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2008 Ford F150 Super Cab

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2008 Ford F150 Super Cab Review

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If Ford does one thing better than building tough trucks, it's selling them. Rising fuel prices and a move toward smaller vehicles have forced the company to revise its 2008 F-150 line-up by offering more features and options with an aggressive new pricing strategy. Determined to keep the F-150 America's best-selling pickup, Ford continues to offer a dizzying array of configurations as well as a new 5.4-liter V8 Flex Fuel engine that can run on E85, a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline. Tough competition from Dodge, as well as new lines from GMC and Chevrolet, will keep the fire under the F-150's tires, which could very well translate into some great deals for the savvy consumer.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a pickup-truck kind of person to begin with, but your spouse is not, this truck could very well win him or her over. Bold colors, outrageous trim packages, a lavish interior and the all-American big Blue Oval should win thumbs-up approval.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like your trucks rough, loud and shaky, this one won't cut it. On a serious note, the 2008 Ford F-150 cannot claim the most horsepower or torque in its class, an important bragging right for some truck owners. Safety-conscious consumers won't care for the lack of side-impact and side-curtain airbags.

What's Significant About This Car?

New options include a factory-installed cargo management system, remote start, manual telescoping trailer mirrors and a rear backup camera which displays its image in the rearview mirror. New trims include the Lariat Limited, STX Wheels and Stripes package and the XL SuperCrew. Fleet buyers can opt for a mid-box cargo container that fits between the cab and the bed.

Driving the F150 Super Cab

Driving Impressions Power is the name of the game when it comes to full-size trucks, and here Ford has made some significant advances. The Triton 5.4-liter V8 features a three-valve-per-cylinder design and...

variable cam timing to generate 300 horsepower and a healthy 365 pound-feet of torque. A beefed-up version of the 4R75E automatic transmission has been assigned to handle the engine's added muscle. Gone are the long-familiar Ford power steering system and torsion bar front suspension; replacing them are a modern rack-and-pinion steering and front coil-over-shock suspension. The combination of these features makes these the best-handling, best-riding F-150s to ever leave a Ford factory. If you grew up driving older F-150 models (2004 or prior), you'll be duly impressed by the dead-on steering feel and straight-line tracking of today's F-150s.

Cargo Management System
Installed at the factory, Ford's new Cargo Management System (available only on short-bed Styleside models) consists of two rails, a pair of bins, a pair of crossbars and a header bar.

Small Rear Door
Regular Cab models have a small rear door to help load items behind the back seat.

2008 Ford F150 Super Cab Details
Interior

The F-150's interior is as close to car-like as you'll find in any pickup. Not only is the new F-150 better looking inside, it's also more quiet, safe and spacious. The dash and interior design on the base models look good enough, but the addition of leather, wood, chrome and center console-mounted shifter found on the high-end models combine to raise the bar on the plush pickup concept. Seating is firm and upright, and SuperCrew models feature lots of rear legroom and amenities such as DVD-entertainment and power windows.

Exterior

The 2008 Ford F-150 carries over with only minor exterior upgrades. The recently redesigned shapely Ford body, egg-crate grille and Blue Oval badging remain intact, surrounded by some new chrome trim and a crop of fresh new colors. The F-150's silhouette is easy to spot, thanks to its tall bed wall (about two inches taller than the previous-generation F-150). Though it looks different, some may find the tall bed walls make it difficult to reach a toolbox from the side of the truck. The Regular Cab features a set of small, rear-hinged doors that allow easy access to the narrow space behind the front seat. Those who like to have as much fresh air in the cabin as possible will appreciate the SuperCab's optional rear roll-down windows, a first in this segment.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base F-150 has a 202-horsepower V6, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), 26-gallon fuel tank, AM/FM stereo, dual side mirrors, vinyl split-bench seat, tilt wheel, power steering, locking tailgate and 17-inch steel wheels.

Optional Equipment

The F-150 offers numerous trim levels, engine choices and bed and cab lengths. Notable options include a 300-horsepower 5.4-liter Triton V8, power seats, power windows, power locks, remote entry, keypad unlocking system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, leather seats, DVD navigation, trailer and towing packages, power sliding rear window, cruise control, power moonroof, Reverse Sensing System, limited-slip differential, 35.7-gallon fuel tank, Rearview back-up camera, mechanical or automatic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power-adjustable pedals and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

Base Regular Cab models are powered by a tepid but fuel-efficient (for a big truck) V6. We don't recommend this engine for towing or hauling heavy loads. The 4.6-liter V8 engine might save you some money, but it, too, seems to lack the punch this truck deserves. We prefer the 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V8, which has the power to move, haul and tow that fits this truck's can-do image.

4.2-liter V6
202 horsepower @ 4350 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (manual), 14/19 (automatic)

4.6-liter V8
248 horsepower @ 4750 rpm
294 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD), 13/17 (4WD)

5.4-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 (2WD Gasoline), 10/13 (2WD E85),
12/16 (4WD Gasoline), 9/12 (4WD E85)

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2008 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 2410 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best vehicle I've ever owned

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliability/Quality"

Cons: "Cloth upholstery Cheap looking, bad quality."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this vehicle used in 2006. Have put many trouble free miles on it. Only been in the shop for planned servicing. No major repairs necessary ever. Love it."

overall great vehicle

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this truck new in 2008 the economy was in the toilet and ford was practically giving them away I think after taxes i got a standard truck for $11,500 which was a steal. Only major problem I had was at 121,000 miles the transmission went out unexpectedly and yes I take care of my vehicles. Besides that I've never had any other mechanical issues at all not even a check engine light! Knock on wood bottom line if I had to do it again yes I would by another ford. Hopefully they will get smart and offer a small fuel efficient diesel in the F150 soon."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Good vehicle

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice to drive"

Cons: "Door wiring"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The only problems I have had is the AC door under the dash, very hard to get to and very expensive for the dealer to do it for you. The other on going problem is the wiring harness that runs from the door back to the dash. The continuous open and shutting of the doors continue to break the wires. This results in no power windows or locks or mirror adjustments. Other than those two items I have had no trouble in 111000 miles."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

F150 4x4

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Interior size, four wheel drive, price, power"

Cons: "fuel efficiency, fit and finish, reliability"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I purchased this vehicle during April of 2014 after my previous vehicle was totaled. When I initially purchased the vehicle I was impressed by the size of the cab and was very pleased with the interior styling and functionality (mine has the front bench seat). Soon after I bought it it developed a misfire, which resulted in an expensive repair of the misfire and the catalytic converter. After those issues were resolved a=n exhaust leak occurred and then 6 months later the same cylinder began to misfire again. The truck has the notorious cam phaser tick for this model year and engine. I have had no other major mechanical issues with the truck and have been impressed by it to that degree. The main issues I have with the truck are the fit and finish of it, i.e. excessive hood flutter, sticky door locks, melting adhesive from behind the door handles and significant imperfections in the paint. for being a truck to get me by until I saved up for a nicer truck, it did its job and has done well when used for working on property, for a moving company, and towing ~6000lbs. I have put almost 25,000 miles on it this year alone and have usually had some sort of load on it or behind it when I have driven it and it has done well."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I LOVE my truck!!!

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,256

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great truck... LOVE IT!!"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this truck, but I'm getting older and the back and knees don't like climbing in any longer... It hurts my body to much,,,,"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Finally a truck that I like

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, roomy, great gas mileage."

Cons: "I do not like where the fuse box is located."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had several trucks in my life and I just bought this used 2006 f150 extended cab. I must say it has plenty of room and the dash seems to be moved forward giving even more room for the driver and passenger in the front. The back seat seems to have plenty of leg room for extra passengers. Truck so far as been reliable and gas mileage is tremendous. I'm getting close to 20 mpg which for a 4x4 v8 is great mileage. I must say I got a great deal on this and it is used. The way people have trucks priced these days you better grab one at a good deal if you can find it. I do not see them ever losing value."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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