Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SouthEast Texas
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Yeah, Cummings makes a very good diesel engine. The 24-Valve models however, don't use a conventional pump/injector set-up like the older versions and from what I've seen, are more prone to drivability problems.
As far as economy goes, one would have to figure the extra cost of the Cummings engine option(a bunch!), the extra cost of deisel fuel (about 40 cents a gallon), the extra maintenance cost between the two (about 2x), factor-in how many miles you plan to drive while you own the truck and then decide as to whether or not there's any REAL cost-savings involved.
I think that once you get to the bottom line, you'll find that in this case, an extra 5-6 MPG aint all it's cracked-up to be.
But that's just an old guy's opinion.