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I have a Diesel question for the daily driversI live less than 5 miles from my workwill daily driving a diesel around in the city cause problems to the truck over time? (lack of fully warming up) I am also in LA where it is only really cold (40*?) a few times a yearThanks
diesels are fun, i have had all three domestic flavors at this point and most people talk about the towing power and the great fuel mileage (in the older ones anyways) but it would be wise to look at maintenance cost and possible repair costs. injectors need replaced, trans, oil cooler, HPOP (for fords) all can cost thousands. the cost of repair is much higher on a diesel than a gas truck. some need repair more often than others and that also depends on the previous owner but i think it is always smart to research the common failures of any vehicle and asses the cost associated with the risk.on my 7.3 i replaced the oil cooler seals twice, HPOP once, glow plugs, HPOP lines and wiring harness under the valve covers and then at about 275k it broke a rod and ruined the motor. they quoted me $15k to replace with a 100k motor. if that were a gas truck i could have had that motor installed for a 3rd of the price.not trying to bash because i still drive a diesel just making sure you know that variable in the equation.
you also can't deny the tundra 5.7 since 2007. has proven reliable although thirsty. plenty of towing power
7.3 excursion can't go wrong due to the fact they are kind of sought after and when you sell it you'll be able to move it easily. 7.3 is a reliable diesel but that doesn't mean they don't have failures. Not all engines can be like Toyota 5vz and go 400k with nothing more than a few timing belt replacements every 80k. Over all the 7.3 is a good engine. Most failures I have witnessed on 7.3 would be fuel filter housing leaking due to corrosion by water in the fuel, quite a few with failed turbos. Turbos aren't teriiboy expensive though. I believe you'll be happy with it but don't buy into all the fools that claim these highly exaggerated fuel numbers. Realistic 14-18 mpg would be my numbers on an excursion.
I appreciate the accurate information. It drives Me nuts When I hear the "I get 25 MPG as a daily with My 7.3L".I will give a second vote for the Excursion. Hard to go wrong with this option.
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