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2008 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab

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2008 Ford F150 SuperCrew 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 SuperCrew 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 SuperCrew 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 2392 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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

very good truck. hate to get rid of it.

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "powerfull, solid, well maintained. never abused."

Cons: "too big for me. i am single. dont need big truck"

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

"been a very good truck. very reliable. dealer serviced. I have never absused it. never been offroad except for my yard. 4x4 works great. excellent in snow. very comfortable ride. large, and great for full sized family. everything works. all electric items work. 2 sets of tires with rims. trailor hitch with electric brake module. maintence is up to date according to book. minor scratches and wear. has bedliner. had fiberglass matching cap. seats have been covered since I bought it. super cold a/c and super hot heater..."

bought it new. it's been a low maintenance vehicle

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort. good for work and pleasure driving"

Cons: "low MPG, turning radius, tight in parking spaces"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

happiness is my tuck and my truck

"used it initially as my weekend vehicle but now it's my primary vehicle. has given me no mechanical problems. i condition the leather seats twice a year and they are perfect. 5.4 engine has a lot of power. good quality--no broken knobs, electrical problems, etc. audiophile system is terrific. i wax 3 times a year and finish looks new. only replacement part was Ford emblem on front because it looked faded and was peeling."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

happiness is my tuck and my truck

Visually Awesome - Dependability Pathetic

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,600

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "none"

Cons: "Garbage engines that blow just past 100k"

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

"Got the truck used with 93k on it, No rust all comfort zone items in perfect shape. Basically loved the truck when I bought it, got through the snow without fail, hauled from the lumber yard. Even took it out of state on a trip with the family and was comfotable the whole time. Flipped 100K then everything went to pot. 100480 miles took it in for oil change from where I bought it. Two days later at 100510 miles the spring tensioner bearing went bad and cut a 5 inch hole through front of the timing chain cover. The oil filter is located 5 inches to the right of the tensioner. When I asked about them not seeing it being bad I was told "that was a lube tech, not a trained Ford certified mechanic" so $850 I drove off. 2 Days later on lunch break at work truck shuts down and wont start. Tow it back again. Now its the Spark plugs need replaced, $450 unless a plug breaks then its $950. Since when does ONE bad plug make an engine not start at all? Oh hey wait, they just ran the diag on the computer not only does it need plugs but the Cam Phaser has gone bad that'll be another 3400$ Hmm...Checked into this Cam Phaser thing. Wouldn't you know its a known problem that for has with the 5.4 engine and has happened with every 5.4 they have built from 2002-2010. What JUNK, I've always loved the lines of Ford vehicles and have owned many good ones but all pre-2000. I will Never buy a Ford again."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

The lowest maintenance vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Inexpensive to own."

Cons: "Some blind spots when changing lanes."

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

"This truck has been a winner for me. It has never had a mechanical problem. I just performed regular care and upkeep as suggested. I am retired on a low SS income and this truck has saved my life."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

best truck yet

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "handles well, great sound system, solid, comfort+"

Cons: "gas mileage 15 mpg average, its a truck"

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

"Bought this truck in 2009. I have not had a single day when I was disappointed in it's performance. The amount of repairs to this have been almost nil. At 80000 miles, I replaced the plugs as well as the coil boots and the front shocks as a preventative measure. The ride on this truck is as tight today as it was in 2009. It is still running as strong and quiet as well. there are just a few minor glitches like a slight snapping sound in the tailgate hinge and a little bit of rust on the cross rails under the bed of the truck. This is my 4th Ford truck, no need for #5 yet. By the way, the radio in the FX4 model will blow you out of the truck with its' massive woofer under the back seat."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

LOVE this truck!

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "smooth ride, great handling, sharp looking"

Cons: "none other than the tranny problem"

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

"Still get compliments on its look even though its 7 years old. Had to give a 5/10 reliability rating because had to have transmission replaced at 50K but NO other problems. This truck drives like car and still has a smooth ride. I'm keeping it until it falls apart."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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