2005 Ford F350 XLT 6.0L turbo diesel from North America


Ford needs to support its customers when it has problems


Poor engine reliability.

Engine has many design weaknesses that have not been addressed by either FORD or IH, who are still stuck in a finger pointing session. Leaving the customer holding the bag.

This was to be the engine of the future, with many "Hi Tech" updates. Unfortunately, many of these are poorly executed.

Probably the single biggest problem is that the turbocharger carbons up and stops functioning correctly. Much of the blame for this condition is given to the emissions equipment, primarily the EGR system. The EGR cooler fails due to marginal cooling. FORD did one "cleaning" under warranty, that had a $100 deductible.

General Comments:

The vehicle itself, minus the issues with the engine, has so far been otherwise very reliable. Very comfortable on long trips, with this trim level. Considering it is a diesel, it is surprisingly quiet on the inside. Mine is a crew cab (4 door) with a long bed. Seats 5 in comfort.

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

Review Date: 23rd March, 2012

2005 Ford F350 Lariat 6.0 turbo diesel from North America


The best


The only problem I am faced with is not having enough time to enjoy in this truck.

General Comments:

The break in on this truck has been the best yet. The drive train the gear ratio the motor, everything on this truck has worked together so harmoniously, the new towing capacity allows much more stability as well handling. The inaugurated brake control and compression brakes make for an incredible ride and feeling of control one hundred percent of the time. Some people scoffed and complained about Ford's decision to use the 6.0, yes I was one of those people, the environmental do not cut the power in fact the motor produces more horse as well as torch over the 7.3 it is cleaner running and in my opinion a little quieter. All in all Ford has produced once again the best all around fit for every use pickup. With the crew cab I can take my business associates out around town in extreme comfort, as well as in style with the sleek sexy one of a kind look. I can also pull the horse trailer to a national show and turn heads. That is a fifteen thousand pound trailer with four passengers, over three mountain ranges each way, and I have never had a lack of throttle. And on the weekends the drive in movie is just like sitting in a lazy boy recliner with an insane surround sound stereo. This will make my fourth new Ford truck, after experiencing trouble with two other brand names ford is the only truck I can take out and beat the tires off and not worry about walking. If you are in the market you owe it to yourself to go sit behind the wheel there in nothing like it.

Just as a side note for you power junkies there are a few upgrades out there that are just down right insane for the Fords. I have a friend that runs a 1999 F-350 with forty-four inch tires that has no problem smoking the tires. It only takes about three seconds to push in the upgrade chip. A word to the wise however and this is personal experience, make sure any mod chip you install is firmly attached. If your big fat foot knocks it out it will fry your computer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2004