Originally Posted by Night Sailor
That is an impressive tow vehicle. I wish Chevy offered a short bed diesel 3/4 ton reg cab. Or a diesel Suburban.
What is your axle
ratio? I assume it is 2x4...
Has 3.73 gears (or something very close) and is 2x4. The 03 in the first half of the year was the most economical Dodge Cummins made I believe. It was the first common rail and didn't even have a catylitic converter. Late 03 they went to higher HP engine and of course more fuel consumption. That was the start of the diesel HP wars and economy has steadily dropped since. I wouldn't touch a new deisel with DPF and all the other emissions garbage they don't get but about half the mileage of the early 03. New ones have a bit more power but I dont need the power I have so it wouldn't do me much good. The 03-04 1/2 were just really good trucks, I was never too crazy about the models that came after that.
My dad had one of the older diesel suburbans (late 80's), it was a really good truck and got better mileage than my Dodge. I think one of the early diesel suburbans would be a fine vehicle to "refurb". Even the pre turbo models where pretty impressive with some add ons from Gale Banks, little anemic in stock trim. Dad's old sub towed a 20ft bay boat perfectly..