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Old 01-23-2015, 05:35 PM   #1
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Diesel prices stay high, but all is not lost

The Globe and Mail ran a column today explaining why diesel fuel prices have not dropped nearly as much as gasoline. The bottom line is the difference is caused by "seasonal demand" and "low inventories", so don't sell your diesel tow vehicle or stop kicking the tires of that eco-diesel pickup yet.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:15 PM   #2
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It's amazing how sticky on the high side diesel prices are. In Connecticut the typical diesel premium has been $0.60 to $0.75 per gallon and I noticed this week that it was $1.10. Regular was $2.21 per gallon and diesel was still $3.31. These prices are killing all thought I have of a Ram Ecodiesel.
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It's amazing how sticky on the high side diesel prices are. In Connecticut the typical diesel premium has been $0.60 to $0.75 per gallon and I noticed this week that it was $1.10. Regular was $2.21 per gallon and diesel was still $3.31. These prices are killing all thought I have of a Ram Ecodiesel.
Part of the reason we decided to go with the Ford Ecoboost V6 instead. It would take over a decade to realize any ROI from better mileage, and by that time, the truck would be gone.
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Diesel remains high because it's the middle of winter and fuel oil is in demand for home heating. Gasoline is lower because people are staying home and keeping warm.
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Part of the reason we decided to go with the Ford Ecoboost V6 instead. It would take over a decade to realize any ROI from better mileage, and by that time, the truck would be gone.
Kinda my same thought Robert. Besides all the extras required when it's time to service the truck. Yes, it gets better mileage (at a higher cost) and yes, it get's more mile on the engine. But, at my age and future towing... that's moot. No one has a crystal ball (that's works and is accurate!), so it's a crap shoot. YMMV

Besides, I love my 2014 Ford F-150 w/ ecoboost!

Gasoline where I live is now $1.99 a gallon!
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Love it Donna! That's the same model we're looking for-- at least a 2013 so we can take advantage of the redesign. Of course an all aluminum body 2015 would be even nicer, but OMG the prices!
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... yes, it get's more mile on the engine.
I can't think of any reason to expect the Ram EcoDiesel engine to outlast the Ford EcoBoost... other than the fact that the EcoDiesel is just capable of producing less power, so the EcoBoost might well get worked harder if the driver takes advantage of the extra power available. In this particular case, the two engines are extremely similar: both V6, close to the same displacement, both turbocharged, both have direct electronic fuel injection, both have double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder...

Diesel doesn't make engines last longer.
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Diesel doesn't make engines last longer.
The fuel type doesn't, but the build type does. I work for a worldwide transportation company... there's a reason we buy diesel tractors.
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Love it Donna! That's the same model we're looking for-- at least a 2013 so we can take advantage of the redesign. Of course an all aluminum body 2015 would be even nicer, but OMG the prices!
I recently purchased a 2014 Ram 1500 .Yesterday I received a E-Mail survey from Ram .
The survey was quite extensive and had 2 pages devoted to my opinion on aluminum body vehicles
I've also read that GM is considering the change from steel to light weight alloys.
The change from steel to other materials not only lightens the vehicle but your wallet.
New technology seems to come at a price
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True enough Steve. I suppose as more makers adopt alloy bodies, the price will eventually come down.
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