Diesel or gas


#1

I will probably be ordering a new silverado this fall. I would say 90% of the mileage will be short trips. From 1 mile to grocery store to 7 miles max. to our daughters. What would be best to buy ? Diesel or gasoline. My 01 silverado
has 140,000 miles and the 6 liter still runs great.


#2

For driving so little, why bother with a new truck. Keep driving yours if it runs great.


#3

I agree with Goldwing…To maximize finances…keep what you got.


#4

New car fever , eh ?

Agree with the others.
best buy ? '01 silverado 6.0 140,000K.

since it already runs great you might put a few bucks into spiffing it up good as new.
Wax & buff
detail
tires
tune up
etc.

If you buy new you wouldn’t want a diesel unless you do a lot of heavy hauling.


#5

Keep the old truck, take the money you save and buy a late model cream puff sports car for fun.


#6

I guess what I am reading is gasoline. Just bought a new 2012 Elantra for commuting and we presently are on our 7th corvette. The 01" Silverado is having a couple of issues and I would just as soon have new as fix the old. Thanks any way. And before I get comments about the Elantra the similar Ford and Chevy have drum brakes in back.
That was the deciding issue for me.


#7

Unless you have a lot of money to contribute the economy, for driving like that I would stick with gas. Diesels might be good for hauling and over the road, but not for short trips.


#8

Stick with the gas engine. For your driving style diesel doesn’t make sense. If you drove long distances on the highway, or hauled some really heavy loads, then a diesel would be appropriate, but not for commuting short distances.


#9

only time a diesel would make sense is 30k+ miles per year highway or if you towed frequently.
I’d recommend an F150 over a Silverado myself, but it’s your money


#10

Unless you are a farmer, a tradesman, a contractor or the like, why drive a fuel guzzler pickup? Count on gas and diesel prices trending upward as they have done. For occasional hauling tasks, there are inexpensive trailers available. This one can haul a riding mower, a refrigerator, a motorcycle, a couch etc. The bed is much lower than a pickup’s, easier to load.

http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/trailer-accessories/950-lb-capacity-foldable-4-ft-x-8-ft-utility-trailer-with-8-inch-wheels-and-tires-42709.html

There are others to choose from.


#11

Right…Do you really NEED a truck? Especially a big heavy V8 diesel truck? What do you haul in it other than yourself? What’s wrong with drum brakes? 80% of the braking effort with most vehicles is supplied by the front wheels…Using drums on the back greatly simplifies the parking brake and makes for a more effective emergency brake without sacrificing normal stopping distance…


#12

You have a Vette? Get a Tundra with it’s near best in class standard acceleration and towing, so when the Vette breaks down, you can tow it in on a flat bed, and have something to juice around town while waiting for repairs.


#13

With respecet, you’ve asked us what you should buy and told us how many miles it’ll get driven, but haven’t told us what attributes are important to you.

Are you a Chevy man or open to other brands?
Do you like something big?
Is gas mileage important?
Reliability?
Towing capacity?
Hauling capacity?