PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 F-Series Super Duty


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F-250: CarsDirect.com
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$21,120* (XL 4x2 Regular Cab Short Bed)
$23,305* (XL 4x2 SuperCab Short Bed)

$23,505* (XL 4x2 SuperCab Long Bed)
$24,615* (XL 4x2 Crew Cab Short Bed)
$24,815* (XL 4x2 Crew Cab Long Bed)
$24,200* (XL 4x4 Regular Cab Short Bed)
$26,390* (XL 4x4 SuperCab Short Bed)
$26,590* (XL 4x4 SuperCab Long Bed)
$27,690* (XL 4x4 Crew Cab Short Bed)
$27,895* (XL 4x4 Crew Cab Long Bed)
Add $715 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Three engines are available for the F-Series Super Duty

5.4-liter Triton SOHC V8 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection (SEFI)
260hp @ 4500 rpm
350ft-lbs. @ 2500 rpm

6.8-liter Triton SOHC V10 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection (SEFI)
310hp @ 4250 rpm
425ft-lbs. @ 3250 rpm

7.3-liter Triton OHV V8 Diesel with hydraulic electronic unit injection (HEUI) direct injection
275hp @ 2800 rpm (6spd)
250hp @ 2600 rpm (auto)
520ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm (6spd)
505ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm (auto)

Two transmission choices exist for the Super Duty Lineup:

- ZF Six-speed manual with overdrive

- 4R100 Four-speed automatic with overdrive (5.4-liter Triton only)

Fuel Economy (City/Highway):
5.4-liter: (n/a)
6.8-liter: (n/a)
7.3-liter: (n/a)

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The 2002 Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickups, which outsell both Chevrolet and Dodge combined in the heavy duty class, extend their reputation as rugged, practical and capable vehicles with powertrain refinements, and interior upgrades designed to enhance comfort and convenience.

The light duty 2002 F-150 is covered in a separate review.

2002 sees a variety of minor upgrades to the Super Duty.

A new six-speed manual transmission is available on 5.4L and 6.8L gasoline engines, on all trim levels.

Improved performance and shift feel on 6.8L gasoline engine equipped models

Single-beam jewel-effect headlamps replace the aero headlamps, standard on XLT and Lariat

New instrument cluster with transmission temperature gauge standard on models equipped with an automatic transmission

Exterior Design:
No major revisions are planned for 2002 though several new exterior colors have been added including: Arizona Beige Clearcoat Metallic, Sapphire Blue Clearcoat Metallic, and Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic.

Interior Design:
Changes to 2002 Super Duty's interior have been made for comfort and convenience. New on the XLT and Lariat are seats with increased bolster height and shoulder width. A six-way power passenger's seat is standard on the Lariat Crew Cab models, adding more comfort on the ride. Also new is an improved lumbar support system, providing a greater range of adjustment.

Map pockets with integrated cup holders (for closed containers only) are standard on SuperCab rear doors, and a garage door opener and sunglasses bin is standard on the Lariat overhead console. Passenger's side grab handles are standard on all trim levels and the passenger's rear seating grab handles are standard on the Crew Cab.

Three engines are available on the Ford F-250/350. The standard 5.4L SOHC Triton V-8 is rated at 260 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft of torque. In 2001, the 5.4L was named one of Ward's Auto World's "Ten Best Engines" for the fifth year in a row.

The 7.3L Power StrokeTM turbo diesel V-8, the best-selling engine in its class - gas or diesel, produces 250 horsepower and 505 lb.-ft. of torque with the automatic transmission; or 275 horsepower and 520 lb.-ft. of torque when joined to the manual transmission.

The 6.8L SOHC Triton V-10 puts out 310 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 5.4L and 6.8L engines have been upgraded from five- to six-speed manual transmissions as standard.

When the vehicle is properly equipped it can tow 12,500 pounds, the highest conventional trailer towing of any pickup in its class. Adding a fifth wheel hitch increases the towing capacity up to 14,300 pounds.

Available on F-250/F-350 with either the 4x2 or 4x4 system are dual rear wheels that increase rear traction, improve towing stability and provide increased rear axle weight ratings. The optional limited-slip rear axle improves performance in low traction situations such as off-road driving or slick pavement.