2012 Ford F-450

Super Duty XL DRW 4WD 4-Dr Crew Cab Long V8 auto trans

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2012 Ford F-450 Review
2012 Ford F-450 Review

The Ford F-450 truly is the mother of all hard-working pickup trucks. When you need a solid, reliable pickup truck that gets the job done, you get a Ford F-150. When you need something more, something that can handle the toughest jobs, you get a Ford F-350. When you need a pickup truck to handle an impossible workload, the Ford F-450 is the truck you’re looking for.

In the past, the Ford F-450 was an entirely custom made vehicle, produced by buying a commercial chassis cab from Ford and then having an after-market outfitter put the rest of it together. Recognizing a serious need for high-powered, super duty trucks, Ford now does all the work for you, allowing you to purchase an intact Ford F-450 and drive it right off the lot and into a life of dependable hard work.

Unlike other Ford F-series models, the configuration of the 2012 Ford F-450 is limited to one: Crew Cab, long bed. The Ford F-450 only comes with one engine, a 6.7-Liter V-8 turbocharged diesel, and all Ford F-450s are all-wheel drive. That being said, these are probably the optimum features for the responsibilities your 2012 Ford F-450 is likely to have to take on anyway, and you do still have the same trim options you’ll find in other F-series Fords; the base XL, the XLT, the Lariat, and the awesome King Ranch.

To be honest, the Ford F-450 is probably more truck than most of us will ever need. The Ford F-150 is quite good enough for most truck users, and the Ford F-350 can do just about anything the 150 can’t. But if you’ve got to haul the biggest loads, navigate the toughest terrain, or both on a regular basis, or if you just want the big daddy of pickup trucks in your stable, go ahead and pick yourself out a nice Ford F-450 Super Duty.

New For 2012

While you will be happy to find improved tow ratings and payload ability in the 2012 Ford F-450, there are no other major changes in the Ford F-450 Super Duty pickup for 2012.

Exterior

The 2012 Ford F-450 looks pretty much like the rest of the vehicles in the F-series, keeping in mind that each one is Crew Cab and eight foot long cargo bed. The black grille and bumpers give it an aggressive look that lets you know this truck means business. On the base XL model you’ll find 17 inch aluminum wheels, manual telescoping trailer tow mirrors, running boards and roof clearing lights. The XLT changes that black grille and bumper combination to an equally intimidating chrome set, along with heated mirrors and keyless entry. On the Lariat, you’ll find chrome tube step bars, as well as a power rear sliding window, power telescoping mirrors, rear parking sensors and foglights, and the fearsome King Ranch shows off its stuff with two tone paint, a distinctively styled exterior and a body color grill with chrome. Other options include stowable bed extender and sunroof. Exterior color options on the F-450 include Dark Blue Pearl Clearcoat Metallic, Vermillion Red Clearcoat, Tuxedo Black, and Oxford White Clearcoat.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the Ford F-450, especially in the base model, is more designed for utility than for comfort. Upgrading to the Lariat or King Ranch will give you some pretty nice features, including leather upholstery and trim and a 4.2 inch LCD screen for navigation and vehicle info. Base interior features include a 40/20/40 split front bench and 60/40 split folding rear bench, vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, AM/FM radio and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Upgrading to the XLT gives you full power accessories and cloth upholstery, while doubling the sound system to four speakers and allowing you to play CDs and MP3s. Moving up to the Lariat gets you that LCD screen with Ford SYNC, ten way power front seats, power adjustable pedals, and eight speaker audio with satellite radio. Go all the way with the King Ranch and add Chaparral leather upholstery and heated, ventilated seats. A hard drive based navigation system is also an option.

Safety

You’ll find the same important safety features on the 2012 Ford F-450 that you’ll find in other F-Series vehicles and a few more. This includes a four wheel antilock braking system with front and rear ventilated disc brakes, stability and traction control along with electronic brake force distribution, front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors and rear door safety locks, a post-collision safety system, an engine immobilizer, and front seatbelt pretensioners. A rear view camera is available on the King Ranch.

Driving Experience

While this large vehicle can get a bit unwieldy in typical urban situations due to its size and not tremendously responsive steering, the ride is generally smooth and quiet, and you’re not getting an F-450 to drive the kids to the downtown movie theater anyway. More importantly, you can’t argue with the power. This beast, with its 6.7-Liter turbocharged diesel V-6 engine tows multi-ton loads as easily as you would drag a child’s wagon. The engine, linked to a six speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive, generates a whopping 400 horsepower with 800 lb-ft. of torque. This allows for a towing capacity of an incredible 17,500 lbs., and adding a fifth-wheel towing configuration skyrockets the muscle to an unheard of 24,500 lbs. Add to this a maximum payload capacity of 5260 lbs. and there’s just about nothing you can’t get from point A to point B in this mean machine. If your truck duties run to the off-road variety, add the FX4 off-road package for enhanced shock absorbers and skid plates.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Ford F-450

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Nissan Titan
  • Dodge Ram

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2012 Ford F-450 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
6.7L V8Engine
Horsepower:
390 hp @ 2800rpm
Torque:
735 ft lb of torque @ 1600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 9, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2012 F-250, F-350, F-450 AND F-550 HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 12, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22, 2011. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 114, ¿THEFT PROTECTION.¿ THE TRANSMISSION CAN BE SHIFTED OUT OF THE PARK POSITION WITHOUT PRESSING THE BRAKE PEDAL DUE TO BRAKE SHIFT INTERLOCK SWITCH PROBLEM.
Consequences
THIS WILL ALLOW THE OPERATOR TO INADVERTENTLY SHIFT THE VEHICLE INTO GEAR WITHOUT THE BRAKE PEDAL BEING DEPRESSED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH OR INJURY TO A NEARBY PEDESTRIAN.
Remedy
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BRAKE SHIFT INTERLOCK SWITCH FUNCTION AND REPLACE THE SWITCH IF NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 22, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
16,091
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
Summary
Manning Equipment Inc. LLC (Manning) is recalling certain model year 2012 Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 gasoline engined dual rear wheel chassis vehicles manufactured October 2011 through June 2012. The tailpipe on the exhaust system does not extend out beyond the edge of the body, allowing heat to build up in rear curbside storage compartment.
Consequences
Excessive heat build up in rear compartment could result in fire.
Remedy
Manning Equipment has notified owners, and dealers will install tailpipe extensions free of charge. The recall has already begun. Owners may contact Manning Equipment at 1-502-426-5210.
Potential Units Affected
37
Notes
Manning Equipment Inc. LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
ENGINE
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 F-350/450/550 Ambulance Package vehicles manufactured February 22, 2010, through October 19, 2012 and equipped with a 6.7L diesel engine. Due to an exhaust sensor problem, the vehicles may experience loss of power followed by an engine stall.
Consequences
An unexpected engine stall increases the risk of a crash. Additionally, if this were to occur when the ambulance is transporting a patient, there is an increased risk of injury to the patient.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the exhaust gas temperature sensor, free of charge. The recall began on November 25, 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S10.
Potential Units Affected
2,951
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
PJ's Truck Bodies & Equipment Co., (PJ's) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Ford F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty chassis modified by PJ's and equipped with certain Muncie Power Products PTO Assemblies. In the affected vehicles, oil may leak from the PTO pressure switch onto a thermal blanket covering the exhaust.
Consequences
The leaking oil may soak into the thermal blanket covering the exhaust, which when combined with heat from exhaust, may result in an increased risk of fire.
Remedy
PJ's has notified owners and dealers will install a new pressure switch kit that moves the switch away from the exhaust system, free of charge. The recall began on August 28, 2014. Owners may contact PJ's customer service at 1-866-475-8782.
Potential Units Affected
3
Notes
PJ's Truck Bodies & Equipment Co.


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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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IIHS Overall Side Crash
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