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TheCarConnection.com's editors read the latest reviews on the new 2008 Ford Super Duty heavy-duty pickups to write this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove various versions of the Ford Super Duty pickups, including the F-250, F-350, and F-450. These experiences enable the team to offer you a definitive opinion on this heavy-duty full-size pickup. This review also compares the 2008 Ford Super Duty models with other vehicles in its class to give you the best advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.
In our "mine is bigger than yours" culture, the 2008 Ford Super Duty pickups reign supreme. Case in point: The all-new Ford F-450 is almost 22 feet long with a beam just under 8 feet and a curb weight of more than four tons. Driving on the expressways, you'll be eye to eye with kids on school busses and long-haul truckers--hubba hubba, for sure.
If you're looking for a heavy-duty pickup, the 2008 Ford Super Duty needs to be on your list. These Fords were all redesigned for the 2008 model year (they were released in early 2007 as 2008 models) and are offered in F-250, F-350, and F-450 series. As the numbers get bigger, the capabilities do, too. There is not nearly enough room to hit on the details of the F-Series Super Duty in this review, so here's just a quick summary.
The F-Series Super Duty trucks are offered in three cab styles--Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab--and in two bed lengths. Outside, the powerful styling speaks for itself. Under the hood, Ford offers three engines. Two are overhead-cam: the 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V-8 and the 362-horsepower 6.8-liter V-10. The third engine is the 6.4-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 that features twin sequential turbos for linear boost through the operating range and a particulate filter that brings emissions down to a level comparable to an equivalent gasoline engine's. Output has increased to 350 horsepower, with 650 pound-feet of torque available at 2,000 rpm. This brings it up to par with the 6.7-liter Cummins engine used in the current Dodge Ram 2500, which produces the same 350 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, and within a tick of GM's 6.6-liter Duramax diesel, currently rated at 365 horses and 660 pound-feet of torque.
All powertrains are available with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, rear- or four-wheel drive is available.
An editor from TheCarConnection.com recently spent some quality time with a 2008 Ford Super Duty F-250 equipped with the Power Stroke and the six-speed manual. The truck is surprisingly responsive for its size, and the torque of the diesel engine is so great that when not loaded, it can be started in third gear. Gear changes are smooth and mechanically satisfying. However, the diesel is a bit noisy in this configuration.
Experiences are similarly pleasing in other 2008 Ford Super Duty models with the gasoline V-8 and V-10 engines sporting automatic transmissions. These trucks are responsive and handle pretty well up to the really serious F-450, which uses a recirculating ball steering gear that tends to feel a little dead on center.
The King Ranch editions are particularly impressive, and the quality of the interior appointments is impressive, but there's still a lot of hard plastic, and not everything is finished to perfection. Regardless, in any trim level, the redone interior now rivals anything you'd find in an XLT or Limited Expedition (or even a loaded Lincoln Navigator, if you go for the King Ranch package). A handsome main cluster is anchored by a tach to the left and a speedo to the right, with four smaller secondary gauges in between (including a transmission temperature and boost gauge with the beefy diesel engine). Rugged-looking chrome trim rings surround the vent outlets, even on the base XL, while the swanky King Ranch gets baseball-style leather, wood grain appliqués, and contrast colors for the main dash pad, glove box, and door panels.
An integrated, factory-installed TowCommand trailer brake controller, power telescoping trailer-tow side mirrors with memory, adjustable pedals, a foldable/stowable bed extender, and that very handy tailgate step (with a telescoping pole/grab handle, too) add significant functionality and convenience to the Big F.
The Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD twins also received a major revamp in 2007. Like the Super Duty, these HD models look beefier than the half-ton Silverado and Sierra models. Both V-8 engines (one gasoline and one diesel) are matched to six-speed automatics. This beats out the Super Duty by one gear, but the Ford does offer the manual gearbox for traditionalists.
- Super Duty styling
- Range of models
- King Ranch trim
- Clever features
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- Diesel engine is noisy
- Some interior quality issues
- No tuning knob on radio