Just my .02.....I've done the math and at current fuel prices and my average driving of 10000 miles a year, the 2423.00 ecodiesel upgrade will pay for itself in 3.59 years. Now I'm low compared to many as most drive 15000 to 20000 miles a year. If you do drive 20000 miles a year that upgrade paid for itself in just shy of 2 years. My math is figured on 25 mpg average on the diesel @ 3.69/ gal. & 16 mpg average the hemi @ 3.44/ gal. Now say my averages are off a little based on personal driving habits, I'd still say it will pay for itself for me still under 4 years. I normally keep trucks 10 years, so the 1 million mile longevity I'm not concerned about.It will take you 10 plus years to recoup the several thousand dollar difference in price between a 3.0 and a 5.7l, and not to bag on the Motori, but so far I havent witnessed it as a 1M motor like the cummings can be.
How many of you just straight like diesel better, cost, access to fuel, your use of the truck, the way it drives etc....????
So far, I just like it better, mostly subjectively. I may actually be better served with a 5.7 so weighing it out, financially at least, the gas motor is tough to beat.
I've been borrowing my dad's hemi the last several weeks till my ecodiesel comes in & granted it's an 05 so it doesn't shut off cylinders at highway speed, but I'm averaging 13.6 mpg. That's county roads some highway and some city.
I cant speak for everyone, but I'm personally buying the ecodiesel because I need more of a family ride with the ability to tow 10 - 15 times a year and nothing I have will be over 6500 lbs.I believe this appeals to many because dealing with crap fuel mileage the other 349 days a year is silly. I firmly believe if towing ability is a concern, due to multiple heavy loads frequently, a 3/4 ton diesel is the way to go and if you do that much towing fuel economy probably doesn't matter anyways.
Hope this helps! And remember, this is just my needs and by no means is this a one size fits all.