Overall, we thought Ford may have taken the Harley-Davidson theme too far on the truck even though both companies celebrated their 100th anniversaries in 2003. With a 6.0-second 0-60 mph time and $38,240 as-tested price, the Ford truck offered the best mix of performance and interior polish.
The 2004 model year was a big one for Ford and the Harley-Davidson series - literally. The news for 2004 was the introduction of the Harley-Davidson F-Series Super Duty model, a logical extension of a Ford truck sub-brand that had sold nearly 40,000 units from the original truck's debut until the announcement of the Super Duty model in February 2004.
A majority of the four-wheel-drive Harley-Davidson Super Duty trucks had a 6.0-liter diesel engine under the long hood. A choice of Black/Competition Orange or Black/Dark Shadow Gray two-tone paint combinations was offered in addition to the black monotone style. As you'd expect, you couldn't go far without seeing a special badge inside and out. Another Harley-Davidson Ford truck trademark -- the four captain's chairs -- was offered on the Super Duty along with a traditional rear bench seat.
When the 2004 Harley-Davidson Super Duty was compared against a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab SLT and 2004 GMC Sierra HD Crew Cab, the diesel-powered Ford accelerated 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds on to a 16.2-second quarter mile at 84.0 mph. The Ford was the victor in that comparison test, though Truck Trend editors weren't enthralled with any of the three trucks. We said the Ford had a quiet interior and prodigious power but numb steering feel and awkwardly supersized dimensions. In 2004, the price as tested was $48,825.