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The last diesel I owned was a 1973 290 Cummins and that was back in 1976. Other than oil changes, fuel filters, and a fan belt replacement, it was zero maintenance and bullet proof reliable. Of course, its FI system was 100% mechanical and would run fine w/o batteries and alternator.

I want to buy a diesel pickup for towing and hauling. I like the Ford truck best but the 6.0 has a goofy engine - 2 piece crankcase, some Mickey Mouse arrangement for the top end as well, and a reputation for leaking oil. I like the Dodge/Cummins but it seems they are made in Mexico and I have no desire to support the Mexican economy. I like the GMC Sierra a lot, have an 04 GMC 2500 4x4 gasser and it has not been back to the dealer since I bought it. Same for my previous trucks - a Y2K F350 4x4 and a 98 Explorer 4x4 with 120,000 miles between them.

In reading the Dmax forums I get the impression that the Dmax is a high maintenance item with overheating problems, EGR problems, and MPG all over the place. (I get 14+ overall, calculated, on my 6.0 gasser, no towing) Do the posts showing so many problems represent only a small % of the Dmax trucks or am I going to spend a lot of time at the dealer if I buy a Diesel?

Maybe I'm spoiled, but 3 trucks in the past 9 years and zero problems. BTW, the engine I'm considering is the LLY with a manual tranny.

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Thanks, I sorta figured I was only hearing about a small % of the Dmax. I really like my 04 Sierra gasser though it only has 14,000 miles. I plan to get the new one in July 07. That's when mine comes up for smog and new tags. My wife will be trading her Yukon for a new one at the same time so I'm hoping we can negotiate a better deal for two vehicles. It looks like the LBZ is auto only but I want a manual tranny so I'll be stuck with the LLY.

BTW, I was at the dealers yesterday for a bed liner and saw the 07 Yukons. I figure the trucks will be the same with a box in back. Thats what they are now stylewise. Anyway, the 07 looks great. Front fender more squared like the Chevys, and the body not nearly so curvy (feminine) looking. Interior was OK but had that fake wood like my F350 and silvery metal trim that looked a bit cheapo. OTW, I think they have a winner. Can't wait to see the actual 07 trucks.

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From what I've learned the new PSD will have common rail fuel and twin turbo. My understanding of the head gasket problem is that its related to stretching of the head bolts and yes, most likely when combustion chamber pressures are jacked up. My Y2K F350 was a great truck but I have no complaints with my GMC 2500 either.

I do prefer Ford's solid front axle and also the available manual transfer case. The electronic push-button 4WD is convenient but I don't mind getting out to lock my hubs and the electronic 4WD strikes me as one more thing to go south. Since my next truck will likely be my last, I want it to be as reliable as possible. If the Dodge/Cummins weren't made in Mexico one of them would get serious consideration.

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The way I found that Dodge trucks were made in Mexico is I went to the Dodge website and clicked on "Build Your Truck" (or what ever they called it) I "built" my truck then when you go to "View Your Truck" there is an option that lets you look an which dealers have a near match. Go to the dealer's site and click on something like "View the Invoice" (I don't exactly remember the names, but I can look up them up if you'd like) Anyway, on the dealer's invoices they read "Imported from Saltillo, Mexico."

I absolutely won't buy a foreign made vehicle when Ford and GM are closing plants where Americans are loosing their jobs. Guess I'm something of a Dynosaur. Also, Chrysler is now foreign owned. BTW, one of the reasons I sold my Y2K F350 was after I'd had it about a month I read inside the door jam "Hecho En Mexico" I really felt betrayed and cheated by my dealer. I think most are made in Louisville, but mine was, for certain, "Heco En Mexico."

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I believe my V10 engine was made in Canada. If I do buy the Ford, and it is a definite possibility, I will make bloody certain its made in Kentucky. Hopefully some Dodges are U.S. built. Maybe somebody can help with info. But, definitely the stickers I checked for Dodge/Cummins indicated they were imported from Mexico. My GMC 2500 is from Flint MI, and the wife's Yukon is from Arlington, TX. So, a new GMC is not out of the question, but I sure like Cummins.

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