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1998 Ford F-250 Review
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The 1998 F 250 classifies as a full-size pickup truck and part of the F-Series, a range of trucks that has been manufactured by the Ford Motor Company for the last five decades.
The F 250 is a three-quarter-ton pickup, and along with its one-ton version F 350, it forms part of the heavy-duty range of trucks. The smallest version of the F-Series, called the F 150, serves as a half-ton light-duty pickup.
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F 250, Ford F 250 XL, Ford F 250 XLT, Ford F 250 Lariat
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the F-Series, all models including the 1998 Ford F 250 get a 50th Anniversary decal on the lower left corner of the windshield. This model has also undergone some other changes, receiving a new list of standard and optional features. The XL and Lariat get a standard tailgate, while it still remains an option for the XL and base.
This year also sees the introduction of fog lights as an optional feature for all four-wheel-drive models of the F 250, except for the Lariat, which includes them as a standard feature. Ford offers a new package called the STX for the XLT with two-wheel drive, and it includes aluminum wheels, 17-inch tires, and a color-keyed grille.
The 1998 Ford F 250 Lariat in particular has some more additions such as a color-keyed steering column, power signal mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. All models offer two new colors, while two older colors leave the lineup.
The exterior of the F 250 has been remained very similar over the years, but the beginning of the 10th generation for the truck and the series introduced the first complete redesign since 1980. The F 250 and other pickups in the line get redesigned from the base.
The rounded style (introduced a year ago) still continues this year. The 1998 Ford F 250’s rounded exterior styling not only provides better aerodynamics but a larger interior and better fuel economy than the previous generations as well.
With a number of models and optional packages to choose from, the interior of the 1998 Ford F 250 ranges from bare to relatively luxurious. All models get a convenient and modern dashboard with a simple but intuitive layout of controls and gauges. It also comes fitted with cup holders for an added touch of luxury.
The front seats offer a generous amount of headroom and legroom up front, irrespective of the model chosen. However, the difficulty of entry and exit depends on the drivetrain of the pickup. Models with four-wheel drive sit relatively higher than those with two-wheel drive, which makes the former more difficult to enter and exit.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Ford F 250 offers two engine options. A 4.6-liter V-8 delivers 220 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. The larger, 5.4-liter V-8 delivers 235 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The base 4.6-liter engine pairs with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission, while the 5.4-liter engine only matches the automatic transmission.
The 4.6-liter engine provides enough power for light-duty work and feels rather lively when the truck accelerates from a standstill. However, it loses its punch once the truck reaches 25 to 40 mph, especially when it is loaded up. For heavy-duty work, the 5.6-liter engine feels a lot more powerful, although it losses some of the refined performance.
The 1998 Ford F 250 earns a full five-star rating for driver safety and four stars for passenger safety in frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good towing capacity
- Powerful engines
- Lots of passenger space and cargo room
- Reliable nature
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Outdated platform
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