1996 Ford F250 (Specs And Features)

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While car and truck sales were slipping, Ford rushed to get its new F-150 into production but kept the F250 the same as the previous model.

The 1996 F250 was the fifth year of Ford’s ninth-generation F-Series. Ford started producing the next F150s but kept the F250 and F350 intact. Engine choices remained at 4.9L inline six (std on Reg cab), 5.0L V8, 5.8L V8 (std on F250HD SuperCab), 7.5L V8, and the 7.3L PowerStroke TurboDesiel.

Pushed by competition in the light-duty truck market, Ford continued to recognize the growing number of suburbanites trading in passenger cars for pickup trucks. As the calendar rolled into 1996, Ford divided its customer base into two broad categories to try and offer the right truck for both market segments. For customers who were using their trucks as work trucks or heavy-duty haulers, they would offer the F250 HD and above. For families needed a truck to drive on the street or park in the driveway, they would offer the F150 and F250 two-wheel drive. Ford would rush the new tenth-generation F-150 into production early (in a limited fashion) but decided to keep the rest of their lineup intact with the old body style. Let’s look at the 1996 F250 and see how this truck was responsible for keeping America working.

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The Features of the 1996 Ford F250

As mentioned, for the ‘96 model year, the F250 was actually two different trucks. The two-wheel drive F250 had the 4.9L inline six as the standard engine, but the F250HD (which you had to order if you wanted four-wheel drive) had the 5.8L V8. The heavy-duty truck had bulkier springs, stronger suspension, and a deeper frame. While the F250 4X2 was rated for a payload of just over 2k lbs, the F250HD could handle almost double the load.


Ford had instituted several safety features the previous year for their F150 and light-duty F250, including a drivers airbag, but were not required by the government to install them on heavy-duty units. Other features like the rear cab brake lights, and new side intrusion beams were added.

Cab Configurations

The 1996 Ford F250 and F250HD came in a two-wheel drive model, with only 8’ beds. The F250HD (4x2 and 4x4) were offered in three cab configurations; Regular Cab, SuperCab and the CrewCab. (The four-door CrewCab had been reserved for F350 for years). The F250 HD SuperCab came in choice of 6 ¾’ or 8’ box, but the CrewCab had only a short bed.

Trim Levels

Ford had three trim levels for the F250 in 1996. The Special, XL, and XLT. (While the F150 offered an Eddie Bauer line, it was not available for the F250 or F350 models).


The Special trim level (equipment package 498A) was the base trim for 1996. This features of this trim were a vinyl bench seat with black rubber flooring. The truck’s exterior featured black mirrors and argent steel wheels. While few options were available, (like air conditioning) it did come with AM/FM stereo radio and a digital clock. Ford had built a substantial business in  building fleet vehicles for municipalities and companies, and the Special trim fit that bill very well.

XL Trim

For all intents and purposes, there was little difference between the Special and the XL trim lines. The XL seating options were identical (a cloth and vinyl bench seat or a knitted vinyl one). The XL did some options that were unavailable for the Special trucks, like a chrome package, rear step bumper and sport wheels if customers wished for it. In order to get the heavier suspension, owners had to pay extra and that meant moving up a trim level.


For the F250, the XLT handled the top-tier luxury that some families wanted. In Regular Cab 4x2s you could get a 40/20/40 cloth seat (If you wanted a power seat or Captain’s Chairs with a center console, you had to upgrade to the SuperCab model).

Air conditioning was standard, as were power windows, locks, cruise control, and a steering wheel that could tilt. The Chrome appearance package was standard, with chrome-styled steel wheels or deep aluminum fashioned ones.  Inside, the XLT trim had the feel of a luxury sedan rather than a all-purpose work truck.

An AM/FM radio with a cassette player was standard, a CD player and remote keyless entry were options. Many customers added the optional Captain’s Chairs that were available on the SuperCab and CrewCab models.


There were no changes to the exterior of the 1996 F250. The facelift the F-Series had received in 1992 remained intact, with an enlarged grille and headlights. Customers could choose from one of twelve colors for the F250 in 1996 with colors like Reef Blue, Red Toreador, Light Saddle or Pacific Green.


An Regular Cab F250 (4z2) had the same engine choices as the F150, with a 4.9L inline-six as the standard and the 5.0L V8 and the 5.8L V8 as options. However, if owners decided to choose the F250HD (Reg. Cab 4x2), the standard engine was the 5.8L V8, with the 4.9L inline six, the 7.5L V8, or the 7.3L PowerStroke Turbo-Desiel as options.

In the Reg Cab or SuperCab 4x4 (only offered as an HD), the 5.8L V8 was standard, with options for the 7.5L V8 and the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel. The CrewCab model (both 4x2 and 4x4) had the 7.5L V8 as the base engine with the diesel as an option.

Engine Horsepower Torque
4.9L inline-six EFI 145 hp @3400 rom
150 hp @ 3400 rpm
265 ft/lb @2000 rpm (man)
260 ft/lb @ 2000 rpm (auto)
5.0 L V8 EFI 205 hp @ 4000 rpm
195 hp @ 4000 rpm
275 ft/lb @ 3000 rpm (man)
270 ft/lb @ 3000 rpm (auto)
5.8 L V8 EFI 210 hp @ 3400 rpm 325 ft/lb @ 2000 rpm
7.5 L V8 EFI 245 hp @ 4000 rpm 395 ft/lb @ 2400 rpm
7.3L Powerstroke Diesel 210 hp @ 3000 rpm 425 ft/lb @ 2000 rpm


Ford offered only two transmission choices for the ‘95 standard F250 - a five-speed manual with overdrive and an optional 4-speed automatic (AOD - E). If you chose an F250HD, the five-speed heavy-duty manual with overdrive was standard, and either a 3-speed automatic or electronic  4-speed with overdrive were the options. (These were the same options for F250HD 4x4s).

Ford offered the automatic electric touch drive as an option on F150 4WD models but did not offer it on the F250 or F350. Ford did install automatic locking front hubs as standard, with manual ones as an option.

What Are The Specs For The 1996 Ford F250?

Item Specification
Cab Configurations Regular Cab
Length 213.2 “ (8 ‘ bed - Reg)
235.1 (8’ bed - SC)
Wheelbase 133 “ (8’ bed - Regular Cab)
155 “ (8 ‘ bed - Super Cab)
Max GVWR 6600 lbs (F250 Regular Cab)
8600 lbs (F250HD - Regular Cab
8800 lbs (F250HD - SuperCab)
Payload Capacity 2280 lbs (Regular Cab F250 4x2)
3680 lbs (Regular Cab F250HD 4x4)
4045 lbs (Regular Cab F250HD 4x2)
3560 lbs (SuperCab F250HD 4x4)
4025 lbs (SuperCab F250HD 4x2)
Engine 4.9L inline six EFI (std)
5.0L V8 EFI
5.8L V8 EFI
7.5L V8 EFI
7.3L PowerStroke Turbo-Desiel
Horsepower 150 hp @ 4000 rpm (4.9L inline six EFI auto)
145 hp @ 4000 rpm (4.9L six EFI - manual)
195 hp @3400 rpm (5.0L V8 EFI - auto)
205 hp @ 3400 rpm (5.0L V8 EFI - manual)
210 hp @ 3600 rpm (5.8L V8 EFI)
245 hp @ 4000 rpm (7.5L V8
210 hp @ 4000 rpm (7.3L Powerstroke)
Torque 260 ft/lb @ 2000 rpm (300 inline six - auto)
265 ft/lb @ 2000 rpm (300 inline six - man)
270 ft/lb @ 2000 rpm (302 V8 EFI - auto)
275 ft/lb @ 2000 rpm (302 V8 EFI - manual)
315 ft/lb @ 2200 rpm (351 V8 EFI)
425 ft/lb @ 2400 rpm (Powerstroke Desiel)
Bore 4.0 (4.9, 5.0, and 5.8 V8s))
4.36 (7.5 V8)
4.11 (7.3 Powerstroke)
Stroke 3.98 (300 inline EFI)
3.0 (302 V8)
3.5 (351 V8 EFI)
3.85 (7.5L V8)
4.18 (7.3L Powerstroke)
Compression 8.8:1 (4.9L inline EFI)
9.0:1 (5.0L V8 EFi)
8.8:1 (5.8L V8 EFI)
8.5:1 (7.5L V8 EFI
17.3:1 (7.3L PowerStroke)
Fuel Tank 37.4 gallon (std - Longbed 4X2)

What Is a 1996 Ford F250 Worth Today?

The current market for F250 from the ninth-generation F series is strong. Hagerty states that a 1996 F250 in good condition is worth $11,300. For a review of free listings of 1996 F-Series trucks on sale, vehicle history, and consumer reviews, see the classiccars.com website.