There are trucks for personal use, commuting from the burbs
and back at the end of the day, and then there are work
trucks. Trucks with the power and performance needed for
heavy-duty construction, large payload towing and carrying,
and the passenger capacity for 5 big guys.
You aren't going to have much fun carrying five grown men
in a Ranger SuperCab with a trailer full of snow-blowers,
4-wheelers or landscaping equipment coming off the back.
For that kind of work look no further than the 2005 Ford
250/350 Super Duty Pick-ups as they deliver more capability,
gas or diesel power, depending on engine choice, and a combination
of standard and optional features that will make you excited
about heading out to work everyday.
The 2005 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks are available
in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab body styles. There
are three standard trims, plus the new Harley Davidson package:
XL, XLT and Lariat.
A more refined interior provides luxury where one might
expect workmanlike sparseness. These work trucks may be
about capability and performance but that doesn't mean the
interiors are uncomfortable. The base XL has an AM/FM stereo,
driver and front passenger air bags and an air filter minder
(diesel only) along with cloth upholstery and available
The XLT adds standard air conditioning, power windows and
door locks, tilt steering wheel and a CD player, while the
top-level Lariat edition adds Cab steps, fog lamps, six-way
power driver and passenger seats with leather seating surfaces,
a leather-wrapped steering wheel, privacy glass and a rear
sliding window. Various options and options packages are
available including keypad entry, and XL Decor kit.
The 2005 Super Duty lineup has seen a number of exterior
design changes, drawing cues from the popular Mighty F-350
TONKA concept truck's chiseled good looks, including the
bold front grille - always a Super Duty signature as well
as sharper edges and vertical bar surfaces to provide a
However, the special 2005 Ford Harley-Davidson Super
Duty now offers an industry-first "flame" paint
option, with choice of black-and-red or blue-on-blue. Packages
can be added including the High Capacity Trailer Tow package,
regular Trailer Towing package, Snow Plow package and various
up-level wheel and tire choices.
¾ ton Super Duty trucks are all about power and this
year is no exception with more power than ever. A new pas-powered
3-valve 6.8-liter V-10 has best- in-class power and torque.
The Triton V-10 produces 355 horsepower and 455 pound-feet
of torque resulting in the highest towing and cargo ratings
in the class - up to 17,000 pounds of towing capability.
In addition, the all-new TowCommand System makes towing
easier with a number of features including an industry-first
factory-installed trailer brake controller. The 2005 Ford
Super Duty trucks have a redesigned exterior with a tougher
look up front and the segment's only 18- and 20-inch wheels.
However, there are choices with two other engines available.
The first is Ford's modular 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8
migrated from the F-150 to the Super Duty. Its three-valve
architecture and sophisticated VVT (Variable Valve Timing)
technology helps deliver 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet
of torque, an improvement of 40 horsepower and 10 pound-feet
of torque over the 2004 Super Duty. More than 80 percent
of peak torque - nearly 300 pound-feet - is available starting
as low as 1,000 rpm.
Finally, a 6.0-liter Power Stroke direct-injection, 32-valve
turbodiesel V8 with cast-iron block and cylinder heads is
also available. The Power Stroke engine is now rated with
even more power; 325 horsepower and an awe-inspiring 570
lb-ft of torque.
Safety and Security
Lets face it, there aren't many vehicles on the road that
are going to be safer than an F-350 Super Duty. However,
they do come with standard dual front airbags and antilock
4-wheel disc brakes. New this year is keypad entry as part
of an Advanced Security Group option.