Ford markets its HD trucks as workhorses, but how do they hold up over hundreds of thousands of miles?
How does a brand-new heavy duty truck survive after years of hard work and abuse? That’s what Andre is exploring in this TFLtruck video, as he takes a look at a relatively new 2020 Ford F-350.
This isn’t just your average F-350 DRW, though. This one has already seen some serious use, as it’s already clocked up more than 275,000 miles. To put that in perspective, that’s 40,000 miles farther than the Earth to the Moon, in just three years. At a glance, it looks like this truck has held up pretty well. It’s currently for sale at Booth Motors in Longmont, Colorado, for the cool price of $34,995.
Mileage obviously plays a large factor in that price, but if you were to buy a brand-new version of this truck, you’d spend nearly double that amount, if not more. And if you just need a dually to get the job done…is buying this high-mile truck a terrible idea? Well, that’s what we’re going to take a look at here.
In the video below, Andre takes a closer look at this F-350 and takes it for a spin. We even dig into the truck’s Carfax report to see if its had a more interesting life than its clean appearance would suggest. Check out everything Andre discovers about this truck below:
It’s not perfect, but…
Back when it first sold in Alberta, Canada, this 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty carried a sticker price of $78,774 CAD. That translates to about $58,400 in the U.S., at least at the time it sold in June 2020. Today, the brand-new F-350 XLT would run you somewhere in the mid-$60,000 range, depending on how you configure it (or around $85,500 CAD).
Andre’s inspection does reveal some issues, as you might expect of a truck that’s done nearly 300,000 miles. That said, the Carfax does reveal a clean history, with no accidents or insurance-reported damages and relatively comprehensive service records. A previous owner had one repair completed to reprogram the transmission control module in mid-2022, but otherwise it appears this truck did not need any extensive recall or warranty work.
One problem this truck does have is its aluminum tailgate, which does not open properly at the time Andre checked out the truck. Whatever happened with the tailgate also rendered the rearview camera inoperable, so that could be a safety issue in some conditions.
Overall, though, the truck seems fairly healthy for its 275,000-mile lifespan so far. So, if you’re looking to buy a Super Duty and aim to put at least 100,000 miles on it each year, the trucks seem to hold up well for that use case.