2006 Ford F-350

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Ford F‑350. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo capacity
  • Interior space
  • Resale values

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2006 Ford F-350

  • Choice of three engines
  • Available diesel V-8
  • Three cab configurations
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Dual rear wheels available
  • King Ranch edition available

2006 Ford F-350 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Rated at one ton, the full-size F-350 Super Duty pickup truck comes in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations and is offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. Dual-rear-wheel versions are available for greater hauling capacity. When properly equipped, an F-350 pickup can haul as much as 17,000 pounds.

For 2005, a new 6.8-liter V-10 generated 52 horsepower more than its predecessor, and the 5.4-liter V-8 gained 40 hp. Ford claimed the new TowCommand System with an integrated electric trailer-brake controller was an industry first. Design revisions for 2005 incorporated elements of the Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck.

Equipment that was previously included just in the Lariat Luxury Package is standard in all Lariat models for 2006. An Amarillo Package for Lariat Crew Cab models features Blazing Yellow paint, 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, black leather seating surfaces and other extras. A Chrome Package is available for XLT and Lariat SuperCab and Crew Cab trucks. Forged polished-aluminum 20-inch wheels are available on SRW Crew Cab 4x4 Lariat, King Ranch and Amarillo editions.


Exterior
Ford says "sharp edges and vertical bar surfaces provide a milled appearance" on Super Duty models. The F-350's front-end styling is similar to that of 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 b...
Vehicle Overview
Rated at one ton, the full-size F-350 Super Duty pickup truck comes in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations and is offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. Dual-rear-wheel versions are available for greater hauling capacity. When properly equipped, an F-350 pickup can haul as much as 17,000 pounds.

For 2005, a new 6.8-liter V-10 generated 52 horsepower more than its predecessor, and the 5.4-liter V-8 gained 40 hp. Ford claimed the new TowCommand System with an integrated electric trailer-brake controller was an industry first. Design revisions for 2005 incorporated elements of the Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck.

Equipment that was previously included just in the Lariat Luxury Package is standard in all Lariat models for 2006. An Amarillo Package for Lariat Crew Cab models features Blazing Yellow paint, 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, black leather seating surfaces and other extras. A Chrome Package is available for XLT and Lariat SuperCab and Crew Cab trucks. Forged polished-aluminum 20-inch wheels are available on SRW Crew Cab 4x4 Lariat, King Ranch and Amarillo editions.


Exterior
Ford says "sharp edges and vertical bar surfaces provide a milled appearance" on Super Duty models. The F-350's front-end styling is similar to that of 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 can have rear- or four-wheel drive and single or dual rear wheels on each side.

Front tow hooks are standard. XLT models feature a chrome front bumper and bright grille, versus an argent grille for the XL. Stepping up to the Lariat edition adds cab steps, fog lamps and a sliding rear window.


Interior
Either two or three occupants can fit inside a regular-cab pickup. SuperCab and Crew Cab models hold up to four, five or six people, depending on the model.

Extra equipment on the XLT includes air conditioning, power windows and locks, cloth seats, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel and a CD player. Power front seats with leather surfaces go into Lariat models.


Under the Hood
Three engines are available in the F-350 Super Duty. The 5.4-liter V-8 produces 300 hp, while the 6.8-liter V-10 is rated at 362 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque. An available 6.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 generates 325 hp and 570 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional.

Safety
Dual front airbags and antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Truck Yeah!

by Radioguy130 from Raleigh, NC on August 13, 2018

The 2006 Ford F350 SRW is a great overall truck. When the 6.0's 1st came out they were a bit of a headache. Seems most folks have figured out the problems and have bulletproofing them down to a ... Read full review

(5.0)

One of the best trucks I've owned

by Jody_is_a_girl from Shawnee, OK on July 12, 2018

I have a King Ranch & there isn't really too much to complain about. It rides great, it has a lot of power & I pretty much love it! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Ford F-350 currently has 6 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 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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