2000 Ford F350 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2000 Ford F350 XL V10 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V10 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carGMC S-15

Summary:

Not reliable enough to be called Super-Duty

Faults:

-5 bad spark coils total

-bad upper and lower ball joints on one side

-tire rod end fell apart on one side

-Rear brake rotors had a bunch of big pieces fall out of them

-Did not come with back-up beeper or mud flaps, even though the dealer's state inspector said it they were required by law. I had to install them myself before the dealer would put a state inspection sticker on it.

-seat belt sensor wires broken at seat belt due to insufficient strain relief

-emergency brake sensor switch rarely works

-"door ajar" switch thinks that one door is open (it's not)

-front tires went at 30,000 miles (probably due to the bad tie-rod end)

General Comments:

-Couldn't believe the condition of the rear brake rotors. Truck is a dually, rarely used for anything heavy. Rear rotors should not wear out that fast, never mind fall apart.

-I have never replace an upper ball joint under 100,000 miles on anything before. This one was bad at 20,000.

-Other than the problems, I do like the power and size. Gas mileage is 13mpg, which is pretty much what I would expect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2004

27th Sep 2004, 06:45

I agree completely with the comments made about the "Super Duty" being far less than super. I have been through 3 sets (6 tires) of tires in under 50k miles. This is due to faulty tie rods, ball joints, improper wheel alignment and numerous other things told to me by every dealer I've taken my truck to (over 10 different Ford dealerships/service dept.). One dealership even told me Ford designed my truck to have the front tires leaning in on the top. He said "Ford figures if your going to buy a truck like that, your going to be hauling a lot." Two things to note.

1. Having the tires toed in, /--\ then putting a load on them only makes the angle more extreme.

2. In the 50k miles I put on the truck it was all highway without pulling anything. I have yet found anyone to remedy the problem. The only thing which keeps me from ruining more tires is to get an alignment every 3 to 5 thousand miles.

3. If a truck can't hold up to driving empty what will happen when it is put to the test?

Now for the other problems:

The electrical is another story all together. When I stop moving the interior light comes on. When I start again it goes back off.

Also the windshield wipers come automatically, whether it's raining or not.

The electric door lock switch only locks and unlocks two of the four doors (sometimes).

I've also had to replace the master window switch and the mirror adjustment switch.

The turbo sticks and won't work every so often.

The ABS light keeps coming on and nobody knows why. Overdrive shuts off when ever it wants and know one can tell me why.

If I don't crank the truck daily the battery runs down and it won't start.

It refuses to release from 4wd and "automatic" 4wd refuses to work.

But it looks good.

2000 Ford F350 XLT 7.3 turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 7.3 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carFord F350

Summary:

It is in the shop more than on the road

Faults:

The Transmission went out at 2,500 Miles

The Turbo Charge Went out at 70,000 Miles

The Ball Joints went out at 75,000 miles

At 40,000 miles the rear brakes drove the piston through the rotor

At 84,000 the engine had to be replaced

At 130,000 mile the high pressure oil pump needed replacing.

General Comments:

I found ford customer service unable to assist leaving me stranded in Wyoming when I first purchased the truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2004

29th Jul 2004, 09:53

Why do you have a smile face next to it if you had all these problems?

20th Feb 2005, 09:39

Another thing perplexing is why Ford couldn't assist you in Wyoming.

4th May 2007, 15:13

Brake rotors are cheap garbage had to replace them at 40000.

Ball joints replaced at 74000.

Calipers froze up at 75000.

Rear seal required replacement at same time calipers froze.

Don't buy don't even look at it. I'm never going to buy a ford product again.

13th Nov 2008, 14:41

I have 62000 miles on mine, the radiator has been replaced 3 times due to cracking.

13th Jul 2010, 20:38

Such shocking problems! My dad has a '99 F350 with the 7.3L, and it has 370,000 miles on it with the original motor and tranny! I'm shocked to see people have such lemons! Ford knows what they were doing when they built these pickups..

Built Ford tough!

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews