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2011 Ford Super Duty

gmhellmangmhellman Posts: 121
edited December 2013 in Ford
What do you think of the 2011 New Super Duty?


  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    12 years... same cab, same bed. Dodge and GM have both changed their sheetmetal twice since the 1999 Super Duty was released in January 1998. Not saying it has to change for change's sake, but at some point, customers will get tired of the same thing warmed over.

    Jury will be out for a long time on the new diesel. The Duramax and Cummins have a long history to fall back on. Similarly, the rev-happy 6.2 V8 replacing the more work-friendly 6.8 V10 will be a question mark.

    I commended Ford for moving the headlights to the bottom of the cluster for the 2008 redesign (closer to the road = more effective illumination, less glare to others) and they've kept it at the bottom for 2011, but the new lenses - along with the new grille - seem to harp on the "bigger is better" theme... not attractive.

    Interesting that Ford is staying with attached dually fenders after GM and Dodge went to integrated steel bodysides, although the 2011 SD now has much smaller extensions - bearing more than a passing resemblance to the ones used on the 2006-2009 Dodge Ram Mega Cab dually.

    In the end, it's all about the diesel, though. Ford better hope their engine doesn't have the teething problems of the last 3 Navistar/International engines, or the money they spent on the new front clip won't matter to anyone.

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  • gmhellmangmhellman Posts: 121
    I do agree with the statement about the new engine, but I like the more bulky, trucklike look of the fords. Chevrolet has gone toooo far towards crossover-car like design. It is too bland. If I wanted an suv or car I would have bought one. I know several people that have the SD line of diesels without problem. Not saying that past problems don't exist. I really like the layout of the interior better than the Dodge and GM. I do like the looks of the dodge better than the GM though. I can't wait for 2012 or 2013 when I can get a one or two year used one for thousands less.
  • Can someone give me input on my new 2009 F-450 King Ranch. At this time, it is performing at about 10 miles per gallon at pure highway driving and 8.5 when exclusively city driving all NOT TOWING.

    At the same time, the exhaust is very black and has lots of carbon inside.

    Otherwise, the truck is great. I hauled a 17,000 # 5th Wheel from Dallas to Estes Park, Colorado at 70 mph and got 6.8 mpg going uphill north and 7.1 mpg at 70 mph going downhill south.

    Any thoughts regarding Exhaust Cleaning issue and how to get better everyday driving milage ??????

    Thank you for help. Love It & Hate It !!!!!!
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    This discussion is for the 2011 Super Duty due early next year. For your concerns, please try the Article Comments - 2008 F-450 Super Duty Full Test discussion.

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  • By the pictures I seen so far I like it. Personally the huge front grille is what I like the most. That and the smooth sides of the truck. Although I don't need a dually I think attached fenders is the way to go. A lot easier to fix when some one miss judges the with of a drive through. I'm not so sure I like the idea of aluminum heads. Looks like they are addressing some of the problems they have had with the current engines , more and larger head bolts, revised egr system and poor mileage. I like the fact their going to a single turbo ; one less item to maintain. Now if they will get rid of these plastic radiators thats on the 08s . As long as my 08 keeps given me good service I plan on waiting a model year on the 2011 to see how well it holds up. If the reports are good this time next year I'll put in an order for a new one
  • I am very excited about the look. I do agree that the larger grill is complementary to the smooth sides of the truck. With the all new diesel I will wait a year to see how it holds up. I am not in a hurry to get a new truck yet, but the time will be coming soon. My 1/2 ton is just getting by while pulling my 20 foot travel trailer. It will be nice to pull just about whatever I want. I am really stoked about the towing center that Ford has designed. GM uses a factory EBC but it does not have a digital read out and they do not offer the aux switches like ford does. Ford truly makes the best trucks.
  • I just read my above message, and it should have read my 30 foot trailer. My half-ton can handle a 20 foot trailer easy. My 30 footer weighs 9600 pounds when fully loaded for a trip. I need a diesel.
  • i'm interested in the new 2011 Ford 450 as well and time will tell, i currently have a C4500 Topkick conversion by Monroe Truck and Equipment and just came back from the Keys pulling my 16.5K 5th wheel and got 10-12 MPG over 3,200 miles and I only have 330hp Duramax. I'm hoping and I keep looking for MPG stats on the new 6.7L towing something
  • I just got back from the dealership last week from having my 08 serviced. Spoke with salesman who had just returned from a ford seminar on the 2011 superduty. Said they would get the first one late april. 390 horsepower 735 feet torque , six speed trans ,est 21mpg highway. Will have rear axle lock to turn both rear wheels at same speed. transmission gear locks to keep truck from shifting gear while towing up hills and lots of other electronic features. The thing I not sure I like is standard rear axle ratio will be 3:09 or 3:33 salesman couldn't remember which one. However the new 2011 is supposed to out pull the 08 even with this low of gear.
  • booneiibooneii Posts: 2
    I recently inquired about purchasing a new f-350 superduty with the the new ford diesel. I inquired with 2 different Ford dealers in Michigan as I live close to the boarder and with the dollar close to par the US price on this truck is $12000.00 cheaper than in Canada. Both the US dealers say they cannot sell a new truck to someone who lives in Canada. Has anyone heard of this?
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    Those dealers are correct. Canadian trucks have different specifications and computer programs from USA trucks. In order to register that truck in Canada, you'd have to spend all the money - parts & labor - to bring it to Canadian spec... by which time you will have lost most (if not all) of the price savings. Works the same the other direction, too.

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  • diehardforddiehardford Posts: 50
    Just got back from dealership . They had a gold Lariat 2011 with the new 6.7 diesel.I took it on about a 15 mile test drive down interstate 77. This truck was quieter and rode smother than my 08. The interior was a tan and dark brown two tone that was very nice. The center console had 4 cup holders in front and 2 in back and the instrument panel was slightly changed. the biggest difference was the message center in the instrument panel . It had a lot more features than my 08 and would take a while to learn them all.This truck was a 4 wheel drive with a 355 rear gear with electronic wheel lock . My 08 has a 373 with limited slip. This truck seems to be faster to 60 than my present truck.Trying to look at the second hand on my watch and driving I believe it was in the 7 to 8 second range. Going down the on ramp to interstate I ran it up to about 80 and it was very strong all the way. This truck had heated and cooled leather seats and on cool it about froze my tail off. Their is not much difference in outer appearance mainly the front grille and hood but I like the look of it. The biggest difference was the fuel ecomony. Using the on board computer at 70 using cruise control it stabilized at 19.5 My 08 would be around 16 at this speed, and at 65 it came in at 21 verses about 17 for my 08. I really like the 2011 and will probably order one near the end of the year. This will give some time to hear how the new engine holds up. My 08 continues to give me great service and other than the radiator being replaced under warranty I have not had any problems. I believe ford may have a winner with this new engine and power train; time will tell.
  • I bought a 1999 F250 Super Duty 7.3 D. back in the day and it is still going strong at 157,000 with general maintenance. I want to buy a new F250 Super Duty but have been out of the loop for 6years on the Fords Diesel engine. How does the newer Super Duty trucks with Diesel compare to Dodge and Chevy? Is Ford still the way to go? I bought my 99 because of good advice I received on this forum 10years ago so I'm coming back to the well again looking for some good advice once again. Any educated thoughts would really be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  • shelladeshellade Posts: 11
    Great news on the mileage factor for the 2011 F450, does any one have any firm knowledge on the towing fuel consumption, we are thinking about trading in the 08 F450 for the new model, pulling the Sundowner LQ horse trailer (28,000lbs fully loaded) we are only getting 8 to the gallon! Sucks for the Endurance Riders out there.
  • diehardforddiehardford Posts: 50
    I went to a second dealership were I found online 2 trucks with all the options I would want on my truck. The sales manager had grabbed one for his personal demo vehicle. I told him one of the reasons I was thinking of trading my 08 was the increase in fuel mileage the 2011s were getting but was going to wait till I heard what kind of mileage the 2011s were getting pulling a load. The manager offered to swap my ride for a weekend so I could hook up my camper and compare the mileage for myself. (could not believe this either) I plan on taking him up on this offer in the next couple of weeks I will post the results when I do. This will be an F250 4x4 with locking 355 gear. Although not a 450 it will be comparing a 08 250 with an 2011 250.
  • shelladeshellade Posts: 11
    Sounds a great offer, look forward to your report on the mileage, the 250 will give me a good idea as to the new fuel consumption.
    Many thanks.
  • Just got back from camping trip. I met a man with a new 2011 6.7 diesel pulling a large ceder creek 5fth wheel around 12000 pounds. His truck was a F250 short bed crew cab 4x4 with 355 gears. Has had truck about a month and has 3500 miles on it. His previous truck was an 05 F250 with a 6.0 diesel. So far he is very happy with his truck no problems. His highway mileage solo is about 20.5 verses 16.5 in his old truck. Pulling his 5th wheel 10.5 verses 8.0 in old truck. As I find people with the new 2011 in camp grounds I will report their mileage results.
  • shelladeshellade Posts: 11
    Well my wife fell in love with a F350 2011 Ultra Lariat, Tuxedo Black with the dark grey interior, so far we are in love with the machine, about 16 mpg without the tow from the Horse Trailer - That's next week, thanks for the update we shall post u another responce on our progress.
    Endurance riding is the best.
  • hdh2hdh2 Posts: 2
  • shelladeshellade Posts: 11
    Well reading the last post on the appalling F350 and the oil usage etc, my wife and I are seriously considering canceling the new F450, as mentioned before from us we cannot afford to have problems with our tow vehicle with horses on long trips let alone spending $60,000 bucks on a dead lame machine, if anybody else out there has any further input we would be very interested and very grateful.
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