Costly to maintain
By Mike on
2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty 2dr Regular Cab XL 2WD LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
As a truck goes this is a great vehicle. Never had a problem hauling or towing. I used this truck to commute with occasional towing of a camper and boat. By no means an abused or roughly treated vehicle. Before buying one be advised about the cost of owning a HD Ford. The ball joints have to be replaced every 30K at a cost of $1,000 here in New England. The brakes and rotors replaced at 35K...yup close to another grand. Tires, normal wear but they're about a thousand too. Also replaced the front locking hubs twice already...600 bucks each time. Oil changes are more costly too especially since takes 16 quarts of oil! Expect to pay about $1,000 annually for maintenance.
This is a beast of a truck. It is not lacking for power with the 7.3L diesel engine.
Redesign the front end! The ball joint problem has been around for years. Can be eased by placing a zerk fitting (grease) on the ball joints. The front end also eats hubs...not a great feature to garner customer loyalty!