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2003 Ford F-250 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A new 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine that cranks out 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque will be available for heavy-duty full-size pickups early in 2003. When that engine becomes available, it will mate with a new five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission.

A new FX4 Off-Road Package is available for the 2003 model year. Crew Cab models will soon be equipped with a King Ranch option group and an optional power moonroof.

The F-250 Super Duty pickups come in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab forms, and in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. The F-Series Super Duty models are the hard-hauling brutes in Ford’s full-size pickup line. Based on the regular, light-duty F-150 series, the Super Duty has different styling, roomier interiors, and stronger chassis and engines. The F-250 Super Duty has a three-quarter-ton rating, while the F-350 Super Duty models have a one-ton rating.

All Super Duty models have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 8,500 pounds. For that reason, they are exempt from certain federal safety requirements that lighter-duty trucks and cars must meet.

Exterior
The styling differences between Ford’s light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models are most evident up front, where a massive grille dominates the Super Duty’s nose. Super Duty pickups come in three forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab, which have two conventional front doors and two smaller rear-opening back doors; and four-door Crew Cab, which are...

Vehicle Overview
A new 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine that cranks out 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque will be available for heavy-duty full-size pickups early in 2003. When that engine becomes available, it will mate with a new five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission.

A new FX4 Off-Road Package is available for the 2003 model year. Crew Cab models will soon be equipped with a King Ranch option group and an optional power moonroof.

The F-250 Super Duty pickups come in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab forms, and in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. The F-Series Super Duty models are the hard-hauling brutes in Ford’s full-size pickup line. Based on the regular, light-duty F-150 series, the Super Duty has different styling, roomier interiors, and stronger chassis and engines. The F-250 Super Duty has a three-quarter-ton rating, while the F-350 Super Duty models have a one-ton rating.

All Super Duty models have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 8,500 pounds. For that reason, they are exempt from certain federal safety requirements that lighter-duty trucks and cars must meet.

Exterior
The styling differences between Ford’s light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models are most evident up front, where a massive grille dominates the Super Duty’s nose. Super Duty pickups come in three forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab, which have two conventional front doors and two smaller rear-opening back doors; and four-door Crew Cab, which are equipped with conventional front-hinged doors.

The F-250 Super Duty’s wheelbases range from 137 inches on regular-cab models to 172.4 inches on the Crew Cab dualie. Regular-cab pickups have an 8-foot cargo bed and measure 226.6 inches long overall, while the SuperCab models are equipped with either a 6.75- or 8-foot bed and have an overall length of 231.4 or 247.6 inches. Either bed can be installed on the four-door Crew Cab, which measures 245.8 or 262 inches long overall. When powered with the diesel engine, an F-250 Super Duty truck can tow as much as 12,500 pounds.

Interior
Regular-cab models seat either two or three occupants. Cloth upholstery, leather captain’s chairs and a power driver’s seat are available. The split, front bench seat includes a folding center armrest that can stow a laptop computer. A folding, three-place rear bench seat goes into the SuperCab and Crew Cab models.

Under the Hood
Ford’s standard 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine produces 260 hp. For additional strength, the 6.8-liter V-10 generates 310 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. Buyers who need the highest level of power may choose the Power Stroke 7.3-liter turbo-diesel V-8, which yields either 250 hp and 525 pounds-feet of torque with an automatic transmission or 275 hp and 520 pounds-feet with a manual gearbox. The new Power Stroke 6.0-liter turbo-diesel will deliver 325 hp and 560 pounds-feet of torque.

All models can be equipped with a six-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic, but a five-speed automatic accompanies the new diesel engine. Super Duty pickups are available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Safety
Dual front airbags are standard, and side-impact airbags are optional.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 1/29/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

Most reliable car I've owned.

by G-Moneyman from Phoenix, AZ on August 27, 2019

This car meet all my requirements and expectations of a super duty truck. The truck has great towing capabilities and excellent room for a family of six. I would recommend this vehicle to any one who ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable good truck won’t be unsatisfied

by Stimp10 from Spring mills, pa on July 29, 2019

This truck does everything you ask of it really reliable fair on fuel very safe truck to own I would recommend these trucks to anyone who wants a real truck Read full review

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The 2003 Ford F-250 currently has 12 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-250 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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