Greene Ford Compares 2005 Ford Super Duty F-350 DRW VS 2005 Dodge Ram Near Cumming, GA

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2005 Ford Super Duty F-350 DRW

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2005 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 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 16th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s optional 6.8 SOHC V10 produces 17 more horsepower (362 vs. 345) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 375) than the Ram HD’s 5.7 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F?Super Duty uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram HD requires mid-grade 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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F?Super Duty has larger tires than those standard on the Ram HD (275/70R18 vs. 245/70R17).

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F?Super Duty has standard 18 inch wheels. Only 17 inch wheels are available on the Ram HD.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The F?Super Duty has .9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD (66.1 vs. 65.2). The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has 13.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Quad Cab (134.9 vs. 121.62).

The F?Super Duty has .2 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room and .9 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD.

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 5 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 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD 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).

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.

The F?Super Duty offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The F?Super Duty’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Ram HD doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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 $810 less than the Ram HD over a five year period.

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