2008 Ford F-250 Super
Duty FX4 Crew Cab 4x4
we drove had the largest, most powerful gas engine we tested. It also
had the lowest rear axle gearing, 4.30. This made for an exceptional
towing rig but compromised performance when the truck was unloaded. It
had around 80 ft-lbs more torque than either of the V8s in the Sierra or
Ram – another towing advantage.
though its engine had two more cylinders than the GMC or Dodge 2500s,
the item we found most interesting about the F-250 was that it weighed
in over 1,000-pounds heavier than its cross-town competitors. We
actually had the truck weighed twice to make sure it wasn’t a mistake.
Ford attributes the weight difference to stronger construction and
heavier parts for improved longevity.
interesting point, the Triton F-250 uses the same 5-speed TorqShift
transmission as the Power Stroke equipped F-350.
Ford trucks had high-end trim packages, so the interior on this truck
was a few notches above the Sierra and Ram. Seating surfaces were
leather with power driver and passenger captains chairs.
Ford for protectively covering the beds side tops on all Super Dutys
with plastic lining, so they don’t get gouged or dinged loading and
unloading the cargo box. We didn’t feel guilty balancing heavy items on
major revisions to the Super Duty for the 2008 model year. It’s got new
looks on the outside and underneath the front boxed portion of the frame
has been widened and strengthened to improve safety and to accommodate
the extra emissions and cooling equipment.
frame’s back end has also been modified to handle 8-inch longer leaf
springs, which made for better ride and handling towing trailers than
earlier Super Dutys. This truck, and the F-350, drove better when
2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4
warranty and reliability challenges caused by the old 6.0-liter Power
Stroke diesel, Ford’s got a lot riding on the success of the new
core of this diesel V8, it’s a heavily updated version of the 6.0-liter,
with more power and designed around meeting the new emissions
regulations. The larger displacement is one approach used to help knock
down NOX levels through cooler engine temperatures. There are other heat
management upgrades to keep temps down, like a 33% larger radiator, 50%
larger water pump, and a diesel fuel cooler. The engine uses dual
sequential turbos to help get the truck moving during takeoff.
offers what it calls ‘traction control’ for the F-350. We’re not sure we
agree with the terminology here, because the F-350’s traction control
only reduces throttle when it senses wheel slip. There’s no assistance
from the ABS or steering systems, like other traction control systems
had the King Ranch interior and exterior treatment. Heavy duty pickup
interiors don’t get any nicer than the King Ranch leather. The
combination of materials, colors, and textures used throughout the cabin
are first class.
also given the F-350 the largest and most capable mirrors in its class.
Built by Schefenacker, in Australia, the double-armed tow and spotter
mirrors could be extended outward up to 2-3/4-inches or folded inward
electronically with the touch of a button.
also came with Ford’s optional built in Tailgate Assist setup – which
neatly integrates a pullout step and handle into the truck’s liftgate to
make hopping up into the bed very easy.