Vehicle Overview
A new Harley-Davidson model joins the Ford F-250 Super Duty series for 2004. Later in the model year, SuperCab and Crew Cab versions will be available with an optional power sliding rear window.

A 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine that cranks out 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque became available for heavy-duty full-size pickup trucks early in 2003. This power plant gains improved emissions for 2004, and it mates with a five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. An FX4 Off-Road model also became available in the 2003 model year.

The F-250 Super Duty pickups come in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab forms and in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. Crew Cab models also are offered in a King Ranch trim with two-tone paint that includes wheel lip moldings, bumpers and the grille, all in an Arizona Beige color. King Ranch interiors are trimmed in Castaño leather.

These F-Series Super Duty models are the hard-hauling brutes in Ford’s full-size pickup line. Based on the previous-generation light-duty regular F-150 series, the Super Duty has different styling, roomier interiors, and stronger chassis and engines. The F-250 Super Duty has a three-quarter-ton rating, while F-350 Super Duty models have a one-ton rating.


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 three forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab with two conventional front doors and two smaller rear-opening back doors; and four-door Crew Cab with four, 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 SuperCab models are equipped with either a 6.75- or 8-foot bed and have an overall length of 231.4 or 247.6 inches. Either bed can be installed on the four-door Crew Cab, which measures 245.8 or 262 inches long overall. A diesel-equipped F-250 Super Duty truck can tow as much as 13,700 pounds.

The new Harley-Davidson model comes in three body colors and includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, a chrome tubular step bar, the Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield insert and other distinct styling cues.


Interior
Regular-cab models seat either two or three occupants. Cloth upholstery is standard, and leather captain’s chairs and a power driver’s seat are optional. The split, front bench seat includes a folding center armrest that can hold a laptop computer. A folding three-place rear bench seat goes into the SuperCab and Crew Cab models.

Under the Hood
Ford’s standard 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine produces 260 hp. The 6.8-liter V-10 generates 310 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. For buyers who need the highest level of power, the Power Stroke 6.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 yields 325 hp and 560 pounds-feet of torque.

All models can be equipped with a six-speed-manual transmission. The gasoline engines may team with a four-speed automatic, while the diesel can work with a five-speed automatic. Super Duty pickups are available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.


Safety
Dual front airbags and antilock brakes are standard.