Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2001 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW VS 2001 Dodge Ram Near Avondale, AZ

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2001 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW

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2001 Dodge Ram

Safety Comparison

The F?Super Duty offers an optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the F?Super Duty and the Ram HD have standard driver and passenger side airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes and available four wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Ram HD runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the F?Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F?Super Duty with gas engines has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F?Super Duty has larger alternators than the Ram HD:

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

Standard Alternator

130 amps

117 amps

Optional Alternator

230 amps

136 amps

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the F?Super Duty offers larger standard and optional batteries than the Ram HD:

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

Standard Battery

750 amps

600 amps

Optional Battery

1500 amps

750 amps

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F?Super Duty third among full-size pickups in initial quality. The Ram HD isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics which show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 21st in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s standard 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 15 more horsepower (260 vs. 245) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 345) than the Ram HD’s standard 5.9 V8.

The F?Super Duty’s available 7.3 turbo V8 diesel manual produces 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (500 vs. 460) than the Ram HD’s available 5.9 turbo diesel. The F?Super Duty’s 7.3 turbo V8 diesel automatic produces 5 more horsepower (250 vs. 245) than the Ram HD’s available 5.9 turbo diesel manual.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F?Super Duty longbed has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD’s largest fuel tank (38 vs. 35 gallons), for longer range between fill ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F?Super Duty’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram HD:

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

Front Rotors

13.03 inches

12.5 inches

Rear Rotors

12.83 inches

12.7 inches

The F?Super Duty’s brakes have 18% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Ram HD (509.29 vs. 432.8 square inches), so the F?Super Duty has more braking power available.

The F?Super Duty’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Ram HD are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-350 SRW’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ram HD (265/75R16 vs. 245/75R16).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F?Super Duty’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram HD:

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

Reg. Cab Long Bed

137 inches

134.7 inches

Super Cab Short Bed

141.8 inches

138.7 inches

Super Cab Long Bed

158 inches

154.7 inches

The F-350 shortbed XLT Super Cab 4x4 handles at .71 G’s, while the Ram HD 3500 4x4 pulls only .65 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-250 HD Lariat goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 2.1 MPH faster than the Ram HD 2500 SLT Plus (60 vs. 57.9 MPH).

The F-250 HD Lariat 4x4 goes through Road & Track’s slalom faster than the Ram HD 2500 SLT Plus 4x4 (53.2 vs. 52.8 MPH).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F?Super Duty has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD (66.1 vs. 62.8). The F?Super Duty Super Cab has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Club Cab (115 vs. 111.2).

The F?Super Duty has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room and 2 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD.

The F?Super Duty Super Cab has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Club Cab.

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 9.7 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Club Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F?Super Duty has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD shortbed (77.7 vs. 55.5 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD longbed (77.7 vs. 70 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty Super Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Club Cab shortbed (64.7 vs. 55.5 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Super Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Club Cab longbed (77.7 vs. 70 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty’s cargo box is larger than the Ram HD’s in every dimension:

F?Super Duty

F?Super Duty Super Cab

Ram HD

Length (short/long)

98.6”

82.4”/98.6”

77.5”/97.5”

Max Width

64.6”

64.6”

64.2”

Min Width

50.9”

50.9”

50”

Height

20”

20”

19.4”

To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the F?Super Duty XLT/Lariat has a standard tailgate lock cylinder. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a tailgate lock.

Ergonomics Comparison

To improve comfort and visibility, the F?Super Duty Lariat has standard secondary sun visors that block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Ram HD doesn’t offer any similar feature.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F?Super Duty owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F?Super Duty will cost $289 to $2740 less than the Ram HD over a five year period.

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