OT - Need advice on an '03 Ford F350 diesel
Sorry for this OT question, but I'm sure that a lot of you here have experience with Ford Trucks, and I need some help.
I am looking to replace my gas-powered F150, possibly with a Diesel powered truck. My local Ford dealer has a 2003 F350 XL (work truck) 4x2 6 speed that got lost in inventory, so it's still new, with only 11.5 mi on the odometer. I'm interested in the truck - the sticker is $30,400, and he's come down to $22,000, which he says is his absolute bottom line. I've driven the truck, and it's got GOBS of torque, and seems to run very well. Some internet research showed that the Powerstroke diesel had some problems, mainly rough idling and diesel leaking into the crankcase oil, and a few instances of vehicle buybacks by Ford due to blown engines, chronic problems, etc. Some of these trucks were recalled for computer reprogramming as well. Overall, though, there seem to be thousands of satisfied customers.
Does anyone here have experience, good or bad, with the '03 F350 with a Powerstroke diesel? Please let me know, as I would like to make an intelligent decision as to wether I should give up my F150 for the F350.