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i think the 1/2 ton diesels are going to be a god send for small service type businesses. my dad does property maintenance and i used to work for a buddy that builds custom cabinets. both of them need a pick-up for the bed as well as towing light loads. i know when i built cabinets we would tow a full kitchen cabinet set on a small flatbed with the companies '01 1/2 ton dodge 4x4 all the time and it would cut the fuel mileage in half. do the math it adds up. there wasn't a need for a 3/4 or 1 ton because the loads were small. put that load behind a 1/2 ton diesel and it would be a much better tow, better fuel milage, plus more engine longevity. i imagine it would even be easier on the engine/trans than a gasser due to the torque. now, that is a small load. as said before there WILL be those guys that think that it will pull anything like a 1 ton, but they are already out there doing the same with the ford and chevy 1500 hd gassers. overall i think they will be great for the right buyers.
on the suburban thing, there is a company in colorado that custom builds diesel burbs. i'll look for the link, i have it some place. i have read a little bit on them, but all i know is they cost an arm and a leg to get done.