There are disadvantages to diesels too like the $70 oil changes (doing your own labor), the fuel filters, the need to waste fuel doing things like high idling for oil pressure or letting it idle before shutdown to cool the turbo, etc.
I would have been equally happy with a gasser I think, but my diesel came along at the right time for the right price. Thank your lucky stars that you'll never have to use that stupid primer on the injecter pump to prime it like I did the other night after it sucked some air. I spent an our doing the prime-bleed-prime-bleed-prime-bleed thing until I found the air leak. According to the manual if you get air in the system, best case scenario is that you "only" have to pump it 90 times. Go ahead and chew on that one for a while