I am going to be getting a new (used but new to me) truck this summer. I am undecided between a f-150 5.4v8 or a f-250/350 diesel. It'll be used to haul snowmobiles and possibly a boat. I am looking to spend a MAXIMUM of 25k on this vehicle. After searching autotrader.com, it appears that I can get a pretty good 2003 f150 for that kind of money, or a 2002 diesel. I have a friend who has a '99 f150 with the 5.4, good truck nice power etc. He knows someone with a '02 f250 diesel and he loves his truck too. Apparantly the kids diesel gets ~18mpg loaded or unloaded (unless its loaded to the max of course) F-150 with 5.4 is close to the same but when loaded it eats quite a bit of gas. Diesel will last a LOT longer, and has a TON more power. As you can tell, leaning hard towards the diesel. I have heard from some people that the big problem with the 7.3 Liter engines is that they are so damn heavy that they wear out the front suspensions of the trucks... Is there any truth to this? Are there any other problems with the 7.3 engine or 2002 f250 model trucks? The noise or smell of a diesel does not bother me at all so I wouldn't consider that as a negative. Thanks!