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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is a tough truck. It handles everything I hit it with. I am not easy on a vehicle. Most vehicles would not hold up to my needs for very long. My Ford F350 handles my extreme plowing, As well as towing a very large loader and two big boats."

Anonymous, NH (2012 Ford F-350)

"The 6.7 Diesel engine is awesome. It has the pickup power needed to pull my 30ft enclosed trailer while fully loaded."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford F-350)

"Drives great! Everything we could want in a truck. Hauls heavy loads over passes like it's not even towing anything! Does ride rough when using it for just everyday driving though - rides like a truck!"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-350)

"We use this truck to pull a 14,000 lb. fifth wheel RV. The payload capacity of the dual rear wheels and the torque of the diesel engine are a must in our situation. The F-350 PowerStroke engine and six speed transmission make for a workhorse of a tow vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-350)

"With the huge footprint of the truck, the turning radius is equally big, but it is maneuverable. You just have to ensure you don’t allow yourself to get into a tight area. Acceleration is very responsive."

Robert M., AE (2012 Ford F-350)

"Very good acceleration. I love how ford trucks handle and steer, this truck is a pleasure to drive!"

Dino T., CA (2012 Ford F-350)

"Strong dependable engine. Lots of power, auto transmission shifts smoothly, Tow/Haul option is great to use. Acceleration can be slow as there is a lot of weight in the truck, but the 6.2L will ‘run all day’."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford F-350)

"Accelerates very well."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-350)

"When entering the freeway on the onramp, there is no problem blending with traffic right away. Really like the way it accelerates when having to pass on a 2 lane road."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-350)

"Power to spare, a great engine. Cons. The EPA diesel clean air requirements hurt fuel mileage. But that is every diesel made today!"

Harry L., TN (2012 Ford F-350)

"The diesel is excellent, powerful and smooth and quiet for a diesel. The suspension is taught but very rough when unloaded. Handling is good for a truck this size."

Jonathan J., NH (2012 Ford F-350)

"vehicle is big and needs a lot of room to park."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford F-350)

"I tow heavy equipment (tractors and farm equip) and cattle. This is by far the best tow vehicle (Pickup) ever made. It can make a pro out of an idiot! This truck is the BEST! I dislike the DEF cleaning system on any truck. Waste of fuel!"

HARRY L., TN (2012 Ford F-350)

"The diesel has enormous torque and hp so acceleration is similar to my Lexus sc400! Very satisfied in this department. Yes large turning radius but again it is a crew cab."

STU W., BC (2012 Ford F-350)

"I pull a 15,000 # 5th wheel trailer. The truck does an overall great job of handling the weight. Overall it is a great truck; best I have ever owned!"

TIM T., CA (2012 Ford F-350)

"Bouncy vibration when driving highway speed on concrete highways and interstates."

GENE T., ID (2012 Ford F-350)

"It steps out crisply if you floor it and the ride is firm without being harsh. I like the way it corners without leaning."

SCOTT H., WA (2012 Ford F-350)

"I tow a large 5th wheel RV. The diesel engine and transmission are perfectly matched for the job. This is the best truck I have ever owned! Particularly like the engine braking for long and steep downhill runs."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-350)

"Truck has plenty of power. And, gets good mileage."

JOHN S., CA (2012 Ford F-350)

"Ample power (diesel) for acceleration even when loaded with camper or pulling a trailer. Ride is surprisingly good for a 13,500 GVW rating. Handling is about what one would expect on a heavy 1 ton pickup."

ROBERT P., AK (2012 Ford F-350)

"Great for hauling heavy loads; great power and acceleration."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-350)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable seats for a truck, the Diesel engine is much quieter than our old diesel pickup. The ride can be bumpy at low speeds ( it is a 3/4 ton pickup) excellence handling on the freeway."

Dino T., CA (2012 Ford F-350)

"I only use this truck to haul / tow my 5000 LB loader and boats in the summer, and plow 25 properties in the winter."

Anonymous, NH (2012 Ford F-350)

"Lots of cabin noise"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Ford F-350)

"We are full-time RVers and this truck is used for pulling our large 5th wheel RV. The seats in the truck are great and I can spend long days behind the wheel without back pain at the end of the day. Lumbar support and a myriad of adjustments are very valuable to me."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-350)

"Very comfortable ride on smooth roads. Somewhat stiff ride so not as comfortable on rough roads. Rides better with a load or hooked up to a 5th wheel. Seats and amount of room in crew cab make for a very pleasant ride. Noise is minimal, other than it is a ‘gasser’ so engine noise is noticeable when the engine is working hard, but it’s not that bad."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford F-350)

"The truck has over 50K miles pulling our 14K pound 5th wheel and does the job extremely well,. It handles side wind very well and does not get pushed around when a big rig drives by. Quietest diesel I've owned, can easily carry a conversation when the engine is working its hardest. Seats are very adjustable with heating and cooling, this makes long drives easy on the back."

Robert M., TN (2012 Ford F-350)

"In spite of it being a diesel engine, the truck is very quiet; very little road noise gets in with windows closed. Seat cooling and heating add a lot of comfort to the driving experience."

Robert M., AE (2012 Ford F-350)

"The seats in this vehicle are the most comfortable period. I am 6'5 and the front seats support my legs. I do not know about the back seats . This truck has a little wind noise above 70 mph but I seldom go that fast. The long wheel base gives a good ride when the roads are good. When the roads are bad the ride is jolty. I pull a 5th wheel and for safety reasons I carry 90# in the rear and 65 in front and that does not help the comfort factor either."

Ralph F., FL (2012 Ford F-350)

"Even though it's a diesel, the ride is very quiet and smooth"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-350)

"Excellent seat controls and comfort. Noise and ride as expected."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-350)

"The seats are very comfortable, heated and cooled, with lots of adjustments. The truck is nice and quiet and it rides and handles pretty good considering it's carrying a 4000# camper and towing a Honda CRV"

Scott H., WA (2012 Ford F-350)

"It definitely rides like a truck, quiet but rough ride"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-350)

"The a/c stopped working and when my husband took it in for repair it did not solve the problem. He was working 7 days a week and did not have a chance to get it back in before warranty expired."

MICHELLE A., WA (2012 Ford F-350)

"I find the seats to be quite comfortable, however I always use a after market back support in all my vehicles."

CARLTON B., SD (2012 Ford F-350)

"Leather seats, heated and cooling,easy to clean,multiple adjustments. Noise and ride are acceptable since it is an f350 The 6.7 diesel gets excellant fuel mileage.Only routine r&m. I have 88000 km.many pulling a trailer .Even then I obtain a 17.3l/100km"

STU W., BC (2012 Ford F-350)

"Bouncy vibrating ride on concrete highways. Drivers seat is too high on the lowest position and does not give enough head room with the moon roof."

GENE T., ID (2012 Ford F-350)

"The ride is the best of any truck we have owned. the leather seats that are heated and cooled are wonderful and the seats fit you well."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford F-350)

"Very quiet for a diesel. Very comfortable too."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford F-350)

"Comfort and quietness of the vehicle"

CHARLES F., CO (2012 Ford F-350)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"In the past I have traded in my diesel truck after 100K miles because I worry about the repair cost after the warranty expires. There have been almost no issues with this truck and I plan on keeping it to at least 200K miles."

Robert M., TN (2012 Ford F-350)

"This was at the time the market was down and the truck list price to purchase was great difference. Saving me thousands of dollars the truck is loaded with everything possible which made it easy for me to purchase extended warranty which was used for raidiator that fail on year three"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford F-350)

"This is by far the best tow-vehicle in it's class ever made. As a farmer I tow heavy loads of livestock, hay and equipment and this truck is awesome! I live in the mountains of east Tennessee and every road is up or down hill, no flat-land! A novice can be an expert, towing heavy loads with this truck."

Harry L., TN (2012 Ford F-350)

"Excellent value considering this diesel engine and drive train pulls a large 5th wheel trailer very well up and through the mountains."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-350)

Would you buy this car again?

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