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I have a Boss 351 and a 04 GT, but my story is mostly about the Boss. I think the Boss 351 is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Boss mustangs. It s not as pretty as the other Bosses or have the racing pedigree of the other Bosses, but it was faster in the quarter mile – low 14 to high 13 sec. This was good for street racing in 1982 when I bought the car. Most new corvettes, camaros, or mustangs couldn’t run as good as me. They didn’t know what a Boss 351 was, which was good as it helped me pay for child support. Around that same time a muscle car magazine sponsored a muscle car shoot out at Bandimere raceway and I won the small block stock class. I got a trophy and got to kiss the trophy girl! Plus I ran faster than my buddy’s modified 1970 Z28. The difference between the 04 GT and the Boss is that when you want to have some fun the GT is much more sophisticated. When you take off with the GT, it smokes the tires, makes the right motor noise and goes down the road. When you take off in the Boss, the glove compartment door flies open, the car frame twists and when you shift into 2nd gear the tires start smoking again. Of course, you might end up being a ditch rider! There are other stories I have and I don’t want to bore anyone, but when I raced a Pantara from Silverthorne to Steamboat Springs , with my new, let’s do a “road trip girl friend” , we made the trip from 3hrs to almost 2hrs. She was scared and pissed off , but she later married me, so I think she had fun too. I still think the Boss is the most fun to drive, though I love the GT too! My name is Mike and I am sticking to the story.

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First of all, I have been "Ford" since I was a little kid -- decided at age 11 that I was moving to Dearborn to work for Ford as soon as I could, and I did in '66; retired in '96.    I've had 3 Mustangs, 2 Broncos, 2 Escorts, and then bought a 1986 Ranger.  I am on my 10th Ranger now -- a 2011 4x4 Supercab like the first 9.  I did not know you were discontinuing them, so waited too long to order one to my specs.   My dealer had to find me an '11, but could only find an automatic; I hate automatics.   But more than that, I hate that Ford discontinued the Rangers and also that they have discontinued offering manual transmissions in everything but a few small cars. I loved all my 4x4 Rangers; they always got me through deep snow out here in Colorado.   I camp in my Ranger under a camper shell.   My two shelties ride in the  back behind my front seats, but they could use more room.   I want Ford to make the larger 4-door Ranger available in the United States.   I am strongly thinking about going to a Tacoma if Ford doesn't announce the Ranger is coming back (my Ford dealer also sells Toyotas, but  I hope I do not have to go that route, as I am against Americans buying imports, but I will to get what I need).   I do not want a larger truck, and I want a 5-speed manual (you don't offer stick shifts in F-Series trucks anymore).   I was on-track to buy a 2013 Escape until you stopped putting 5-speed manuals in them.   Even so, I need a truck with a bed, not a mini-van or similar with too many seats (I only need one seat -- for myself).    I am not the only distraught Ranger owner who is now without a new vehicle to buy.    I like to get a new truck every couple years, so I'm overdue to trade right now, but for what?   A crossover or car would do me no good whatsoever -- except for transportation.   My Rangers, outfitted in the bed for camping, have been my mini-RV's -- I do not need a "suburban" mini van or car.   Please bring the Ranger back.  For the first time in my life, Ford makes no new vehicles that suit me, and I'm not alone.   Ranger owners everywhere mourn that you killed the Ranger here in the States.    How can you make a truck available overseas that we want and not offer it here!?    Well, this is my idea, but it's more than an idea - it's a plea to bring back the only vehicle I can be happy with in the  Ford line.    
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By: Ken A.
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