2003 Ford F250 Reviews

2003 Ford F250 XLT 7.3 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 7.3 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Perfect tow machine

Faults:

Very susceptible to algae in diesel fuel. This requires removal of fuel tank to clean filters in the tank.

General interior build quality is usual Ford and is a litlle cheap.

General Comments:

Plenty of power though. Only stopped by its bulk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2004

2003 Ford F250 HD Lariat 6.0L Powermax diesel from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6.0L Powermax diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous carMercury Mountaineer

Summary:

High performance towing machine

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong so far. Too new to have anything break. So far I am pleased with the construction - no flaws.

General Comments:

This is the absolute best truck I have ever owned. I bought it to tow a 9,000 lb. camper. It will do that and more. This truck is very comfortable, great looking, and powerful. Fair to poor gas (diesel fuel) mileage is about to be expected, but I didn't buy it to get 35 miles to the gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2003

16th Dec 2003, 09:09

I felt the same about my F250 diesel until 3400 miles, then mileage dropped from 16.9 to 12 - 13.5. I started dieing on the road, bucking at times, missing and etc. From 3400 mile to 8300 miles was in the shop 8 times and twice with flight recorders. The heavy bucking has now stopped, but I feel the engine missing while going down the interstate from time to time. And mileage is still around 13 mpg with no load. Now the vehicle is in the 9th time at 8600 miles. The front 4 wheel bushings are squealing as I drive and now they are being replaced. In addition the water sensor is defective and giving false signals. Maybe I got a lemon... but Ford Motor is hard to work with and I am close to filling a lemon law on the vehicle at only 8600 miles. Dave.

21st Jun 2004, 13:03

My 2033 F-250 Lar has transmission problems. Shifts from 4th to low gear and locks up the truck transmission. Slow take off due to the booster. Work done on transmission, sensors, MAP control, brain module, etc. In shop for the 4th time and has only 4,232 miles on the truck. Locked up at 65 MPH the first time and at 55 MPH the second time. Numerous tries to repair! Anyone else suffering these problems?

Harlan.

6th Mar 2006, 05:26

There have been several instances where a drop in mileage and performance on the Ford diesels was due to a PCM chip malfunction. I bought a low mileage F-250 that was a company buy-back for that reason. They changed out the chip and no problems since. Also, there are after-market chips that will increase mileage and power output.

2003 Ford F250 XL 5.4 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.4 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

A great truck for the money

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the truck, however.

It could have been prepped a little better for delivery...

There was buffing compound all over the inside of the drivers door.

There was adhesive left all over the running boards.

The rear diff cover was rusted.

General Comments:

I got one heck of a deal on this truck!

I really wanted a Dodge, but I got this 3/4 ton for about $2000 less than I could have got a 1/2 ton Dodge for.

$9000 off the sticker price! (with no trade!)

It tows my R.V. with no trouble what so ever (a little thirsty though-8 1/2 M.P.G.) but I expected that.

I will buy another one without thinking twice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews