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2008 Ford F-250

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$7,608 — $26,756 USED
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Overview

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The Good

  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo capacity
  • Interior space
  • Resale value of larger-cab models

The Bad

  • Maneuverability
  • Fuel economy
  • Engine noise
  • Difficult entry and exit in 4WD models

What to Know

about the 2008 Ford F-250
  • Large and in-charge front end
  • Three cab configurations
  • Choice of three engines
  • Available 6.4-liter diesel V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD or 4WD

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2008 Ford F-250 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder walks you through the 2008 Ford F-250. It competes with the Dodge Ram 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD.

Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Ford’s Super Duty trucks — including the F-250, F-350 and new F-450 — received an exterior and interior styling overhaul as well as a new diesel engine: a twin-turbocharged V-8 diesel. The F-250’s competitors are the Dodge Ram 2500, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and the GMC Sierra 2500, which also have diesel and gasoline engines.

The F-250 Super Duty pickup comes in XL, XLT, Lariat and new FX4 trim levels and is available with two- and four-wheel drive with three engine options: one diesel and two gasoline. The F-250 is rated to tow 12,500 pounds when properly equipped.

A new FX4 package adds skid plates, body-colored bumpers and a billet-style grille on top of the XLT trim; it’s only available on four-wheel-drive versions. A King Ranch Chrome Package is available for XLT and Lariat SuperCab and Crew Cab trucks and includes interior and exterior chrome trimmings, including the exhaust tip, tow hooks and step bars.

Forged polished-aluminum 20-inch wheels are available on Crew Cab 4×4 Lariat trims.

Exterior
Styling differences between Ford’s light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models, including the F-250, are most evident up front, where a massive new grille and blocky front features dominate the Super Duty’s nose. Super Duty pickups come in three forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab with two conventional front doors and two smaller, rear-opening back doors; and four-door Crew Cab with four conventional front-hinged ...

Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Ford’s Super Duty trucks — including the F-250, F-350 and new F-450 — received an exterior and interior styling overhaul as well as a new diesel engine: a twin-turbocharged V-8 diesel. The F-250’s competitors are the Dodge Ram 2500, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and the GMC Sierra 2500, which also have diesel and gasoline engines.

The F-250 Super Duty pickup comes in XL, XLT, Lariat and new FX4 trim levels and is available with two- and four-wheel drive with three engine options: one diesel and two gasoline. The F-250 is rated to tow 12,500 pounds when properly equipped.

A new FX4 package adds skid plates, body-colored bumpers and a billet-style grille on top of the XLT trim; it’s only available on four-wheel-drive versions. A King Ranch Chrome Package is available for XLT and Lariat SuperCab and Crew Cab trucks and includes interior and exterior chrome trimmings, including the exhaust tip, tow hooks and step bars.

Forged polished-aluminum 20-inch wheels are available on Crew Cab 4×4 Lariat trims.

Exterior
Styling differences between Ford’s light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models, including the F-250, are most evident up front, where a massive new grille and blocky front features dominate the Super Duty’s nose. Super Duty pickups come in three forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab with two conventional front doors and two smaller, rear-opening back doors; and four-door Crew Cab with four conventional front-hinged doors.

Wheelbases range from 137 inches on regular cab models to 172.4 inches on the long-bed Crew Cab. Regular cab pickups have an 8-foot cargo bed and measure 227 inches long overall, while SuperCab models are equipped with either a 6.75- or 8-foot bed and have an overall length of 231.8 or 248 inches. Either bed can be installed on the four-door Crew Cab, which measures 245.6 or 261.8 inches long.

An optional step extends from the tailgate and can support up to 350 pounds to access the bed.

Front tow hooks are standard. A chrome front bumper and bright grille go on XLT models, while the Lariat adds cab steps, fog lamps and a sliding rear window.

Interior
A new interior in the Super Duty features Ford’s “tough luxury” design, which is also used on the F-150 and claims a quieter interior and rugged performance. Regular cab models seat either two or three occupants. A folding three-place rear bench seat goes into SuperCab and Crew Cab models. Air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel and a CD player are standard in XLT models. Lariat trucks include power front seats with leather surfaces.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available in the F-250 Super Duty, including a new diesel engine. The 6.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 diesel replaces the 6.0-liter single-turbo diesel and produces 350 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque; the 6.4-liter engine is compliant with new, stricter diesel emission regulations for 2008. Gasoline engines include the 5.4-liter Triton V-8, rated at 300 hp and 365 pounds-feet of torque, and the 6.8-liter V-10, which generates 362 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque.

Safety
Dual front airbags and antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
58 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Great truck

by Jndsplec517 from Ark city KS on September 27, 2019

I love the power of this truck, great for trailering, and the crew cab works great for outings with family and friends. This truck drives and rides better than my F-150. Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable and powerful truck I’ve ever had!

by NateB from Kokomo, IN on August 30, 2019

Great truck for hauling just about anything from a camper, boat, helping move furniture, or just use as a daily driver. Overall a wonderful vehicle to drive and own. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Ford F-250 currently has 10 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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