The F-250 Super Duty is based on Ford's commercial truck platform. It's a work truck with moderate payload capacity, great towing capability and little else to recommend it, thanks to a lousy ride and mediocre brakes. Uncomfortable seats detract further from the driving experience. Stability control, full-time four-wheel drive, and curtain airbags are all lacking.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC not available, standard from 2011.
Road Test

The F-250 Super Duty is based on Ford's commercial truck platform. It's a work truck with moderate payload capacity, great towing capability and little else to recommend it, thanks to a lousy ride and mediocre brakes. Uncomfortable seats detract further from the driving experience. Stability control, full-time four-wheel drive, and curtain airbags are all lacking.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 5.4-liter V8 (300 hp)
  • 6.4-liter V8 turbodiesel (350 hp)
  • 6.8-liter V10 (362 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Ford F-250 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"The truck has been to the dealer 3 times for calipers locking. The get so hot they smoke and smell like they are burning"

Daniel K., MI (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Front brake calipers lock up"

Nerry M., LA (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Right front caliper froze probably due to lack of use"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Needed to be replaced on one or two wheels"

Kirk D., ID (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"locked up"

Leigh C., NJ (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"All 4 calipers have hung up significantly and caused unnecessary wear to the brakes. They have all been changed...one at a time since Ford won't change them unless they are actively hanging up. Horrible design and experience"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.8-L V10)

"locked up"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"told by dealer that vehicle required brake system overhaul, cost $2,700.00"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"One rear after market caliper locked up in less than 10000 miles, both calipers replaced free by tire dealer that had installed previous caliper"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"At roughly 60,000 kilometers, I started having the brake calipers sticking and not retracting after the brake was released. This caused the rotors to heat up and warp. The brakes at this point really had averaged little use as most of the driving w"

Timothy S., BC (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Rusty and seized real calipers"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Leak in the master cylinder"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Premature brake wear

"As I stated, a truck with 27,000 miles should not be experiencing brake wear. I have had the rotors worked on, and 2 aof 4 calipers replaced already"

Daniel K., MI (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Brakes would lock up and smoke"

Francine M., NY (2008 Ford F-250 5.4-L V8)

"The front rotors froze up"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-250 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"rotors were replaced with calipers"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"part of repairs done to system"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Rotors wear very often"

Francine M., NY (2008 Ford F-250 5.4-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"this was how i knew the water pump failed"

Michael P., OH (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Been a problem since I owned it"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"At 31,000 radiator hoses started leaking requiring expense replacement. $900"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Leak in the seam of the radiator"

Abbott V., LA (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"6.4 diesel radiators were improperly made & leaked intermittently. ford & ford dealers would not acknowledge problem or replace unless it leaked severely. I had photos of leaks ford did not want to see. Bought 3 gal antifreeze & carry in truck"

Carl L., NJ (2008 Ford F-250)

"My radiator had to be replaced for the 2nd time in 1.5 years at the first of the year. This time the cost was $1300, versus $1200 the previous time. The truck had minimal mileage and wear & tear for such a repair. The insult to injury was having to p"

Chuck S., TX (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Radiator Leaking, had to replace"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Water pump

"water pump failed and needed to be replaced leading to a very expensive repair that i believe was premature"

Michael P., OH (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Cooling fan

"At 31,000 miles the upper radiator hose started leaking. Very expensive to replace top and bottom hose. $900. Cooling fan did not cycle off at cool temperatures, runs all the time with roaring sound"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Thermostat

"lost 2 thermostats a t 61000 mi"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Two of them were bad but we replaced all four"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"While decelerating and turning, power steering failed. Ford could not isolate the problem, and recommended replacing the power steering unit and hydra boost for the braking system while the engine was disassembled. The problem was corrected, but at a cost of over $1500, without being specific as to the cause of the problem"

Ernie L., WA (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Power steering pump went out. I bought an after-market pump and paid local Ford dealership $700 to install. Result was that the aftermarket pump was defective. Now I am looking at another $2000 to remove and install Motocraft pump"

Mary S., TN (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Steering wheel vibration

"In November the vibration, that would make the truck uncontrollable after hitting a hump was fixed but in March the steering became really difficult to turn but was fixed after about a week in the shop"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-250 FX4)

"Wheel vibration if air pressure in front tires are below 65 psi which makes for harder ride"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Steering wheel is "lose" and wanders when you're driving it. Difficult not to over-correct it"

Shannon G., AK (2008 Ford F-250 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Driver side wheel bearing went out. Repaired under warranty, no problems"

Linda E., TX (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Alignment

"The alignment of the truck was improperly set by the dealer when new tiures were installed. When the problem was brought to their attention, they immediately corrected the setup"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Power steering leaks

"Minor issue. New hose clamp needed for one connection"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Wheel balance

"An improperly installed wheel weight came off while driving. Though it was not his fault, the dealer corrected the fault"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"On my third AC compressor. Need to replace about every year since 2012"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Required complete replacement"

Niels G., MD (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan only had high speed (on all settings) and wouldn't shut off until the ignition was turned off"

Martha G., MI (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Was not blowing cool. Replaced condenser"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.8-L V10)

"Repeated failure of the blend door actuators"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Blender valve failed. Hot air on driver side and cold air on passenger side"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"No heat on the passenger side"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"After being in gobal warming temp. of 6 to 8 degree F for 21 nights a sharder valve started leaking, cost to replace of $450"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Enters the "Cleaning Exhaust System" cycle too often. It dumps fuel into the engine oil which degrades the oil as well as wastes fuel"

Martha G., MI (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"ERG valve had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"We have read problems with this truck and are very disappointed that the dealership sold us the truck without giving indications that this truck line had a bad reputation. Ford should have a recall to fix the problems"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-250 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Routinely with every tank of diesel, the exhaust system regeneration would switch on creating terrible clouds of smoke choking innocent pedestrians and forcing vehicles traveling behind the truck to back off. With so much emphasis now on being "Gree"

Timothy S., BC (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Dealer who made repairs said problem was due to use of type of diesel fuel. More the 5% bio diesel"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"continuous EGR sensor warnings"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Fuel pump

"Got some bad fuel some where and had to have fuel pump removed and cleaned"

Doug C., NC (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Blocked and failed"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Diesel Particulate Filter- needed replacement- excessive smoking from exhaust"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Ford F-250 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Exhaust leaks

"Hole in the turbo exhaust, causing fumes to be smelled in the vehicle"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Needs fixing. Leaks"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"2 years ago right side cracked, 1 year ago left side cracked"

Dennis S., CO (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Bolts sheared off the exhaust manifold under normal conditions. All bolts needed to be replaced, which isn't an easy job"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.8-L V10)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Moon roof gasket separated and leaked. Dealer replaced gasket and no problems since"

Richard S., MD (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Radiator went at 35,000 miles - not warrantied, approximately $2,500 to replace"

Robert N., CT (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"This truck has been very well treated and has never been a work vehicle. The overall wind, noise, air, rattles, squeaks etc are atrocious. I will never buy one of these again"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Not sure bur will add insulation strip to fix"

James A., FL (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Driver side door has wind noise"

James A., FL (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Warning lights

"Check engine light with no actual malfunction going on"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Turn signals not functioning properly"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-250 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Heated or cooled seats

"drivers heated seat does not work"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-250 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Keyless entry

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Problem between the engine computer and transmission resulted in the torque converter not locking up while towing a heavy trailer, resulting in the unit over heating and transmission damage"

Ernie L., WA (2008 Ford F-250 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Had to have expensive emission control canisters in the vapor recovery system and an electronic valve replaced to allow the fuel tank to fill"

Geoff B., CA (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"Broken bolt - manifold"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Fuel leaks

"Ford 6.4 diesel eng. allow fuel to be sucked into the crankcase during engine regeneration. This is common. Fuel dilution of 10 % is common. Over time the bearings and eng. internal components will prematurely fail. Ford will not fix or admit proble"

Carl L., NJ (2008 Ford F-250)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Front Axle, Lockout Hub replaced and inner bushing guard that surrounds the axle to wheel had to be replaced"

Michael K., IL (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
4WD/AWD components

"Left front vacuum seal leaking for 4 wheel drive"

Nerry M., LA (2008 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"axle u joint"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-250 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"rust in fender wells and bottom of rocker panels but keep in mind I also plow and salt with this truck"

Stanley K., IL (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rear bumper has experienced severe finish flaking and deep rust"

E S., IA (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"The rear wheel areas rusted through,and the paint blisted and rusted spots in several areas,and both bumpers completely lost their finishes and rusted"

Marvin B., WI (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"The camshaft phasers are knocking, a common and expensive problem. I may run it until something breaks rather than repair now"

Geoff B., CA (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Turbo or supercharger

"lost the turbos at 52000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Driver/Passenger windows scoring from dust/dirt compressing inside the door against the glass"

Aaron G., AK (2008 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"If the truck has been sitting in garage unused for a few weeks at a time. The next time I take it out the transmission will slip a little for two or three blocks. Hve now taken it in yet to be checked"

Dee P., TX (2008 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"dealer originally diagnosed as a shifting problem - charge $2,400. Ford diagnosed as torque converter. No additional charge"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-250 XLT 6.8-L V10)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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