Thank You Ford

My name is Mike and I’m Connecticut. On June 9th, 2013, my wife and I bought a used 2012 Ford Focus from CarMax in East Haven, CT. We were looking for a smaller car with good fuel economy and good safety ratings for my 60 mile roundtrip commute to work. At the time, that decision to buy a Ford Focus may have been one of the best ideas ever. On July 9th, my wife and I were headed to a home improvement store to buy a new kitchen faucet. We had our 13 year old son and 9 year old daughter with us. We had also picked up my 8 year old niece, who was going to sleep over that night. Unknown to us, was that trip wouldn’t go as planned.

As we entered a blind intersection, a man driving a 4000 pound 1999 Cadillac Deville, intentionally ran two stoplights, crossed our path of travel, at a high rate of speed. I saw him at the last second and tried to swerve to the right, but to no avail. We hit him broadside with the front drivers corner of my Focus and we were spun around to the right, striking his car again with the driver side rear quarter panel. We then continued backwards through the intersection, coming to rest about 50-60 feet from the point of impact. Thankfully, we were all properly seat belted and the front and side airbags deployed, keeping us safe from further injury. We were all able to exit the car under our own power. My niece was taken to the local hospital by ambulance for neck and jaw pain. My family and I were evaluated at the Emergency Room as well. Thankfully, we all made it through with bruises, sprains and contusions.

My Focus on the other hand did not fare so well. Upon impact, all of the airbags deployed, the engine dropped off its mounts to the ground and the Focus even called 911 through the My Sync system and my phone. My insurance company declared it a total loss and it was towed away a few days after the accident. Thanks to you and my Ford Focus, my family and I were able to walk away from a major accident. I believe that the design and safety features of my Ford Focus saved us from serious injury. So please except our most sincere thank you for designing a car with the safest technology on the road today.

Sincerely,
Mike from CT

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The F-150 is too damn big; especially for those of us living in larger citys like Southern California.  It is a complete bear to park; I've got a 96 explorer which need to be replaced; preferably with a truck.  Sadly the discontinutation of your Ranger line has me looking at the Toyota Tacoma which has essentially remained unchanged in terms of engine or trans technology since 2005.  A V6 4x4 Access Cab Tacoma, while the perfect size for us city dwellers gets 16 City/ 19 Hwy mpg. That's at a curb weight of 4,100 lbs. An F1-150 4x4 with ecoboost gets 15 City / 21 Hwy mpg. Despite a curb weight of 5,600 lb A 2011 4wd Supercab Ranger had a curb weight of 3,700 lb.  That's 2000 less than the F-150. If you revived the Ranger line, sticking in it the f-150 innovations (Eco-boost, 6 speed trans); You would have a 4x4 truck that could be pulling 25 City/30 Hwy Mpg and could out-haul the current F150. I undestand all of the reasons why you left the small/mid size truck market;  It's dwindling, the plant closed, the F-150 is everything the Ranger is an more.  But a 4x4 truck that can pullover 25mpg on gasoline is something significant and would beat the heck out of anything coming out of Toyota.  In 2011 you sold 70k rangers to 110k Tacoma's In 2012 you sold 19k Rnagers to 141k Tacomas It's in-arguable that the decision to stop producing the ranger has allowed some market share to be absorbed by Toyota. I'm no expert, but all the new F-150 tech in a slightly smaller package would result in what's probably the best small truck on the market. As it stands, I am seriously considering getting a eco-boost crate motor and new trans and sticking it in a old F-100 body.  That gets me a small truck with phenominal gas mileage that can likely out tow the current F-150 while still being able to park in a big city. I'd love to buy a new Ford; you guys are on the bleeding edge of technology.  But the package it's in (The F-150) is just too damn big to be functional in city life.  Short of Reviving the ranger, my only option is to take the new tech and stuff it in an old shell.  Thanks for reading.
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