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-350 Super Duty pickup will handle up to 11,500-pounds GVWR or a 12,500-pound conventional trailer.
by Friendly Pete on Jun 6, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XL 2WD SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
I don’t ask much from a vehicle, but I
do want reliability. This F350 has
been just as bad as my sons first car a
YUGO. I don’t mean to sound off my
feed, but I expect better from a new
product like this truck than to be left
stranded on the road (3 times), all
with a load of horses coming back from
a event. One transmission latter and
two rear ends I am at my wits end. The
V10 is not as strong as my other new
truck (non Ford, both as a result of
the problems with this unit) even
though the ratings are about the same.
I must however give it to Ford, this
Truck rides much better than expected
for such a heavy hauler.
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 and shift feel than before. 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-350s 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.