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im sick of getting 10mpg with the 454 in the suburban. i want a diesel!

the truck cost about 30k a year ago, fully loaded SLT 1999 suburban 2500. all shiny gloss black, banks exhaust, centerline hellcats, billet grille, etc.

right now it has 53k on it and its in really nice shape. has a rear seat DVD system too.

what do you think would be a fair price?
 

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You put 53K on it in a year? My '95 has only 56K. But we don't take the truck when some that gets better mileage will work for us.
 

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If you only put on 18k a year I don't think it would be worth it. If you bought a new truck it would take you 21 years to pay for the $5000 option (as far as the fuel economy).:rolleyes:
 

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Blue 84 said:
If you only put on 18k a year I don't think it would be worth it. If you bought a new truck it would take you 21 years to pay for the $5000 option (as far as the fuel economy).:rolleyes:
10mpg at 18000mi a year=1800 gallons=$3000 a yr on gasoline

20mpg at 18000mi a year=900 gallons of diesel=$1500 a yr on diesel, if they both cost $1.65/gal

i would pay it back in 3 years.
 

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20 mph well maybe. Must be thinking Dodge:rolleyes: A PSD will NOT get that. Also gas is less per gal (in KS) As stated in a previous thread, the only way a diesel would pay is if you

(1) drove 40,000 + miles a year
(2) were pulling something all of the time
(3) you payed cash

Might want to look at DRMs reply to this post......first page,about 1/3 of the way down.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=66089
 

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Just for the sake of throwing a curve. My 2002 CC, LWB, 6spd, PSD has gotten 19.5 mpg on numerous occasions at 75mph empty with less that 10k all stock. I hauled my 3000+ cabover and averaged about 14 mpg on the highway going over I80 to the coast from Reno. Also nothing like doing 70 mph loaded over an 8000 ft summit effortlessly. And when you can go 600 miles on a tank of fuel (empty), I'm sorry but I think a diesel pays for it's self a lot sooner. Maybe not down to the last penny but in smiles per gallon.
 

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locrwln said:
Just for the sake of throwing a curve. My 2002 CC, LWB, 6spd, PSD has gotten 19.5 mpg on numerous occasions at 75mph empty with less that 10k all stock. I hauled my 3000+ cabover and averaged about 14 mpg on the highway going over I80 to the coast from Reno. Also nothing like doing 70 mph loaded over an 8000 ft summit effortlessly. And when you can go 600 miles on a tank of fuel (empty), I'm sorry but I think a diesel pays for it's self a lot sooner. Maybe not down to the last penny but in smiles per gallon.
Well I've gotten 14 mpg with my '95 C3500 Dually 454tbi 4L80HD 3.73 14BFF going from Reno to San Jose. But it was 10 mpg going from San Jose to Reno on the same trip. :flipoff2:
 

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My new Dodge 4 door dually is getting 15.5 mpg city, the only highway driving I have done has been pulling a load. Pulling 4800#'s I got 13.5. Towing 11,000 I got 9. This was before the motor was broke in @2000 miles. It now has 3600 and it getting a little better but not much. I keep all receipts and mileage.

Anyone that tells you a diesel is a waste of $$$ because of fuel mileage cost not towing is correct. But I know for a FACT that any truck with a diesel in it holds it's resale value better.

In my small circle of friends there are about 10 of us, all with diesels. Dodge, Ford and Chevy's. Everyone trades in 40,000 mile trucks after 2-3 years. You can't do that with a gas truck and expect to get anything for it on trade it.
 

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70k5, that's pretty good for a big block, I noticed that you have the 3.73's, I think that makes a big difference, most people get the 4.10's and wonder why at 70-75mph their mileage is so terrible. Again, I don't think the weight is the problem so much as the aerodynamics. By the way it a 10' Lance cabover. I was thrilled with the mileage. My father-in-laws old class C would only pull about 7-9mpg on a good day and he's lucky to get 10mpg with his class A motorhome. 440 and olds 455 respectively. I had a 99 GMC 1/2 ton with the 5.3 and only got about 14 on my way to Moab with a cab high camper, bed loaded and pulling my jeep on the car trailer. Only got 11mpg on the way back haulin' ass and bucking a head wind.
 

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I"ve got to tune it up now. My mileage is going down some. The same setup from San Jose to Prescott Az. I averaged 11.5 running 75-80 most the way. The 3.73 are nice but it has little 215/75Rx16s on it too.
 

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Blue 84 said:
20 mph well maybe. Must be thinking Dodge:rolleyes: A PSD will NOT get that.
Wrong :rolleyes:

My 2000 PSD, CC, short bed, 6-sp, 3.73, 265 series tires, w/ 80 h.p. chip gets 20 to 22 mpg, not towing at 70 to 75 mph. For whatever reason, if I go faster than 75 the mileage decreases by quite a bit. It goes down to about 15 to 17 towing about 6500 lbs.

After spending some time on Ford diesel forums I have found that different PSDs fluctuate quite a bit on mileage. My mileage did increase about 2 mpg when I put the chip in it (at about 5000 miles).

Sorry this is kind of off topic, just didn't want you to be mislead.
 
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