Experts Offer Recommendations on Finding Fuel-Efficient Diesel Trucks
06/10/2013

As diesel prices have risen, so has the need for greater fuel efficiency in diesel engines. According to local diesel truck experts at Gem State Diesel, finding the right fuel-efficient truck is largely a matter of asking the right questions.

Online PR News – 10-June-2013 – Meridian, ID – As diesel prices have risen, so has the need for greater fuel efficiency in diesel engines. According to local diesel truck experts at Gem State Diesel, finding the right fuel-efficient truck is largely a matter of asking the right questions.

"Before you buy," says master technician Gage Burlingame, "figure out what you'll be asking your truck to do." A hard-working vehicle that regularly hauls horse trailers, ATVs or other heavy loads needs to be large, he says, but for city driving and occasional towing, opt for the lightest truck that gets the job done. "Lighter trucks mean more fuel efficiency, and they're all you need if you plan to do most of your driving on city streets in Boise, Meridian, Nampa or Caldwell." Burlingame says that Dodge Cummins engines have a good reputation for fuel economy, but "a smaller, lighter truck with a GMC/Chevy Duramax or Ford Powerstroke engine can match it when you buy the smallest truck you need instead of the biggest you can find."

Diesel technician Shawn Musgrave adds that resale value is also important for prospective truck owners. "The new EcoDiesel engines set to come out in 2014 and later models will make today's most economical engines look thirsty," he says. "Advances in diesel fuel injection pump design will increase efficiency well beyond what anything on the roads today can do, so keep trade-in price in mind." He recommends regular diesel maintenance to keep a new vehicle in good shape for future trading. "Diesel trucks have a high trade value already, but you can add to that with a proper maintenance schedule."

Both diesel engine repair specialists emphasized the importance of thorough research when looking for a fuel-efficient truck. Consumer-oriented reports, professional journals and Environmental Protection Agency findings on fuel efficiency offer statistics on new makes and models. For used vehicles, Musgrave suggests getting a second opinion from someone who works with diesel engines away from a sales floor. "Ask a tech at a diesel engine repair and maintenance shop or a service station about the most economical trucks. They have a wealth of practical knowledge to share.

Gem State Diesel & Turbo Repair specializes in the bumper-to-bumper maintenance and repairs for GM, Ford and Dodge diesel engine trucks. They carry a complete line of diesel parts and accessories.

For more information about diesel engine repair please visit www.gemstatediesel.com/complete-diesel-repair/