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The only downsides to owning a diesel (in my opinion) are the overall higher maintenance costs. I would buy a high mile diesel over a low mile gasser any day. Running unloaded a diesel will get better mpg, running loaded a diesel will get better mpg, and overall they are more reliable and more efficient engines.
If you properly maintain a diesel engine, it will last much longer than it's gasoline counterpart. 225K miles may seem like a lot, but I highly doubt you'd run into any major problems, other than wear parts, which is to be expected. PowerStroke gets my vote.
'91.5 D350, 2wd Dually, 4" Straight Pipe, 366 Spring, DennyT Stage II Fuel Pin, Isspro Boost, Pyro, Tranny and Fuel Pressure Gauges
Brothers: '97 2500, 12 Valve, 4wd, 5spd, 716rwhp, 1200+rwtq, Single Turbo, Fuel Only
Dad's: '97 2500, 12 Valve, 4wd, Cousin Billy Auto, A couple pump mods