ya your crazy!!!
in the long run a manual trans will last longer than an auto.. my dad has a 93 F350 7.3L non powerstroke non turbo with an aftermarket turbo on it and its expensive to maintain. my next truck i want is a diesel too unless i can get my sister's bf's truck..
dad's truck is an automatic extended cab 1-ton long box dually its fun to drive and good in the snow for a 2wd. he hauls a 10.5 ft camper that sits on it most of the year and tows a 16ft tandem axle cargo trailer.. with an empty truck and cargo trailer its 10,100 lbs.
the torque converter blew and took out the rest of the tranny last year, he upgraded to the powerstroke tranny and it was 3500 bucks cdn by the time it was done..
when i get a diesel it will be a 99-2004 F350 7.3L diesel crew cab. i will not get the 6.0L and i suggest you dont either... they are fawking garbage nothing but problems.. the place my dad works for builds aluminum boats and they bought an 2005 F350 ext cab single rear wheel 4wd, automatic from a salvage company for 30,000 bucks cdn. it had a mashed bed on it so they ripped that off put on a brand new flat deck, spent 2,000 bucks making it a dually and a couple of other things.. by the time that got that done they spent over 10,000 on it.. they could of bought the same truck they way it is now for 42,000 bucks.
since then they've had nothing but problems.. blown head gaskets, blown tranny and alot of other ****... the older diesel are nice and i'd love to own one.. good luck on the decision.. make sure its the truck you want and dont settle for some crap. haha