Originally Posted by Cthulhu
You are correct that the CTD is infact an I6. The 5.9 is a 'bullet proof' engine, surrounded in a less than 'bullet proof' truck. It's not a terrible truck, but the engine is definately the benchmark in the truck.
If you are going to a 2/3500 chassis, find a CTD. The hemi in the 1500 sucks the fuel back faster than a dehydrated soldier given a canteen of water in the desert, it's even worse in a 2500. I've read many owners complaining about the lack of power the hemi has in the 2500. If you are going 3500, the CTD is the only choice available... or it was a few years ago anyways.
I can't agree that the Hemi gets terrible gas mileage. I had a '98 5.9 gasser 4x4 - NOW THAT GOT TERRIBLE GAS MILEAGE. I guess I'm still of the day when 4x4 trucks got 12 mpg on a good day. Not uncommon at all for a 1/2 ton, MDS Hemi to get 20+ mpg on the highway, to me at least, that's DAMN GOOD for a truck! Even non-MDS unlifted 2500s can see 18 mpg on the interstate and 13-14 mpg in combination driving.
But yeah, it'll start sucking fuel towing or hauling a heavy loads and again, you have to weigh your needs vs. your wants vs. your pocketbook.
There are people who NEED a diesel and then there are people who don't need a diesel but just WANT a diesel and there are people who just want one but can't afford the upkeep.
Just depends on which group you fall into. I wanted another one, at the time had the $ for one, but didn't need one. Heaviest thing I hauled on any type of a regular basis was a 2300 lb. bass boat. A new CTD when I was buying had a sticker of $9000 more retail, but with all the incentives on 1500 Hemi trucks, plus the fact the dealers I went to wouldn't drop a dime off sticker on the diesels but would move $5k off sticker on gassers (plus the incentives), the diesel would have been $17k more! Could in NO WAY justify a CTD at $9000 more initial value for $17k more hard cash out of my pocket - UNLESS I NEEDED A DIESEL...
If you want one and can afford one, get one. If you need one - by all means get one. Some of the biggest bi*chers of the Hemi on this forum are guys who bought a 1500 Hemi and try to pull 5th wheels or huge, heavy, boxed in, enclosed trailers who try to use a half ton gasser for tasks only a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel should be used for...