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 2015 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 2 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.
NA

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 2015 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 (440 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

Fuel pump

"I was operating the Ford truck on I 95 and a light came on telling me the truck was losing power and shut down. Had it towed to a Ford service center and was told the problem was caused by contaminated fuel. The fuel was checked and found not to be contaminated. Ford still refused to repair the truck under warranty. The cost of the repair was $8,000.00. I filed a claim with my insurance company the result was the cause of the problem was not the fuel, so they did not repair the truck. What I discovered was the high pressure fuel pump on 6.7 diesel engines will not hold up pulling heavy loads regularly and break down shredding metal thru the fuel system.. I am aware of others who have had the same problem with Ford on this same engine. I have pictures of the problems and did research of this problem with this engine fuel system. Ford is using contaminated fuel as an excuse to not repair their vehicles. My truck on had 33,000 miles on it when the problem happen. My friend had 25,000 miles when he had the same problem. I received a call from an individual in Texas telling about the same problem. I have posted on the web about the problem with Ford and the 6.7 diesel engine. This is something I would like to see CR look into. If you have any questions please contact me at 910-584-3452 or email: wkvmeso@yahoo.com."

Walter V., NC (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Not reliable"

Randy B., ID (2016 Ford F-350 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor on the water filter failed and needed replacing."

Anonymous, AB (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Cold weather broke sensors. Took a week to diagnose and fix"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"NOX sensor"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Warnings that my speed would be limited to 50 MPH because of a loss of communication with a nitrogen sensor. First trip to the dealer replaced the sensor. Same problem, so 2nd trip they replaced the input module. Same problem occurred a 3rd time, so the dealer replaced with wire harness between the two. That finally fixed the issue. The on dash warnings were really annoying. I don't understand why Ford intentionally hobbles the engine for a loss of sensor. Why don't they just light the 'check engine' light and use the last known good value in any calculations?"

Scott W., CT (2016 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

CD player

"DVD player just decided none of the DVD/CD's are good anymore. Insert CD, it tries to read them, then says they are bad. They work on other players."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford F-350 XL 6.7-L V8 diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Maps sim card has fault. waiting on new card from dealer"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford F-350 FX4 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"PIM module required replacement under warranty"

Anonymous, RI (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Radio

"Radio would come on a few minutes after startup."

Anonymous, BC (2016 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

A/C compressor

"I don't know if the A/C problem was something other that the refrigerant or if it was the compressor."

Anonymous, WY (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"As detailed in previous panel, I'm don't know for sure what the A/C problem is all affecting."

Wendi W., WY (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Refrigerant leaks

"A/C stopped working. Dealership said it was under the correct amount of refrigerant. Worked for a day and stopped working again. Different dealership said it was over the correct refrigerant. Haven't used the A/C much since last dealership visit. Don't know for sure if it is fixed."

Anonymous, WY (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"A/C stopped working or worked intermittently at times. A Ford dealership said it was 4 ounces low on refrigerant and added it with dye. The next day, while towing a 5th home, the A/C again stopped working. I was able to see that the dye had sprayed in the engine compartment, but not specifically where from. The 2016 Ford is currently in a home Ford dealership being repaired. Not sure what the final outcome or problem is."

Wendi W., WY (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Usual brake wear"

Anonymous, NM (2016 Ford F-350 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Need to replace brake pads every 20000 miles"

Anonymous, ID (2016 Ford F-350 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Rotors

"minor cracks possibly due to heating & cooling issues"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford F-350 XLT 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

Slipping transmission

"Trans slips a bit going into 3rd when loaded going up hill, then catches and makes a kind of "thump" sound. Local Ford dealer had 3 week wait time to look at trans problem"

Ronald P., TX (2016 Ford F-350 XL 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"the clutch packs were slipping causing the previously described noise"

Benjamin R., NY (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Service engine soon light comes on every 5000 miles or sooner always something wrong with it"

Anonymous, ID (2016 Ford F-350 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Other/unsure

"Engine quit running and had a fist full of warning lights and messages. Would not even try to start. The "fix" was to pull it backwards about 5 yards with the tow truck. Next day looked at error codes, some just made no sense. At ford dealership they updated software erasing all codes/history so I don't know why it quit. I don't have much faith it won't just quit again somewhere."

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

Fuel leaks

"Top (front) Fuel Filter failed. Took it to mechanic to get it changed out."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"a sqwauk noise from transmission during a 5th to 3rd downshift"

Benjamin R., NY (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Detected a small oil leak coming from the turbo charger. Dealership replaced turbo and new seal kit under warranty."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 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

Wind noise

"Much wind noise comes from the sunroof. While it doesn't leak (when raining or in a car wash), the wind noise is noticeable, even with the secondary shade closed. On extremely windy days and going around 65-70 mph, it is very noticeable."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Ford F-350 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Did not overheat until we got into the mountains. Ford dealer in Las Vegas told me nothing was wrong with my brand new truck. Ford dealer in Roswell, NM found the problem immediately. Fan clutch to increase fan speed was faulty from the factory"

Matthew K., TX (2016 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

Steering wheel vibration

"Replaced steering Damper, Shocks,Well known to truck"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 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.

Paint/Trim

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

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.

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

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.

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