I bought this truck after a fleet retired it at 115k. It pulled a 14,000lb trailer every day before I bought it. I did have to rebuild the trans at 190k. But nothing else. I have the peppy 5.8L, and at 255k it will still pull a full size van on the trailer at 65mph and not slow on the hills. MPG 14-16, no matter what. The body is rusty now but from the drivers seat the truck still feels new. I love my big white beast. Way better truck that my '02 c2500 Chevy. I only wish Ford still made this exact truck!
This truck has a real quality problem
and is poorly engineered as a work
vehicle. From day one, the front
brakes would stick. Ford could never
fix them. From 40K miles,
leaks sprang up everywhere; valve
guides, main seal, A/C compressor, rear
axle, pinion seal, clutch slave
cylinder, master cylinder, and a rusted
gas tank. The engine bay is cluttered
and hard to work on. The fuel filter
is in a bad spot for replacement. Very
poor torque from a standing start.
Many other problems that seem to be the
result of Ford trying new ideas and
materials that didn't work out.
One nice thing is that it has 2 fuel
tanks and if a pump were to go bad, you
can switch to the other tank.
Very poor manual transmission ratios.
It needs lower 1st, 2nd, and reverse
ratios. If you like to burn rubber,
hit the gas and let her rip. But if
you handle heavy loads and trailers, or
work on inclines, it stalls too easily.
Also, bring back the 4.56 axle ratio.