Greene Ford Compares 2008 Ford F-350SD VS 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Near Cumming, GA

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2008 Ford F-350SD

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

Both the F?Super Duty and the Silverado 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’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The Ford F?Super Duty’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Silverado HD’s 6.0 V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The F?Super Duty 5.4 V8/6.8 V10 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 Silverado HD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

The F?Super Duty 4x4 has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Silverado HD 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s optional 6.8 SOHC V10 produces 9 more horsepower (362 vs. 353) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 373) than the Silverado HD’s 6.0 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F?Super Duty Standard Bed’s standard fuel tank has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado HD Standard Box’s standard fuel tank (30.5 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F?Super Duty Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado HD Long Box’s standard fuel tank (38 vs. 34 gallons).

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

F?Super Duty

F-450 Crew Cab

Silverado HD

Front Rotors

13.66 inches

14.53 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.39 inches

15.35 inches

12.8 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

 n/a

n/a

13 inches

The F?Super Duty’s brakes have 20% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Silverado HD Dooley (578.41 vs. 480.6 square inches), so the F?Super Duty has more braking power available. The F?Super Duty’s brakes have 20% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Silverado HD (578.41 vs. 482 square inches).

The F?Super Duty stops much shorter than the Silverado HD:

F?Super Duty

Silverado HD

60 to 0 MPH

159 feet

171 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

181 feet

204 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F?Super Duty’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado HD (275/65R20 vs. 265/75R17).

The F?Super Duty’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado HD’s 75 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F?Super Duty has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Silverado HD. The F?Super Duty’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Silverado HD.

The Ford F-450 Crew Cab’s wheels have 10 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chevrolet Silverado HD only has 8 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 Silverado HD’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front suspension of the F?Super Duty uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Silverado HD, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-250 Long Bed Regular Cab’s wheelbase is 137 inches longer than on the  (137 inches vs.  inches). The F-250 Long Bed Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 172.4 inches longer than on the  (172.4 feet vs.  inches).

For better maneuverability, the F?Super Duty’s turning circle is tighter than the Silverado HD’s:

F?Super Duty

Silverado HD

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

47.5 feet

47.6 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

52.4 feet

52.5 feet

Passenger Space Comparison

The F?Super Duty Regular Cab has 5.1 inches more front hip room and 2.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado HD Regular Cab.

The F?Super Duty Super Cab has 5.1 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado HD Extended Cab.

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has 5.1 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F?Super Duty shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD shortbed (64.4 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD longbed (77.4 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD Crew Cab shortbed (64.4 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD Crew Cab longbed (77.4 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F?Super Duty easier. The F?Super Duty Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 33.9 inches, while the Silverado HD Regular Cab’s liftover is 36.9 inches. The F?Super Duty Super Cab’s bed lift-over height is 33.9 inches, while the Silverado HD Extended Cab’s liftover is 37 inches. The F?Super Duty Crew Cab’s bed lift-over height is 33.8 inches, while the Silverado HD Crew Cab’s liftover is 36.8 inches.

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

F?Super Duty

Silverado HD

Length (short/long)

81.8”/98”

78.9”/97.8”

Max Width

69.3”

62.5”

Min Width

50.9”

50.6”

Height

20.1”

21”

The Ford F?Super Duty has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Chevrolet Silverado HD, and isn’t available on the Silverado HD WT.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception.

The F?Super Duty Lariat’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Silverado HD WT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the F?Super Duty and the Silverado HD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the F?Super Duty SuperCab/Crew Cab has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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