Lifted trucks are a hotly debated topic in the car community. Some say they’re obtuse, some say they’re the best thing since sliced bread. Either way, I drove one and I don’t think I ever want to again.
The 2005 Ford F-250 has a 6.0L Turbodiesel V8 and 5 speed automatic transmission. The engine is known as the “six-blow” among certain groups due to their notorious reliability issues. That has to be taken with a grain of salt. It’s not a bad engine, it just has a way way way better sibling: The 7.3L. The “Seven-Three” from Ford is essentially God’s gift to the blue collar world. Busses, dump trucks, and everything in-between probably uses a 7.3L Power stroke Diesel V8. It is reliable, bulletproof from the factory, and made to do everything under the sun besides cook you breakfast. So the 6.0L lives in the shadow of the 7.3. If it were up to me, I would get the larger motor.
This specific F-250 is the Harley Davidson edition, which carried a couple special interior pieces. The gauges are styled similar to that of a Harley motorcycle, the seats are a special leather, and there are badges all around the interior separating it from the regular F-250. Is it enough to jump out of your seat if you see one for sale? Eh, no. But I’m glad they exist, and I wish companies still did “Collabs” like this. Back in the day Oldsmobile made a Looney Tunes specific van that had a VHS player and Ford had the “Eddie Bauer” edition explorer. It takes a car that is normally uninteresting and makes it something that sticks out in the vehicle listings. I say that’s cool.
The reason I don’t want to drive this F-250 ever again is because it’s just straight up too big. I felt like the rear bumper was in another area code. Even in the land of the free and the home of the brave doesn’t have roads equipped for a moving apartment complex. This truck had an aftermarket lift to be fair, but that still doesn’t affect the length. The thing is long, tall, and more than I want to held responsible for commanding. While driving I felt like I should be yelling to other sailors to raise or lower my sails, man the harpoons, and drop anchor. This truck should be nicknamed the black pearl. No one needs a vehicle this large. Ever.
Need a truck? Get one with the bigger 7.3L. But don’t get one this tall. Please.
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