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2008 Ford F-350 SuperDuty FX4, Part Three

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Why you should buy this car:
You go to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo every year, not for the filet mignon chili or Brooks & Dunn, but rather for the actual livestock. On your weekly checklist is the item "pick up feed." There's a long, broken road out to your property and your kids won't roll without Spongebob. You're an energy trader.

Why you shouldn't buy this car:
You skipped the Rodeo for an Arcade Fire concert. You don't have $60,000. On your weekly checklist is the item "pick up yoga mat." There's a narrow road that leads to your studio apartment and you've got to parallel park on it. You're a community organizer for the Sierra Club.

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Suitability Parameters:
Speed Merchants: No
Fashion Victims: No
Treehuggers: No
Mack Daddies: Yes
Tuner Crowd: No
Hairdressers: No
Penny Pinchers: No
Euro Snobs: No
Working Stiffs: Yes
Technogeeks: No
Poseurs: No
Soccer Moms: No
Nascar Dads: Yes
Golfing Grandparents: No

Also Consider:
*Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT Crew Cab 4x4
*Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4

Vitals:
• Manufacturer: Ford
• Model tested: F-350 SuperDuty FX4
• Model year: 2008
• Base Price: $36,840
• Price as Tested: $56,780
• Engine type: 6.4-Liter Diesel V8
• Horsepower: 350 @ 3,000 RPM
• Torque: 650 @ 2,000 RPM
• Transmission: Torqshift 5-speed Auto
• Curb Weight: 6,960 lbs
• LxWxH: 246.2" x 99.6" x 80.4"
• Wheelbase: 156.2"
• Tires: LT275/65R30E Owl All-Terrain Tires
• Drive type: 4x4
• 0 - 60 mph: 9.6 Seconds
• 1/4-mile: 17.5 seconds
• EPA Fuel economy city/highway: N/A
• NHTSA crash test rating: N/A

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DISCUSSION

@Matt Hardigree: I'll tell you what makes the fuel economy so bad on the 6.4L Diesel. All the crap the tree-huggers forced Ford to put on the tailpipe. From three Catalytic converters to the most bizzarre EGR system ever devised by mortal men. It's amazing these trucks get double digit mileage. My 2000 F250 with the 7.3L Powerstroke gets 16mpg on a BAD day. Alot of 6.0 Diesel owners were seeing 19-20mpg empty. Heck, my old man gets 10mpg out of his 1978 F350 crew cab with 1000 pounds of seed in the bed and a headwind, and that truck's rocking a beat-up-worn-out 460 with 4 barrel carburetor...of course he's alot better at keeping it off the secondaries than I.

However, I don't worry too much about the pollution emitted from my F250, it's exauhst smells alot like Fajitas. (I make Bio-diesel from oil I get from local restaurants.)