1999 Ford F250 Super Duty XLT 4x4 Supercab 7.3 diesel from North America


I'd keep this truck forever if it wasn't so expensive to operate and maintain


75,000 miles: Ran rough; Injector, glow plug, and glow plug relay all replaced (warranty).

85,000 miles: Ran rough and white smoke from exhaust at cold start; Injector, glow plug, and glow plug relay replaced (warranty).

90,000 miles: T-case wouldn't shift; Rebuilt with new shaft, cluster gear and shift fork. $850. Also, parking brake cable broke. $60.

97,000 miles: Ran rough and white smoke from exhaust at cold start; Two injectors and a glow plug relay replaced (warranty).

115,000 miles: Motor cuts out; Camshaft position sensor replaced. $89 ($212 from Ford.)

120,000 miles: Ran rough and white smoke from exhaust at cold start; replaced three injectors, glow plug relay and air box. $2100.

128,000 miles: Clutch would not disengage; replaced master and slave cylinders, clutch and refitted transmission input shaft for new pilot bearing. $1100.

General Comments:

Good looking truck. Good ride - handles well for a 3/4 ton pick-up. Fairly comfortable. Okay fuel mileage. Expensive to maintain.

This was the first year of the new Super-Duty body style. The transfer case problem was due to a thin shift fork. Ford changed the design of this and the related parts, but I don't know what year they started the change.

The camshaft positions sensors are prone to failure. Ford wants over $200 for this part. International sells the same part for less than $100. It's not a bad idea to keep a spare in your glove box because it can go out all at once leaving you completely stranded -- you just need a 10mm wrench to change it.

Our latest mechanic said the problem with the multiple fuel injector failures is not typical and was caused by a small break in the air box that allowed the engine to aspirate unfiltered air. This was not a Ford mechanic. The Ford mechanics that did the warranty work did not noticed the broken air box. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't break it themselves.

I'm horrified by Ford's mechanics, their cavalier attitude toward customer service and their parts prices. They did an okay job of getting the truck into the bay, but the mechanics failed to find what was causing the problem. This and the parts prices will be the reason I will not buy a Ford product again -- at least not if it's under warranty and not unless there's a substantial supply of aftermarket parts for the vehicle.

Overall, I really like this truck. It has been really hard on our budget though. I enjoy driving it, but I do not find the driver's seat comfortable for long trips. It tows well, especially with the 6-speed manual; but it's not the best for hauling the really heavy trailers. I get 14-15 MPG highway and 15-16 with the tailgate off (at 70-80 MPH). Towing a 7000 pound trailer, it gets about 12 MPG.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd April, 2005

1999 Ford F250 Super Duty SD Super-cab XLT 5.4L V8 from North America


This is a great work or family truck, that runs better when put under duress


At around 70,000 I had to replace the battery. However, if you buy this truck at a Ford dealer I would recommend to buy the extended warranty. With the battery going out, the warranty paid for the free towing and diagnosis of the truck. All I paid for was the battery.

General Comments:

This truck does however go through lots of oil. I also recommend paying attention to the routine maintenance that needs to be done. When you over extend the time needed for a tune-up the gas mileage goes down hill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2005

1999 Ford F250 Super Duty larriet powerstroke 7.3 diesel from North America


One great truck


Replaced glow plug controller twice.

General Comments:

This truck has been trouble free, the first set of tires lasted almost 80,000 mile and it still has the original brakes (still look good). It rides good, handles great, and is very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2005

1999 Ford F250 Super Duty 7.3 diesel from North America


A potent work truck that is great for fleets


Front ball joints replaced at 60,000 miles.

Front coolant pipe to bottom radiator hose leak at 80,000 miles.

Camshaft sensor bad at 90,000 miles resulted in "no start" condition out on job-site.

Passenger side fuel line to back of cylinder head leak at 119,000 miles=no recall yet? Other trucks (2) have had same problems.

Turbo pipe to inter-cooler replaced at 120,000 miles due to chafing with wires.

General Comments:

These are tough yet powerful trucks that can haul.

Common problematic items are readily accessible such as camshaft sensors, fuel pumps, etc.

Not built for those who have McDonald's budgets. These trucks are pricey when things break, just wait till you replace rear brake rotors.

Carry lots of engine oil, these trucks are rather thirsty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th December, 2004

29th Dec 2008, 07:55

Brake work on any 3/4 or 1 ton diesel truck will be expensive compared a lesser vehicle. Brake rotors are no more expensive than any other comparable vehicle. The calipers are more expensive than the rotors, but the Ford brakes are worth the money when towing.

1999 Ford F250 Super Duty 5.4L Triton V8 from North America


Good, Powerful Truck. It's the way to go


Not a Thing!! (it's a FORD)

I'm not lying.

Very reliable.

General Comments:

We had to upgrade to a 250 after the 1992 F-150 with a 302 wouldn't pull our new fifth wheel we had purchased. We took the truck for a test drive a easily noticed the power difference, there was NO CONTEST. Even the CHEVEY'S weren't that good. The 5.4L V8 (330c.i) gas motor a had plenty pf towing torque, we could easily do 140 KM/H towing our 11,000 lbs. trailer. With the crew cab (4 door) model there is just as much or more room as a mid-sized sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2003