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Won't buy another, grossly overpriced
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By Eric
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XLT Rwd SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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I bought this truck new in '03 with the 7.3L diesel. I have replaced two drive shafts, four sets of u-joints and a clutch (at 90,000). I hate to think what I have spent on the brakes. I have never pulled a trailer over 4,000 pounds. In fact, I rarely pull a trailer other than 14' utility with an ATV and camping gear. At 112,000 miles it rides like a cattle truck. I have driven only standard transmission vehicles for the past 32 years. The Ford repair shop actually told me the problem with the drive train was due to my driving. I am trading this vehicle in as soon as possible. The only thing super duty about it are the maintenance fees.


Favorite Features

Lots of interior room. Good heater.


Suggested Improvements

Brakes and drive train. The 7.3 L diesel engine is solid.


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Unhapppy customer
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By Unhappy customer
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr SuperCab Lariat 4WD SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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I have had my truck for 4 years and have had to replace water pump twice in 18 months, a u joint, injector o rings, erg cooler, oil cooler,injector sensor,trans coller sensor,fuel pump,and now I have a major vibration when decelerating. I have had to put $6000.00 out of pocket because most failed 6 months out of warranty and Ford won't stand by their product when they know about the problems with the 6.0.


Favorite Features

I love the body style and when it's running the power it has pulling.


Suggested Improvements

You already made improvements by getting rid of the 6.0.


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Real Truck Value
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By CaptJCHill
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 2dr Regular Cab XL 4WD LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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We bought this used with 52k miles in great shape, but needing brakes, ball joints, shocks, and tires. Have driven 14 hrs straight and found it to be very comfortable on the Interstate, much more so than anticipated. Very strong with the 5.4L V8, but would opt for more power if towing in the mountains. 4WD and locking diff work flawlessly (manual hubs). Would like to have more convenience options, but not planning to sell this SuperDuty any time soon! Extremely reliable, well engineered and well made with good looks and 16 mpg on the highway, 13 mpg city. That is value in my opinion.


Favorite Features

Tie down hooks in the bed, locking tailgate, skid plates, load and towing capacity, ride, handling, ride height


Suggested Improvements

Improve turning radius, add a volt meter and daytime running lights, trailer light hook-up location


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6.0 Diesel
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By DL davis
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XL Rwd LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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I have enjoyed everything but the number of times this vehicle has returned to the dealership for injector problems. Ford has pretty much admitted they can"t fix it. The warranty left 2 weeks ago and the truck will soon follow. I won't be buying a Ford diesel this time, but probably will try a GMC or Dodge diesel!


Favorite Features

Torqueshift transmission was great no problems. Fuel economy OK. 10-14mpg


Suggested Improvements

Offer some type of refund for all the inconveinence and lost profits


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6.0L Diesel Problems
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Bill
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XL 4WD LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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The 6.0L Diesel has been nothing but an expensive problem. Can't keep fuel injectors in it. Ford does not care about the problem. I know of many others who own the 6.0L diesel and have the same problems. If you pull a trailer or carry heavy loads, the 6.0 can't handle it. If you are a "Weekend Cowboy" and just ride around in the truck, it might be ok.


Favorite Features

Body and interior hold up well. The truck looks good.


Suggested Improvements

Reimburse customers for the continual, same repairs to the 6.0L diesel.


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Outstanding
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By Ford man
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr SuperCab XLT 4WD LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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Absolutely great truck. Power to spare, and excellent mileage for such a big truck. I hauled a 3000 lb. slide-in pickup camper for years with no noticeable difference in handling. I hated to see these 7.3 diesel engines get phased out.


Favorite Features

7.3 engine is a powerhouse. You can carry anything you can fit in the box. With aggressive tires this thing will go anywhere.


Suggested Improvements

Needs larger brakes - can't seem to keep rotors on it.


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Great Truck
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By binko
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 2dr Regular Cab XLT 4WD LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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Had a F250 4x4 gas truck that rode bad. This F350 4x4 rides almost like a car. It has a 6.0 diesel that has been problem free. They had to reprogram it once. I have had no other problems at all with this truck. Power is great; runs better than the gas truck plus I am getting twice the mileage. Am averaging around 17mpg. I run this truck pretty hard. I have driven a diesel truck for 33 years as an over the road driver so I know how to operate one. I think a lot of people who have problems with a diesel really don't understand how they work. You can't operate it like a gas engine.This is the best Ford truck I have ever owner and I have owned a few. I would not even go look at any other truck.


Favorite Features

6.0 diesel engine with the 5 speed auto. Inside comfort with styling and ride. A real work horse. Pulls my boat like it isn't there. Up hills my friend with a gas Chevy goes out of sight behind me.


Suggested Improvements

I have a truck with everything I could need. Power back window would be nice and I hear that Ford has that now.


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Lemon
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Lemon
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 2dr Regular Cab XL Rwd LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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This is is with out a doubt the worst vehicle I have ever owned! It spent more time in the dealer than on the road. This is the Ford F350 6.0 turbocharger. It is known for its problems but Ford is trying very hard to keep it under their hat. Four turbochargers were replaced before it had 17k miles, with an array of other problems. They have definitely lost quality control!


Favorite Features

None.


Suggested Improvements

Better interior and quality control on who makes their parts.


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F-250
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By George Karibian
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XLT Rwd SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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I use it for towing and love it! If you ever tow or are thinking of buying an RV you need to look at this one. I work construction and I would say that Ford is by far the most predominate vehicle out there on the job.


Favorite Features

4X4 on the fly.


Suggested Improvements

Ford needs to have a electrical package for those of us who work from our trucks. It would be nice to have a built in AC 110 power supply to plug in our computers and welders.


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6.0 Diesel nightmare
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By THEWBJE
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2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4dr Crew Cab XLT 4WD SB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)


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2003 F 350, new engine after only 3000 miles, in shop total of 51 days in 3 years. New engine, sensors, rear end out at 29,000, turbo problems--worst ever for reliability. Great when it runs but last three vacations ruined with engine problems.


Suggested Improvements

ENGINE RELIABILITY.


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