Ford’s F-250 Super Duty truck is one of the most durable pickups around. Some F-250 owners report their trucks are still going strong–with 800,000 miles! So what is considered high mileage for a Ford F-250?
How long does the average Ford Super Duty truck last?
Ford brands its largest pickup trucks, F-250 and up, as Super Duty trucks. According to Motor and Wheels, the average Ford Super Duty lasts 200,000 miles. When properly cared for, a Super Duty is likely to last 600,000 miles. An 800,000 mile Super Duty is much rarer, but some trucks with mileage that high are still on the road.
One of the reasons many Super Duty trucks do not reach mileage that high is that they rust irreparably beforehand. In wintery states where road crews spread salt on the road, most Super Duty owners report seeing rust appear on their trucks in about five years.
What is considered high mileage for a Ford F-250?
The latest generation of Ford gasoline V8 engines often last well over 100,000 miles before needing a rebuild. This is one of the reasons that the average Super Duty lasts for 200,000 miles. But a gas-powered Ford F-250 with over 200,000 miles is considered high mileage.
Ford’s Power Stroke diesel V8 often lasts even longer than its gasoline-powered engines. According to ProSource Diesel, diesel pickup engines sometimes last for 500,000 miles or more. But a diesel-powered Ford F-250 is considered high mileage anywhere over 350,000 miles.
What are warning signs for a high mileage Ford F-250?
ProSource Diesel warns that the number of miles a Ford F-250 Super Duty will last depends on how it’s been used. An F-250, even with a Power Stroke diesel, pressed into heavy-duty service for years, will need repairs soon.
A high mileage Ford F-250 that’s spent its life towing and hauling may wear out sooner. If you are considering a truck, does it already have a fifth-wheel mounted for a heavy gooseneck trailer?
A Ford F-250 Super Duty that’s been used as a plow truck suffers the wear and tear of plowing. In addition, you know it has been exposed to salty roads.
Finally, whether diesel or gasoline, if a Ford F-250 has had its engine tuned or modified, it will likely not last as long as a stock truck.
For trucks with any such questionable history, it may be wise to double the mileage on the odometer and then budget to maintain it accordingly. If the truck is still a bargain, you might still consider it.
Worse than a questionable history is a Ford F-150 with no history. Consumer Reports warns that the latest F-250 only has a reliability rating of 3/5. If previous owners did not address issues as they arose, several problems may be lurking. So if a high mileage truck has had many owners and does not come with any service records then buying it is a gamble.
You can see some of the most common issues for high mileage F-250s yourself in the video below:
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