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Same as heavy. I picked a diesel based on cost overall. We bought a home and renting a truck was not a cost effective option and deliveries were a PITA to schedule. Plus for my driving style the gassers got the same if not worse then my past/current diesels and since I do all preventive maintenance and MOST repairs I saved money in my overall annual cost of ownership. Its different with each person though. I technically have no need for a pickup with my current job/house situation but I choose it since its paid off, and allows me to tow the side by side/trailers.
Personally your situation sounds like the gasser is doing just fine and that's never bad. My situation was just a bit different where the 5th wheel weighed over 10k lbs, and sure a gasser could probably do it but im just not gonna take going 30-40mph up hills when for a few dollars a month extra I could maintain a safe speed/better towing mpg. Plus my truck is loaded 995 of the time it moves, if not I have a car for the short trips. So it just comes down to:
What you can afford
I would not pay attention to the generalized statements of diesels just leak and are always in the shop etc. I bought my current 1999 from the original owners estate and he had the dealership paperwork and maintenance since its delivery. I have less then $3000 in maintenance and repairs and it only went to the shop for one of the repairs. My 1999 also does not leak a drop after I spent less than $500 of the above $3000 to replace some o rings, and a couple of oil lines etc.
-99 F250, 4X4, 6.0 trans cooler, 08 mirrors, 05 grill, AIS Intake, lvl kit, JW Vbody, cncfab hpop lines, WW2.
04 Excursion Modified, 04 F350 Modified, 06 F350 Modified
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