Sorry in advance for a half-informed second-hand knowledge post. A buddy of mine bought a newer diesel and apparently the fancy emissions system was an absolute killer on mileage. He couldn't pull it because they test in his state, and he was concerned that it might jack up the computer/injectors/etc (everything is complicated now).
Anyway, he sold it and bought a gasser. Just thought I'd throw it out as a consideration when looking at newer diesels (at least worth investigating). Again, sorry if I am full of crap, this is already solved, easily remedied, etc....
You know what I drive but I will put it up here anyway. Toyota Tundra Crew Max 5.7 liter. It will haul a trailer with 2 ATVs into the mountains into the middle of NM and get about 13 mpg round trip which is about a 6 hour trip.
It gets about 17mpg on average. Not great but better than some. I like it because it has a crap load of room in the back cab (Crew max) to store all my gear and guns. You can take two people hunting and literally store everything that you need in the back cab except for coolers which I wouldnt put inside anyway.
I too like my 2011 Tundra Double Cab 5.7L 4x4. I get ~12/13 MPG in the city and 17/18 MPG in the hwy. I've towed 18' trailer up on the mountains on get aways averaging 10 MPG.
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I got a new 2004 Dodge Cummins, 6 speed manual, 4x4. It's the stripped down model with a regular cab and rubber floormats/no carpet. It's been very dependable. I use it every day, all day. After 9 years, I changed the batteries out a couple days ago.
2004 Chevy with duramax/allison tran. Purchased new I use this to pull my landscape trailer around town all week. I installed an K&N air filter and a Hypertech re-programmer about a year after I got it. When I hit the button a couple of days ago while fueling, to check average mi. it showed 24.3 this is in town. On the highway if I told you what it gets, well you would have to see to believe it. ( I try to keep rpm's just at or under 2000 on hywy) Two years ago going to and from Pinedale Wy. from west central In. we spent less than $400.00 for fuel round trip. This year in my buddys 2011 Dodge with hemi we spent $778.00 round trip. Never did average more than 17mpg. We will be taking my truck next year The hypertech was well worth the $300.00 I paid for it.
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Re: Which Truck should I buy
If you go diesel make sure its 2006 or earlier the emission crap is killing the economy on the new ones, from what I here. We had a big discussion at lunch about it the other day. 2013 GMC 3500 dual, diesel, 10k trailer 13mpg on the highway.
Mike, I am a Chevrolet driver but have seen them all here around the ranch. The dodge diesels have now progressed to about 14 mpg.in the last year or two. I always thought the cummins was a great engine, and it is, or was. We just had to replace one that took a huge dump at just over 100 K, that was a $10 K + deal.
I would love to have a 2500 Durramax, but with the price of Diesel it need to give more mileage than gas.
So from what I have seen the used truck that will make me dig deep would be a 2003 Durramax. They ran very well and mileage was superb. I think they were the best of them.
If you run across one that is not completely worn out, you might want to give it a look. If I find one with low miles I will be looking hard.