Well its time to retire the ole' '93 Suburban. It's got over 250k on it and its just not worth to keep it going. Major brake job is over a $2,000 nut...plus tranny feels sloppy. So we're at a crossroads here. My trailer is not that big; 27 foot, about 5500 lbs. So our next truck will be a 3/4 ton, but the big question is do we go to a diesel? Pros: unlimited towing power, better mileage, cheaper fuel, and longer engine life. Cons: More expensive up front (we're buying used with about a $20-25K budget) and higher maintenance cost. But my BIGGEST concern is, I read all sorts of horror stories from diesel owners about "lemons", that end up costing them tens of thousands in engine repairs, not to mention countless days in the garage. My wife and I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to lemons. I've never owned a diesel so don't know much about them. So...whats the general consensus on diesels? Please stay away from the whole "Fords vs GM's vs Dodges". I have no favorites when it comes to manufacturers. I've had lemons and beauties from all of them. The truck will be used to haul our trailer for at least half a dozen times a year...with one long haul (2,000 miles or so). The rest of the time it will be wifey's truck for school and shopping Suggestions, comments and most of all reassurance.....terrified of buying the wrong vehicle.