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Question Some Differences in the F-250 & F-350

The Differences in the F-250 & F-350

Ford built its first trucks with the capability to haul heavy loads of up to 1 ton. Ford Motor Co. has been making trucks for more than 80 years. In 1925, Ford expanded its automobile line with its first truck, which was called the "The Model T Runabout." Over the years, the truck line gradually increased in both size and popularity. In 1948, Ford presented the "F Series," which birthed the modern F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks.

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Ford F Series trucks have become some of the most popular in the world.
Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images In 1948, the names "F-250" and "F-350" had not yet come to being. The "F Series" Consisted of the F1, or "half ton," F2, or "three quarter ton" and F3, which Ford called "the heavy duty." These monikers referred to the total amount of weight the trucks could carry, and this key difference remains the same in 2011.

Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings
The names of the early F Series trucks referred to the total mass, or "payload," that the truck could haul. As of 2011, Ford uses each truck's gross vehicle weight ratings, or "GVWR," for comparison. A truck's GVWR refers to the total mass it can carry before internal damage can occur. The figure includes the truck itself, the passengers and the payload. The F-250's GVWR ranges between 9,900 lbs. and 10,000 lbs., while the F-350 has a range of 9,900 lbs. to 13,300 lbs.

General Differences in Specifications
If you look at a side-by-side list of features, the F-250 and F-350 seem identical. However, the 2012 F-350 has a few specifications that the F-250 does not. For example, all F350s come with 18-inch polished aluminum rims, while F-250s have 18-inch cast aluminum rims and no option for the polished aluminum. In addition, the two models have different braking systems. With any 2012 F-350, you have the option of upgrading the payload capacity of your trailer hitch from 12,000 tons to 17,500 tons, but the hitches offered for the F-250 have a payload capacity ranging from 12,000 tons to 14,000 tons.

Price
The 2012 Ford F-250s and F-350s come in four subtypes: XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch. Each F-350 costs between $720 and $1,020 more than its F-250 counterpart of the same class. You can purchase either truck with the same options, aside from a few minor specification differences. The biggest differences between the 2012 F-250 and F-350 comes in the GVWR and the price.



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