2001 Ford F-250
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2001 Ford F-250 Review
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The 2001 Ford F-250 is part of the tenth generation of the F-Series, Ford’s lineup of pickup trucks. This generation began in 1997 with the truck’s first major redesign since 1980. The F-250 is available in Light Duty and Super Duty versions, with the latter being the strongest among Ford’s pickup trucks. The 2001 Ford F-250 is a larger version of the F-150, but it sports a completely different styling, bigger interiors, stronger bodies, and more powerful engines.
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F-250 XL, 2001 Ford F-250 XLT, 2001 Ford F-250 Lariat
All models of the 2001 Ford F-250 are now equipped with a trailer tow package with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The Lariat and XLT models get an ultrasonic reverse vehicle-aid sensor with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. These two models are also equipped with chrome tubular cab steps for this year. The Lariat model in particular gets heated seats in front. Other than these significant changes, there are a few minor tweaks in the interior as well.
The 2001 Ford F-250 is not based on the same platform as the smaller F-150, and the differences can be seen right at the front. The F-250 has a massive grille up front that more or less dominates the front fascia. The wheelbase can range from 137 inches in the regular cab to 172 inches in the crew cab model with dual rear wheels. All models of the 2001 Ford F-250 have a minimum gross vehicular weight of 8500 pounds.
The 2001 Ford F-250 may be built for heavy jobs, but that utilitarian outlook does not extend to the interior. The interior of the truck gets cloth upholstery, a power driver’s seat, and leather-upholstered captain’s chairs at the front. A folding center armrest in front is big enough to store a laptop, and a three-place foldable rear bench comes standard. The rear bench offers ample space for three large people, but the seats themselves are too hard for comfortable long drives.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Ford F-250's base model gets a 5.7-liter, Triton V-8 engine as standard, which is the biggest engine available for the smaller F-150. The base engine delivers 260 horsepower at 4500 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm. Another optional engine is the 6.8-liter, V-10 engine, delivering 310 horsepower at 4250 rpm and 425 lb-ft of torque at 3250 rpm.
The 2001 Ford F-250's base V-8 engine is powerful for most purposes, but people with heavy towing and hauling requirements should seriously consider the larger V-10, which provides the best acceleration. The manual transmission is precise, but proves to be too clunky. The automatic transmission, on the other hand, offers smooth and responsive gearshifts.
The 2001 Ford F-250 gets a smooth ride quality considering its size and firm suspension because of its heavy curb weight and long wheelbase. Nevertheless, the ride turns rather firm when the truck is running light. Steering and handling characteristics are good enough for a big and tall pickup, although a car-like experience should definitely not be expected. Both the V-8 and V-10 engines are quite noisy, and the high level of wind noise at highway speeds only adds to the nuisance.
All models of the 2001 Ford F-250 are fitted with anti-lock brakes as standard. There are no government crash-test results available for this truck from either the NHTSA or the IIHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Strong construction
- Available in multiple configurations
- Great off-roading capabilities
- Good towing capacity
- Lots of interior space
You Won't Like
- Noisy engines
- Large size can be inconvenient in the city
- Stiff ride with zero load
The best work truck money can buy.
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