Nothing went wrong; unsurprising given the mileage.
This was a rental that I drove several thousand miles, including heavy towing and true (as opposed merely off-pavement) off-road conditions. I hope that a review based on renting is acceptable, given the miles and circumstances.
The most notable feature is the enormous torque (800 ft. lbs.) that made towing 14,000 lbs effortless. I have never driven a truck with better towing mannerisms.
Fuel efficiency is decent, considering. About 17-18 MPG without a load and on the highways. With a heavy tow-load, MPG dropped to around 13-14 MPG, average.
The four-wheel drive is good: again, with this amount of torque, the truck reliably slogs through sand and mud -- even with a big load attached. Note that this particular truck came with manual hubs; I appreciate manual hubs, but some consider them a chore. No complaints.
Handling is fine, I guess. I'm not a fan of the school bus feel that most full size trucks now have, but this particular model is built for serious work, and not for racing, playing, or commuting.
Acceleration is slow while the turbo lags, and just fine after that. The engine accelerates well on the highways and scoffs at steep climbs.
Until truck stops start serving better food, I would rather not have to stop, so a larger fuel tank would be greatly appreciated.
The interior is spacious and well designed/assembled. I have put a lot of miles on a lot of trucks, and while I don't have a preference among the major American truck manufacturers, I think Ford gets the win where interiors are concerned.
Outside of the conspicuous consumer, this truck is going to appeal to owners/operators of large land (ranch, farm, logging, mining, construction etc..) that can afford and/or write-off the expense. From a purely work-based perspective, I have not driven a better truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd September, 2013