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Unread 02-17-2015, 11:35 AM   #1
LORIENOAKS
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Gas or diesel for towing a 5k GVWR trailer?

Was wondering if anyone might provide some insight on this. I am buying a new JGC Limited w/ tow package so the gas version rated at 6200 lbs towing capacity should be adequate to pull a trailer up to 5000 lbs. I will be towing through the Rockies; would the turbo-diesel be worth the extra expense??
Any help is appreciated!

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Unread 02-19-2015, 03:27 PM   #2
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Turbo diesel engine is better for pulling heavy trailers. I didn't know that there is a Jeep with turbo-diesel engine? I know Fords have them.
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Unread 02-19-2015, 03:41 PM   #3
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Diesels are always better for pulling period.
Things to think about though

How often will you NOT be pulling the trailer vs pulling it
Oil changes will even cost more
The cost to fix any engine/transmission problems, gas engines can cost a fortune, diesels cost ALOT more
Fixing it will cost more period at the dealer it says diesel, most dealers will charge more to do ANY work just because it says diesel on it....'
Then again what are you going to save in fuel vs. the expense of the diesel. I don't recommend getting a little v6 gas, IF you chose the gas route get the biggest engine they offer if your going to tow ALOT, if they offer a v6 middle size v8 and a huge v8 just weigh your options.

Basically if all your buying it for is to tow, buy a pick up truck, if you need to tow the trailer once or twice a year get the v8 gas. Again this is how i would look at it.

Also not all diesels are good research ANY motor and see how there holding up, you may tow better but don't mean it will last.
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