HLG I cannot disagree with you more. Diesels ARE the way to go. And it all 100% depends on the engine. For instance, I had a 93 IDI Diesel. Maybe 3k in maintenance its whole life. Sold it for $1,500 with almost 300k miles on it. The biggest issue that truck had was the rust. It never faltered, and never left me stranded. I pulled a 34ft trailer with it for years. It never skipped a beat, it might have pulled very slowly....but we got there safely every time LOL!
I also had a 20000 7.3L that was a work horse. Never had an issue. It was my dream truck, but unfortunately I had to sell it.
THEN I bought a 2004 6.0L. 24k in REPAIRS ALONE. I thought I did my research and was prepared to do headstuds, egr delete, gaskets, etc. "Bulletproof" it. However, the truck proved to be way more than I could handle. The engine was out 3 times in a year, and was in the shop more than the road for the 2 years I had it. Right now, it has 8k on the engine and transmission, and 125k on the body. Now, I had rotten luck with mine, due to the fact that I had a shady mechanic doing the work. But you must do your research when it comes to diesels.
There are worthy, reliable, diesel engines out there that require little maintenance. Then there are the ones that will make you file for bankruptcy. With diesels, you MUST do your research. Absolutely must.
I suggest a diesel, I am a diesel girl through and through. I can't say enough good things about diesels. But to each their own.