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The biggest issue is letting the engine warm up to 190*f. If you do a lot of short trips it can harm the injectors and pistons over a long time. It will shorten engine life, but if he gets out on the highway and is able to clear out some of the carbon every once in a while it is not a problem. I used to drive mine 5miles to work every day. If I actually leave early I would take the long way to work just to let it warm all the way up. Although, I did tow my jeep(s) every other weekend so that would keep a nice load on the engine.
He just has to remember, you HAVE to maintain these. Its not like a Honda where you can put whatever oil you have sitting around in the engine, and you can't drive it like a gas motor all the time.(but you don't need to drive it like a gma) You will smoke the trans, and wear out parts a lot faster. He will find that after 80,000 -100,000 miles you will have to replace almost all the moving parts in the front end if it is a 4x4. Really not too big of a deal, but it is nice to warn him before he realizes how much it costs to do that. On top of that, diesel engines are expensive. When they break, they cost a lot of $$$.
The 2500 Hemis are great. Sure, you can't tow as much and won't get the same mileage, but it is a lot cheaper all around. They are pretty quick stock(about the same as a diesel), but put $1000 into a programmer and gauges and you will realize that you can build power "cheaply" compared to a gas motor. Like I said when something breaks it is about three times as much as it would be on a Hemi.
Hope that helps your friend and whoever else is asking the same thing.
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