Work is the province of Ford trucks, whose simple reliability and reputation for running literally hundreds of thousands of miles without a hiccup helps them compete against rivals that sometimes offer more features or horsepower, and makes them a favorite of working men who must be able to simply climb in every day, turn the key, and go. The 1996 F350 truck amply lives up to this reputation, demonstrating yet again why Ford continues to dominate pickup sales int he United States
The 96 F350 is available in 3 cab styles, Regular, Extended, and Crew Crab, and two trims, XL and XLT. The Regular cab offers a simple two door with front seating only, while the Extended cab retains the two doors but adds rear seating, while the Crew Cab offers four doors for maximum ease and egress when you have the whole team along. Dual rear wheels come standard with Extended cab models.
The XL trim offers a very bare bones work truck, featuring an AM audio system, bench seating, manually operated windows, mirrors, and locks, and dual rear wheels. The Regular cab version of the XLT drops the dual rear wheels, while both trims retained them in Extended cab versions. Most people will prefer one of the XLTs, since it adds air conditioning as a standard feature, as well as an AM/FM/cassette audio system, tilting leather wrapped steering wheel, powered mirrors, doors, and locks, and cruise control.
Three engines are available with F350 96 models, two gasoline and one diesel. The standard base engine on Regular and Crew Cab F350s is a 5.4 liter V8 that generates 205 horsepower at 3800 rpm and puts out 328 foot pounds of torque at 2200 rpm. Those wanted more horsepower can opt for the available 7.5 liter 16 valve gasoline V8 engine, which puts out 245 ponies at 4000 rpms and lays an even 400 foot pounds of twist down on the pavement at 2200 rpm. This engine is standard on Extended cab 96 F350 models. Far and away the best option for those doing serious hauling and towing work with their F350 however, is Ford's tried and true ultra reliable 7.3 liter diesel, whose slow turning lays down a massive amount of torque, suited to situations where maximum low end power is the make or break power. All of these engines are mated standard to a 5 speed manual transmission, with a 3 speed or 4 speed automatic tranny as an available options.
There is plenty of legroom for the front passengers inside the F350 1996 edition, and the simple interior stands up well to abuse and suits the vehicle's mission statement as work truck. Driving the truck reveals a solid feel which gives confidence and has made the vehicle a favorite of off road enthusiasts.
|Ford : F-350 F Series 1996 Ford-F350 Powerstroke 4x4 crew cab long bed||US $7,500.00||3d 3h 55m|
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