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Ford Trucks: F-150|F-250|F-350 Top Years, Actionable Tips

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The F-150 is the most popular American-made pickup truck. It is one of Ford Motor Company’s top five best-selling vehicles, and for a good reason. F-150s are durable, reliable, and come in a variety of packages that suit different needs.

The trucks are incredibly versatile and can be used for anything from day-to-day commuting to heavy hauling or off-roading adventures. In 1979, the F-150 was redesigned to become more aerodynamic with a prominent grille that’s easily recognizable today.

Currently, F-150s are in their 9th generation, with specialties including work truck models, high-performance ones for off-roading enthusiasts, luxury editions that offer all the comforts of home, and more!

Read below for our take on F-150 car history. This article will talk about F-150s from all model years, what they offer, their pros and cons, as well as which ones are best depending on your needs.

Ford F-Series F-150 History & Generation Lineup

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The Ford F-150 was technically born in 1975 as part of the hugely popular F-series. It was available with a regular or super cab. The rounded headlamps and rectangular grille on these vintage pickups make them easy to spot on the road today.

In 1967, Ford’s F-Series pickups were redesigned as a heavy-duty work truck line to replace the F100 as Ford’s best-selling pickup. In 1979, the Ford F-150s were re-designed with a more aerodynamic appearance. The F-150 became Ford’s top-selling vehicle in 1982 and has remained so since then.

With so much variation and so many exclusive features, it can be pretty confusing to set apart the different models of the F-150. So, the company has gracefully decided to release the cars grouped in generations.

To date, the F-150 models have gone through 9 different generations that come with a variety of features and options. F-150s are available as a regular cab or SuperCab, a crew cab, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, FX2 Off Road Package, F350 Super Duty Diesel Crew Cab/Flatbed Double Cab/Quad Cab, and F450 Super Duty Diesel Crew Cab/Flatbed.

The trucks also come with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and the choice of gasoline or diesel engines. They are available with an automatic or manual transmission as well.

1975 – 1979 Ford F-150 (1st Generation)

Ford first generation F150

The 1975 F-150 first generation was the first F-150 model and first-generation F-Series truck. It had a lockable and removable box in the bed. The car was offered with some V8 or some I6 engines as well as four or six-cylinder gasoline engines.

It had a standard 4.9 L (300 in³) inline six-cylinder engine or an optional 5.0 L (302 in³) V8 engine. There was an option of a diesel engine as well. Ford F-150s were the only Ford vehicles equipped with four-wheel drive at that time.

The F-150 was available with either a four-or six-cylinder F-head or Windsor gasoline engine. By 1979, F-150 production and F-Series truck development were consolidated and standardized at Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota. That’s when the F-150 received a new exterior design.

The truck had a box in the bed to store tools and other equipment, which would be lockable and removable. It could be equipped with an optional camper shell that is tent-like in appearance and could fold into the truck when not in use.

There was an exquisite interior made up of vinyl seats and a steel dashboard with control knobs for the steering wheel. The F-150 had a headlight design with a whale tail that was installed on the front end. It also had a grille that was made up of chrome and black plastic with vertical bars.

1980 – 1986 Ford F-150 (2nd Generation)

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The 1980 F-150 second generation had many improvements. This included a new frame and suspension, improved brakes, and larger door openings for easier entry and exit to the cab. It continued with the same front-end style as well as keeping the rear-end style that the classic F-150 had.

An exclusive F-Series designation was added to all Ford trucks in this generation, replacing “F100” through “F350”. It also included a locking toolbox to lock up tools and other valuables inside of it while you’re away from the truck.

Minor changes were made in 1981, including new headlight bezels, F-150 emblem, and F-Series designation to the cab. Ford F-150s were available with many engines during this time, including a standard inline six-cylinder engine or an optional V-type engine in 1982.

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In 1983, Ford F-150 got front disc brakes for better stopping power with improved transmissions that included both four and five-speed manual transmissions. They also got new five-bolt wheels that were standard F-150 equipment and heavy-duty Fording F-150 trucks with the “Heavy Haul” package option.

This included four-wheel disc brakes, an automatic transmission, larger tires, heavier suspension components for increased load capacity, as well as other performance enhancements to make them more suitable for off-road use.

Ford F-150s were available with many different trim levels during this time, including the Base F-150, Custom F-150, Ranger F-150, and Lariat F-Series trucks.

Base Fords had few premium options, while custom trims included upgraded interiors and other features that made them more luxurious.

F-150 Rangers were the mid-level Fords. They had upgraded interiors and standard features that included a chrome front bumper, styled steel wheels, vinyl seats, along with other comfort options like air conditioning.

Lariat trims were considered upper-level F-150s at this time. They came with leather upholstery or cloth, chrome bumpers, and other luxury features.

1987 – 1991 Ford F-150 (3rd Generation)

F-150s were built with a larger body and increased dimensions in the third generation for better comfort and more interior room. This F-150 also had new standard features that made them safer to drive, such as anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger airbags, an energy-absorbing steering column, and improved door latches.

The 1991 F-150 had a standard telescoping steering wheel that allowed for more adjustable seating positions. F-150s were then available in either a half or three-quarter ton capacity. It had a standard four-speed automatic transmission and introduced the new “Intelligent Four Wheel Drive” system.

This F-150 was also available in either an extended or super cab body style, with several bed choices. This included short and long beds, as well as two styles of tailgates: swing gate and liftgate.

The trucks were available in four-wheel drive. They also had a standard factory towing package, which the truck could tow up to.

The new F-150 had more conveniences with an acoustically designed interior, a large glove box, and a new sound system. These trucks were made in either a half or three-quarter ton capacity.

It was available for sale but not as many options because it was basically the F100’s body style with only two doors instead of four.

1992 – 1996 Ford F-150 (4th Generation)

From Ford’s fourth generation, the F-150 became a truck with quite a hefty price tag.

In the early nineties, Ford focused on improving the truck’s fuel economy and emissions, and they succeeded in doing so. While this F-150 is still big, heavy, and powerful, it’s also surprisingly fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

The F-150 from Ford’s fourth generation is available in many different sizes, including those for the budget conscious and those who need a lot of room. These trucks can vary in bed lengths ranging from six feet to eight feet and are available with the choice of either two or four doors.

1992 F-150s also have a number of cab configurations, including extended cabs that have room for five people instead of just four.

Featuring Ford’s high-tech multi-port EFI fuel injection system, the new engine allowed F-150s to have better power and torque output while increasing the truck’s gas mileage. These F-150s also had a high-tech, four-speed automatic overdrive transmission that helped get even better gas mileage.

The F-150 from Ford’s fourth generation is one of Ford’s most advanced trucks ever made – weighing in at up to seven hundred and fifty-six kilograms (1650 lb). The buyers also had the choice of either two or four doors, as well as a number of cab configurations to choose from.

1997 – 2005 Ford F-150 (5th generation)

F-series trucks went through some significant changes for 1997. The F-150 was built new from the ground up. It was still an F-150 through and through. But it looked more like the F-250 than its predecessor did – even though it weighs 200 pounds less than the 1994 F-150 models did!

The 1997 Ford F-150 was also named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for 1996. F series has won this award 12 times in total. F-150 won in 1997, and F250 won twice – once in 1994 and again in 1986.

The F-150 truck line was utterly redesigned again for 1998 models as the front end became much smoother than the previous model. It looked like a miniature version of Ford’s Expedition SUV and featured new exterior styling, including a more prominent grille and headlamps.

F-150 was now available with power windows and door locks as well as anti-lock brakes (ABS). These features were optional on regular cab models for the very first time in F Series history.

In 1999, F-150 gained even more exterior updates, including two new trim levels: XLT and Harley-Davidson F-150.

The XLT added a few more amenities to the F-150, such as alloy wheels, a keyless entry system on doors and liftgate, fog lamps, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, and chrome bumpers and door handles.

The 2000 Ford F-150 was pretty much carried over from the 1999 F-150s, except it had a few new trims and packages available. F-150s were now available in three different trims: XL (base), FX (mid-range), and the Lariat (luxury).

Each F-150 model also added more standard features such as air conditioning, power mirrors, keyless entry system on doors and liftgate, chrome bumpers/grille, etc. Ford also added a few new exterior colors for the F-150 in 2000 as well.

The 2001 Ford F-150 was still quite similar to the previous model year. But it lost its Harley Davidson trim because of supply problems due to limited production numbers. There were only about 700 produced in total from the previous F-150s.

In 2002, F-series trucks were completely redesigned with a new exterior and more standard features that F-150 had to offer. It was also available in two trims: XL (base) and Lariat (luxury). The F-150’s interior design changed slightly yet again as well for this year too. The F-150 also offered more exterior colors for 2002 as well.

The 2003 Ford F-150 was once again carried over from the previous year. But it now had dual exhaust, which was a new feature that F Series trucks were not used to having before this time around.

The 2004 Ford F-150 was the final model year of this generation. It featured a few standard features that it didn’t have on previous models, such as power mirrors, heated mirrors, ABS brakes, dual front airbags/side door airbags, air conditioning, etc.

2005 – 2008 Ford F-150 (6th Generation)

The 2005 Ford F-150 is the first model year of this generation’s F-150. It featured a few standard features that it didn’t have on previous models, such as a standard six-speed, five-inch step side bed and the F-150 Heritage package. It also had an upgraded Vortec engine with more horsepower than previous models.

2005 was also the first year for Ford’s Sync system. This appeared on Fords later in this same generation until 2010, when it would be discontinued after being replaced with Ford’s new and improved Sync system (which still exists to this day).

To offer an exclusive for the first time, the F-150 Heritage truck was introduced to respond to customers who wanted a more rugged appearance of their pickup truck. It featured a two-tone hood on the exterior, dark grey bumpers and side rails, and graphics that emphasized its tough persona.

The 2008 F-150 wasn’t much different from the previous model year. But Ford did introduce a few new features that were available in 2008 instead of being discontinued or introduced in 2009 like they had been in years prior.

These included SYNC and dual climate control for both front seats, which was an industry first at this time. The F-150 Heritage package was also discontinued this year.

2009 – 2014 Ford F-150 (7th Generation)

The seventh-generation F-150 was introduced in 2009 and continued to be produced until 2014. It is the first F-Series truck to take advantage of advanced aluminum alloy materials for body construction. Nearly 70% of its components are made from this material.

This F-150 has won more medals than any other vehicle at the North American International Auto Show. It was also the first F-150 to offer a turbocharged engine with its EcoBoost option, giving it an advantage over other F-Series trucks when it comes to fuel economy.

This generation of F-150 was available in ten trim levels: XL, STX, FX-Normal Duty, F-250 SRW (SuperCab and SuperCrew only), F-350 DRW, F-550 SRW, F-650/F750 Medium Duty Cab &Chassis.

In addition to the ten trim levels available on this generation of F-150, Ford also offered three different cab configurations, two different engines, and several special F-150 editions through this generation.

Some of the F-150s in this generation also offer special F-150 editions to mark particular milestones and F-Series anniversaries.

One such truck is the F-150 Platinum Edition, which offers exclusive exterior features. These include chrome accents, 20″ wheels, ebony leather interior with F-150 logo-embossed headrests, Ford SYNC voice-activated communications system with Ford navigation, Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Another specialty was the Heritage Edition which had some precise exterior details. Unique features include Black Metallic Lower Paint Stripes & Decals, Unique 18″ Machined Aluminum Hush Mats on Center Console, F-150 Logo on Headrests, Unique Charcoal Black Leather Seat Trim with Embossed F-150 Logo on both front seatbacks, and F-Series logo embossed head restraints.

Ford also offered a Half-Ton Special Service Vehicle (SSV) Edition F-150, which included many of the same features as its regular F-150s. There was also the addition of a heavy-duty engine, upfitter switches on the power distribution center, a unique front grille, and F-150 logo door-mounted mud flaps.

2015 – 2020 Ford F-150 (8th Generation)

Ford F-150s after 2014 are the eighth generation Ford F series trucks.

The 2015 F-150 marked a complete redesign of its predecessor, with only the front fenders, roof, and doors being carried over from previous models. This F-Series truck also used aluminum alloy body materials and was the first to feature a turbocharged engine in regular production F-150s.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 13, 2014, with Ford F-Series Super Duty development chief engineer stating that they have never built an F-150 like this before!

The F-150 engine now had a 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 engine that uses twin turbochargers capable of producing 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque, providing up to 20% more power with 25% better fuel efficiency. It could tow up to 13,200 pounds in half-ton trim and tow up to 18,000 pounds when equipped with the optional FX4 Off-Road package.

As for the F-150 design, it has a slimmer grille, a redesigned hood, headlights, and a reworked rear fascia. Inside the vehicle, there was a more innovative gauge cluster, a rotary gear shift knob, and an optional 12-inch LCD screen.

The new F-150 also had available safety features such as adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, lane departure warning system with steering wheel controls for the audio functions, and a 360-degree camera.

This F-150 model was praised for its quiet cabin, well-laid-out dashboard controls, improved fuel efficiency over previous F series trucks, impressive towing capacity, powerful twin-turbo EcoBoost V-six engine, and F-150’s optional blind spot information system (BLIS).

However, it was not without its downsides though. The fuel economy was average at best compared to other half-ton trucks in the segment. It came with a smaller payload capacity than previous F series models, and exterior updates were only noticeable on higher trim levels of F-150. The F-150’s rigid ride came with stiffer handling and higher road noise levels compared to previous F series models.

2021 – Present Ford F-150 (9th Generation) 

The ninth generation of this vehicle began to be produced in 2021 with an entirely new chassis and body.  It is offered in three main trims – the F-150 King Ranch, F-150 Lariat SuperCab, and F-150 Platinum SuperCrew (Midsize). F-150 Raptor was offered as a Ford F-Series SuperCab and SuperCrew model with the regular cab introduced in 2011.

This cutting-edge F-150 is equipped with a 3.3-liter V6 engine producing 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. It also offers the option of choosing two 4.2-liter V6 engines instead.

The F-150 King Ranch features a four-cylinder 3.5L EcoBoost engine producing 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the F-150 Lariat SuperCab features F-150’s 2.7L EcoBoost engine producing 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

New F-150 Fords are built with a six-speed automatic transmission. At the same time, F-150 Raptor features Ford’s all-new TorqShift GVWR HD transmission available for the first time. These trucks also offer an enhanced SYNC connectivity system. There is a 12 inch LCD screen that is accessible from the center stack.

Consecutively, the F-150 Lariat SuperCab has been upgraded to include two USB ports. In addition, there is a 110V outlet and auxiliary input jack for your iPod or MP3 player. F-150 F-Series SuperCabs also offer Ford’s new “SmartGauge” technology, which provides an array of customizable displays available in the instrument cluster.

These latest F-150s are designed for more outstanding durability and endurance, with a high-strength steel frame contributing to increased payload capacity. F-150 Raptor features Baja racing shocks, F-150 F-Series SuperCabs offer standard off-road-tuned shocks, while F-150 Lariat Super Cab has a standard heavy-duty steel box and tailgate.

The new F-150s feature Ford’s class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist. This helps you easily back up any trailer with just a push of a button on the F-150s rotary knob.

F-150 Raptor offers a class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which is upgraded to include steering wheel controls. With F-Series SuperCabs offering an upgrade to the new 360-degree camera system, you can easily maneuver around tight spots or back up your trailer without worrying about hitting something along the way.

New F-150 Raptors are also designed with a Smart Trailer Tow Connector. This can be plugged into the F-Series SuperCab’s front tow port to enable trailer connectivity without having a connector hanging from your receiver hitch.

Overall, newer Fords are designed for better fuel efficiency, performance, comfort, and convenience. The main feature is the use of high-strength steel in its body structure, which contributes to increased payload capacity.

How Do I Find the Generation of My Ford F-150?

One of the first things you might want to know is which year your F-150 was manufactured. It’s an important detail that can help you determine what kind of parts are available for your F-150 and how much it will cost to get those parts replaced.

Since Fords don’t always follow a set model year schedule, the easiest way to find out is to look at the VIN. The F-150 was first released in 1965 and has been produced ever since!

Decoding The Ford VIN Number

The VIN for Fords is a 17-digit code containing the year, make, and model information for your F-150. For example, F15Y F M 50 0001 means F-150 Year: 1965, Make: Ford, Model: F-Series Truck. You can also use this guide to find your VIN and decode it to determine the year of manufacture for your Ford F-150.

Coding conventions vary from country to country. So be sure you know which market your F-150 belongs to before you begin looking at VINs. Fords produced in the United States will follow a different coding convention than Fords made in Canada or Mexico.

Fords made in the United States have a 17-digit VIN code, but Fords from Mexico or Canada will have 16 digits. Fords from outside North America have a 13-digit VIN code. F15Y F M 50 0001 is the 17-digit F-150 VIN for a US Ford F-150, while F15ZBKQ100000 is the 16-digit F-150 VIN for a Canadian Ford F-150, and JNDR032290 is the 13-digit F-150 VIN for an F-150 from outside North America.

Finding The F-150 Variant Using VIN Number

In addition to knowing which model year your Ford F-150 was manufactured, you can also determine exactly what kind of F-150 it is. Just look at the third letter in the series code on the 17-digit Ford F-Series truck VIN decoder.

Seeing F F-150 means your F-150 is a SuperCab truck. Finding F V 150 means it’s an extended cab truck, while looking at T F-150 indicates this is a super crew pickup truck. Other model designations are available for different kinds of Ford F-150s as well!

Finding Ford F-150 Replacement Parts Using VIN Number

Even if you don’t have your original engine or transmission installed in your F-150, you can still find replacement parts for Fords fairly easily and cheaply.

If Ford itself made your engine or transmission, finding one to replace it is as simple as going on the company website and looking up a part number based on its VIN code!

If the problem with your F-150 is with a part made by another company, then Fords are still pretty simple to work on. Since F-150s have been in production since 1965, there’s a ton of aftermarket parts available for F-150 owners. Only a very few Ford F-150 models can’t be repaired easily with anything but basic tools!

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Standard Features & Specialties Of Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is one of the most popular pickup trucks in America. Ford has made many different generations of this vehicle, and each generation has its own set of standard features.

The following is a list of the common features found in all present-day Ford F-150s:

  • V8 Engine
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Steering
  • Carpeted Floors
  • Am/Fm Stereo System
  • Split Rear Bench Seat
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Power Locks And Windows
  • Cloth Seats
  • Keyless Entry Systems (For Some Ford F-150s)
  • Cruise Control
  • Tilt Steering Wheels
  • Tinted Windows
  • External Hood Release
  • Mirrors On Both Sides
  • Adjustable Foot Pedals
  • Running Boards

Variations & Options While Choosing F-150 Trucks

The Ford F-150 is a popular vehicle that has been in the Ford lineup of cars for over 30 years. It is a solid workhorse that can do almost anything you ask of it.

There are many different types and models of Ford F-150 trucks to choose from. Each model varies in various ways, although some aspects stay consistent between the models.

The Ford F-150 Car has varying options for engines, cab sizes, bed lengths, transmission speeds, or gears. There are also Ford F-150 Models with various trims and paint colors to choose from different styles of Ford 1500 trucks. Some Ford F-150s have a V8 engine, while other Ford F-150 trucks have an option of an e-series V6 engine.

Ford F-150 Car Model Options

  • Ford F-150 RegularCab
  • Ford F-150 SuperCab
  • Ford F-150 SuperCrew
  • Ford F-150 Raptor
  • Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition
  • Ford F-150 Limited Editions (2009 and newer)
  • Ford F-150 Platinum (2011 and newer)
  • Ford F-150 King Ranch
  • Ford F-150 Harley Davidson edition
  • Ford F-150 Lariat
  • Ford F-150 XLT Models (1999 and newer)
  • Ford F-150 FX2 & FX4
  • Ford F-150 XL (1999 and newer)
  • Ford F-150 Heritage Special Edition
  • Ford F-150 Lightning
  • Ford F-150 Heritage

Ford F-150 Options For Transmission

  • Ford F-150 3Rd Row Seat
  • Ford F-150 2Nd Row 40/20/40 Bench Seat
  • Ford F-150 5.0L Engine (1999-2000)
  • Ford F-150 4Rd Automatic Transmission (1997-1998)
  • Ford F-150 4Rd Automatic Transmission (2004-2008)
  • Ford F-150 3Rd Row 50/50 Split Bench Seat (2009-2014)
  • Ford F-150 4Rd Automatic Transmission (2011-2014)
  • Ford F-150 3Rd Row 60/40 Split Bench Seat
  • Ford F-150 2Nd Row 50/50 Split Bench Seat

Ford F-150 Options For Axles

  • Ford F-150 4WD SuperCabStyleside 6.5′ Box
  • Ford F-150 2WD SuperCabStyleside 6.5′ Box
  • Ford F-150 4WD SuperCrewStyleside 5.5′ Box
  • Ford F-150 4WD 8′ Bed Styleside 6.5′ Box
  • Ford F-150 4WD RegularCabStyleside 6.5′ Box
  • Ford F-150 4WD SuperCabFlareside Box
  • Ford F-150 4WD SuperCrewFlareside Box

Ford F-150 Options For Truck Styles

  • Ford Trucks Standard Bed
  • Ford Truck Crew Cab
  • Ford F-150 Ford Trucks SuperCab
  • Ford F-150 Ford Truck Double Cab
  • Ford F-150 Ford Truck SuperCrew
  • Ford F-150 Ford Truck Regular Cab
  • Ford F-150 Ford Truck StylesideFlareside (2003 and newer)
  • Ford Truck SuperCab (2002 and newer)

What to Expect From The Next Generation Of Ford F-150

Ford F-150 car is a class of pickup truck manufactured by Ford, the American automaker. Ford F-150 was first introduced in 1968, and since then, it has emerged as a favorite among customers worldwide.

The exquisite car has been a part of many successful movie franchises, including X-Men, Harry Potter, and Transformers. No wonder Ford F-150 has a fan following in more than 150 countries with a keen interest to find out what’s coming next!

Ford’s F-150 car is supposed to be the most successful vehicle by Ford in upcoming years. It was ranked at the number one spot in 2013 among all vehicle sales in the United States.

Engine Variants

Future Ford F-150s will possibly come with an impressive engine and several different types of machines to choose from, including 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8, 3.5L EcoBoost V6, and 6.2 liters V8 with Ford SVT Raptor.

Safety Features

The Ford F-150 car is speculated to be the safest vehicle in its class, with up to seven standard airbags. Features like the AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system will possibly come as a standard in all Ford F-150s. It will ensure a quick, precise response to the driver’s steering input and enhance safety in emergency maneuvers.

EcoBoost Technology

In the upcoming generations, the Ford F-150 car will also get a power boost with Ford EcoBoost technology available in the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engines. It will generate exceptional performance, thanks to direct injection and turbocharging.

Ford EcoBoost technology is expected to offer a power gain of nearly 20 percent as compared with the outgoing Ford F-150 engine with high fuel economy ratings from 16/22 mpg city/highway. Ford F-150 car will also come with a new six-speed automatic transmission for optimum performance and efficiency.

MyKey Technology

The Ford F-150 car will also have Ford MyKey technology. This will allow Ford F-150 owners to set specific parameters of the Ford F-150 car while handing over the Ford F-150 keys to their children or service members.

Ford is all geared up for its upcoming Ford F-150 car with great features and technology, making Ford’s F-150 a more attractive proposition than its competitors. The cutting-edge trucks are anticipated to be launched in the market within a short span of time to increase Ford’s brand value and help them garner more customers.

As always, the Ford F-150 car has set new standards in class with regards to style, performance, efficiency, and comfort. It will continue its legacy of setting benchmarks in the industry.

Newer Ford F-150s are expected to develop more advanced features in the upcoming generations, which are likely to appeal more to customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

Maintenance Tips For F-150 Truck

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in North America for many years. It has been a top favorite of customers for years on end and has lasted for generations. This undoubtedly means that the truck will need some servicing to keep continuing its exquisite performance.

Ford F-150 maintenance tips are essential to keep the Ford vehicle running like brand new. The company has always provided excellent Ford F-150 truck service and Ford F-150 maintenance tips for their customers to ensure that the Ford trucks last as long as possible without any problems occurring.

Here are some tips on maintaining your Ford F-150 truck, whether it is an older or newer model.

Tire Rotation

Ford recommends rotating tires every oil change (every 5,000 miles). The front wheels on Ford F-150 trucks usually differ from the rear wheels. Ford F-150 tires are of all different sizes, making Ford F-150 tire rotation essential to do regularly.

Tire rotation makes sure that the Ford truck runs smoothly and in good condition for more extended periods.

Oil Checks

The oil should be checked regularly to make sure that Ford F-150 oil-change intervals are passed. Ford recommends changing the Ford F-150 oil every 3,000 miles. Not only will this help your Ford F-150 run smoothly, but it also helps the

Your Ford vehicle will last much longer by keeping all of its components running in tip-top shape. Oil changes should be done every month to ensure that Ford F-150 stays in perfect running condition.

Battery Condition

The Ford F-150 battery life is critical to keep the Ford vehicle running smoothly. A good tip for Ford F-150 owners is to change battery terminals and battery fluid, besides checking battery voltage and performing battery regularly.

This helps Ford F-150 truck owners keep the Ford vehicle running correctly for much longer.

Lights

Ford recommends checking all lights regularly. This is very important because cars can get tickets for lights that are burned out, not shining, too dim, cracked, or do not work.

The manufacturers recommend checking all of these very often to avoid getting pulled over or having other problems with Ford trucks. The lights are essential to Ford F-150 truck owners because if one light goes out, the Ford vehicle will need headlight replacement or tail light replacement for that part of the car.

Engine Appearance

It is always best to keep Ford F-150 engines clean and shiny looking outside by washing the truck engines and keeping them clean. Keeping the exterior looking good will help Ford owners have a well-maintained Ford F-150 for a more extended time.

For any more Ford F-150 tips, always remember that you should consult your owner’s manual and go online to read about Ford F-150 car maintenance tips.

Accessories For F-150 Jeep Wranglers

Ford F-150 accessories are in high demand, especially with the increase in sales over the last few years. Looking into car accessories for Ford F-150 is more than just fender flares or running boards, though these are still popular choices.

Of course, Ford F-150s come out of the factory looking great on their own. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t get even more accessories for your beloved and reliable truck. Ford F-150 car accessories can be purchased to make your truck look even more stylish and powerful than it did when you first bought it.

Headlights & Roof Racks

Aftermarket headlights are a popular choice for many Ford owners because they allow the drivers to see better at night. Roof racks are also popular because they allow the owners to carry more cargo on their trips, despite not having a full-sized truck bed.

Ford Remote Start

One accessory that is very common for truck owners is the Ford F-150 Remote Start. This remote makes it very convenient to warm up your car in the morning before you go to work or just as a nice feature on a cold day.

Shocks & Jacks

Ford F-150 shocks and Ford F-150 jacks are two other accessories. Aftermarket shocks help keep your truck tires from bouncing and hitting each other. So they help reduce wear and tear on the shocks and tires.

Jacks help you change tires if you need to. They also make it easier for Ford machine shops to take care of any repairs that may be necessary on your engine or transmission.

Wheels & Rims

Custom wheels are accessories that Ford owners love the most. They provide a great look and make Ford F-150s stand out in the crowd. Designer rims also help your Ford truck handle and brake better by keeping the rotational weight of the wheel down to a minimum.

Customized Accessories

OEM accessories are available for those who want things to be as close to factory original as possible. But there have been some aftermarket car accessories invented that Ford F-150 fans just can’t seem to get enough of.

Car covers are popular Ford accessories because they protect the car’s paint job from scratches and other road debris. Floor mats prove useful for protecting the interior carpeting, while seat covers add a layer of comfort and style to the seats.

Ford F-150 car accessories are a great way to make your truck unique and special while adding extra functionality and style. Truck owners can find such accessories at major retailers such as Ford dealerships as well as some tire shops that carry Ford F-150 spare parts.

All About The Ford 250 and 350: Generations, Features, Variations, Maintenance Tips, & More!

Ford has made numerous classics over the years. The F-250 and F-350 have won the hearts of many.. One fine example of their premium craftsmanship is the Ford Super Duty series. As you may have already guessed from its name, the Super Duty series specializes in heavy hauling.

Its impressive combination of astounding gas and diesel power ratings, unique chassis design, and rugged build has made the Super duty series what it is today. Among the members of the series, two of the earlier members are the F-250 and the F-350 trucks.

Ford revolutionized the pickup and truck industry back in 1999 when they brought out the first models of the F-250 and F-350 trucks. You can call it a bulkier cousin of the more slender F-150. Ford brought out these models thinking about those people whose needs the Ford F-150 can’t fulfill.

In this article, we’ll be going through both these models and how they evolved into what they’re today. As we go on, you’ll come to know what they have to offer and what you can expect from both these fantastic trucks down the road.

Ford F-250 and F-350 History & Generation Lineup

Ford brought out their super popular Super Duty series back in 1958. The specialty of the heavy-duty series was the V8 engines. But not just any V8 engine. They were the largest block V8 engine Ford ever built.

Back then, the series didn’t have the Super Duty tag. To showcase these mass-produced, larger-than-life V8 engines, Ford rebranded the conventional ‘Big Job’ truck as the Super Duty series.

As the Super Duty trucks rolled out into the market, Ford started a transition in its layout by redesigning the Ford F-150 model and separating the design with the larger 250 and 350 models.

While the 150 models sported a load of convenience and carlike aerodynamics, the 250 and 350 models had more appeal to commercial buyers.

1999-2007 Ford F-250 and F-350 (1st Generation)

Ford introduced the Ford F-250 and F-350 models in 1999, with the 250 units consisting of one and the 350 units comprised of two variants. Ford offered the pickup option for the 250 model and the pickup and chassis cab option for the 350 models.

Ford introduced the SuperCab configuration with two standard rear-hinged doors on its extended cab version. Apart from that, they also introduced two other designs for these two models. One was the traditional two-door standard cab configuration, and the other was the four-door crew cab config.

The F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks both had two-wheel drive configurations as the standard option, with an option to go for a four-wheel drive as well. However, the 350 pickup trucks offered a dual-rear-wheel axle as an option, which the 250 models lacked.

One of the few similarities that the 250 and 350 models share with their 150 counterparts is their aerodynamics. They also share the base equipment, such as the 4R100 transmission and the 5.4-liter V8 engine. But apart from that, the Ford 250 and the Ford 350 pickup trucks share no external similarities with their smaller cousin.

The featured look of the first-generation Ford 250 and Ford 350 pickup trucks were low fenders, a hoisted hood line, and a prominent grille. They also included a lowered front portion and more oversized side-view mirrors to increase the driver’s side visibility. And if you wanted improved aerodynamics, you could go for the manual-telescoping trailer-tow mirrors instead of the metal-framed mirrors.

In 2005, Ford thought of an upgrade to make the towing experience even better. Aside from a locking tailgate, Ford also brought out Triton gasoline engines with larger alternators to increase engine output.

2008- 2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 (2nd Generation)

While Ford originally planned on introducing the newer generation in 2007, there were some issues with the quality check, so they had to push it back to the following year. This brings us to the year 2008.

The new generation (2nd generation) featured some upgrades over its predecessor. Instead of the standard 6.0-liter single-stroke PowerStroke diesel V8 engine, Ford fitted the new era with the all-new 6.4-liter PowerStroke diesel V8 engine. This newer version came with sequential turbos and fuel injectors, making the older model look like a toy.

But Ford didn’t replace everything. They kept in tune with the adage, ‘If it works, then it’s not broken.’ Apart from the newer engine that produced an astounding horsepower of 350 HP, and a torque of 800 N-m, the two generations shared a lot of similarities.

The second generation included the four AUX uplifter switches and the Ford TowCommand brake controller set-up similar to the first generation. But they also added some brand new features. For example, the buyers had an option to opt for the ‘Rapid-heat Supplemental Cab-heater’ feature. With the help of this feature, you would no longer have to face the problem of a cold start.

With the rapid heat feature, as you start the engine, it would quickly raise the temperature inside of the cabin to make the driver comfortable. Moreover, it would also warm up the engine till it’s good to go. Unfortunately, this feature was only available with the Super Duty trucks with a Torqshift automatic transmission and diesel engine.

Ford redesigned the inside of the engine and took care of the exterior and interior as well. With an improved message center, the second generation of the Ford 250 and 350 units featured a brand new center dash bezel, steering wheel, seat trim, and interior door panels. Ford also introduced a premium audio system that came with a discreet subwoofer and amplifier.

2011- 2016 Ford F-250 and F-350 (3rd Generation)

Over the years, Ford’s competitors brought out several new models that overtook the 250 and 350 models. So, they needed a little something to boost their trucks back to the apex. So, they brought out an upgrade over the last generation and introduced it to the market.

The new generation featured a massive exterior upgrade over its predecessor. The exterior upgrade mainly revolved around a more extensive front fascia. But that’s not all they did. After all, the automobile industry a competitive, so you can’t just change your truck’s looks just a little and expect to shoot back to the top.

This generation also featured an upgraded engine that could go toe-to-toe with the Ram HD and the then-new Silverado HD. Ford was so confident in the new product that they went as far as to announce that their 2011 pickup trucks had the highest thickness in terms of the steel frame.

And sure enough, the 2011 model won the Truckin’s Topline Pulling award that year. It also won two other medals in that same year. And with a maximum towing capacity of 9800 kg and a carrying capacity of 2090 kg, these awards are justified.

Ford added a unique feature to the 2011 250 and 350 models. In fact, all the members of the Super Duty series in the third generation featured a locking differential.

The models had some features unique to only themselves as well. For example, the diesel F-250 unit depended on vacuum-boost brakes, whereas its 350 counterpart uses a Hydro-boost braking system. However, both the gas versions use the vacuum-boost braking system.

There are other similarities besides this one. Both the 250 and 350 models feature 13.39 inch rear brakes and 13.66-inch front brakes. Later down the road, Ford added the 14.29 inch vented disc brakes on the 2015-2016 F-250 and F-350 units as an upgrade.

Ford made some other improvements on the 2011 model. For example, you could go for an LCD full-color panel display and a premium (Sony) amplified audio system coupled with subwoofers. Moreover, Ford made an auxiliary audio input jack the standard on all the third-generation Ford Super Duty units.

With a powerful engine, various features, and an aesthetically pleasing exterior choice, the third generation of the F-250 and the F-350 models were top-notch.

2017- Present Ford F-250 and F-350 (4th Generation) 

Ford unveiled the final form of the Ford Super Duty series in 2017 at the 2015 State Fair of Texas. The all-new Super Duty series (since 1998) features a 95% high-strength steel frame. And to get the cab-like aerodynamics, Ford built its body from 6000 series aluminum alloy. This alloy was also known as the high-strength military-grade aluminum alloy.

Ford brought drastic changes to the initial design to better compete with different automobile giants like Ram, GM, or HD trucks. Ford replaced the stand-alone front grille with the widened two-bar grille. This helped them to integrate the headlights into the design of the fourth-generation F-250 and F-350. They also removed the front fenders from the exterior design.

So, many thought that since Ford integrated the heavier grille and heavy-duty frames, the new 250 and 350 units would become heavier. But instead, Ford saved a potential 318 kg due to their switch to an aluminum-based body. While this lighter load didn’t necessarily increase the delivered powerband (385 HP), they could see an increase in the upper-end torque (from 405 lb-ft to 430 lb-ft).

The fourth-generation 250 and 350 models carry many similarities to the F-150 pickup truck. As mentioned earlier, the 250 and 350 models now have an aluminum-intensive build, just like the 150 models. Moreover, their interiors are pretty similar to that of the 2015 Ford F-150.

Ford offered three different body types for their last generation 250 and 350 models. Apart from the 2-door regular cab style, they also provide the 4-door crew cab style and the 4-door extended cab design. Basically, Ford took the best of both worlds and emerged with the ultimate generation, which has needed no more upgrades.

Standard Features & Specialties Of Ford F-250 and F-350

Ford brought out the Super Duty F-250 and the Super Duty F-350 series when the F-150 isn’t just cutting it anymore. These two astonishing models showcase what makes the legendary automaker so popular.

With each model more extravagant, more powerful, more capable than the previous one, it’s a bit confusing to pick any of the two.

Similarities

Both the 250 and 350 units feature a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine. They share the same powerband (385 HP) and the amount of torque (430 lb-ft) they can create. What’s even more impressive is that you also have the option to personalize the model with your engine of choice.

People tend to lean toward the F-250 and the F-350 unit when they want even more power. That’s Ford’s primary customer base, people who love powerful engines. And Ford knows it. That’s why they have introduced an even more powerful engine as an option. The 7.3-liter V8 engine can create a horsepower of 430 HP and generate a torque of 475 lb-ft.

Since it’s a bit difficult to choose between the 250 and the 350 models, it’s better to look at their similarities and differences before making a purchasing decision.

Blind Spot Information System

What’re you going to use your Ford Super Duty pickup truck for? Towing, right? That’s why Ford came up with the new and improved Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

You see, towing is a difficult task. You have to keep track of your truck and the trailer, which can be pretty tiring and challenging. No more! The enhanced BLIS comes equipped with a cross-traffic alert that can make your day a whole lot easier.

Thanks to this feature, you’ll get notified if there are any vehicles alongside your truck and your trailer. The BLIS system uses radar sensors on the rear of the vehicle to notify you of any presence. And the sensors will notify of any presence they detect through a blinking light in the side-view mirror. So, you can say goodbye to any unwanted accidents forever.

Unfortunately, the system can support a trailer that’s up to 33 feet long.

Automatic Emergency Braking

Going on a long haul can be pretty tiring and time-consuming. So, of course, you’d appreciate it if there were no surprises on the road. But that may not always be the case. Road-side hazards aren’t that uncommon of a phenomenon, especially on the highway.

So, it’s better to be prepared. That’s why Ford has fitted the F-250 and the F-350 series with the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that scans the road in front of you, and the forward collision warning feature will alert you if the sensors pick up any obstacles in the path.

But even then, you may have dozed off while driving. We understand. The long drive can be pretty tiring. So, even if the warning sign comes off, you may be too tired to notice it.

Ford has thought of that as well. That’s why they’ve fitted the Ford F-250 and the F-350 model with the AEB system that will automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.

But Ford doesn’t want to be a backseat driver. So the emergency system will kick in only when there are no other options available.

Lane Keeping Alert

You should always abide by the imposed traffic laws. They’re there to keep us safe. One such rule is the lane positioning system.

By staying in the lane, you can stay out of blind spots, spot other vehicles more clearly and quickly, avoid obstacles, and keep yourself and others safe.

That’s why Ford has mounted a camera behind the windshield. The camera’s primary function is to scan the road for lane markings and detect lane departure, whether day or night. If the system detects that you’re drifting out of your lane, the Lane-Keeping alert will warn you by passing a series of vibrations in the steering wheel.

It has a secondary function as well. It’s called the Driver Alert mode. As you repeatedly drift outside the lane, the system detects it and decides that you’re tired. Then the alert mode will advise you to take a break using a series of visual and audio alerts.

FordPass Connect

With the advancement of technology, driving a truck has never been easier. You no longer have to physically be present to take care of some of the functions of your automobile. Such a program is the FordPass Connect program.

It’s an embedded modem that allows the driver to connect to your Ford Super Duty truck and control certain functions. These functions entail remotely locking and unlocking your vehicle, locating your parked vehicle, remotely starting your vehicle, and so on.

This feature is very convenient to use. For example, if you’re running short on time and have to get your truck quickly. The FordPass Connect can help you with that. You can locate your vehicle without any delay.

Want to save even more time? Keep the door unlocked and the engine ready with the FordPass Connect feature, and you’re good to go!

The incredible thing about the FordPass Connect is that it’s completely free! That’s right! Ford has made this feature available to all its customers free of cost. This makes Ford the first automaker that has offered its remote feature to its client base without charging anything!

Operator Commanded Regeneration

As you stay on the road for a long time, idling isn’t an unfamiliar occurrence to you. But when you’re idling, your engine can’t produce enough heat to burn off the soot generated in the DPF or the diesel particulate filter.

And if the filter becomes way too clogged to be cleaned, you’ll have to hire professional assistance, which can kick up your expenses.

To ensure that never happens, Ford has fitted the Ford F-250 and the Ford F-350 with the Fuel Regen or the operator-commanded regeneration with active inhibit feature.

As soon as you see the warning light come on, with the push of a button, you’ll raise the temperature of the engine and burn off the remaining soot. After the DPF regeneration is completed, the engine will come back to its average temperature.

This feature is only available with diesel engines. It works by injecting a little fuel into the system to raise the temperature enough to clean out the soot. So, many may wonder if the process is safe or not.

What if the vehicle is sitting on something combustible? Ford thought of that as well. That’s why they’ve put the active inhibitor in place.

The active inhibit feature will delay the regeneration in such a case. Once you’ve taken the vehicle to a safe place, you can try to start the regeneration process by pressing the button.

So, if your DPF regeneration isn’t coming on, try again after relocating the truck.

Differences

After going through the similarities, the two siblings of the Ford Super Duty series may seem to be identical. But in fact, the two models are quite distinct. Let’s go over the differences between the two models and see how different they are.

Maximum Towing Capacity

Basically, the two pickup trucks have the same build, the same engine underneath, and offer pretty much the same options. What sets them apart is their towing capacity.

The Ford F-350 has a comparatively higher maximum towing capacity than the F-250 counterparts. The Ford F-250 maxes out at a maximum towing capacity of 18500 lbs whereas, the F-350 has a maximum towing capacity of 32000 lbs.

Average Payload

The F-350 has its F-250 counterparts beat in terms of average payload carrying capacity. The F-250 can carry a load of 4270 lbs, whereas the F-350 can hold 7640 lbs.

However, maximum payload depends upon cab style, engine, and bed size. So, you may find specific configurations of F-250s that have a higher towing capacity and a higher average payload capacity.

Suspension Design

The Ford F-350 is more suited for towing projects. Ford has designed the suspension system on the F-350 to make it more suitable for commercial and recreational towing. The reinforced midsection and a tight rear spring make the 350 model ideal for towing.

Different Trim Levels of the F-250 and F-350 and Their Specialties

As we said earlier, the Ford F-250 and the Ford F-350 have many different options apart from their standard options. Each trim level has its own specialty. And you should choose the trim level you want after going through their specialties and their differences.

Super Duty XL

The engine is one of the truck’s defining features. With the XL trim, you’ll get three such options. The standard Super Duty XL comes equipped with the 6.2L V8 engine. The classic option produces a horsepower of 385 HP and a torque of 430 lb-ft. It’s the same for both the 250 and 350 models.

Another option you’ll find with the Super Duty XL trim is the astounding 6.7L Powerstroke turbo-diesel V8 engine. With the 6.7L engine, both the F-250 and the F-350 produce a horsepower of 475 HP and a torque of 1050 lb-ft. Astounding, isn’t it? Moreover, instead of the six-speed automatic transmission, the 6.7L turbo engine is fitted with a ten-speed automatic transmission.

The final option that’s available to you is the 7.3L V8 engine. It can generate a powerband of up to 430 HP and a torque of 475 lb-ft. Similar to the second option, the 7.3L engine also features a ten-speed automatic transmission.

There’s a wide range of exterior options as well. In the standard Super Duty XL trim, you’ll find the 250 and 350 units fitted with automatic high beams. And if you’re looking to jazz it up a little, you can go for different exterior fittings, such as a power tailgate, a tailgate step, and LED box lighting.

There are also some other driver aid options from the Ford Co-pilot360 suite. These options include the enhanced BLIS, pre-collision assist with the AEB system, audible lane departure alert system, and many more.

Super Duty XLT

If you’re into techy stuff, you’ll love the XLT version. Mechanically, it’s the same as the XL trim except that the standard version gets BoxLink cargo management as part of its build. The XLT trim level also features a power moonroof.

But in terms of tech, the Super Duty XLT is far more superior to the XL trim. First of all, the XLT trim level features a remote start system that adds to the driver’s convenience. You’ll get a 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen.

Ford has fitted the XLT trim with a standard navigation system. The XLT trim has three variations: regular cab, super, and crew cab variations. The regular cab version features five speakers, seven in the crew, and super cab variations.

What’s even more impressive is that many of the optional driver aids in the XL trim are now standard in the XLT trim. The BLIS feature and the pre-collision assistance system are now pre-included in the XLT version. However, the 180/360-degree camera and the lane departure alert system remain optional to the trim.

And if you’re looking for a more off-road version, that’s possible as well. The automaker company offers an off-road package named the ‘Tremor Package.’ The package includes many things, such as a two-inch front-end lift, giant tires, and upgraded differentials. However, you can only add this package only if your truck has a diesel or a 7.3L V8 engine.

Super Duty Lariat

The third option in the F-250 and F-350 available is the Super Duty Lariat. In this variation as well, Ford has introduced no mechanical changes. However, the Lariat is far more convenient and offers a higher level of comfort to the users. That’s why this trim level has a different fan base who wants to use their truck as a family vehicle as well.

In the exterior design, the Super Duty Lariat offers the remote tailgate feature. So, you no longer have to get out of the driver’s seat to unload your truck. You can just do it from your seat. And the previously-optional halogen fog lights are now a default setting with the Lariat trim.

That’s not all! This variation also includes the dual-zone automatic climate control. So, whether it’s summer or winter, you’ll be more than comfortable in your Super Duty truck. To make things even better, Ford has fitted the Lariat with heated side mirrors.

It has something for the passengers as well. Ford has bumped the productivity screen to a whopping 8-inches with this trim level. So, your kids or even yourself don’t have to get bored stuck inside traffic. Just load a movie and enjoy it with your family.

Another option for the tech-dependent generation is the option of adding a wireless charging pad. With this, you longer have to worry about your cell phone running out of battery, and you can stay connected to the world without any interference.

It’s an excellent option for many consumers. But if you don’t need the added comfort and tech upgrades, it’s better not to invest in something you’ll probably not use.

Super Duty King Ranch

The next option available to you is the King Ranch option. Now, remember, the powertrain options have no difference in this version as well.

However, there are a few cosmetic changes to this trim level. For example, you’ll get the remote release tailgate option as a part of the standard option. You’ll also find the trailer reverse guidance system as a built-in feature.

The standard equipment list has become a bit more extended in this version. The wireless charging pad, universal garage door opener, and heated steering wheel are now a part of the standard equipment.

What makes this trim level so distinct from its other variants is its styling. If you’re a fan of the cowboy lifestyle or a part of the ranch business, the King Ranch’s western-themed styling will go great with your tastes. However, keep in mind that in the crew cab style.

Super Duty Platinum

We’re almost at the top of the trim ladder of the F-250 and F-350 variants. For starters, the Platinum trim comes equipped with a tailgate step. To make it more convenient, it also includes tailgate assist.

There are not many changes in the interior features. Like its King Ranch counterpart, the Super Duty Platinum also has leather seatings unique to this trim level. It also comes with heated rear seats to make the journey more comfortable for the passengers as well.

Another helpful feature is the adaptive steering system, which Ford has made standard to this trim level. While the Platinum trim is luxurious, many don’t think it’s pretty worth the high price.

Super Duty Limited

At the top of the trim ladder sits the Super Duty Limited version. As you can guess from its name, the Limited version is quite exclusive. If you’re looking to invest in this trim level, you better be a fan of the diesel engine because that’s the only available option.

The Limited version stands out thanks to its two-tone leather, which makes it look luxurious and extravagant. Ford has brought back the audible lane departure system as a default which wasn’t the case for the previous version. The Limited edition is more suitable for those who are into customizing the ride to their own tastes.

But keep in mind that you’re using a power truck. So, many raise the question of whether all these features are simply way too extravagant for a Super Duty truck.

What Will the Next Generation of Ford F-250 and F-350 Offer?

The Super Duty series has never stopped moving forward ever since its emergence in 1999. That’s why we can expect that the new and improved generation will have something to top its predecessors.

Let’s take a look at what we can expect from the next generation of Ford F-250 and F-350s!

Bigger Screens

While previously the biggest productivity screen the Super Duty series had to offer was an impressive 8-inch LCD one. As it indeed goes without saying, that’s impressive in it as well. But Ford hasn’t stopped there.

The new and improved version is going to have an even bigger productivity screen. That’s right. It’s a whopping 12-inch screen. So, if you had to choose to watch a movie or anything on a screen, surely, you’d go for the one with a bigger screen.

So, with the bigger screen, you no longer have to spend your time looking at your miniature cell phone screen.

New SYNC 4

The latest SYNC technology offered by Ford comes equipped with Android Auto capabilities and wireless Apple CarPlay.

Moreover, it offers a connection to the cloud and an updated graphic design. So, you can easily text or call someone or play any music or videos worth 200 channels on your truck’s entertainment system.

Impressive Power Rating

Thanks to the impressive chassis engineering and rugged frame, the latest Super Duty series will have a unique power rating in every category of towing and hauling.

With the 7.3L V8 engine, you’ll have a horsepower of 430 HP and a torque of 475 lb-ft at your service.

Maintenance Tips for Your Ford Truck

The Ford F-250 and F-350 models are extremely capable, rugged, and reliable lines of pickup trucks. To make this dependability last for decades, there are a few routine maintenance works you can do.

They’re quite easy to do, and you won’t have to worry about replacing your truck’s parts by keeping up with the routine.

Tire Rotation

One of the most overlooked maintenance routines is the practice of tire rotation. You should make a habit of rotating your tires regularly.

The standard frequency of your tire rotation should be every five thousand to eight thousand miles. Your truck will have better handling with consistent tread wear even when the roads aren’t in their best condition.

Monthly Owner Inspection

Try to maintain a monthly routine of inspecting your Ford F-250 or F-350’s fuel and water separator and the filter restriction gauge. You should also check the tailpipe slots to check if there is any debris stuck inside.

While you’re at it, make sure to check your tires for inflation and proper wear, even if you’ve changed them only recently.

Replacing the Cabin Air Filter

Of course, your and your family’s health is the top priority. That’s what the cabin air filter is there for. As the air enters the cabin, it goes through the filter, and the filter traps any contaminants in the air, making it safe for the driver and the passengers.

To make sure your truck has the best condition inside the cabin, make sure to check the cabin air filter every fifteen thousand miles.

Flush the Cooling System

As your truck ages, it builds up scale and rust deposits. The cooling system flushes the scale and rust deposits. If it’s not maintained correctly, the residue can build up over time and damage your entire cooling system. And in the worst case, the whole anti-freeze in your system can become acidic.

So, make sure to flush the cooling system every 50,000 to 100,000 miles to keep the system properly functional.

Accessories for Ford F-250 and Ford F-350

Since the Ford F-250 and F-350 are some of the best-selling pickup trucks in the market, it’s only natural that there’s a high demand for their accessories. As an automobile enthusiast, you surely get what we’re talking about. Customizing your ride and standing out from everyone is pretty enticing.

While the trucks come out looking pretty great as is, it doesn’t mean that you can’t go the extra mile to personalize your ride’s looks. There are several F-250 and F-350 accessories that you can look into to make your truck look more stylish and enhance its performance.

Sun Shades

The sun beating down on you can be pretty tiring and annoying, actually. It can be even worse when you’re in a long haul.

That’s why many truckers invest in sunshades. It’ll also help you regulate the temperature inside your truck’s chamber.

Shocks and Jacks

Shocks and jacks are different accessories, but they’re equally crucial to your pickup truck. The shocks help stabilize your truck’s movements by absorbing shocks. They also help you enjoy a better driving experience by providing enhanced control when using your truck’s brakes, accelerator, or when you turn.

The jack comes in handy when you’re trying to change a tire. It’s pretty impossible to change your truck’s tire without a jack. So, you should keep a jack handy as a part of your emergency preparedness kit.

Mud Flaps

Your truck is pretty important to you. So, it’ll hurt to see your truck’s fabulous look that you invested so much time to create, be muddied by, well, mud. That’s what mud flaps are for.

As their name implies, mud flaps help catch dirt and debris and mud kicked up off the road. That way, they won’t land all over your precious Super Duty truck.

Off-road Bumpers

To gain a better experience of going off-road, off-road bumpers are a must. They help your truck climb steeper slopes and hills without colliding with the terrain. So, if you love going off-road, fit your vehicle with a pair of off-road bumpers.

Towing and Hitches

If you’re the proud owner of an F-250 or an F-350 or are looking to buy one, you’re most probably looking to tow a trailer now and then. To do that, you’ll need a tow hitch to hook up the trailer to your vehicle.

You’ll probably have to invest in different sizes of hitches if you’re not sure about the size of the coupler or the trailer. But if you have a clear idea of what you’re going to tow, the choice becomes pretty simple.

Final Words

Ford’s line of Super Duty trucks has been around since the early 2000s. Over time, the F-250 and F-350 have been going through a series of changes to fit the customers’ needs.

Over the four generations, the two best-selling pickup trucks have come out with different styles to fit different purposes. Comfort, power, convenience- they offer them all. And with the different variants and trim levels, the plethora of options just got more prominent over the years. So, it can be pretty confusing to choose either.

Our article focused on the different trim levels of the F-250 and F-350 units, what they have to offer, and how they’re distinct from each other. We’ve also gone over how you can keep your Ford pickup truck in tip-top condition. We hope that you can use this article to choose your perfect hauling buddy.

Over the years, Ford has made many improvements over their two best-selling trucks. These upgrades have enhanced the driving experience and the riding experience of both drivers and passengers. And even in the coming years, the F-250 and the F-350 are sure to see some significant improvements, which will make them even more enticing.

While we’re speculating, we’re hopeful that the Ford Super Truck series will roll out some fantastic features that will make your on-the-road experience a sublime one over the coming years. So, let’s wait and see what Ford will do next to surprise us!

Wrap Up

Ford’s line of pickup trucks has been around since the early 20th century. Throughout its history, Ford has made F-150 trucks with entirely different purposes designed into them.

The American car manufacturer makes many styles of F-150s to fit the different needs of each customer. They offer different body types, engines, transmissions, power options, tires, and much more. So it can be pretty challenging to choose between the numerous variations and models available.

This article has focused on various Ford F-150 models, what they can offer and how they differ from each other over the years. It has also covered how you can find the exact model year for your truck. Hopefully, the discussion will help you choose a suitable model that will be your trusty companion on the roads for years to come.

Ford has made many Ford F-150 cars in its time, and proper maintenance practices can help you make your truck last even longer. Since its beginnings, Ford has made many improvements to the Ford F-150 car, allowing truck owners to drive more comfortably and drivers to haul more cargo. A wide array of aftermarket parts has made customization possible to a greater extent.

A bright future lies ahead for Ford F-150 enthusiasts since a lot of new features are promised by the revered car manufacturer in upcoming generations. Let’s wait and see what the future holds for us Ford F-150 fans worldwide!