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 2MileHi on Oct 30, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr SuperCab XLT 4WD LB DRW (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
Really like this truck. Pulled 10k pounds of hay easily and now pull a toy hauler/front deck, so 1400# on the tongue. Put on a Reese Class V Titan hitch and air bags. No sweat. Mileage could be better, and my '86 F250 6.9, while a smoker, is much quieter and it has the dimmer switch on the floor where they belong. Wish Ford still made the 7.3. Not perfect but sure beats a Chev or Fiat Ram imho!
by garnet on Jul 24, 2004 Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr SuperCab Lariat 2WD LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
My truck has the 7.3 diesel that
averages 16 mpg. I drive it rather hard
and have had no porblems with it. The
auto trans shifts a bit hard, though
acceptably. Build quality is good, not
up to Lexus/Acura/Infinity standards
though. Without Cummins, Dodge wouldn't
sell a single HD truck. Cummins is an
awesome engine, but resides in a piece
of junk "truck". I don't even need to
speak about Chevy, all their trucks do
is look good in ads and showrooms. Ford
is the best HD truck around, just look
at tow trucks, construction sites and
ambulances...all Ford 1 ton vehicles!
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.