Ford’s medium-duty trucks, the F650 and F750, are capable workhorses that you can rely on to get the job done with minimal fuss.
They are popular for their high build quality and are reputed to be some of the most reliable trucks on the market. But are these trucks as durable as often advertised? Let’s find out.
How long do Ford F650/750 last?
Subject to maintenance and use, the Ford F650/750 can last up to 250,000 miles or even more. This means the average F650 /F750 truck can stay up to 10-15 years and still be in good condition.
How Many Miles Can You Expect from A Ford F650/750?
To arrive at the average lifespan of the Ford F/650/750 trucks, we analyzed various used vehicle listings for both models.
We found many used F650/F750s with 200,000 to 250,000 miles or more listed for sale. In one case, we even found a 2001 F750 with over 300,000 miles listed for sale.
So yes, the Ford F650/750 are both incredibly durable trucks that can will serve a high number of miles before breaking down.
However, your F650/750 may not last up to 250,000 miles if you do not maintain it properly.
Due to the nature of these trucks and the workload they handle each day, regular maintenance is required to prevent accelerated wear and tear on vehicle components.
How Soon Should You Expect Rust On a Ford F650/750?
There’s no definite estimate for when to expect rust on a Ford F650/750. One thing is certain, though; driving in the “Rust Belt” will accelerate rusting in your vehicle.
Rust belt states often have salted roads for up to 3-4 months in a year, and the salt particles may still stick to the road long after winter is over.
Salt causes corrosion on vehicles, which explains the earlier incidence of rust on vehicles exposed to road salt.
Nevertheless, your F650/750’s chances of rusting will rise with continued use, so you can expect rust after the first six years of use. If it happens earlier than that, it could be a case of premature rust.
For example, a 2003 F-650 owner reported seeing rust marks on the doors even though the vehicle had only 5,700 miles on it.
This is clearly a case of premature rust and will likely be fixed under warranty.
How Long Do Ford F650/750 Last Compared to Similar Vehicles?
Here is how the Ford F650/750 stack up against the competition:
Ford F650/750 vs. Freightliner M2 106
Two of America’s top medium duty truck lines, the M2 106 and Ford F650/750 both offer top-dollar value for money. However, in the longevity game, the Freightliner M2 106 beats the Ford F650/750 models without trouble.
Based on our analysis of pre-owned vehicle listings, the M2 106 can last up to 300,000 to 350,000 miles. In fact, a particular 2005 model listed for sale had over 400,000 miles on it.
The F650/750’s average lifespan ranges between 200,000 and 250,000 miles. This shows that the Freightliner M2 106 is the longer lasting of the two models.
However, you should know that the F650/750 boasts a much quieter and comfortable cabin and more horsepower compared to the M2 106. The F650/750s also has a higher Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). So, while the M2 106 will last longer, the F60/750 will offer more benefits.
Ford F650/750 vs. Hino 268A Conventional
A product of the Toyota-owned Hino Group, the Hino 268A Conventional does not last as long as the Ford F650/750. The lifespan of the Hino 268A Conventional is around 150,000 to 200,000 miles.
This is lesser compared to the F650/750’s average 250,000-mile service life.
A key part to keeping any vehicle running for as long as possible is prompt repair and maintenance. The Ford F650/750 boasts over 300 service points across the country, while the Hino 268A has only 200. Wide availability of service points means you can get the required servicing quickly and keep your vehicle in good condition for as long as possible.
Ford F650/750 vs. International 4300
The Ford F650/750 and the International Durastar 4300 will give you about the same number of service life. Based on our analysis of used vehicle listings, we concluded that both models will last up to 250,000 miles.
The actual difference between both models lie in the cabin noise, power output, and comfort. Below is a comparison between a 2017 F750 and a 2018 International Durastar 4300:
- Power: The F750 offers 270 horsepower and 675 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the International Durastar 4300 offers 200 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque.
- Noise: The Ford F750 is quieter than the International Durastar 4300. The average noise level recorded in the F750’s interior is 49.1 decibels, while the exterior is 72.9 decibels. The Durastar 4300 is noisier both in the interior (61.5 decibels) and exterior (79.6 decibels).
- Comfort: The Ford F750 is more comfortable compared to the International Durastar 4300. For example, the former has up to 26.4 inches of legroom, while the latter has only 25.9 inches of legroom.
How Reliable Is a Ford F650/750?
Ford’s F650/750 lineup is one of the most reliable in the medium-duty segment. In line with Ford’s “Built Tough” production philosophy, the F650/750 models are made with durable materials. This allows them to handle daily abuse without intermittent breakdowns.
One factor responsible for the reliability of the F650/750 is the advanced engine design.
Ford is one of the few manufacturers that offer gasoline-powered engines for medium-duty truck models.
These gasoline engines are much more durable than their diesel counterparts and are less susceptible to unexpected repairs. Additionally, they have lower maintenance costs, which means reduced long-term ownership costs.
We must add that the 7.3-liter V8 gasoline engine uses fewer components than the previous V10 engine.
And in the automotive world, lesser parts equal fewer chances of something failing.
The Best and Worst Years for Ford F650s/F750s
Based on our research findings, the worst year for the Ford F650/750 is the 2000 model year. That year has the highest number of recalls with six apiece for both models.
However, most of those issues had been ironed out before 2019. With no recalls recorded, the 2019 model year is the best year for the Ford F650/750s. This may explain why F650/750 sales increased that year.
What About Recalls for These Models?
Below are recall figures for all model years of the Ford F650 and Ford F750:
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Ford F650/750 Model Year List
The Ford F650/750 medium-duty trucks are made from 2000 -2019
Note: The F650/F750 skipped the 2020 model year and will commence production in 2021.
Are Ford F650/750s Expensive to Maintain?
We couldn’t find estimated maintenance costs for the Ford F650/750s. But given the reliability of the trucks, it is safe to say maintenance will likely not exceed the range applicable to the average medium-duty truck.
More importantly, the gasoline-powered engines on the F650/750s are easier to repair, thanks to a compact design.
This reduces labor costs and overall maintenance costs.
How Long Do the Brakes Last?
The brake pads on the Ford F650/750 can last anywhere between 30,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on how you drive your vehicle and what you use it for. Brake rotors can last up to 70,000 miles.
Both the brake rotors and pads will require inspection and servicing once every 15,000 miles.
How Long Do the F650/F750 Batteries Last?
The batteries can last up to 80,000 miles or more. They will need routine maintenance such as cleaning battery terminals, etc.
How Long Do the Tires Last?
The average lifespan of tires on the Ford F650/750 is between 30,000 to 50,000 miles.
Depending on maintenance (e.g. rotation) and vehicle uses, this number may be higher or lower in your case.
How Long Do Spark Plugs Last?
The spark plugs should last between 70,000 to 100,000 miles, but can last beyond this in some cases.
What About Insurance Costs?
Average insurance costs for commercial trucks like the Ford F650/750s is between $800 to $2000 per year. This may vary depending on your insurer’s rates and your location.
Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Ford F650/F750
Here are tips to help you get the longest service life from your Ford F650/F750:
- Ensure your vehicle receives prompt and proper maintenance
- Use only original Ford spare parts
- Fix any problems as soon as they appear
- Work with qualified technicians