There are people who use their trucks for work, and they need to know what the average diesel truck prices are. The diesel truck market is very diverse, and the pricing reflects that.
The only diesel engine offered by Dodge trucks is manufactured by Cummins Corp., and is a mildly detuned version of their B-series, medium duty engine. It has been an option since 1989 and has gone through many changes since then. The first version had 160hp and 400 foot-pounds of torque, but in its new 6.7-liter configuration, it produces 350 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque. The diesel is an option on the Ram 2500, but is the only engine available in the Ram 3500. Pricing for the 2010 Ram starts at around $37,000 and can get as high as $53,000, depending on options selected. The used market is full of very dependable trucks that can be had for as little as $5,000.
Chevy has been in the diesel business for more than 25 years, starting with an indirect injected 6.2 liter V8, sourced from Detroit Diesel. For 2010 they are offering a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel that produces 365 horsepower and 660 foot-pounds of torque, and it’s available with a 6-speed Allison transmission. Pricing for the 2010 Chevrolet starts at $34,500, and depending on options can get as high as $50,000. Finding a used one is not hard. The Duramax has been the only diesel option among Chevrolet trucks since model year 2000, but before that, the diesel options were the problem prone 6.2 and 6.5-liter engines. A few aftermarket parts can help to increase the reliability of the older diesels, and they can be had for cheap on the used car market. They are not powerhouses though, so stick to a used Duramax for heavy towing duty.
Ford was the first automaker to offer a diesel engine as a viable option in their trucks. It began as a 6.9-liter non turbo and has progressed to a twin turbo 6.4-liter powerhouse. It produces 350 horsepower and 650 of foot-pounds of torque, matching the output of the Dodge. Pricing for the Ford starts at $35,200 for the F-250, and can get as high as $63,600 for the Harley Davidson version of the F-450. Finding a used Ford diesel is a very easy task, because Ford has built more than 1 million diesels over the years. The non-turbo 6.9-liter and 7.3-liter engines are indirect injection, and although they are reliable, they’re not known for their power. For towing duty, stick to the Power stroke models dated 1994 or newer. The 6.0-liter, which was introduced for the 2003 model year, did have reliability problems in the first couple of years. The warranty claims were enough for Ford not to renew their contract with Navistar. Stick to the 2005-2006 model years of the 6.0 liter power stroke, since many of the problems had been worked out by that time.
The heavy duty diesel market is going to do nothing but grow in the future. Whether your needs involve towing, or the everyday commute, there are a lot of choices available on the current market.