The last round of fleet trucks we purchased, (3/4 and 1 tons), ran about $5K more per vehicle for the diesels compared to gas.
There are trade-offs for the advantages diesels offer. Higher initial cost. More expensive repairs. Even though maintenance intervals are fewer they're more expensive when they do occur. The last few years diesel regs have tightened up forcing manufacturers to change things up more rapidly than they'd like, making new owners guinea pigs for the latest stuff rolled out. The huge annoyance around here is cold weather starting. Yes, diesels start fine in the cold when everything
is nice and new and functioning properly. But if anything
is even slightly awry and it's below zero....you're not going anywhere right away. In addition to our Ford trucks used for service vehicles and delivery, we've got half a dozen Sprinter vans with the Mercedes diesels for road salesmen. There have been more than a few times this winter when bays have been tied up with sales vehicles that wouldn't start.
You do get more for them at trade-in time, but not nearly as much as the initial cost difference was. And despite what the car lot guy says, you won't necessarily get "twice the life at least
" out of the diesel. Many owners end up getting, (what seems like a lot), more miles out of their diesel rig than they would have gotten with gasoline....but they're often stuck having to
because of the investment they have in it. Even if the powerplant is up to 250,000+ miles of use, everything else is falling apart anyway.....if the truck is indeed being used
as a truck.
I like 'em, don't get me wrong....but I don't think we've seen one yet "pay for itself" compared to a gasoline vehicle all things considered.
Depending on where you are and what the local market is, your situation could be very different.
We have a lot of equipment with Deutz power, and I like them a lot. Big, simple, noisy, anvil-like reliable. Just for fun I'd like to mount one in the back of a cheap small truck to drive back and forth to work.
listen to it purrrrrr