I got rid of my 89 IDI with a 5sp manual in favor of a 1997 F350 powersroke. Both I bought new. I got tired of replacing glowplugs in 8 degree weather every winter, but maybe just my bad luck, but anyway went in to buy the new 1997 and of course wanted the ZF5, as who in the world wants an automatic in a truck? They told me all allotments of trucks had shipped and no way in the world to get the manual, and in fact none available anywhere at any dealer whithin 1000 miles, so against my better judgement I bought the 97. What a great truck vs the 89 except that stupid transmission which is beyond stupid, there has to be a stupider word for stupid. Well 2 weeks after I bought this thing I see the same exact truck, color and all sitting on a dealer lot 1 mile from my house with the ZF5. Just to satisfy my mind wondering why my new 1997 was so stupid, I drove the ZF5. Oh my gosh, what a truck. Oh well I bought a lemon, but it's still running and been fabulous, other than that one fatal mistake, that stupid, stupid transmission. Live and learn.My E4OD sat at the dealer with 7000 miles on it for one entire month for transmission failure and most I tow is nothing, just stock truck.
I went to the national drag races in Epping, NH, and Englishtown, NJ that year, and back in 1997 there was nil on E4OD tow vehicals. Every F250/350 tow had the ZF5. They were smarter than I was and knew the obvious and refused to buy the E4OD.