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Old 08-26-2015, 12:54 PM   #1
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Dodge 3.0 EcoDiesel ???

Anyone? Just found out I can get one of these for basically for the same price as the GMC Canyon i'm looking to buy. I'm not going to lie, Dodge scares the crap out me, I've seen a few of my buddies have problems, but that's been a few years back.

Obviously they will tow more, but the mileage is supposed to be around 30 on the highway, that's mighty tempting. I drive around 40,000 miles a year, that would save a lot of money on fuel. I'm also aware of the DEF and it seems that it would cost around $300 per year, along with mighty expensive oil changes.

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Old 08-26-2015, 02:01 PM   #2
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DEF sure wouldn't run you any $300 a year. DEF is around $2.65 a gallon bulk at most truck stops. Mine used about 2.5 gallons towing last year out to So. Dakota & back. That was over 4000 miles. My diesel Passat uses that amount in 10,000 miles. Of course it gets over 40 mpg.
With diesel being cheaper than gas for close to a year now, it's what I would recommend. Have you looked for a 2-3 year old used diesel truck. They should be in that same price range.
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DEF sure wouldn't run you any $300 a year. DEF is around $2.65 a gallon bulk at most truck stops. Mine used about 2.5 gallons towing last year out to So. Dakota & back. That was over 4000 miles. My diesel Passat uses that amount in 10,000 miles. Of course it gets over 40 mpg.
With diesel being cheaper than gas for close to a year now, it's what I would recommend. Have you looked for a 2-3 year old used diesel truck. They should be in that same price range.
I've read that the ecodiesels are thirsty on the stuff, and I was shooting a little high because It isn't readily available here in the sticks.
As far as used, these have only been out for just over a year...i'm also not looking for a 3/4 or 1 ton.
The reason i'm wanting new is that I have zero trust when it comes to vehicle maintenance by others.
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2 1/2 gallons of DEF is around $12.00 at Walmart. I just keep the container & refill it at my local Flying J or T/A truck stop. That way I always have it with me.
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2 1/2 gallons of DEF is around $12.00 at Walmart. I just keep the container & refill it at my local Flying J or T/A truck stop. That way I always have it with me.
Good to know. I'm assuming that it's universal and not truck brand specific?
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Walmart & Home Depot has Blue DEF made by Peak for $11.98 for 2 1/2 gallons. I also know Sam's Club has it. You can buy brand specific at the dealer for more than twice the cost.
If you didn't know DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid.
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Walmart & Home Depot has Blue DEF made by Peak for $11.98 for 2 1/2 gallons. I also know Sam's Club has it. You can buy brand specific at the dealer for more than twice the cost.
If you didn't know DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid.
I'm just learning some new diesel lingo, DEF sounds better than urea.
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I'm just learning some new diesel lingo, DEF sounds better than urea.
Yes it is Urea but not the same stuff they use as a liquid fertilizer.
Reason I know this stuff is I work at a tractor dealership. We sell Kubota & New Hollands.
I'm not in sales, I'm the Service Manager. Most all that are over 100 hp require DEF now.
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Comments I've read on the Ecodiesel are that they have very low payload ratings. When towing a camper, payload is always the first capacity to get popped for light duty trucks. So while the Ecodiesel has many attractive features, its low payload capacity makes it less than ideal for an RV tow vehicle. It makes sense that Dodge is offering the Ecodiesel aimed specifically at the light duty truck owner who wants excellent fuel economy, but they don't want to compete with their own heavy duty trucks for customers whose needs will land them there.

Nissan is coming out with a Cummins engine for their Titan and that looks interesting to me. They don't offer a heavy duty pickup, so they will be designing the diesel Titan as a heavier duty light duty truck. Perfect for those of us who don't necessarily need or want a heavy duty truck but need something stouter than a light duty one.
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The payload is 1530lbs which isn't class leading, but more than enough for what i'm doing.


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