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Old 09-21-2018, 09:41 PM
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Default Question to diesel owners - 3.0L vs. 6.6L?

If I am going to be using my truck only for shorter mountain commutes with a sled deck, should I be considering the new chevy 3.0L diesel 1/2 ton?

Not a brand topic, am about to sell my 2500 HD 6.0L gas and was really only looking at 3/4 ton diesel trucks. Am tired of the lack of power climbing grades, hence the diesel, but maybe a 1/2 ton isn't a great idea if my truck will be loaded up most all winter. my current truck just feels way more durable than any 1/2 ton i have ridden in.

Any constructive input on what I should get?
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If I am going to be using my truck only for shorter mountain commutes with a sled deck, should I be considering the new chevy 3.0L diesel 1/2 ton?



Not a brand topic, am about to sell my 2500 HD 6.0L gas and was really only looking at 3/4 ton diesel trucks. Am tired of the lack of power climbing grades, hence the diesel, but maybe a 1/2 ton isn't a great idea if my truck will be loaded up most all winter. my current truck just feels way more durable than any 1/2 ton i have ridden in.



Any constructive input on what I should get?


I plan ̣n ordering the new F150 3.0L just as soon as the 2019s appear online
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This is a hot topic at several sites. I too have considered the 1/2 ton diesel to have a lighter truck with great fuel mileage. The problem is that the cost isn't far off of the HD version. Even the gasser trucks are way up there in price, but they can usually be found at better deals than the diesel versions. No matter how you look at it, be ready to spend $60k ++ for a loaded out truck of any kind.
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Don't come to BC if you have a half ton with 2 sleds and a deck on. You will be pulled over by the cops because you are over weight. Too light of a truck, even with my 3/4 I run air bags. My one ton dually doesn't need bags. Don't limit yourself with a truck that kind of does the job, get the right tool. JMO.


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This is a hot topic at several sites. I too have considered the 1/2 ton diesel to have a lighter truck with great fuel mileage. The problem is that the cost isn't far off of the HD version. Even the gasser trucks are way up there in price, but they can usually be found at better deals than the diesel versions. No matter how you look at it, be ready to spend $60k ++ for a loaded out truck of any kind.
Agreed.
This is NOT about saving money on the cost of the truck.
I could pretty much get an F250 Diesel for more or less the same cost as the 150.


This is all about MILEAGE on all the days when I am not pulling a trailer AND a higher overall creature comfort rating for around town and high DRIVABILITY.


The F150 is simply a more "pleasant" truck to spend hours and hours inside of than the 250 is.
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Agreed.
This is NOT about saving money on the cost of the truck.
I could pretty much get an F250 Diesel for more or less the same cost as the 150.


This is all about MILEAGE on all the days when I am not pulling a trailer AND a higher overall creature comfort rating for around town and high DRIVABILITY.


The F150 is simply a more "pleasant" truck to spend hours and hours inside of than the 250 is.
I agree the 1/2 ton is just a better truck for daily use. Just hitting a bump will remind you. Easier to turn and park and get in and out of. But I never did understand spending more money to save fuel mileage. I guess if it is a daily commuter and that's all you have - and you need a truck bed. I'm looking forward to a "shoot out" between the GM, Ford and Dodge half diesels.
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This is why I have two trucks, my 1 ton dmax for pulling the RV/sleds and then I got an old 1st gen 4 banger Tacoma for daily driving, offroading, hunting etc.
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i've had many trucks over the years, 30+, general rules (always situational exceptions to general rules) 1/2 tons, 6k lbs max, 250's, 9k lbs max, 350's, up to 13k lbs max...this is for winter roads as they come, not necessarily a particular sunny day, and this is for loaded trailers, always considering wind, terrain, traffic....for bed carry, 1/2 ton, one sled; 250/ 350 two sleds...don't know of anything carrying more than two sleds in bed, but there might be...remember, it's not just pulling power that makes a good choice, it's how does the suspension handle weight, and adverse winds and stopping situations, which will get you in more trouble than pulling power of your rig...slick roads can combine with curves, wind and downhill stops to increase pucker factor significantly...higher truck ratings always handle the unexpected better....i'
ve found 350's to be too stiff for me when empty for general driving, 150's leave me wanting more weight handling ability and power....250's seem just about right overall for me...everyone will have preferences depending on personal need and desire, which is why we have many choices available to us...i only went too heavy once, but it was only a little too heavy, but i've had to upgrade to a more capable truck several times.....my daily driver ? an 18 f-150 with 5.0; my sled, boat, all other trailer truck is a 17 f-250 with airbags...if i could have only one ? easy choice, f-250, gas or diesel...
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