Hey man just wanted to say hi and welcome you to the forums. I am sure that people will start chiming in soon with advice. Hope that the truck works out for you.
Thanks for the kind replies. This is not my first rodeo with diesels. Ive owned 2 fords with the 7.3 (four transmissions) and an 05 Duramax (head gaskets) as well. I was hoping to find a 5.9 long bed with a manual trans but they are so hard to get a hold of and this 5.9 with the auto showed up. It definitely was against my better judgement going with the auto but the truck was well under the going rate for any 06 long bed I could find. I was hoping for a truck that would last a long time with minimal problems. Im a mechanic and do a lot of research on my equipment so the upkeep should be normal as long as I have a good truck to start out with. I guess we will see. Heres a pic.
Im looking into trans coolers, It says on my build sheet that I have an AUX trans cooler but I don't know if that's normal or an extra option, hopefully its normal and I can add a larger one for better cooling. Im also going to check the bands and probably replace the trans fluid and filter. I have noticed a lot of the fixes are not hard but all require money.Good looking truck. There might be some things you can do to make the tranny last longer, do some reading for some ideas. Turbo screech? I'm not sure what that would be unless a bearing is going out, which is not that tough to replace a turbo.
Good luck with the truck.