FWIW, I could not be happier with my 2002 Ford F250 7.3L diesel with a MANUAL TRANSMISSION. The tranny makes quite a bit of lash noise when lugging... fughedaboudit. No worries.
The clutch master and slave needed replacing recently. Initially I was worried because it looked to be an internal slave... not so. This was perhaps the EASIEST master/slave I have EVER replaced. The assembly comes from NAPA as complete, and pre-bled, and essentially you disconnect the pedal linkage, and twist, turn, and remove both the master and slave.
Took me 15 casual minutes. Sheesh!
I also had to replace a glow plug relay last fall, and it looks like I will get to do a set of glow plugs and/or harness before winter.
All in all, not bad for a 133K mile vehicle that is SOLID, reliable, and gets about the same mileage as my 1997 3.4L 4Runner used to.
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