2006 Ford F250 Super Duty XL 6.0L turbo diesel from North America
This is a dream truck for anyone who likes their cars to be useful.
Still in the break-in period, so nothing has gone wrong with it.
I have the extended cab, XL version with the 6L diesel motor and a manual transmission. It's absolutely a tremendous truck as it's taken everything I've thrown at it without a hitch (had 2,500lb of stone in the back at one point - the bed was a little lower, but the motor didn't even notice!).
It's a beautiful truck and a lot of fun to drive, though I had a hard time finding one that was a manual transmission, but still had a CD player in it.
It has gobs of power (see above) and stops on a dime since the brakes are sized to stop the truck with 12,500 lb load in tow.
I've kept records of every fill-up since I've bought the truck and I've averaged 17.2 miles per gallon, including over 18 on a couple of long highway trips at 75+ MPH. If I was only going 60 it would have done better than that.
To be a little balanced, I'll admit that if you need to go out for a quick jaunt to the post office or local grocer, it's not the prototypical vehicle for that, but that's why I've got that little bimmer parked in the back.
A note to Ford: If I want a manual transmission truck, that doesn't necessarily mean that I want a stripped down work truck. I just like manual transmissions and as a result I don't have power windows or locks, a rear sliding glass window, or a number of other options I would have been happy to pay for if they were offered on a manual transmission truck. I just chose the manual over those things. Something to keep in mind for the future when you're planning the assembly line.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2007
I fully agree with you about the manual transmission. I blame the consumers. People will pay extra just so they don't have to shift gears themselves, but really, what's harder, working to make the extra few thousand dollars to pay for the automatic or shifting the gears yourself? They're kinda pointless unless you're in rush hour traffic. Just be thankful that Ford offers the manual on all it's engines, not just the base engine like GM does, if I remember correctly.
Our '04 F-250 has power everything, 4WD, leather, sliding rear window, great stereo - and a manual transmission. It was probably one of very few made this way, but if you look hard enough you should be able to find a well-equipped XLT or Lariat Super Duty with a stick.