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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 14 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.
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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 6.2-liter V8 (385 hp)
  • 6.7-liter V8 turbodiesel (400 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Ford F-350 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

“failure of Diesel Emission Fluid system. apparently Ford designed it to fail just outside warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“EGR cooler was plugged Was replaced under warranty No issue driving just booked appointment same time as oil change. I did get a cost if out of warranty $350 for cooler and 3 hours labour”

Narinder N., WA (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“catalytic converter not burning off completely & getting too hot”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Fuel injection system

“I bought contaminated fuel, water in fuel, on a trip and shortly the engine quit. The entire high pressure part of the fuel system including pump, fuel rail, fuel lines, sensors, and injectors had to be replaced. Cost exceeded 8 thousand dollars and the truck was unavailable for 4 weeks because of short supply of parts. I paid an extra $600.00 to expedite the parts or it might have been out of service longer. It seems that all modern diesel high pressure engines are very sensitive to water conta”

Dan B., VA (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“Compression in the injector blew the top off”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“It's my third fuel pump to date”

Victor K., CA (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The diesel particulate filter failed and the dealership wanted $4000 to fix it and I deleted it and took it off my truck for $2000”

Victor K., CA (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“there are 4 exhaust sensors. if one has failed or too much out of tolerance, the motor will shutdown while driving down the road”

Ed B., DE (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

“Unable to see radio station”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford F-350 XLT 6.2-L V8)
Radio

“Syrius radio failed”

T N., FL (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“Sirius/XM section including weather. Total navigation system required replacement, it took 3 replacements as the first two did not work out of the box when professionally installed”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford F-350 FX4 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Voice control commands

“I have never been able to use the voice activated elements ---- apparently does not recognize my voice at all”

Robert S., NV (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“iphone 5 will not work with Fords Bluetooth system.Dealer said he couldn't fix it.The tech that did the service to check out the problem used his Android phone and his worked fine. Bluetooth will not accept voice commands when I asked it to dial a p”

John B., ME (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Speakers

“cd player will not reject the cd if it is hot as there is too much hot air leaking into the cd player”

Emily D., AB (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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

Condenser

“AC ceased to cool, found the condenser in front of Radiator had a number of pinholes, replaced that part, recharged the system, AC works good again”

Bob B., BC (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Evaporator

“Evaporator temp sensor failed. Had to remove dash to replace it”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“Air Condition would not cool. Had to charge the system twice”

Thomas B., TX (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“Airconditioner stopped blowing cold air. I put 3 cans of frigerant in 1 april 2015. Cold air still coming out as of today”

Mathias S., NC (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

“blower motor failed at aout 40000km”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Ford F-350 Unsure 6.2-L V8)
Heater system

“no heat when blower motor failed”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Ford F-350 Unsure 6.2-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“It is a work truck so premature brake wear is not unexpected”

Debra M., QC (2011 Ford F-350 XL 6.2-L V8)
Rotors

“Grooved and needed to be turned”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“calipers are poorly designed. the cylinders are synthetic & break”

Ed B., DE (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“160,000 km and needed regular wear and tear brake replacement”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford F-350 Unsure 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Parking brake

“I do not normally use my park brake and when I took it in for a service, the dealer set the park brake and now I have a screeching sound when I first start off. The dealership wanted wanted over $200 to re-do the E brake”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Ford F-350 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“sencersgoingoutandshutingofftheenginegoingdownthefreewayat65milesanhour”

George I., NV (2011 Ford F-350 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“if the 350 has no exhaust fluid in it will not run faster than 80 km a hour what a crock”

Emily D., AB (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Exhaust leaks

“Exhaust sensor malfunction shuts down engine w/out warning”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford F-350 XLT 6.7-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

“control switch to lock 4wheel drive hubs which works via vacuum would not lock the hubs from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive. Dealer had to replace the four wheel drive axle ( front wheels only ) gaskets as he said these were defective which caused t”

John B., ME (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

“FWD would not engage because hub had a vacuum leak”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Differential

“It had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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

“Replaced at 250000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford F-350 XLT 6.2-L V8)
Turbo or supercharger

“the fittings for the inter-cooler cracker --had to replace fittings and hoses”

Robert S., NV (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Windshield seal vibrated (sang) at 80 MPH. Windshield replaced problem solved”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Wind noise

“Wind noise above 40 mph, seems to be coming from the driver side. Dealer unable to find problem”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford F-350 XLT 6.2-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Leak in turbo cooling system. $1275 repair cost!”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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

Wheel bearings

“Both front hubs/bearings needed replaced and new seals for auto 4wd to function properly”

Brian A., FL (2011 Ford F-350 XL 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“leak in turbo oil line”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“towing portion of the exterior lights burning multiple fuses & control modules”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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

Transmission leaks

“FRONT SEAL WAS LEAKING, WAS REPLACED UNDER WARRANITY”

Paul L., MI (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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

Sunroof

“Sunroof had to be replaced,track failed”

Bryan M., CA (2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-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

Paint/Trim

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

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