Greene Ford Compares 2008 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2008 Dodge Ram Near Cumming, GA

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2008 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2008 Dodge Ram

Safety Comparison

The F?Super Duty offers an optional backup radar 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 5 years 60,000 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 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 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’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 30th, 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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 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 2500’s standard 5.7 V8.

The F?Super Duty’s 6.4 turbo V8 diesel produces 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 610) than the Ram HD Manual’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel.

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 Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Long Box’s standard fuel tank (38 vs. 35 gallons).

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-450 Crew Cab’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram HD:

F-450 Crew Cab

Ram HD

Front Rotors

14.53 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

13.9 inches

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 much shorter than the Ram HD:

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

60 to 0 MPH

159 feet

176 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

181 feet

205 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 75 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram HD 3500 Duallie’s standard 80 series tires. The F?Super Duty’s optional tires have a lower 65 series profile than the Ram HD’s 70 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F?Super Duty offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Ram HD’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

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 Dodge Ram 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 Ram HD 4x2’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-250 Standard Bed Super Cab’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Ram HD 2500 Standard Box Quad Cab (141.8 inches vs. 140.5 inches).

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

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

Crew Cab Long Bed

58.5 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

47.5 feet

48.9 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

51.8 feet

n/a

For greater off-road capability the F?Super Duty has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 2500 Standard Box Quad Cab (7.8 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the F?Super Duty to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The F?Super Duty is shorter than the Ram HD, making the F?Super Duty easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

F?Super Duty

Ram HD

Regular Cab Long Bed

227 inches

229.7 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

246.2 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Long Bed

172.4 inches

n/a

Passenger Space Comparison

The F?Super Duty Regular Cab has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room and .9 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD.

The F?Super Duty Super Cab has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Quad Cab.

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear hip room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Mega Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F?Super Duty shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD shortbed (64.4 vs. 60.9 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD longbed (77.4 vs. 74.9 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Mega Cab shortbed (64.4 vs. 60.9 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.

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. The Dodge Ram HD doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the F?Super Duty automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Ram HD’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

When two different drivers share the F?Super Duty FX4/Lariat, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Ram HD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Ram HD’s optional power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The F?Super Duty’s optional doors lock when a certain speed is reached. 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 (except XL) offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. 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 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 Ram HD ST/SXT/SLT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The F?Super Duty Lariat’s standard 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.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the F?Super Duty SuperCab/Crew Cab has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Ram HD doesn’t offer rear vents.

With optional voice command, the F?Super Duty offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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 $235 less than the Ram HD over a five year period.

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