well i have a 95 dually.. its auto.. but there was no 4wd option available.. so its not like "they didnt get it".. you just couldnt.. to be totally honest, i did want 4wd when i was looking for a truck, but since ive owned it theres maybe been about 4 or 5 days that i would have actually used it in the last 5 or so years.. ive never gotten stuck..
i really dont think the price is that far off if its a powerstroke.. i mean, if the ONLY thing keeping the inteior from perfect is one small burn, in an 18 yr old truck, then c'mon.. agreed the rear fender is ugly, but for $1,000 that truck can be put back into PERFECT condition. (if there are no issues being left out). no amount of money can remove 18 yrs of work, winters, road salt and rust.
honestly i know pride of ownership is always a factor, but i dont get why most people will almost always say "that truck will last forever" as soon as they hear its a diesel. true, if the engine is kept up, THAT will run for decades, but the rest of the truck is still the same as any other. there is nothing you can do to remove milage and use off of bushings, ball joints, bearings ect.., that utlimately will detertime how the truck rides and responds.. if you consider the milage, and if it really was kept in a heated garage its entire life, your looking at a truck that -respectively- has about 4 yrs worth of driving on it. IMO thats definitely worth a few extra $$ upfront on the purchase.