When it comes to heavy-duty pick 'em ups, you can choose between a Chevy, a Dodge, a Ford or a GMC. Match your needs to the truck with the most capability to meet them, and you're all set. Of course, which model you select is also guided by brand loyalty. If you're a Ford kind of guy or gal with big loads to haul or tow, the F-250 Super Duty pickup will handle up to 8,800-pounds GVWR or a 14,500-pound fifth-wheel trailer.
by Sammy on Oct 29, 2005 Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XLT 2WD SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
My powerstroke diesel crew cab has dragged my 11,000 pound fifth wheel all over America for the last three years without a whimper. There's tons of room inside, and we stay comfortable no matter how long the trip or how hot the weather. It pulls my house up pretty stout grades at 70 mph without downshifting, which is amazing to me. With the bedcover closed and not towing, I get 20 mph on the road at 75 mph and a consistent 17 around town. What's not to like?
by Markwayne on Jul 18, 2003 Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XLT 2WD SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
The 7.3L Powerstroke is an
excellent "tried & true" diesel.I put a
K&N air kit on & it roars and takes off
like a bullet.Rides & drives better
than mom's Cadillac. Though it weighs
in @ 7,100 lbs., the 20mpg I get on the
road is amazing.
I have tested all the other makes.
The fit & finish of Ford trucks is
vastly superior to the cheap look &
feel of the Chevy/GMC. The Super Duty
overall design is well planned. I like
the fact that the Super Duty is THE
ONLY 3/4 ton truck designed & built as
such with its own special heavy duty
frame. Chevy/GMC/Ram simply install
higher spring rates in their 1/2 tons
and call it a "heavy duty".
by 26psiboost on Oct 10, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XLT 2WD SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
This truck replaced my 99.5 SD SC PSD
and there is a world of difference
between the two. The 02 is much
quieter and refined with major emphasis
on NVH dampening. I added a Superchip
1700 programmer and this truck is
incredibly fast and I gained 1 mpg with
the cruise set on 80. The speed
limiter is gone now and this truck with
3.73 does 117 mph on the GPS(not on
public roads of course)! I can't wait
to see what the 03 does with 6.0 and
A six-speed manual transmission is now standard with the 5.4- and 6.8-liter V8 gas engines, and the 6.8-liter has been enhanced to provide better performance. If you order an automatic transmission, a gauge that measures transmission oil temperature replaces the battery gauge, and you can opt to add adjustable pedals to your Super Duty XLT or Lariat truck. Trucks with the Power Stroke diesel get an air filter service indicator. All F-250s get roof ride handles standard for 2002, and the available telescoping trailer mirrors can now be folded forward. SuperCabs have new rear door panel map pockets with molded-in cupholders. XL gets upgraded visors, while XLT and Lariat get new seats with increased width, bolstering and lumbar support; jewellike headlamp lenses and an available Advanced Security Group that includes remote keyless entry, automatic door locks and automatic headlamps. Optional on the XLT Crew Cab and standard on the Lariat Crew Cab is a power front passenger seat. The Lariat also gets a larger standard overhead console with improved storage.