Kelley Blue Book ® - 2004 Ford F250 Overview

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KBB.com 2004 Ford F250 Overview

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Talk to guys who know trucks and they will tell you the Super Duty F250 is hard to beat. The Super Duty is Fords workhorse truck, the one intended to get beat up pretty bad and still come out shining. If youre moving dirt bikes and appliances, an F150 will probably do just fine; but if you have to haul bed loads of gravel or tow up to 14,000 lbs., you need the muscle and stamina found only in the F250 Super Duty.

Ford offers the F250 in a wide variety of configurations and trims. You can choose from Regular Cab, Super Cab or Crew Cab in XL, XLT or Lariat trim. Also on the options sheet is the plush King Ranch edition as well as a new power sliding glass sunroof on Crew Cab models.

For 2004, Ford is adding a Harley-Davidson edition to the F250 line. It will be trimmed out with the same black leather interior as the F150 Harley-Davidson and offer three exterior color choices: black and competition-orange two-tone, black and grey two-tone or monochromatic black.

Some other innovative features you might desire include an optional set of power telescoping trailer mirrors complete with heating element and outboard turn signals, a power rear sliding window and a wireless keypad for locking and unlocking the doors. Ford also now offers power adjustable foot pedals on F250s with the automatic transmission. The Regular Cab F250 features a standard 8-foot bed while the Super Cab and Crew Cab model provide 6 foot and length beds, though you can opt for the 8-foot bed on both models; the F250 also features a standard locking rear gate.

Most big pickups can haul just about anything you load into their beds, but its what they can haul behind them that separates the real trucks from the wannabes. Ford's diesel engines are legendary in the truck world, admired and envied for their efficiency and brute force power. Joining the existing line-up is an all-new 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel rated at 325-horsepower and with an astounding 560 lb-ft. of torque at a low 2000 rpm. This engine is the most refined diesel ever to come out of Ford, with a noticeable decrease in both noise and vibration. The 7.3-liter turbo diesel is still available along with the standard 5.4-liter Triton V8 (rated at 260 hp/250 lb-ft. torque) and the awe-inspiring 6.8-liter Triton V10 (rated at 310 hp/ 425 lb-ft. torque) gasoline engines. Transmission choices are limited to a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic with an overdrive feature for all but the new 6.0-liter diesel, which gets a brand new 5-speed automatic.

If you need your truck to pull serious amounts of weight, the diesel engines are by far the best choice; you not only get the added benefit of copious low-end torque, you'll see fairly respectable fuel economy as compared to the gasoline engines. For those of you that do work out of your truck, Ford provides a standard left-hand power take off on models equipped with 6-speed transmissions; again this feature is optional on trucks equipped with the automatic transmission. Tow ratings for the 6.0-liter and 7.3-liter turbo diesel are set at 12,000 lbs. for both manual and automatic; the ratings for the 5.4-liter V8 are 8800 lbs. for the 4x2 and 8400 lbs. for the 4x4; the Triton V10 manages the same tow rating as the diesels, 14,200 lbs. but only when equipped with the 4.30 rear axle ratio.

Ford has set a new standard inside the F250 as well; after all, if you've got a working interior space as big as Lincoln Town Car's, you might at well make good use of it. The seating in Crew Cab models includes a full bench rear seat but lacks head restraints on all but the King Ranch trims. You'll find the Super Cab's rear flip-down seats to be good only for short trips or to accommodate the little ones; front seating is firm and comfortable, with an abundance of storage areas, fold down console armrests, 12-volt power points and cup holders. Access in and out of Super Cab models is made easy thanks to a pair of hinged half doors that open out once the front doors have been opened.

Once you start climbing the social pickup truck ladder, you can outfit your rig with some pretty fancy duds, including two-tone leather seating, in-dash 6-disc CD changer, power windows and door locks, a reverse sensing system, power sliding rear window, overhead console with trip computer and rear captain chair seating.

And for those who beat up their trucks on a regular basis, Ford now offers its "uptime-critical" parts ordering system for the F250 series. This system allows you to order parts for your vehicle 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with next day delivery year round.

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