What's a better truck for the buck? 01-06 cummins or a 01-06 duramax?
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:09 PM
I get over 18 mpg down the highway unloaded. Its a crew cab, 4WD long bed Cummins. I do have a 6 spd manual tranny.
If it didnt regen the DPF with diesel fuel, I know I could get closer to 20 all day long. The others just use DEF instead, so it appears mileage is better, but add in the cost of DEF.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:29 AM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:43 AM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:27 PM
When you go look at it, you want it stone cold, truck hasn't been started yet today. Feel the exhaust, the turbo, the block. Any residual heat, and you can't accurately tell. Do a cold start, how long does it take to light up? You shouldn't have to crank and crank, should light up immediately. Does it smoke excessively at startup? Does it run rough, or smooth out right away?
Before starting check all the fluids to make sure they're clean and full. Then check again after the test drive.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:24 PM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:28 AM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:48 AM
Their company also had a ford with the newer powerstroke and a chevy with the durmax and allison. His comments on those were that the powerstroke engine was amazing when it was running, they had a few expensive engine issues. And the chevy tranny was awesome but the duramax wasn't as strong as the cummins and the independent front suspension felt less stable with weight especially with a plow. But the chevy rode smoother when empty.
So it depends on what you want to use the truck for I guess. Pick based on how you value power and towing ability versus ride comfort.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:30 PM