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2009 Ford F350 Super Duty Super Cab

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2009 Ford F350 Super Duty Super Cab Review

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Despite Toyota and Nissan's incursion into the half-ton pickup market, those who need serious towing and hauling capabilities still rely on the domestic manufacturers to supply them heavy-duty power, and no truck does it better than the 2009 Ford Super Duty. Constituting some 40 percent of Ford's F-Series sales, the Super Duty is intended to secure the most profitable segment of the pickup market. Ford stakes its claim to "best in class" with improved platforms, upgraded drivetrains and dramatically enhanced capability, particularly with the F-450.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're into commercial construction, agriculture or recreational towing, if you use a truck as a truck you'll benefit from the Super Duty's enhanced capability, refinement and convenience. And while the custom-spec car may have died a long time ago, the variety of permutations available from Ford's Louisville truck plant gives the Super Duty customer a chance at real customization, seemingly with more content variables than the U.S. tax code.

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If you're looking for a pickup (especially in Crew Cab configuration) as a substitute for your SUV, you'll quickly realize the Super Duty's principal mission: Hauling things and people – not just people. To be sure, both Extended and Crew Cabs accommodate passengers quite comfortably, but if you're not regularly hooking up to a 10,000-pound trailer or loading an eight-foot bed with more than a couple of two-by-fours, you've overbought what Ford has overbuilt.

What's New for 2009

Two new trims, the Harley-Davidson and Cabela's editions, join the Super Duty line-up. Also new are an available spray-in bedliner, an integrated trailer brake controller and Ford's Work Solutions program that offers such unique features as in-dash Internet connectivity.

Driving the F350 Super Duty Super Cab

Driving Impressions In most recent redesigns much is made of a "stiffer structure." Ford's design team complies, with higher-strength front-end structures, fully-boxed front frame rails, thick C-channel frame rails and crossmembers secured...

by, according to Ford, a "method that optimizes frame capability." The end result, enjoyed over some two hundred miles of south Texas roadway, is a truck offering the maximum in capability while still providing a full measure of comfort and control. This is a big truck but, from steering, to braking, to ride motion – enhanced by lengthened rear leaf springs – to interior quiet, the Super Duty impresses as one highly refined tool, and not merely a "truck."

King Ranch Trim
Constituting both interior (Chaparral leather) and exterior (PowerScope mirrors) upgrades, the King Ranch enhances over-the-road comfort with material, workmanship and appointment upgrades, adding immeasurably to the Super Duty's attractiveness. And, unlike some luxury pickups, there's no intention of appealing – overtly – to the Country Club set; this remains a work truck and not a work-in-progress.

Power Stroke Diesel
With its 6.0-liter predecessor, the clattering came from both under the hood and consumer websites. But with last year's introduction of the new 6.4-liter version, Ford has created a diesel offering more power (350 horsepower) and torque (650 pound-feet), along with a cleaner burn, quieter operation and better throttle response (via dual sequential turbos). Add a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty for peace of mind and you've got a segment-leading package.

2009 Ford F350 Super Duty Super Cab Details
2009 Ford F350 Super Duty Super Cab photo Interior

With the debut of the current F-Series, Ford established a benchmark for pickup interiors. In the new Super Duty the benchmark is moved upward in available choices, functionality and appointment. The XL interior provides feet-on-the-dash utility, XLT, Cabela's Edition and Lariat trim levels give the customer more expressive design and the King Ranch and Harley-Davidson packages coddle you in highly refined leather and wood trim. Lariat and King Ranch owners will enjoy dual-zone climate control. All audio systems are MP3-capable, so download your Toby Keith collection.

Exterior

The Super Duty's corporate three-bar opening is flanked by expansive vertical inlets and topped by "SUPER DUTY" in big capital letters. The expansive grille is for more than simply show – it fronts a confluence of cooling capability for engine, transmission and the intercooler that serves the diesel's two sequential turbochargers. Better cooling means, of course, bigger towing. Beyond the imposing edifice are new fender-mounted vents, available telescoping mirrors and optional 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. When compared to the last generation Super Duty, the grille and hood blister provide the main visual differentiation.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

We'll start at the front, where Ford has located a front step bumper – under-the-hood checks are made easier when the step-stool is built-in and not something you need to carry with you. In back Ford includes a hitch receiver – matched to each model's capabilities – on every Super Duty, along with seven-pin and four-pin connectors. Given the importance of towing capability to the Super Duty mission, the receiver is a standard feature any owner can appreciate.

Optional Equipment

Those intending to tow with their 2009 Ford Super Duty trucks will appreciate Ford's factory-installed TowCommand System. The system fully integrates the trailer brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS), TorqShift automatic trans and tow/haul mode into one safe, capable towing platform. Functional enhancements include a foldable bed extender, which improves load utility when in place and stays out of the way when not needed, and a spray-in bedliner. Accessing the bed is made easier – and safer – by the why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before tailgate step option. And for those venturing off into the Great Unknown, an optional navigation system should get you there and – hopefully – back again.

Under the Hood

Ford offers three engine choices for work, play or any combination of the two. Base powerplant is a 5.4-liter Triton V8 offering 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. For those seeking more from the gasoline side of the Ford family, the 6.8-liter Triton V10 should satisfy, putting 362-horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque under your right foot. Finally, there's the aforementioned 6.4-liter Power Stroke diesel, infusing the Super Duty with both "tow" and "go."

5.4-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
365 pound-feet of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.8-liter V10
362 horsepower @ 4750 rpm
457 pound-feet of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.4-liter V8 Turbo Diesel
350 horsepower @ 3000 rpm
650 pound-feet of torque @ 2000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2009 Ford F350 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 184 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Wonderful working and personal vehicle

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,995

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "I pay the right price and fun to drive"

Cons: "Michelin fact not good. Fuel tank, 24gals too smal"

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

"I drive like a normal person. No rough drive,it get me 17 MPG in city and 21 on Hwy. Lots of torque when needed."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

worst vehicle i have ever had.

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "nice air vents, im serious"

Cons: "most everything else"

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

"21,000 mile down for 4 weeks with a blown turbo on backorder.....ujoints squeaking at 25,000 miles....42,000 mile dealership replaced turbo tube due to being loose and no boost....death wobble in the front end has steadily gotten worse as time goes along.... told dealer i wont have my driver in it unless something gets fixed....now to top it all off, resale value, apples for apples is $5,000 less than my RAMS. never buy a ford again."

1 person out of 6 found this review helpful

Get in, and get it done.

By on Saturday, December 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Arizona, off road or river pulls great with boats"

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

"Rideslike a champ, all around King suspension, with piggy backs and coil overs, tuned twice by King, has Velevt shackles that replaced the stock ones, stereo sounds great, mileage 18MPG, lots of room, taken well care with all steering wheel and floor covering, outside pearl white, full tint windows, 20 inch Pro comp wheels, and new Toyo AT tires, huge middle console instead of the front bench, Lariat so it has all the creature comforts, well maintained all records saved and available, Asking $28,000.00 is whats left on loan."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

By far the best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Thursday, December 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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: "tons of power and comfort"

Cons: "MPG could be better"

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

"I have owned this F350 for a year, I have put 41,000 miles on it. I have done all the scheduled maintenance at the dealership and have zero complaints. I look forward to many more years of use out of this truck."

Best truck i have ever had

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

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: "Handling"

Cons: "Could use a better radio system do not have the na"

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

"This is the best truck I have ever owned I have had Chevys GMCs Dodge and Fords in the past and this truck is by far the best truck I have ever owned the power to handling the towing capabilities are great it handles the load excellent I highly recommend this truck"

21 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Great Truck

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Size and Power"

Cons: "Size"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Back Camera stopped working after two years. Had to get several warranty repairs done with first six months. But truck running good after 100K."

32 people out of 71 found this review helpful

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