Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2004 Ford Super Duty F-250 VS 2004 Dodge Ram Near Surprise, AZ

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2004 Ford Super Duty F-250

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2004 Dodge Ram

Safety Comparison

The F?Super Duty (except XL) 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 frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes and available four wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The F?Super Duty comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Ram HD.

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 33 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 engine 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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 23rd in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s optional 6.8 SOHC V10 produces 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (425 vs. 375) than the Ram HD’s 5.7 V8.

The F?Super Duty’s 6.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 75 more horsepower (325 vs. 250) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (560 vs. 460) than the Ram HD’s optional 5.9 turbo diesel. The F?Super Duty’s 6.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 20 more horsepower (325 vs. 305) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (560 vs. 555) than the Ram HD’s optional 5.9 High Output turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F?Super Duty uses 87 octane gasoline. The Ram HD requires mid-grade (89 octane) for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 15 cents more per gallon.

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

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.

The F?Super Duty stops shorter than the Ram HD:

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

60 to 0 MPH

156.53 feet

165.26 feet

Four Wheeler

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s optional suspension has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the F?Super Duty flat and controlled during cornering. The Ram HD 4x2’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The F?350 shortbed XLT Super Cab 4x4 handles at .71 G’s, while the Ram HD 3500 longbed Laramie Quad Cab 4x4 pulls only .62 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The longbed F?350 Super Cab goes through Motor Trend’s slalom faster than the Ram HD 2500 shortbed SLT Quad Cab (53.8 vs. 53.5 MPH).

The F?350 shortbed XLT Super Cab 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom faster than the Ram HD 3500 longbed Laramie Quad Cab 4x4 (53 vs. 52.7 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the F?Super Duty has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 3500 longbed Quad Cab DRW (8.3 vs. 7 inches), allowing the F?Super Duty to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F?Super Duty has 1 cubic foot more passenger volume than the Ram HD (66.1 vs. 65.06). The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has 13.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Quad Cab (134.9 vs. 121.1).

The F?Super Duty has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room and 1 inch more front shoulder room than the Ram HD.

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Quad Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F?Super Duty Super Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Quad Cab shortbed (64.7 vs. 57.74 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD longbed (77.7 vs. 73.93 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Quad Cab shortbed (64.7 vs. 57.74 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Quad Cab longbed (77.7 vs. 73.93 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Ram HD’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The F?Super Duty’s standard doors lock when the transmission is engaged. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The F?Super Duty offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Ram HD doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 $570 less than the Ram HD over a five year period.

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