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2005 Ford F-350

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2005 Ford F-350 Review

A heavy duty truck with many available options that make it appealing despite its poor fuel economy.

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The 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty comes in three model types, just like the 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty. It also looks similar in appearance to the lighter F-150. The main difference remains that the F-150 can haul half a ton, the F-250 can handle three-quarters of a ton, and the ultra-powerful F-350 can haul a full ton.

The available model types include Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab. Each model type of this pickup truck comes in either a two-door or a four-door configuration. The Regular Cab models use two full-size doors, the SuperCab models have two full-size doors and two rear half doors, and the Crew Cabs have four full-size doors.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door pickup truck, four-door pickup truck
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8 diesel, 6.8-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed speed manual with overdrive, four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Ford F-350 XL, Ford F-350 XLT, Ford F-350 Lariat

What's New

The choice of three different engines marks a newly offered benefit for the F-350 models. The availability of a diesel engine is particularly fresh. The TowCommand System also starts new for 2005, as does a new front suspension, which improves handling. The Harley Davidson and King Ranch packages provide new options for the Lariat models.


The 2005 Ford F-350s have an upgraded TowCommand System that features an optional, integrated electric trailer brake control. Ford says this feature marks a first for the industry. The top model, the Lariat Crew Cab, now offers either a Harley-Davidson package or a King Ranch package as a special option. If selecting the Harley-Davison package, exterior changes include ""flame"" paint and 20-inch aluminum tires. Many exterior attributes get borrowed from the 2005 Ford F-250. The F-250's massive grille completely alters the look so that it no longer recalls the F-150. The wheelbase of the Regular Cab models measures 137 inches. On the SuperCab models the wheelbase stretches to either 142 inches or 158 inches. Finally, the Crew Cab models have a wheelbase of either 156 inches or 172 inches. These wheelbases support a bed of either 6.75 or eight feet.


The Regular Cab models seat two to three people in the front row. The other two model types seat four, five, or six. The XL models keep things very basic. The XLTs add a lot of interior features. Additional Lariat upgrades include a power driver's seat and leather seats up front. If choosing one of the special option packages for the Lariat Crew Cab model, know that the interior of the King Ranch has more leather than the Harley-Davidson.

Performance & Handling

The performance and handling of 2005 Ford F-350 models seems better than in previous years because of a new coil-spring front suspension. As always, the manual transmission leads to unsmooth acceleration changes. But, opting for automatic transmission solves this problem. The ride feels, supposedly, pretty smooth for using a manual transmission. The big design makes maneuverability a problem, but for such a big truck, it turns rather tightly.

Models of the 2005 Ford F-350 employ one of three different engines and one of two types of transmission. The available engines include a 5.4-liter V-8, a six-liter V-8, and a 6.8-liter V-10. All of these engines guzzle gas, but the six-liter V-8 guzzles diesel gas exclusively. The other two engines run on regular unleaded gasoline. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard. An upgrade to a five-speed automatic transmission remains available for all models and configurations. The models with the 5.4-liter V-8s have an increased 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. The all-new six-liter V-8 diesels produce 325 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. The 6.8-liter V-10s generate 362 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. Models come with rear or all-wheel drive, and the rear axles can be equipped with one or two tires per side, the latter being commonly referred to as ?dually.?


Two front-impact airbags, a cancellable passenger airbag, and anti-lock brakes come standard on all models. While the upper model also includes a standard panic alarm, it remains an available option for the XLS and unavailable for the XL. XLT models and Lariat models also feature cruise control; XLs do not.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-350 5.4-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-350 6.0-liter V-8: 12.5/16.5 mpg city/highway
Ford F-350 6.8-liter V-10: 11/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many models and model types
  • Offroad ability
  • Hauls heavy loads
  • Several engine options

You Won't Like

  • Poor maneuverability
  • Noisy engine
  • Inferior fuel economy

Sum Up

A heavy duty truck with many available options that make it appealing despite its poor fuel economy.

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