It was with great anticipation that I drove the F250 off of the lot and in seven short hours it was with deep regret I failed to remember it was a long box, not giving ample room for the the back tire to clear a free standing sign, and the huge scratches that followed. Thus began my test drive.
There is plenty to love about this truck. Immediately noticeable is just how quiet it is and I had to stop and read the manual to be certain that it in fact ran on diesel fuel. Not only is the new 6.7-litre power stroke engine quiet, it seems more powerful than the 6.4-litre that we have in our F350. The truck has a lot of “snap” (to use my husband’s terminology) especially off the start. While my experience and preference has always been the 1 ton, I was pleasantly surprised by the 3/4 ton and what it had to offer! In fact the only negative that either my husband or I could come up with in this truck was the signal light, the way it popped back aggravated us, however this might be a control issue on our part.
One of the main purposes of the drive was to test the new hitch on the truck, although it wasn’t until I got it home that I realized that it came with a 5th wheel hitch while our horse trailer has a goose neck and requires a ball. What else was there to do but to put the 4X4 to the test? First up a logging road to Lussier Hot Springs near Canal Flats, BC. It handled the washboard road like a charm! While having a soak, the locals told us of Ram Creek Hot Springs, accessible only by an unserviced road near Skookumchuck, BC. The next day we headed out, the F250 made it ALMOST all the way up to the Hot Springs when deep mountain snow proved to be too much. Could the truck have handled it? Probably. We were decidedly against spending a night up there in case it couldn’t.
The truck was plenty spacious for the four us, golf clubs, ski gear and luggage. The navigation features, touch screen technology, backup camera and ipod input had great appeal to my tech savvy family.