Why shouldn't I buy a 2500 diesel?

Why shouldn't I buy a 2500 diesel?

This is a discussion on Why shouldn't I buy a 2500 diesel? within the Ram 2500 General Discussion forums, part of the Ram 2500 & 3500 category; I'm getting closer to trading in the ED on a Cummins. As always I'm thinking and analyzing way too much. So tell me some good ...

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    Why shouldn't I buy a 2500 diesel?

    I'm getting closer to trading in the ED on a Cummins.

    As always I'm thinking and analyzing way too much.

    So tell me some good reasons why I shouldn't.



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    A 1500 rides,handles and manuvers better especially if this is daily driver. Normal wear maintenance items like brakes, tires, etc are more money for HD truck.
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    The only reasons I went with a 1/2 ton was Ride quality and price. Although I didn't drive the 2500 so I can't say if the ride quality is much stiffer.
    At the time when I bought mine I was already experiencing major sticker shock, so the extra $ 5-7k for a 3/4 ton was out for me. My last NEW truck was only $25K.

    Next time around I would definitely consider the Cummins.
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    No reason not to other than firmer ride and a bit higher operating costs. As a plus, you have a lot more suspension to work with.
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    How much do you tow?

    How much do you load into the bed?

    Now those two questions are paramount for the necessity or usefulness of any opinions to your question. There are other lesser points of interest. If normal driving is a lot, the Cummins normally gives less fuel mileage. If money is an issue, that is important along with the probably increased cost of buying the 2500. Factor in the increase cost of registration, insurance, some parts (larger, beefier and more expensive), higher profile for garage and operation, parking, overall weight gain etc. Some just like the feeling of "manlyhood" they get from a bigger, higher more prominent vehicle. That's a positive to some who literally have no use for the bigger truck. You can more easily fit in with the horsey crowd and stand out in the bar parking lot. Get some stickers and vertical exhaust pipes when you are doing that.

    I had both a Duramax and a Cummins. My Duramax was more Duro-junk. The Cummins was wonderful for near 200,000 miles then it started to cause me expensive trouble the next 40K plus. The modern Cummins has the same emissions crap as the Ecodiesel. Do a full delete and it really is designed to go 300K or more. Now if you keep it that long - miles and years - get the Cummins and do a full delete.

    Sure the ride is a bit rougher than a little 1500. Sure you need some kind of steps, running boards or a ladder to get in and out. It is better to look down at stopped traffic next to you and see what you can see. Might be just what you want?
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Wat the Captain said. $$$$$$ factor, but the key thing else: Do U tow enough and enough weight to justify. But get and do WHAT works for U.....
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    I don’t often tow much over 8k and fuel economy is paramount for me so the ED works well. I also like the quietness & ride quality as its my daily driver including taking her out to eat or as in today dressing up a bit going to a viewing to pay respects. If it was solely a work truck for heavier hauling & bigger tows I’d have an HD.
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    From what I understand the 2020 ED may have a more comparable towing capacity.
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    Shouldn’t buy a 2500 cause you don’t need one. If you did, you would’ve bought one in the first place.

    BUT, if it gives you piece of mind and you want it, by all means go for it. Can’t take that moldy money with you!


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    Because it is more truck than you need and it has its share of troubles too and they are more expensive to fix. Unless you tow virtully all the time you can go 5 or 10 mph slower with an ecodiesel in certain situations and have a much more economical and nicer truck to use when you are not towing. If you are selling your house and moving to a mobile life with a big trailer then get the 2500.

    And, because you are asking you really don't wan't one/
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