what diesel should I use???
Ok, so I'm still fairly new to this board, and a dakota owner, I've got tons of questions that I dont know where to start. I've always wanted a quad cab truck, thats why I got the dakota, and I've always wanted a bad ass lifted, big wheels and tires truck with a diesel. Getting there but no diesel. So, what diesel should I get to put in my dakota. Keep in mind that I'd rather keep it an auto so lets review whats readily available and deside whats best for my ap.. Daily driver, 50 miles a day to and from work...
*Mercedes inline 5cyl 3 liter turbo diesel. This was my first choice since you can get a whole car for $1000 to swap all parts. There 4 speed tranny's suck though but they rev to 5000rpm, not much bottom end in them, might have problems pulling my 22ft boat.
*Cummins 4B turbo diesel. This was my second choice as its a beast. My concern is the noise and weight. Herd these can be well over 1000LBS. Not sure on rev limit, but the 6B's with a cam plate can handle almost 4000RPM's. These are expensive and hard to find down here..
*Isuzu 4B turbo diesel. Just like the cummins above, not as noisey though. Alot harder to find in these parts and alot more dough than a cummins.
*GM 6.2/6.5 turbo diesel. I think these might work out better than all listed above. Pretty cheap to get, parts are everywhere for these two engines and I found a 92 chevy with a banks turbo kit on a 6.2L for $1250. Herd these get 18-20mpg in 8000lbs trucks, should top 25mpg in a 4000lbs truck geared right. Usually weigh in somewhere between 750-1000lbs complete..
So, if you had a choice of engine to swap in, which would you use and why. If you know of any other diesel tranny combos easily found for cheap, list em. I'm shooting for more of an economy thing here. Not looking for balls to the wall power.