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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 10 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 (sec.) 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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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
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.

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Due to radiator failure-that was poorly constructed”

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

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

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

“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)
Radiator

“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)

“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)
Water pump

“Water pump housing cracked leaking coolant into the motor”

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

“Ford replaced both thermostats due to them being egg shaped”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch 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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“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 Unsure 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)
Normal routine brake wear

“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)
Premature brake wear

“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

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

Anonymous, MD (2008 Ford F-350 Unsure 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

“Side trim on doors loosened and bowed out”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-350 Unsure 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

“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 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

“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)

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

“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)

“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)
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

“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 Unsure 6.4-L V8 diesel)

“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)

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 and steering stabilizer needed replacing”

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“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)
Oil leaks

“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)
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)

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

“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)

“Wind noise since new from sunroof when closed”

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

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

“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)

“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 Unsure 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 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

“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)
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)
Transfer case

“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)

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)

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)

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

“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.

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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