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        06-17-2014, 02:19 PM
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    Green Broke
    HLG I cannot disagree with you more. Diesels ARE the way to go. And it all 100% depends on the engine. For instance, I had a 93 IDI Diesel. Maybe 3k in maintenance its whole life. Sold it for $1,500 with almost 300k miles on it. The biggest issue that truck had was the rust. It never faltered, and never left me stranded. I pulled a 34ft trailer with it for years. It never skipped a beat, it might have pulled very slowly....but we got there safely every time LOL!

    I also had a 20000 7.3L that was a work horse. Never had an issue. It was my dream truck, but unfortunately I had to sell it.

    THEN I bought a 2004 6.0L. 24k in REPAIRS ALONE. I thought I did my research and was prepared to do headstuds, egr delete, gaskets, etc. "Bulletproof" it. However, the truck proved to be way more than I could handle. The engine was out 3 times in a year, and was in the shop more than the road for the 2 years I had it. Right now, it has 8k on the engine and transmission, and 125k on the body. Now, I had rotten luck with mine, due to the fact that I had a shady mechanic doing the work. But you must do your research when it comes to diesels.

    There are worthy, reliable, diesel engines out there that require little maintenance. Then there are the ones that will make you file for bankruptcy. With diesels, you MUST do your research. Absolutely must.

    I suggest a diesel, I am a diesel girl through and through. I can't say enough good things about diesels. But to each their own.
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        06-17-2014, 03:13 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Not everyone can care for a diesel. I didn't get a diesel simply because I can't plug it in if it needs to be (like in the winter).

    Spending 30k in repairs is very excessive though - you could have purchased a nice used truck and another horse trailer and had money left over.
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        06-17-2014, 03:46 PM
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    Yearling
    Diesel are and were great reliable engines, usually.

    They do cost more to outright purchase from the get go...fuel is now more expensive per gallon and only going to go up in price just like gasoline. They no longer get better mileage per gallon that they once did, times have changed.
    With the new federal mandates many of the diesel engines are having issues now that never did before. Like anything "new" there is a time of error and trial happening...
    My understanding is even on regular sized pick-up trucks emissions are now stricter standards...and a new fluid is now required to achieve those emission standards...that fluid is expensive, and needs replacing for the truck to perform correctly. So they aren't going to be as "cheap" and easy to maintain as once were. That fluid makes them require maintenance most can't handle themself anymore.
    I have friends with several "newer" trucks... those trucks spend more time in the shop for recalls of engine issues, and repair maintenance bills incurred than the older trucks...
    I know the tractor-trailer trucks and their engines are having issues too with the new federal mandates.... just look at a rig going down the road if it is newer and notice the extra fuel tank now visible...yup that is the new "fluid" needed to get that engine to comply....that fluid has decreased the HP of the engine is my understanding but I am not really up on it...just what friends with commercial trucks speak of in aggravation.

    The days of the diesel truck working hard powering up a hill towing a heavy load and spewing black smoke out the tailpipe...not anymore. Illegal and if you get caught...$$$$ fines.
    So those that just ran the trucks and did minimal maintenance...well, when they get snagged it is going to cost them.

    Honestly, I like diesels but they are noisy and smelly. Very few can compete with the quiet of a gas engine ever.
    It is a give and take with any truck, the amenities, the costs and the reliability...and longevity. The engine may last 300,000...but what is the point when the rest of the truck is junk around it.
    I guess I would prefer the quieter engine noise, give up some of the power I rarely would need...and get a new truck sooner or just a new engine for the difference in what I saved at initial purchase around 200,000 miles if I can still stand driving the truck..that is a long time owning the same vehicle for the average driver and a occasional use truck.

    Was your 2004 truck by any chance a Ford?
    Around that time frame wasn't it that they had huge problems...lasted a few years till they found a fix to the problem..in the meantime like you they broke down, were unreliable and lousy, and cost a fortune. Most dumped then and went to another brand of truck to get away from the issues...you couldn't give away certain model year diesels if I remember correctly...

         
        06-17-2014, 03:47 PM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
    Not everyone can care for a diesel. I didn't get a diesel simply because I can't plug it in if it needs to be (like in the winter).

    Spending 30k in repairs is very excessive though - you could have purchased a nice used truck and another horse trailer and had money left over.
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    It was my only vehicle and I was stranded. I had no choice, because I couldn't sell it broken, I had to fix it. Sad thing is, I sold it after it was all fixed for exactly what I paid for it.
         
        06-17-2014, 05:46 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Would I tow with a Nissan pickup, no way in h--l.

    As for diesels, own one and love them, that said I would never buy another new one unless I win the lottery. When I bought mine the engine was a 4k option and diesel was significantly less than regular, payoff was calculated at 100k mikes over a gas. Today it's an 8k option with diesel well above the price of supreme, it won't pay for itself unless you tow for a living.
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        06-17-2014, 05:51 PM
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    Originally Posted by horselovinguy    
    Was your 2004 truck by any chance a Ford?
    Around that time frame wasn't it that they had huge problems...lasted a few years till they found a fix to the problem..in the meantime like you they broke down, were unreliable and lousy, and cost a fortune. Most dumped then and went to another brand of truck to get away from the issues...you couldn't give away certain model year diesels if I remember correctly...[/I]
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    Yes I mentioned it was 6.0L powerstroke.

    It was an early 04, the 6.0L's didn't have their issues worked out till later 05-06. It was a very nice truck, I just made a terrible decision in the mechanic I sent it to. It was their fault, not the trucks. But, Navistar's design of the 6.0L had faults because of Ford pushing them to turn it out to the public before it's testing was complete.

    I work for Ford. TO this day they still stand by designs of the 6.0L that have been proven to fail. I have to admit, even though I work for Ford, I don't be buying a Powerstroke again.
         
        06-17-2014, 10:32 PM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
    Not everyone can care for a diesel. I didn't get a diesel simply because I can't plug it in if it needs to be (like in the winter).

    Spending 30k in repairs is very excessive though - you could have purchased a nice used truck and another horse trailer and had money left over.
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    My 2007 model didn't have a plug. We paid to have one installed. It can be added later.
         
        06-17-2014, 10:34 PM
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    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
    Not everyone can care for a diesel. I didn't get a diesel simply because I can't plug it in if it needs to be (like in the winter).

    Spending 30k in repairs is very excessive though - you could have purchased a nice used truck and another horse trailer and had money left over.
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    My 2007 model didn't have a plug. We paid to have one installed. It can be added later.
    When I haul fully loaded--4 horse slant STEEL trailer--I HAVE to have the cruise on so I don't speed. You don't even FEEL the weight behind you.
    THAT's what you want--more power than you need to get the job done.
         
        06-17-2014, 10:37 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Read the thread I've pasted below. I got into the technical details on towing there a while back. I chime in at post 14 and continue forward.

    If you are within the ratings of the vehicle (and yes, a safety/comfort margin is nice as well) then don't listen to the naysayers just because you plan to tow with a half ton v6. There are people who think that towing with anything less than a 1-ton dually diesel is crazy, but it's not the case.

    Can my suburban pull a trailer?

    I'd have to look into the technical details on your selected tow vehicle, and we'd need to know the exact empty weight of the trailer you intend to buy as well as the weight of the horses you intend to haul in it to go any further, but I'd be happy to do that for you if you post it all up.
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        06-18-2014, 09:22 AM
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    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PrivatePilot    
    I'd have to look into the technical details on your selected tow vehicle, and we'd need to know the exact empty weight of the trailer you intend to buy as well as the weight of the horses you intend to haul in it to go any further, but I'd be happy to do that for you if you post it all up.
    Now that is a great offer!!

    You would then know where you truly stand in meeting, exceeding or staying within those safety margins...

    I would though still say go with American made know-how.
    The other guys are still just learning how to compete with the American "Big 3" auto/truck manufacturers in turning out really good tow-worthy vehicles...

    jmo..
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