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Old 12-31-2011, 06:59 PM
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Short commute question..

Hi All.

First off - Happy New Years to everyone as we near the hour.....

I'm looking to buy next year. Given what I have been reading, and what my budget will be, I'll be getting a 99-03 7.3 PSD 4x4. Question I have is my commute and how hard it may be on the truck and what should I do to combat it.

I drive about 5-minutes on city streets to a park-ride bus lot and the home at night. My current vehicle (94 Ranger) never gets fully warmed up in that time, but seems to do ok with it. How hard is this on a diesel?

I should mention also that I live in the greater Seattle, WA area to give you idea of weather.

Thanks!

David
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:07 PM
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I do not know this for sure but I have heard that you want to get the truck to operating temperature before you shut it off to get all of the moisture out of the oil. Hopefully someone can confirm or discredit that haha. Happy New Year to you as well.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:08 PM
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You'll hardly get that truck warmed up. I drive 5.5 and the dummy gauge barely hits it's normal operating spot. Your mileage will be in the dumps. You're gonna have to change oil very often because it will be very hard on the oil being cold and used in the HEUI system. The truck will do it but I'd just stick with the Ranger unless you really need a diesel.
If you can, drive it on the weekends to really get it hot and working.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:17 PM
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i live in tacoma and my truck rarely ever moves, i don't assume that you'll be tradin your ranger in for the powerchoke so just drive the ranger and drive the choker on nice sunny days or if youre usin it for a trucks purpose
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:32 PM
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That is the biggest mistake alot of people make is driving a diesel only a few miles then shutting it down.

You will have tons of issues with it if you drive any diesel like that. I have heard plenty of stories about people driving them for such a short drive and turning them off.
Your ranger is cheap to work on and the oil change cost pretty much is nothing.

If you buy a diesel plan on the cheapest thing being a fuel filter, air filter, cam sensor.
Oil change on a diesel is close to $100

If you have to do any repairs count on it costing $150 min just for most parts them the worst case 10K for a engine.

A diesel is not for everyone.

Most people do not have a clue on actual costs until they have to repair the diesel then they are upset about what it costs to repair it.

Alot of people here in my town use their diesel as a grocery getter.
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im not tellin the dude not to get a diesel im just tellin him not to get rid of his beater. my beater is a 95 ford escort. its nice i don't have to wait for it to warm up or anything just drive. 20 dollar oil change and drive the piss out of it. everyone deserves to have a nice truck though
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:35 PM
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It is better to run it till at operating temp. However, it wount kill your truck. I would run a synth oil and change it each season or before you hit 4000 miles or so (get your oil checked via blackstone to see what it is doing. That will tell you when to chage it. Some people just stab in the dark about oil changes, lab it!)

Peace of mind for you:
A friend of mine owns a buisness and its 4 miles away from his house. So his commute is 2-5 minutes away depending on lights. He drives his truck to work and back. Most of the days he jumps out of his f350 and gets in the 650 to tow his backhoe etc.

He has ran every PSD doing this. 7.3 up to current 6.7.

He tried to plug it in when he could in the winter. Sometimes didnt even do that. Also, he never waits long to allow it to warm up.

Very low issues. NOTHING with his 7.3, NOTHING with his 6.0. 6.4 a Rad +EGR, and nothing with the 6.7. These are very low amounts of problems!

All of his trucks go from his daily ride to work trucks every few years.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:39 PM
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Pesonaly my truck goes 13 miles each way to work M-F typicaly light in the winter. Abused in the summer with loads and trailers.

I really hate when she isnt at operating temp before I shut down.
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I'm in the same boat here and don't mean to hijack the thread or anything but if you let it idle awhile and then did your commute would this be ok? I know the gas mileage will suffer but I wouldn't care.
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Fuel economy will suffer as well as oil change intervals. But it wont hurt the truck..

My question is if its a 5 min drive to the park and ride. Why drive at all. Why not walk the 15 minutes it would take.
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