Is the Ram Diesel 1500 WORTH IT?
The question of whether the diesel will save you money in the long run is something I'm sure most will ask themselves
Ram is charging a $4,500 premium for the diesel engine over the gas v6.
Reading around you find a few articles mentioning that the gas savings over the V6 would take over two decades to pay for itself (at average of $3.62/gallon). With the assumption the diesel will get 4mpg better than the V6. (not sure how much miles a year that is based off of)
But to be fair the V6 makes a whopping 269lbs of torque and 305hp so the comparison isn't fair. (diesel ram makes a brutal 430ftlbs)
A comparison to the V8 is probably more suitable... The diesel is an upcharge of $2,850 over the Hemi V8 with optional 8 speed. And the payback for that should be within 5 years with a 7mpg improvement from the diesel.
I tried to contact the guy who wrote the article to figure out how many miles a year those statistics are based off of. (I would assume around 10-15k miles a year) We will see if i get an answer.