2018 vs. 2019
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Any pro's or con's for either?...
Post By DJL_57
Post By MAS
Post By ajb3015
2018 vs. 2019
What are your thoughts on a 2018 2500 diesel vs. a 2019 2500 diesel?
Any pro's or con's for either?
2018 last year of its kind. Can get a manual if that's your thing. Of course it depends on the deal and how badly they want to sell something, I'd imagine deals on 2018 are going to be generally better especially this late in 2019. Aftermarket support is well established.
2019 first of its kind. I think there are a lot of improvements with the new trucks inside and out. However any 1st year vehicle could definitely have its quirks. Same cab/bed as 2018 with a refreshed front clip, taillights, and interior. Is the HD going to get the new cab in 2020 or 2021, making the 2019 HD a bastard oddball year? Time will tell but I'd imagine they want to combine their tooling costs sooner.
Unless you're buying the max tow 3500 with the HO/Aisin for 1000 lb-ft, or absolutely need a lot of the fancy new stuff available in the 2019, a 2018 is probably better for the wallet and all. It depends if the luxury stuff is a "gotta have" for you, or if you're like me and are perfectly happy driving a base model.
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I would either buy an 18 to avoid the new engine design and potential issues associated with it or wait and see when the cummins 8 speed debuts.
Dad has an '18 3500 srw and has been great so far.
I just looked at an 18 and a 19 side by side. The 19's interior was brand new, it even had the 12" screen.
The 18 was the good old familiar truck that I already know. And, without any prompting, the dealer was knocking 12K off the sticker.
Now the salesman said the engine and drive line was the same. Is that true? I thought the 19's had the new engine and same 6 speed?
I believe the 19 gets the updated engine (cgi block, new head, new internals, etc) but it's downrated to 850lbft (compared to the max 1000lbft available in the 3500). I dont know if they had to update the 68rfe to handle the extra torque (2018 is 800lbft). this combination is also offered in the 3500 in addition to the 1000lbft/aisin combination.
Personally, i prefer the interior and exterior of the 18. with that, and the uncertainty of new untested components, I would not even consider the 19.
I would fire whoever was in charge of the 2019 redesigns for both the 1500 and HDs, it's not that they are ugly (still better looking than any of the competition imho) but the new looks are a step backward compared to the 2018s
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The '19 has a near totally new engine from block construction to near all internal parts and turbo. It is designed to be both stronger and more fuel efficient. Of course the stupid thing on that last issue is they dropped the 3:43 rear end ratio so the most (least) fuel efficient rear-end ration available.e is 3:73. Absolutely stupid in my book.
Next on the '19 there is a slight revision with the automatic transmission, the only transmission available. It 's basically the same 68RE six- speed with a few changes to handle the extra torque and make the linkage shift more reliably.
I would be ecstatic were it not for that rear-end ration issue. For those running speeds below 70 mph and tow above say 14,000 lbs, the 2019 is the logical choice. If you tow light and run interstate speeds upwards of 75 mph, read more and figure out what the fuel penalty will be at those speeds with the "supposedly" more fuel efficient engine.
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