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Which Diesel to buy?
My buddy Kyle is craving a diesel and I'm trying to help him make a desicion. Here is what he wants...
Price - 20k or less
CrewCab, lariat or equivalent (basically power everything)
This pretty much rules out Dodge, BUT he really likes the Cummins.
He doesn't have HUGE plans for power, he likes SMOKE and lots of it. I know he doesn't have the knowledge, $, or capability to go really big like 600+rwhp... so with that being said.
Leaving syling issues behind lol...
Obviously I'm in favor, and think it's the best to suite his needs. I advised him to look for low mileage 2000 (Forged Rods) F250,350 SRW. They can be had for under 20k all day. It also has a REAL crewcab, and is up to any task and with a few mods can be pushing the same hp#'s and better tq#'s then the newer diesels when they're stock.
Advised him to look into pre 98.5 12v cummins but he said no because you can't get a crew cab and it's too old since he's already got an 01 dodge. I then told him to look into 2003+ cummins for the commonrail setup but they're 100k+ for 22-25k. Also, still not a real crewcab, but at least it's 4 doors he said.
01-03 good motors, relatively small problems, but aren't usually in as good a shape as dodge or ford at same miles. Once again, usually since I was looking into buying one over a year ago now. I told him if he wants a really fast crewcab, to go with the chevy because it's the lightest and first to go commonrail. What year can you use EFI live? 04? They're a tad pricey around here though, 26,500 for an 02 with 68k on it...
I know they all have their problems, but I know more about the ford and it'd be nice if both of us had the same truck so that parts were interchangeable upgrades alike, and the fact I've already done abit mechanically to my truck would be a Plus in his favor since we pretty much do all mechanical work together....
Questions and then the poll...
What are the major flaws/problems with the 2003 Cummins.
What are the major flaws/problems with the 2001-2003 Duramax's
And which diesel would you get if you were in his shoes, please try not to be biased.
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Last edited by Marty; 11-20-2006 at 11:30 AM.