Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cheney, Washington
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I went through the same dilemma back in 97 when I decided to purchase a diesel. My father in law kept telling me that the added maintenance costs of a diesel alone should tell me to stay with a gas motor. I must say that since 97, I have not has to change any plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, rotor or sensors. I do change oil every 4,000 miles just because. I like you don't drive mine very much either.
He also told me that I don't drive the truck enough for it to make sense to pay the extra entrance fee for a diesel engine. He is probably right on that one but, I now have a truck with an engine known to last at least triple what a gas engine equivalent is expected to live.
All you will need is an aftermarket chip to allow you to see you made the right decision. You will have the power you want, the economy you desire and the reliability you need in one package.
I am original owner of 97 Extended Cab 4x4 with 86,000 miles, Unlimited Diesel 175/30 Stage 1.5 Injectors, ATS Intercooler, Tony Wildman 6 Position Chip, 4" Turbo Back Diamond Eye Exhaust, Stealth SPR1 HPOP, Wicked Wheel 2, Hypermax Combo Boost/EGT Gauge, DIY Intake, FPR Mod, CCV Mod, IDM Mod, 203 degree T Stat, Stainless Steel High Pressure Crossover Line, Fitch Fuel Catalyst, 40,000 lb. Trucool Max Transmission Cooler. Next up a Bean's D-66, electric fuel, torque converter and a valve body.