Ford Family For Life

My wife and I have been long time Ford owners ever since we got our drivers licences. My wife started with a hand-me-down 68 T-Bird, then to a 82 Escort, and then to a 85 Bronco II. I was influenced at an early age when my uncle bought a 67 Cougar & I loved that car. I knew when I could drive I wanted one, unfortunately I didnt get a Cougar, I started out with a 70 Mustang I bought from my next older brother, then to a 69 Mustang, and then to a 68 Mustang GT which I bought from my same brother that I bought the 70 mustang from. This is where we met, my soon to be wife with the Bronco II & me with the 68 Mustang GT. After the Bronco II my wife got a brand new 94 Explorer Sport, & then a brand new 99 Explorer Sport which she still drives daily now with almost 209,000 miles on it. We kept the 68 GT & it became a weekend driver for about 5 more years & I purchased a 96 Ranger 4X4 which I kept for 6 years until it got totaled out in an accident where I only got a few scratches. I then purchased a 2000 Ranger which is my current daily driver with 143,000 miles. We also own a 69 Mustang and a 65 Mustang Fastback which we are currently restoring, so we are a Ford family.

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Over the last 20 years, Ford has had several vehicles phased out because of a changing market. I think a speak for a large group when I say that some of these amazing vehicles should be brought back into the Blue Oval's lineup. First of all, the Ranger. The Ford Ranger has always been praised for its reliability and fuel efficiency compared to other similarly sized pickups. And there is still a very large market for a vehicle like the Ranger. The Ranger also seems like the preferred option for large fleets due to its lower cost of operation. I think that the global version of the Ranger should be left to thrive in other countries, and the classic, reliable, maneuverable little American ranger should be brought back. After all, the Ranger never changed much because you don't fix what isn't broken. If this new Ranger doesn't have a crew cab option, Ford could also integrate a new Explorer Sport Trac, another popular vehicle among Vacationers and adventures alike! These two smaller trucks may be just what Ford needs to prevent gm from stealing the small truck market, which can and will happen with the re-designed Colorado and Canyon. In addition, I believe Ford should sell an Suv version of the Ford Raptor. It would serve alongside the Raptor as a throwback to the Bronco. This svt Bronco should have no trouble selling considering the wild success of the svt Raptor, and should be powered by a revised version of the 6.2 liter V8, which could get dual turbochargers of its own to better compete with Ram's new 6.4 Hemi. Finally, I believe that the Excursion should be brought back, though un-popular near the end of its life, the Excursion was a revolutionary truck that provided families of 7 or more a comfortable vehicle that would also tow an 11,000 LB Trailer, which, unfortunately, an Expedition simply cannot do because of the difference in its design. All of these vehicles could come with new engine choices as well, The Ranger with a standard 1.0 Liter Ecoboost, upgradable to a 2.7 or 3.5 ecoboost. Maybe even the 5.0 Coyote V8 for classic V8 power. The Sport Trac with similar engines choices as the new Ranger, And the Excursion with the 5.0 Coyote standard, upgradable to the revised 6.2 Liter V8 or the legendary 6.7 Powerstoke. Lastly, the Ranger should recive a Platinum Trim, and The Excursion should be available in King Ranch. There is indeed a market for vehicles like these, and even if only produced in limited number they should be brought back. Instead of having the F-150, which truly isn't universal, as the only option. Ford should offer this variety of trucks which could fit each customer's needs individualy. This, in combination with the redisigned F-Series and Commercial Series, would secure Ford's place as King of the truck market, and Satisfy many fans of the Blue Oval.
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