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The F-350 is a heavy-duty truck with a 1-ton capacity as opposed to the 1/2 ton of the F-150. The Super Duty line was redesigned for 2005 with new exterior and revised engines. The ride is stiff and bouncy, especially compared to the F-150. Ford's 6.0-liter turbodiesel packs some real punch and is fairly quiet and free of vibration. Stepping into the cabin is more difficult because of the high floor.
Alerts
There are 7 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
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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.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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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.
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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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC not available, standard from 2011.
Model Summary
The F-350 is a heavy-duty truck with a 1-ton capacity as opposed to the 1/2 ton of the F-150. The Super Duty line was redesigned for 2005 with new exterior and revised engines. The ride is stiff and bouncy, especially compared to the F-150. Ford's 6.0-liter turbodiesel packs some real punch and is fairly quiet and free of vibration. Stepping into the cabin is more difficult because of the high floor.
Seating
3 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.

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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-liter V8 turbodiesel (325 hp)
  • 6.8-liter V10 (362 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Ford F-350 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Overheated and ruined engine. Replaced with factory rebuilt”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Ford F-350 Unsure Unsure)

“Injectors failed, head gasket failed, hydroboost pump failed, fan clutch failed, FICM failed 3 times, EGR cooler tube failed, oil cooler failed twice, both cylinder heads cracked”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Head gasket

“You have the incorrect engine size marked for this year (6.4L instead of 6.0L). These 6.0L Powerstroke engines were the first to use 4 head bolts per cylinder. Restrictive EGR and oil cooler lead to failure and head gasket failure, engine removal”

Peter G., WA (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“Inferior EGR and oil coolers and stretched head bolts all contibuted to head gasket failier”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat Unsure)

“complete failure”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“failed head gaskets caused cracked heads and caused major engine damage. 2nd time for this truck”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“When started it blows white smoke out the exhaust, after it warms up it seems to be better until you put a load on the engine. Ford checked for hydrocarbons in the radiator and it checked positive for hydrocarbons. they told me it would be either or”

Carlene G., WA (2005 Ford F-350 XLT Unsure)

“Head bolts stretched while towing. $6000 repair bill. This is 6.0 motor on 2005 year. Not 6.4 like your website shows”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Turbo or supercharger

“Turbo replaced twice at my expense. Total cost over $7000”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat Unsure)

“Replaced Turbo Charger within 500 miles of replacing EGR valve”

Anonymous, TN (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“Two turbos replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat Unsure)

“6.0L V-8 Diesel Engine, Build up of soot from the EGR system affecting the turbo, EGR pipe, intake manifold and also overheating of engine oil affiliated with the oil cooler”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat Unsure)

“on 3rd Turbo”

Roy C., CA (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“Turbo charger fan was frozen causing it to work improper and make loud noises”

Kyle K., GA (2005 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“turbo under-performing”

Anonymous, WY (2005 Ford F-350 XL 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

“EGR failure caused overheating and excessive white exhaust account EGR failing”

Douglas N., TX (2005 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“had to be replaced...very expensive”

Roy C., CA (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“2 1/2 years ago we had to replace the EGR valve on the 6.0 Diesel for the sum of $500.00 Plus. Now they are saying it is probably bad again along with the EGR cooler and head gaskets for the sum of $5000.00 minimum. Now I've been told by multiple peo”

Carlene G., WA (2005 Ford F-350 XLT Unsure)
Fuel injection system

“Fuel injector control module failed causing improper operation”

Douglas N., TX (2005 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“We had to replace 6 of 8 fuel injectors”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“the turbo started making a funny sound, took it to the dealer and a week later paid $7000 I think he screwed me”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“I have 2 of these trucks. Both have had their fuel tank replaced. They are recommending to do this again on both trucks. I think that it is ridiculous to need 3 fuel tanks in 10 years on a vehicle”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“$4000 dealer bills for new fuel pump, injectors, FICM. Then told need head gaskets $6000 more”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“rear calipers seized up causing burned pads”

Arthur D., NH (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.8-L V10)

“The front calipers stick on wearing the disc out and heating and warping the rotors”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Master cylinder

“took to 3 different automotive shops finally had to stand there with them to get fixed - problems were difficult to diagnose as included master cylinder, calipers and brake system in total”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“Encompasses more than master cylinder. Poor overall brake design. Had new premium rotors in front, new pads all around, checked master cylinder, power booster, no fluid leaks, professionally bled multiple times with 2 garages and 1 dealer, STILL can hit the "peg" (bottom out, even though just barely) with the brake pedal first time down, not good in an emergency as I found out (tapped the back end of somebody who pulled out in front of me, only doing about 30 MPH in empty truck, never even pul”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.8-L V10)
Premature brake wear

“Calipers stick on front brakes and wear out disc and overheat and warp the rotors”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Regular brake failure

“Brake wear probably caused because of towing a 16,000 lb 5th wheel trailer. Considered it serious but also expected it due to the fact that the vehicle had 80k miles on original brakes”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 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

Keyless entry

“When activating the keyless entry both interior and exterior lights are to turn on for safety but don't any longer”

Arthur D., CA (2005 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“Sometimes the keypad to unlock the doors works and sometimes it doesn't”

C D., MI (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Warning lights

“Backup Sensor will not reset with truck in reverse”

Anonymous, TN (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Headlights

“All lights have gone out while driving. This has occurred occasionally since we bought the vehicle new, but when taken to the dealer it does not act up. Fortunately, the four-way emergency flashers worked. This created a very dangerous condition on a couple of occasions”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Wiper motor or washer

“This problem comes and goes! Sometimes the wipers work and sometimes they don't. Same with the windows' control”

C D., MI (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Passenger compartment heater replaced due to plugging oil cooler replaced due to over heating inter cooler modified due to over heating”

Rodney T., NH (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“transmission cooling sensor replacement”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford F-350)

“Block cracked and cost $2100 to fix”

Kyle K., GA (2005 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

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

Differential

“Has factory anti-slip rear diff, was rebuilt by Ford dealer at 23,000 miles due to not working, $1700 work (warranty). Leaked oil, completely resealed at 30,000 same dealer, no chg. Now growling continuos. Anti-slip seldom needed, driven modestly”

Debbie W., AZ (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.8-L V10)

“seal leak”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Driveshaft or axle

“replaced wheel bearings”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“poor quality paint - have chipping and loose paint at top of cab not from wear”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Rust

“lots of underside rusting pick up bead has rust through over wheels”

Rodney T., NH (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

“alternator failed - replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Replaced both batteries”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“problem with the 6.0 motor”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“Exhaust leak at one of the tail pipe clamps. Needs to be replaced or tightened. Due to surgery recently, that has been placed on hold until I can attempt the tightening up”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford F-350 King Ranch 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

“This truck has had a chronic issue with the steering making the truck shimmying. Ford has sent out service bulletins on this saying that it is under inflated tires, but it happens regardless of proper inflation”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Wheel bearings

“On the 6.0L Powerstrokes, the wheel hub and bearings are one complete unit, with bearings that are not serviceable. When the bearings go, one has to replace the entire wheel hub/bearing unit. My estimate was $1,500”

Peter G., WA (2005 Ford F-350 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

A/C compressor

“Compressor went out and the dealer we purchased it from replaced it”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Automatic climate control

“Goes dead on occasion. Will not light up”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission started to slip. had it rebuilt by private garage. included new torque converter”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

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

Body Integrity

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

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.

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.

Transmission Minor

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

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