V8 Auto: Good truck, but weak points.
By JamesK on
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty 2dr Regular Cab XL Rwd LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
I bought this truck new before moving from TX to NY, and for long distance driving with a trailer this truck was fantastic. The 5.4 V8 is adequate but could be stronger. At 22k I had to have a front bearing replaced due to water incursion, and while backing out of an icy driveway spinning tires, the xmsn had an internal failure that holed the xmsn case, and so at 27k back to Ford for warranty service again. I'm afraid of further problems when the warranty runs out so I've decided to trade the truck in. Overall, this is a top-notch hauling vehicle and great to drive on the long roads, but if you expect to use it for serious farm work or anything off pavement, you'll be disappointed.
16k lb towing cap, comfortable for long hauls, feels very safe, sounds beastly with Magnaflow exhaust, minimal road noise, heater and a/c are fantastic, handling is great once suspension is broken in, spacious cab, mirrors are terrific for rear visibility, headlights are long- reaching and bright.
Factory contitrac tires are poor, and shred easily driving off pvmnt, bearings are short-lived, transmission is weak and inadequate, suspension when new is jittery and prone to sideslip while cornering on bumpy road, gas mileage after 10k miles went from 14 mpg to about 11-12 mpg, mirrors need heat.