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2002 Ford F-350

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2002 Ford F-350 Review

A good full-size truck choice for the Ford fan who needs a lot of hauling and towing capabilities.

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Overview

The 2002 Ford F-350 provides a versatile truck that can run the gauntlet of needs from a basic work truck to a luxury vehicle. In ways more impressive than even the F-250 Super Duty, this truck offers more stability and towing power for those heavy-duty jobs thanks to the dual rear-wheel design. Commonly known as a dually, this feature has proven to complement to the F-350’s overall engineering.

Not all can be perfection, even for such a powerful full-size, one-ton truck. The 2002 F-350 from Ford has a loud powertrain that may not appeal to all truck buyers. Overall it makes a good choice for anyone who needs the power and towing capabilities the F-350 has to offer.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup truck
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: regular cab: Ford F-350 XL, Ford F-350 XLT; Supercab: Ford F-350 XL, Ford F-350 XLT, Ford F-350 Lariat; crew cab: Ford F-350 XL, Ford F-350 XLT, Ford F-350 Lariat

What's New

Ford makes several changes to the F-350 truck for the 2002 model year. This truck with the 6.8- or 5.4-liter engine comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The 6.8-liter option offers better shifting and performance than ever before. Roof ride handles come standard on all of the F-350 trim levels and telescoping trailer mirrors can be folded forward as well. The XL edition receives upgraded visors while the XLT and Lariat get improved seats with more bolstering and lumbar support.

Exterior

The Ford F-350 tries to be more than just a pretty face. It has dramatic looks and the personality to match. The high hood, remade front bumper, and larger grille enhance the truck’s powerful look, but they also help air reach the radiator. Overall, the 2002 Ford F-350 looks impressive and turns heads on the street.

Interior

Some of the changes made to the 2002 Ford F-350 involve the interior cabin space. Not every trim level provides luxury; the base model looks pretty sparse. However, Ford makes every attempt to update the cabin space. An enormous center console corrects the poor storage space from previous years. Updated and more luxurious materials improve the cabin as well. The F-350 features chrome accents, especially around the air vents, for a more polished appearance.

Performance & Handling

With the 2002 Ford F-350’s redesigned chassis and suspension system drivers are in for a treat. The truck offers a smooth ride, especially for a vehicle of its class, and the reinforced chassis ensures the truck can still provide the power to tow or haul in any situation. Acceleration and handling meet expectations for a one-ton truck.

Safety

While the Ford F-350 from the 2002 model year comes equipped with a variety of safety features, note that this model does not offer side or side-curtain airbags with any trim level. The 2002 Ford F-350 includes standard anti-lock brakes. It offers power-adjustable pedals on the Lariat and XLT with the automatic transmission. These trim levels also offer rear parking assist as an optional feature.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-350: Unavailable

You'll Like

  • Decent off-road capabilities
  • Variety of configurations
  • Solid construction
  • Enormous conventional trailer capacity

You Won't Like

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Stiff ride when empty
  • Too big for some drivers
  • Loud drivetrains

Sum Up

A good full-size truck choice for the Ford fan who needs a lot of hauling and towing capabilities.

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