, so the truck would have to get quite a bit better gas mileage to even break even at that point.

If I towed a lot it would be a different story.
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Unread 08-17-2010, 03:17 PM   #3
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This used to be the opposite, but all of this emissions bs, ultra low sulfur diesels, and the horsepower wars killed the benefits to owning diesels.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 08:48 AM   #4
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That's counting on 22 mpg highway for the Cummins, 18 for the Hemi??? And 24mpg highway for the Duramax?


I'd like to meet the guy who gets those numbers on a consistent basis. When I bought my 08 the overhead said the average MPG was 10.4 mpg

Having said that, after doing the DPF/EGR deletes and slapping a tuner on it, I can get 20-22 or higher at constant cruising on the freeway, but combined isn't going to be near that.
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