2008 Ford F-350

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2008 Ford F-350 Review

Reliable truck for everyday driving, towing, and hauling.

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Overview

Offered for the 2008 model year, the Ford F-350 is a versatile truck. 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 be a useful complement to the F-350’s overall engineering.

Not all can be perfection, even for such a powerful full sized, one ton truck. The 2008 F-350 from Ford was revamped for the model year with more comfortable cabin accessories and design than ever before. In years past, the model lagged behind the competition a bit in terms of interior comfort on all of its trim levels, but that’s not the case anymore.

The Ford F-350 for the 2008 model year impressed auto industry leaders with its revamped, more powerful, diesel engine option. It is capable of more power than ever before and helps to put Ford’s model back in the running in its full sized pickup truck class.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab
Engines: 5.4-liter gasoline V-8, 6.8-liter V-10, 6.4-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: F-350 XL, F-350 XLT, F-350 FX4, F-350 Lariat

What's New

Ford makes some updates and changes to the 2008 F-350. One of the most noted is the improved chassis. It is reinforced for this model year to provide greater stability and power to the truck’s frame. Additionally, the suspension system is overhauled to reduce some of the cabin vibrations and bouncing, while still allowing the truck to do the work it was intended to do. The diesel engine option is larger than ever before and allows for greater horsepower and torque. To top off the changes for the 2008 model year, Ford also improves both the design and materials used in the interior of the cabin, especially in the higher trim levels.

Exterior

The Ford F-350 is intended to be more than just a pretty face. This truck has dramatic looks and the personality to match. The high hood, remade front bumper, and larger grille are part of the truck’s overall powerful look. The complete look is impressive and is sure to turn heads on the streets, highways, or even on the job site.

Interior

Some of the changes made to the 2008 Ford F-350 involved the interior cabin space. While not every trim level is intended to provide luxury, the base model is pretty sparse; Ford did make every attempt to update the cabin space. An enormous center console has been added to correct the poor storage space from previous years. Updated and more luxurious materials have been added as well. The F-350 features chrome accents especially around the air vents for a more polished appearance.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Ford F-350’s redesigned chassis and suspension system 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 are what one would expect from a one ton truck.

Safety

While the Ford F-350 from the 2008 model year is equipped with a variety of safety features, it’s important to note that this model does not offer side or side curtain air bags with any trim level of this truck. The 2008 F-350 is offered with anti-lock brakes standard. This model features power adjustable pedals on the Lariat and XLT trim levels optional with the automatic transmission. These trim levels also are offered with rear parking assist as an optional feature.

EPA Fuel Economy

F-350: (no information available)

You'll Like

  • Easy shifting automatic transmission
  • Gentle, refined ride and handling
  • Available trail-brake controller

You Won't Like

  • Base model’s V-8 engine lacks power

Sum Up

Reliable truck for everyday driving, towing, and hauling.

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