2004 Ford F-350

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Ford F‑350. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo capacity
  • Interior space
  • Resale value of most models

The Bad

  • Maneuverability
  • Fuel economy
  • Engine noise
  • Difficult entry and exit in 4WD models

Notable Features of the 2004 Ford F-350

  • New Harley-Davidson model
  • Choice of three engines
  • Available 325-hp diesel V-8
  • Three cab configurations
  • King Ranch edition

2004 Ford F-350 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Changes to Ford’s one-ton F-350 Super Duty full-size pickup truck echo those of the three-quarter-ton F-250. A new Harley-Davidson model joins the series in 2004, and later in the model year, SuperCab and Crew Cab versions may be equipped with an optional power sliding rear window.

Ford introduced a potent new powertrain for its heavy-duty pickup truck line early in 2003. The 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine delivers 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque and works with a five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. Buyers may choose two other engines for the F-350 Super Duty: a gasoline V-8 or V-10.

The full-size F-350 Super Duty pickups come in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations. Each is offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. An FX4 Off-Road model includes skid plates, Ranch shock absorbers and a steering damper. During the 2003 model year, a King Ranch option group became available. An XLT Sport package also is offered for Crew Cab and SuperCab pickups.

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


Exterior
The F-350’s front-end styling is similar to the F-250’s; both display a bolder, more upright grille than the one on the half-ton F-150. Full-size F-350 Super Duty pickups are available with a choice of five wheelbases and either a 6.75- or 8-foot cargo box. Regul...
Vehicle Overview
Changes to Ford’s one-ton F-350 Super Duty full-size pickup truck echo those of the three-quarter-ton F-250. A new Harley-Davidson model joins the series in 2004, and later in the model year, SuperCab and Crew Cab versions may be equipped with an optional power sliding rear window.

Ford introduced a potent new powertrain for its heavy-duty pickup truck line early in 2003. The 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine delivers 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque and works with a five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. Buyers may choose two other engines for the F-350 Super Duty: a gasoline V-8 or V-10.

The full-size F-350 Super Duty pickups come in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations. Each is offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. An FX4 Off-Road model includes skid plates, Ranch shock absorbers and a steering damper. During the 2003 model year, a King Ranch option group became available. An XLT Sport package also is offered for Crew Cab and SuperCab pickups.

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


Exterior
The F-350’s front-end styling is similar to the F-250’s; both display a bolder, more upright grille than the one on the half-ton F-150. Full-size F-350 Super Duty pickups are available with a choice of five wheelbases and either a 6.75- or 8-foot cargo box. Regular-cab models have two doors, while SuperCab pickups add rear half-doors. Crew Cab models have four, conventional, front-hinged doors. These pickups may have rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and single or dual rear wheels on each side.

Ford’s King Ranch option features lighted running boards, premium aluminum wheels, body-colored mirror housings and Arizona Beige wheel lip moldings. The XLT Sport package includes chrome tubular step bars, body-colored exterior accents, a sliding rear window, fog lamps and privacy glass.

Heated and telescoping trailer-tow mirrors with integrated turn signals, a power moonroof — intended for Crew Cab pickups — and Ford’s Reverse Sensing System are optional.


Interior
Either two or three occupants can fit into a regular-cab pickup, depending on the seat type. SuperCab and Crew Cab models hold up to five or six passengers.

The King Ranch version adds premium leather interior trim. The XLT Sport package includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat with twill cloth upholstery.


Under the Hood
A 260-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 serves as the standard F-350 Super Duty engine. Optional engines include a 310-hp, 6.8-liter V-10 that produces 425 pounds-feet of torque and a 6.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 that generates 325 hp and 560 pounds-feet of torque. The diesel engine teams with a five-speed-automatic or six-speed-manual gearbox. The two gasoline engines mate with the six-speed manual or a four-speed-automatic transmission. Towing capacities range from 7,800 to 14,200 pounds, depending on the engine, rear wheels and drive configuration.

Safety
Only the federally required front airbags are installed. Antilock brakes are standard.

Latest 2004 F-350 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Good truck, but very particular

by JRobillard from GA on July 2, 2018

I had a King Ranch crew cab. Lots of interior room, and pulled my 9000 pound camper without any issues. All the heartaches associated with this series of diesel truck never happened to me. My truck ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Value, exactly what we were looking for

by Bgarner from Spanish Fork, Utah on June 23, 2018

Truck is clean, under priced, wonderful Great Value, exactly what we were looking for. Comfortable Ride like riding on a couch with wheels. No complaints so far . Haved ones it for about a month with ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Ford F-350 currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Ford F-350 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-350 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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