Pros: V10 power, Aggressive styling, Spacious cabin, Good ride
Cons: Insane gas mileage, V10 could use even more power
Until 1998, the Dodge Ram was the only full size V10 powered heavy-duty truck. Ford has since joined the V10 bandwagon and added a 6.8-liter V10 to compliment their ultra-heavyweight F-250. While not nearly as bold in appearance as the 1999 Dodge Ram equipped with the V10, the Ford F-250 V10 offers competition that shouldn't be overlooked. The 1999 Super Duty F-250 is offered in 4 models, the 2 door regular cab, the supercab, the 2 door 4x4, and the 4 door 4x4 extended cab.
When you settle yourself behind the wheel of the 1999 Ford F-250 V10 extended cab, you notice that this truck is no different than the regular F-250s. This all changes however when you start the engine. Although the F-250 Super Duty comes standard with a 235 horsepower 5.4 liter V8 and has an optional 7.3 liter Turbo Diesel V8, the 6.8 V10 is the most powerful and is noticed immediately with the meaty exhaust note. With only 275 horsepower on tap moving over 8,000lbs you would think performance would be kind of sluggish, but this isn't the case. Alas, Ford's V10 does an excellent job moving this weight, especially with it's 410 lb.-ft of torque reached at a low 2,750 RPM. My test truck was matched with a 4-speed fully automatic transmission, which did a great job shifting to get the most power out of this engine. From a stoplight, the V10 powered F-250 moves effortlessly and does so with the sound of an aggressive growl. The Triton V10 offers excellent performance, and hauling up to 10,500lbs can be accomplished. Cruising at highway speeds is not exactly quiet, but the F-250 offers a relatively quiet ride, considering its a big truck with big tires and a big engine. Handling is not really the F-250's strong point, but for such a large truck, it does quite well. It rides and drives much like an F-150 and feels very composed. The steering is perhaps a little too light, and lacks the feel of the road. The F-250 does roll around corners, but for a truck this size roll in most cases is inevitable. Brakes in my test truck were of the 4-wheel disc variety and included 4-wheel ABS. For a vehicle of this magnitude, the F-250 V10 stopped fairly well, but if you are used to driving small cars, beware!
Expect to get around 10 MPG with the V10 on the freeway, also 5 and 6-speed manuals are available.
The interior, like the F-150, is very "car-like." The F-250 SD has easy to read instruments, a modern dash, and logically placed controls. The drivers position is excellent and so are the seats. A split bench up front that offers loads of comfort and support. Some amenities included a center console, power everything, power seats, cruise control, a tachometer, a cold Ac, and dual air bags. The rear is fairly easy to get in and out of, with the 4 doors this compliments easy access. Room is ample everywhere, even in the rear, the F-250 SD offers seating for 5-6 adults.
With all the options, my test truck had tipped the scales at nearly $32,000. Base trim lines start at around $22,000. Today, and when I test-drove this truck in 2001, prices were still very high. My test truck was still over $26,000 and I'm sure the base models are still going to be pretty high as well.
If you are going to go with a Ford F-250, you probably will be better off going with the less powerful trim lines. With the gas you'll spend filling up this massive truck's tank, you could buy yourself an AMC Hummer. As a truck for the big rig enthusiast, however, this vehicle is recommended 100%
-Happy Car Shopping!