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1996 Ford F-350

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1996 Ford F-350 Review

A heavy duty truck for the working professional.

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Designed for its hauling power, the 1996 Ford F-350 can also be practical as a day-to-day vehicle. Available in regular, extended, and crew cab versions, it is made to appeal to a wide range of consumers. A functional design, its solid, rugged structure is matched only by its performance, offering excellent acceleration for a large pickup truck due to its hefty 5.8-liter, V-8 engine. The extended cab version comes with a more powerful 7.5-liter V-8. While the XL model comes with few standard features, the XLT is equipped with a few more. Better options are available, including chrome step bumper, captain chairs, privacy glass, limited slip differential, a 7.3-liter, turbocharged, diesel engine, trailer hitch, side steps, camper mirrors, and more.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.8-liter eight-cylinder, 7.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Ford F-350 XL, Ford F-350 XLT

What's New

All four-wheel-drive versions of the 1996 Ford F-350 get a better hub-locking system and transfer case this year. Inside, the instrument panels are now finished in black, the headrest is integrated into the seat, and Automatic Locking Restraint has been added to the safety belts. Additional changes include a trailer tow wiring harness and a slotted front bumper.


The 1996 Ford F-350 comes in either regular, extended, or crew cab editions. Exterior features include 16-inch wheels, clearance lights, and a large truck bed. The length is 213.3 inches and weighs in at 3982 pounds.


The 1996 Ford F-350 is practical and durable, which is exactly what is expected from a heavy-duty truck. Standard interior features include intermittent windshield wipers and cloth seating for the XL model. The XLT model offers more standard features including power windows and door locks, AM/FM/cassette audio system, cruise control, leather trim steering wheel, and air-conditioning. Optional features include camper/towing package and manual horizontal sliding rear window.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Ford F-350 is a large truck and handles like one. What it lacks in handling it makes up for in performance. Equipped with a powerful standard 5.8-liter V-8, it performs well whether driving casually or when hauling lots of cargo. For extra power a 7.3-liter turbocharged diesel V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission is available.


Safety features for the 1996 Ford F-350 include rear-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS). Furthermore, it does not have published crash test ratings.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-350: 11/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large and powerful kind of vehicle
  • A spacious truck bed

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Sluggish handling

Sum Up

A heavy duty truck for the working professional.

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