What Makes You a Ford Truck Person?

People are passionate about their trucks. To the hard-working men and women who drive them, a pickup is not just a beast of burden; it’s a stake in the ground. Few topics rouse the same level of fiery discussion than which brand is better. To many, it’s akin to a favorite sports team and just as much a statement of identity.

There are other brands out there. So what makes a Ford truck person a Ford truck person? What is it about the company, the product and the intangibles that keeps the Ford F-Series the best-selling pickup truck for decades?

We recently posed this question to our Built Ford Tough® fans on the Ford Trucks Facebook page. After sifting through the over 500 comments we received, it was clear that the reasons why Ford is number one are as unique as the owners. While everyone has their own story, there are a lot of common themes.

It’s All in the Family

Like that old watch that gets passed down from generation to generation, Ford trucks tend to stay in the family. In fact, “Family tradition” was, by far, the most frequent answer to the question of “What makes you a Ford truck person?”

For some, like Henry C. it’s a bond that goes as far back as the birth of the automobile.

“I am a fourth generation Ford owner,” he says. “My great grandfather always talks about his old Model T, my grandfather has always had one, my dad has one and I got one for my first truck.”

Others, like Pamela G., have roots that go so deep that Ford isn’t just a brand – it’s part of the family.

“My dad worked for Ford for 30 years.  I figure that Ford raised me.  So the least I can do is pay a little back and drive them!  Good vehicles that last!”

The Ford tradition didn’t come so easy for a lot of our fans though. Some, like William R., had to go against the grain. But his persistence is paying off.

“Family was die hard GM products.” William admits. “Slowly one by one I’ve converted them. Now we are a Ford truck family. Nice to know that I’ve put my family in a truck that will last.”

Like William, Bayley W., grew up on the other side of the tracks.

“My family was a die hard GM family,” Bayley admits, “But the first time I drove an F-150 it completely changed my mind! Now we have a 7.3L F-250 and a 5.4L Expedition, love the power and handling. Hoping to add a 6.4L F-350 to the family soon!”

Trucks That Last

The family bond is a powerful one. But as was the case with our friends William and Bayley, it can be broken. You need a good product to keep the tradition alive and the Ford pride flowing.

John S. says that, “Buying dependable trucks has been our family tradition.” And that tradition means, “Ford every time.”

As Eddie S. puts it, “There is only one word that keeps me buying Ford trucks, quality!”

It’s that quality that not only keeps our fans driving F-Series trucks, but other Ford products as well. Take Blake M., for instance.

“My driveway looks like a Ford dealership!” he admits. “1997 F-150 with 133k never left me stuck anywhere! And a 2002 Explorer v8,  with 160k, plus a Taurus, and 2 Focus.”

Don’t let us put words in your mouth, though. Tell us what makes you a Ford truck person by uploading a video or a story. We’re even giving away Ford Social shirts to the first 50 members who get their video published, so don’t be shy.

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tammy s Love me some Fords.
1 year(s) ago via
Andrew G My F150 is roomier than the chevy crew cabs its real tall and tougher than a brick wall i guess the only spot they beat me is the number of cup holders but 8 is enough for me!
1 year(s) ago via
Loren D Love those Oldies But Goodies, I just wish Ford would focus on a New Midsize Truck Again...example is below: Loren D Yes, It would be really Nice if Ford decided to build a new mid-size truck... even if it is an F-100 or even a Ford Ranger again. If they decide on bringing back the Ford Ranger, they really should look at the designs that Ford had in the past. I would look at the designs that Ford produced for its Ford Ranger series from the years 1994 to 2004 that was a part of the Ford Ranger series dealing with the Edge, Tremor, & Splash Ford Ranger Models but this time also incorporate ideas from their new F-150 Ecoboost Lariet (especially the front & back). If Ford could remember to add a crew cab & stepside models..it would be ideal. Plus, include nice hub caps that were on their 2000 Ford Ranger model. Anyway, I hope Ford changes its mind too on making a midsize truck soon..as long as they do not get too futuristic with their designs, they should be fine. Everyone take care, LJD
1 year(s) ago via
I was born in '51 and remember my dad's '49 Ford. My Father in Law was a Ford Dealer for 48 years, I have an '04 F-150, my Wife drives an '01 Expedition, my oldest daughter drives an '09 Focus, her Father in Law is a Ford retiree who drives an'11 F-250, her Husband drives a Merc, my youngest drives an '11 Focus and her fiancee drives an Envoy, but we are trading that thing in before the wedding. Ford runs deep in our family and we like that just fine!!
2 year(s) ago via
My husband convinced me to buy an Explorer Sport Trac back in'03. He thought with the grandkids we could have the best of both worlds. And h was RIGHT! We have hauled dirt bikes to the mountains. Pool toys to the hot springs, and relaxed beside a stream while fly fishing. The best vacation ever was taking them all 350 miles to Las Vegas over July 4th one year. We just turned over 145,000 mi. and she's still looks brand new. He was right I love my ford.
2 year(s) ago via
We farm,travel and just about anything you can think of.It's worth its weight in gold on the farm. It is ford tough all the way!
2 year(s) ago via
Andrew T wwewe have several Fords and enjoy them all. My 92 Explorer 5speed 4door is fun to drive. The 4wd is awesome. Our 99 Expedition 4.6L has been great towing our boat and road trippin. We gave up our f250hd for an 00 Expedition and it has almoat 250k. Runs perfect. And we have our 01 Explorer and for the past 4 years has been great. We love the quality and reliability of our Fords. The best part is pulling my Chevy and Jeep driving friends out.
2 year(s) ago via
sylvester H I am a truck mechanic so it's in my line of work to have a pick up truck for my tools and other stuff , plus i work on smaller equipment and vehicles and i also have a trailer incase there's the option for towing
2 year(s) ago via
Mark F I drive a 1997 F-350 power stroke crew cab 4x4. I have towed our 30ft. 5th wheel thru Colorado, also carry a ton of wood pellet several times a winter. We love our 7.3 ltr power stroke diesel wish Ford would have never gotten rid of it. I drive it daily , yes the milage @ 17mpg is not the best, but even at that, at 244,000 miles we still love it....
2 year(s) ago via
Michael W i was built ford tough handling harsh weather having open heart surgery ben through a lot but i keep moving on im like a power stroke nothing can bring me down
2 year(s) ago via
Wayne S bought my first ford in July 2011, race red 2007 F150 with HD trailer package been on 2 long haul trips with it and my 30ft trailer love it! converted my dad (who use to be GM) and he bought blue flame f150 brand new this year and loves it
2 year(s) ago via
Dana I love my F150, it's the third Ford pickup I've ever owned. Only complaint is I wish it got better gas mileage. I have 271,000 miles on it. Its kept me safe in snow storms and driving across country when I moved. I have to sell it though, and I don't want to. I plan to go into another ford auto...hopefully an escape.
2 year(s) ago via
Jose B I love my 2005 F-150 super cab for been a great money maker. Moving people, lawn equipment, groceries and then some. Ford for life
2 year(s) ago via
Tina B We own 3 trucks, 1976 F100, 1977 & 1978 F250's. We also have a 1994 explorer. The 76 & 77 have over 150k. The explorer has 290k. The 78 has 490k. Each are driven regularly. As you can see Ford trucks out last all. These vehicles do anything asked of them.
2 year(s) ago via
tk I own a 2000 f250, I love my truck...is currently has 312000 miles...yep thats right. My truck is my every day car. I drive aprox 75 miles per day, however, I just cant get rid of it...thank you for making such a great truck... (a girl truck driver) :)
2 year(s) ago via
Derek Ford in general has run in my family. For as long as I've been alive (22 years), my Dad has owned a Ford Ranger. My first vehicle was his '93 Ford Ranger. That truck may have been a small, 4cyl but it was most definitely "Built Ford Tough".
2 year(s) ago via
john m bring back the ranger
2 year(s) ago via
john m my wife drives a 2005 ford explorer, and i drive a 1999 ford ranger both with over one hundred thousand miles on them. i'll stick with ford. although i think ford shot themselves in the foot when they disconinued the ford ranger. bring back the ranger. or even a smaller f150 and call it the f100.
2 year(s) ago via
John S. Had a '91 Aerostar / almost 300,000 k. Sold it. Had an Escort wagon / 270,000 k. Sold it. Had a '94 Ranger / 410,000 k. (still had original clutch and exhaust) Traded in for '08 Ranger. Not any gave me any trouble.
2 year(s) ago via
Tyler I can understand about the "in the family" thing. My father owned nearly all GMs until the late 80s, and he's been with ford ever since. 2 mid to 97 model F150s with 230k+ miles, f250 diesel with 280k+ miles, explorer v6 with 210k+ miles, my mustang with 180k miles, and my moms taurus x with only 50k miles. All with not a problem costing over $100, and VERY few at that. I plan on sticking with ford all my life now thanks to that.
2 year(s) ago via
David F My last name is Ford. A Chev. won't hold up around the block with me in it. I have a 94 Ranger with 160,000 mi on it and a 93 with 130K on it. And a 95 tracer with 150K.. And they all srart and go when ever I need them. No matter how long they sit between uses. And I'm not easy on them.. Built Ford tough...
2 year(s) ago via
Lisa L Gotta Love the Slick~
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