2002 Ford F-250

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$21,120

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2002 Ford F-250

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2002 Ford F-250 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The F-Series Super Duty models are the hard-hauling brutes in Ford’s full-size pickup line — the ones designed for heavy-duty towing and cargo-carrying. Based on the regular, light-duty F-150 series, the Super Duty has different styling, roomier interiors, and stronger chassis and engines.

For 2002, Super Duty trucks with the 5.4- or 6.8-liter gasoline engine get an upgrade from a five-speed-manual to a six-speed-manual transmission. Ford says that automatic transmissions with the Triton gas engines have an improved shift feel. Single-beam, jewel-effect headlights have replaced the aero-style headlights on XLT and Lariat editions. A six-way power passenger seat is now standard in the Lariat Crew Cab. New map pockets with integrated cupholders are installed in the rear doors of SuperCab models, and all Super Duty trucks now have a passenger-side front grab handle. All models with automatic transmissions have a new transmission-temperature gauge.

All Super Duty models have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) — the maximum allowable weight of a vehicle, its occupants and its cargo — of more than 8,500 pounds. For that reason, they are exempt from the federal safety requirements that lighter-duty trucks and cars must meet. Ford claims that its heavy-duty models outsell similar models from Chevrolet and Dodge combined.

Exterior
The styling differences between Ford’s light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models are most evident up front, where a massive grille dominates the Super Duty’s nose. Super Duty pickups come in the following forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab, with two conventional front doors and two smaller rear-opening back doors; or four-door Crew Cab, with conventional front-hinged doors.

Wheelbases range from 137 inches on regular-cab models to 172.4 inches on the Crew Cab dualie. Regular-cab pickups have an 8-foot cargo bed and measure 226.6 inches long overall, while the SuperCab models are equipped with either a 6.5- , 6.75- or 8-foot bed and have an overall length of 231.4 or 247.6 inches. The 6.75- or 8-foot bed can be installed on the four-door Crew Cab, which measures 245.8 or 262 inches long.

The GVWRs range from 8,800 pounds for the three-quarter-ton F-250 model to 11,200 pounds for the F-350 dualie. Payloads start at 2,390 pounds and reach as high as 5,455 pounds. With a diesel engine, a Super Duty truck can tow as much as 12,500 pounds.

Interior
Regular-cab models seat two or three occupants. Cloth upholstery, leather captain’s chairs and a power driver’s seat are available for buyers who appreciate extra comforts. The split, front bench seat includes a folding center armrest that has enough space inside to stow a laptop computer. A folding, three-place rear bench seat is available on SuperCab and Crew Cab models. According to Ford, the seats in the regular-cab or Crew Cab XLT and Lariat models have increased bolster height and shoulder width for 2002.

Under the Hood
Super Duty models may be equipped with one of three engines. The standard 5.4-liter Triton V-8 produces 260 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque; this is the largest engine available for light-duty F-150 pickups. For additional strength, the 6.8-liter V-10 generates 310 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. Buyers who need the highest level of power may choose the Power Stroke 7.3-liter, turbo-diesel V-8, which yields either 250 hp and 505 pounds-feet of torque with an automatic transmission or 275 hp and 520 pounds-feet of torque with a manual gearbox.

All models can be equipped with a six-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. Super Duty pickups are available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive and come equipped with an airbag restraint system for front occupants.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

2.3

Most unreliable vehicle I ever owned

We are talking about a one owner 2003 F250 6.0 turbo diesel with 155,000 miles on the clock. Just spend $10,000 bullet proofing* (Read Fixing FORD's design flaws on my dime) Injectors shot, high oil pressure pump shot, turbo shot and the list goes on. No help from dealers. recently I got laughed at when I told the cat died because a gasket blew (warranty just expired by 1,000 miles) back then and the cat drank the coolant. Yes I agree the truck is 17 years old. So there is that. And yes, close to $18,000 was spend over the last 17 years keeping his FORD on the road on repairs alone. Needles to say, I am done with FORD. If they would have lived up to there mistakes, design flaws and helped there costumer instead of cleaning out there bank accounts I would say let's buy another FORD.

5.0

In 7.3 we trust

I own a 7.3 2002 F250 lariat. Dark highland green over tan. 275k on the odometer but she still runs and pulls like a champ! These trucks if found rust free hold their value. It sounds like a diesel, so you have to turn it off in a drive through.

5.0

Most reliable truck I’ve ever owned

This truck was my dream truck. It has an amazing engine and the body is in great shape. It’s got room inside for a full family and it’s comfortable on road trips. It can also haul anything you hook it up to.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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