2002 Ford F250 XL 5.4 Triton from North America


A truck that makes the workday enjoyable


This is my third Ford truck and the best so far. It has been totally reliable to date. Upon taking delivery of the vehicle, I noticed a coolant leak which was due to a broken hose clip on the radiator to water pump hose. This was taken care of, there and then. A dashboard buzz intrudes at certain engine speeds, the four wheel drive selection can be awkward, but, this is a work vehicle and it fills that role almost perfectly. It cruises effortlessly at the legal speed limit and very quietly too.

General Comments:

After driving my clients vehicles, stepping into my Super Duty is like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes.

These trucks will do more than the manufacturers claim and can be easily customized to your needs. I have a Class three receiver hitch fitted, fifth wheel hitch, electric brake controller, rear air suspension and a camper shell for the rainy season!

Servicing costs are reasonable if one shops around. Genuine filters are available for under $3! I do my own servicing which is easy on this vehicle. There is plenty of ground clearance to crawl underneath for changing the oil.

I hope that Ford keep the solid beam axle up front on future models and also keep the leaf spring suspension... simple and strong.

I would also like the bench seat in vinyl. The cloth seat is harder to keep clean and dry. Electric windows would be a nice addition to the XL package too. Other than these points, it's just fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2004

2002 Ford F250 XLT 7.3 diesel from North America


Overpriced, but a nice truck


The truck was delivered with a small dent in the drivers side door.

At 500 miles, the suction line to the fuel pump started leaking, allowing air into the fuel system, causing poor performance. It was easy to fix.

The truck has had a slight lean to the drivers side. I suspect the suspension needs to be shimmed.

At 20,000 miles, the transmission had a coast clutch failure, resulting in loss of engine braking.

General Comments:

This truck has lots of power. It is comfortable and easy to drive for such a large vehicle.

The transmission is the weak link.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th May, 2003

21st May 2003, 15:14

I agree with the ratings on this truck. Looks good, but acts bad when old. Gone through 2 transmissions so far with 21,000 miles on it. Shift points are off when towing under recommended weight.

1st Feb 2004, 03:17

I recently sold my 7.3 Turbo Diesel F250, it was a great vehicle and towed my large RV easily whilst delivering excellent fuel economy. I recommend to anyone who owns a 7.3 diesel to fit a "Supa Chip" to the engine management system. It turns a very good truck into an excellent truck.

21st Aug 2006, 00:57

Lol is seems that most ford trucks seem to have a lean to them... even old ones and new.

2002 Ford F250 XLT 7.3 turbo diesel from North America


A great vehicle


The fuel gauge was acting funny, it would go from full to E, back to half tank, and back to E. I took it to the dealer, and they fixed the problem after they messed every other thing up. I took the truck in with everything working (radio, power windows etc), got it back and nothing was working but the fuel gauge. Took it back again, and they installed the correct code with the fuel gauge not working.

General Comments:

The F250 is an awesome truck. Mine is raised 4" with 35" tires. I get about 13 miles in town. I am unimpressed with gas miles, but that is to be expected. It will tow anything. I love the truck. I will definitely get other one. There is plenty of room in the cab.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2003