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 11 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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.
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. A redesign, with a new diesel, debuts for 2007.
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.

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-350 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

"I have had repeated problems with the front calipers on my 2008 Ford F-350. I've had to replace the left one 3 times and the right one once, recently. The calipers fail by locking up and not releasing hydraulic pressure. This appears to be a chronic and reoccurring problem."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Because the truck is driven very little (<1000 miles in the year) and my driving style makes minimal use of the brakes, the calipers rust up."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Brake stuck in applied position, causing overheating and fading"

Joseph P., PA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"I've had to replace both front and rear brakes. I always downshift going down steeper hills, so I'm not sure why the brakes are not holding up. I do have a heavy trailer, but since this is an F-350, I would expect the brakes to handle the stopping required for trailers"

Steve O., WA (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"I tow trailers with this vehicle and the rear calipers locked up causing the rotors to over heat. Both were replaced under a purchased extended warranty at no cost"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"driver front caliper locked up"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-350 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes lasted 85000 miles. Most of the miles towing a 18000lb 5th wheel trailer"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Pulling 30 foot fifth-wheel camper. Started on the way to southern destination. Yes, resolved in closest town."

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-350 Unsure 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Operating in in harsh winter road conditions. Roads treated with salt and liquid deicer.Front calibers started locking up"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"The brake line needed to be replaced. At 130,000 miles, this was not a surprise"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Parking brake

"Because of all the salt on the roads in upstate New York the parking brake system was completely corroded and could not be applied. Had to be replaced."

John S., NY (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Premature brake wear

"Because of my driving style I make very little use of the brakes, i.e., I gauge the next stop light and get off the accelerator rather than drive to the light and apply the brakes. Because of all the salt in upstate New York the calipers stick, wearing the rotors and needed the calipers to be replaced."

John S., NY (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Brakes (= rotors, pads, calipers) last about 30,000 miles, primarily due to rust/corrosion"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Regular brake failure

"The front calipers in my 2008 Ford F-350 have required recurring replacement: four calipers in 12 years, all front calipers. The calipers don't wear out, but will fail to release hydraulic pressure, causing that wheel to lock up or at the least become extraordinarily hot with very significant pulling towards the failing side. Of course, the vehicle is not driveable in such a condition."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Self caused brake failure due to towing a 5th wheel RV with Gain braking set to low at 3.5 when should have been around 8.5."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Regular problem with brake fires. Dealer believes it's caused by the truck not being driven enough"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Ford F-350 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)

"The regen cycle was interrupted and needed to be reset by computer."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"You lose fuel mileage and power when it is scrubbing"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford F-350 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Replacement of DPF. Very expensive operation"

Steven M., TN (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"check engine light came on . Problem diagnosed as EGR assembly failure and had to replace the entire unit at a cost approaching 1700"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"sensor"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"EGR valve failed. Cost $1,200 to replace"

S C., NC (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"The Egr systemm totally failed resulting in major cost of repair"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Ford needs to recall this DPF system, or provide a better alternative. They crack, and use excessive fuel to clean every 250 miles... at least 610 gallons of fuel and 981 extra miles in one year. Without mileage would be closer to 20 mpg average"

Brett S., PA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Fuel consumption has topped significantly with very expensive, short lived and inefficient cat converter removed"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Had no idea of fuel level"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Fuel injection system

"Possibly bad fuel with high water content had been used prior to my purchase, or maybe the truck was in a flood, because the fuel system was much clogged with rust and a number of parts had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pressure too high fault caused by pump wear at around 185000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"I had inadvertently put gasoline in the diesel truck due my lack of familiarity with Sinclair pump color coding. When the trucks sensors detected the gas it wouldn’ Start. Initially service center identified a bad fuel pump. While replacing it they found the gas. They cleaned fuel system and replaced fuel filter. It worked out great as the truck runs better and has better fuel mileage."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"fuel pump inside engine had to be replaced. cab of truck had to be removed to gain access. took a week and cost over $4000"

David O., VA (2008 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Low power caused by faulty sensors. Took to a diesel shop and they replaced faulty sensors and reprogrammed."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Problem is under the Cabin requiring the removal of the cab for access. This is a big and expensive engineering error to fix a simple leak!!!!"

Sandra M., FL (2008 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Due to radiator failure-that was poorly constructed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Cooling fan

"Fan clutch is bad"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Overheating

"2008 - 2011 6.4 liter diesel has well know emissions and cooling system problems. Radiators leak, EGR coolers clog, oil cooler clogs thermostats fail, fan clutches malfunction, head gaskets fail requiring major engine work. Ford sticks owners with repair costs even though they know about the defects. Over $20,000 in repairs to date"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"oil cooler grit build up had to have it replaced $4900"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Radiator

"Ford unit leaked and was replaced by Japan all aluminum one. It leaked soon after Was under warrenty but labor almost paid for factory unit"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Radiator failure, at 2,000 miles (replaced)"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"not a lot of miles when it went bad"

William H., PA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Thermostat

"Ford replaced both thermostats due to them being egg shaped"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Water pump

"water pump seized causing engine to overheat and serpentine belt partially melt due friction from seized water pump pulley. Vehicle had to be towed for repairs."

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"water pump failed leaving me stranded on the edge of the highway"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Water pump housing cracked leaking coolant into the motor"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The chrome on the grill is peeling off."

J J., CA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Small trim piece came off the roof of the cab."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Side trim on doors loosened and bowed out"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-350 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeled on both rear wheel well fenders because rust coming from inside the wheel well out to the outside finder"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Painted plastic door protection strips began to look rusty. I repainted them using a special plastic primer before applying the colored paint"

Kent J., CO (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Rust

"Rust started showing up at the bottom corners of all the windows and around the Ford sign on tailgate."

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Unfortunately the rear wheel wells are unprotected. Water, slush from salted melted snow rust the rear panels from inside out and can't be repaired but expensively. The front wheel wells are protected with the plastic inserts that prevent water and salt to erode or come in contact the fender itself"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"both rear wheel well fenders rusted through. rust came from inside out"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Under carriage chassis rust concerns me"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-350 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"See comments on Turbo chargers"

James P., UT (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Failure in valve train resulted in severe internal damage resulting total replacement of the engine. This is a very common problem with this engine and Ford is very aware of it. Yet they have not fixed the problem!"

Sandra M., FL (2008 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Apparently the big diesel engine is well-known for trouble, but I didn't know that when I bought it."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Fuel injector failed causing major engine damage. Covered by warrantee and has been trouble free ever since"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Dropped valve at 220000km required new engine. Labour costs are huge due to the cab having to be removed to remove the engine"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Head gasket

"“Zzzzeeee” said the engine. “What was that?” said the wife. “I don’t know” said I. Months later, after our divorce, huge clouds of billowing smoke followed me around town. Head gasket blew. Lots of antifreeze in the oil and oil in the antifreeze. Deleted the ERG and the DPF. It is now “bullet-proofed”. We’ll see."

Ian S., OR (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Because of federal government emission requirements the EGR failed resulting in a loss of coolant which caused the head gasket failure"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford F-350 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Turbo or supercharger

"Both turbo chargers had to be replaced. Oil leaked from upper Turbo into the lower Turbo causing it to fail. Also Rocker arms, push rods had to be replaced etc. $8600 to repair. Covered by extended warrenty."

James P., UT (2008 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

Automatic climate control

"I had a clicking sound in the climate control system. After bringing it in, they said there was a damper motor that needed to be replaced (I think it is part of the system that mixes cabin air with outside air). That was $1000 (two motors). It was under my extended warranty, but that is a lot of money for this"

Steve O., WA (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"The air flow motor that responds to the temperature selection failed and had to be replaced. No cost due to a purchased extended warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"Motor operated only occasionally which was annoying when a/c neede"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Evaporator

"Evaporator coil cracked open which killed the AC completely. Cost $3000 to remove cab, remove dash, replace coil, replace dash, replace cab. And, in process, two airbag covers damaged (replaced by shop due to their mistake, but still cost a week and another $2000)"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Passenger heated seat stopped working"

Scott P., AZ (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Refrigerant leaks

"One radiator had to be replaced because it was leaking. All cost were covered by the warranty. Also had to replace hoses at another time to fix another leak"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Radiator hose developed a leak. Expensive to repair"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"had to remove dash and replace unit because it was leaking freon"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-350 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Broken radiator hose; repaired at service center where we purchased it for $600 and they did not put enough coolant back in. It required three trips to Monarch Ford in Exeter to fix the problem"

J J., CA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"radiator hoses failed"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Clearance lights leaked water into cab"

Tom N., BC (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Squeaks or rattles

"The rubber in the body mounts deteriorate creating metal on metal."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Wind noise

"Wind noise since new from sunroof when closed"

Tom N., BC (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"DPF failure to pass SMOG test. Replacement"

Tom B., CA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"original plugged, replacement from Ford too expensive to replace, about $7000.00, removed from vehicle completely"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Exhaust manifold

"Exhaust manifold would no longer filter out particles requiring a nearly $3,000 replacement."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Ford F-350 Unsure 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Manifold Cracked allowing coolant into engine block"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Exhaust leaked to the turbo, stopping it from boosting."

Anonymous, FL (2008 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.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"several pully and idler bearings failed. Recommended to replace them all plus belt"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Engine computer

"the truck just stops for no reason. numerous work done but can not find the exact cause. apparently many Ford trucks have this same issue"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Oil leaks

"Rear Main Seal and oil pan gaskets leaked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Oil leaks were prior to the last 12 months"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"Several oil leaks all began throughout engine at once, kind of weird. I had an extended warranty so it was fixed, but did not make me think the leaks would not return in the future"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Slipped while under load"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Transmission computer

"Drive-ability only slightly impacted. Caused light to come on, but code would not store, took several trips to the dealer to actually pull the code. Intermittent, more of a nuisance"

Brett S., PA (2008 Ford F-350 XLT 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Transmission leaks

"The transmission line broke & leaked fluid. We needed to have the 350 towed & the line repaired. Please note this vehicle is 12 years old."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 Unsure 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"4WD solenoid failed requiring replacement"

Charles R., CA (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 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

4WD/AWD components

"low range 4wd does not engage automatically when this selection is made"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Electrical failure

"apparent computer failure has not been fixed, even though in for repair numerous times"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Transfer case

"After u-joints were replaced, the transfer case shifts with loud bang and hard lurch. I have reported the problem to the Ford service garage and have an appointment to have it checked."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-350 XL 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"While driving down the road on a long trip (500 miles), we stopped at a rest area. When we got back on road, truck blew up the transfer case. Immediate stall!"

Vikki C., TX (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering box failed"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

"hard steering due to low pressure from pump. dealer replaced pump"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks and steering stabilizer needed replacing"

Stanley B., NM (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.8-L V10)
Steering wheel vibration

"Wheel driving above 50 mph, hit bymps can cause a harmonic suspension movement affecting steering. This is a known issue to Ford."

William S., AZ (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 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/wiring shorted out causing a minor fire before I was able to disconnect the batteries"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-350 FX4 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"About the right time to replace"

William H., PA (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)
Starter

"We believed the starter was the problem to warning lights & gauges to go crazy & stop working. However, we are continuing to work this problem & it may be the alternator."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-350 Unsure 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

Mirrors

"Driver mirror was hit or caught by someone falling. Unit would not stay in position but other functions fine. Repair cost was #1550 plus labor OUCH!"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.4-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"I had to take the vehicle back three times at three or four days each until I finally had this resolved. the first two were covered by warranty but the last one I had to pay for. any after I got it back it had a new power steering leak"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford F-350 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

"Seat belt light and alarm goes on despite the fact that my seat belt is fastened. It is intermittent and very annoying. Also, the air bag light goes on which leads me to believe that if I had an accident, they would not deploy."

Marc S., ON (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 6.4-L V8 diesel)

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.

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