|Exterior||Island Blue Clearcoat Metallic|
|Engine||8cyl - 7.3L|
Four slamming doors, a six-foot bed, a direct-injected, turbocharged 7.3- liter diesel motor that puts out an impressive 235-horsepower, 500 lbs.- ft. of torque and a gross combined weight rating of over 10 tons, the brand new 2000 Ford F250 Super Duty was our choice for Project Workhorse.
With a baseline of some 500 lbs.-ft. of torque and a GVWR of some 12,000 plus pounds, the Super Duty pickup is a high sitting, stout truck with an aggressive stance and antagonistic lines.
With only a few minor changes to the line up this year such as four-wheel, anti-lock disc brakes, power windows and door locks added as standard features to the XLT package, the Super Duty is a combination of creature comfort and sheer working status.
Its cavernous interior allows for six large people and provides more than ample leg, hip, shoulder and headroom, both up front and in the rear seats. A standard illuminated entry feature turns the dome light and cargo light on and dual air bags keep the front seat occupants safe. Two standard 12-volt auxiliary “cigarette” plugs are handy, along with oversized center console / middle front seat. Everything about this truck is big. Shift on the fly 4-wheel drive controls allow the driver to engage 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive lo-range with a twist of the knob.
The driver’s seat offers a number of adjustments including lumbar support and the passenger front seat has similar adjustments to ensure everyone is comfortable.
The dash, although all too familiar, is well laid out. All controls are well within reach and can be operated with gloved hands. The stereo system has a clear and crisp sound, but lacks in bass and distorts at high volume. The gauges are well positioned, easy to read and provide the driver with vital information in all lighting circumstances with minimal sunlight glare. The overall interior design and usability of the Ford hasn’t changed and is overdue for a makeover. Its lack of empirical features that help other manufacturers tip the charts won’t be found here. No compass, no automatic dimming rearview mirror, no premium sound are here and the list goes on.
The engine is comprised of a direct-injected, 7.3 liter turbo diesel motor. The motor is a V8 by design, which helps with producing a bit more horsepower by nature, but advancements were needed as standard inline diesel motors tend to put out more torque. As stated previously, the motor exhales some 500 lbs.- ft. of torque and 235 horsepower. Dual batteries are standard for the diesel motor and dual alternators are an option.
The motor provides great power through all RPM’s and the automatic transmission shifts crisply and without confusion. Additionally, Ford has added a good amount of sound dampening material to the firewall to help quiet things up a bit in the cab and has done a good job at it.
The off-road traction is better, however, than expected and attacked the steepest hills with minimal wheel slip and little effort. Putting the truck in 4-wheel drive, lo-range provided a fantastic compound ratio even with the 3.73:1 gear ratio.
On-road driving is surprisingly pleasant for a 4-wheel drive and a pickup. With a solid front axle and leaf springs, all the way around one would expect nothing less than a brutal ride. Not so, however, the F250 Super Duty soaks up all but the largest bumps and provides a firm, yet comfortable ride. The steering system lacks badly in steering radius making u-turns nearly impossible.
The 4-wheel, antilock, disc brakes help to stop the big truck quickly and in a straight line. Additionally, the antilock system isn’t affected much by off road testing and high-speed washboard road driving.
The Super Duty handles turns, corners and lane changes better than most full-size trucks and provides minimal body roll and sway.
Considering the Ford’s less than perfect off-road performance, we really like the big truck. Its intended purpose is that of towing, hauling and work and the off- road performance was much lower on the list of requirements we had. The interior space is immense and makes talking with your passenger nearly a long distance call.
If you are in the market for a large truck with a spacious and comfortable interior, a truck that can handle well and tow, drag or haul just about anything you can think of, then the Super Duty is for you. We look forward to driving project Workhorse as often as we can.
If you'd like to take it for a spin, give us a call now at 720.204.2542
Exterior: The exterior of this unit is in good shape with the exception of hail on the hood and roof.
Interior: The interior is in excellent condition.
Mechanical: This vehicle is "Insight Certified" with no known mechanical defects after completing a 144 point mechanical inspection with required maintenance performed.
Tires: The tires are in excellent health with plenty of tread life remaining.