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1997 Ford F-350

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1997 Ford F-350 Review

A work truck with a plethora of options, minus airbags.

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The 1997 Ford F 350 serves as a work truck with a lot of choices. It offers three cab choices, two transmission choices, and three engine choices. All submodels come with the five-speed manual transmission, and the four-speed automatic remains available as an option.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab pickup, extended cab pickup, crew cab pickup
Engines: 5.8-liter V-8, 7.5-liter V-8, 7.3-liter diesel V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F 350 regular cab XL Ford F 350 regular cab XLT, Ford F 350 extended cab XL, Ford F 350 extended cab XLT, Ford F 350 crew cab XL, Ford F 350 crew cab XLT

What's New

The Ford F 350 shows very few updates for the 1997 model year. The only changes concern some minor improvements to the 7.3-liter, diesel engine and the removal of a three-speed transmission option.


This vehicle has a monotone paint scheme, with a regular style pickup box and chrome front bumpers. Other standard exterior features include dual manual mirrors, a fixed antenna, lightly tinted windows, an auxiliary fuel tank, and 16-inch wheels. The extended cab submodels have standard, dual rear wheels to help support the weight of the truck.

Optional features for all submodels include a camper/towing package, a rear step bumper, a chrome step bumper, clearance lights, skid plates, and a manual, horizontal sliding rear window. Alloy wheels remain optional for the XL.

Optional features for the XLT include two-tone paint, a keyless entry system, side steps, a front split-bench seat, privacy glass, power windows, power locks, and power exterior mirrors. Additional options for the extended cab include camper mirrors and a trailer hitch.


The 1997 Ford F 350 comes loaded with standard interior features, including front cloth bench seats, a two-way driver’s seat, a day/night rear-view mirror, and two 12V DC power outlets. Other features include a lighted glove box, a front cup holder, bin instrument panel storage, and dashboard storage. An AM audio system comes standard in the XL and an AM/FM/cassette audio system comes standard in the XLT.

Additional standard features for the XLT include cruise control, a leather-trimmed tilt steering wheel, and air-conditioning.

Optional features for the XL include cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, an AM/FM audio system, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system. The XLT comes with the option of an AM/FM/CD audio system. The extended cab models offer two captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.

Performance & Handling

The regular cab and crew cab contain the 5.8-liter engine, which produces 210 horsepower and 325 lb-ft torque. The 7.3-liter V-8 and the 7.3-liter V-8 remain optional for both of them. The extended cab models come with the 7.5-liter engine, which produces 245 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. The 7.3-liter V-8 remains optional for the extended cab models.

The 1997 Ford F 350 has a suspension supported by coil front springs and leaf rear springs, along with front and rear heavy-duty shocks. Together, these features help when hauling a heavy load off the beaten path. The F 350 utilizes re-circulating ball steering. A limited-slip differential is optional. This feature helps the truck regain traction when going over uneven road surfaces.

The maximum towing capacity for the F 350 totals 12,500 pounds. The maximum payload for the regular cab stands at 4255 pounds, 4655 for the extended cab, and 3540 for the crew cab. The regular cab weighs 9000 pounds, the extended cab weighs 10,000 pounds, and the crew cab weighs 9200 pounds.


Up front, the 1997 Ford F 350 uses vented disc brakes, and it has rear drum brakes. Only the rear brakes have an anti-lock system. Airbags do not come standard or as an option for this truck. Standard safety features include a dome light, a cargo box light, and a center high-mounted stop light. The standard variable intermittent windshield wipers help keep the windshield clear when driving in unfavorable weather. The F 350 warns the driver when the oil pressure, engine temperature, and battery charge reach unacceptable levels. It also warns the driver when the key gets left in the ignition.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F 350: unavailable

You'll Like

  • Cab choices
  • Engine choices
  • Transmission choices

You Won't Like

  • Anti-lock brakes only in rear
  • Air-conditioning optional in XL
  • XL audio system
  • Lack of airbags

Sum Up

A work truck with a plethora of options, minus airbags.

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