Out Of The Grave
MAY
07

After a month-long, near-death stay in the hospital due to a vehicle accident in 1991-92, I was left with no options for a ride since my car was totalled. A friend’s Mom was selling her husband’s 1981 Bronco (he died of cancer) for a great price…$1800 in 1992 dollars. So I squandered the funds and bought it. Tough old beast, it took me all over the USA and Canada in all types of weather, and it never skipped a beat. That old Bronco helped me get my life back in order after a devastating accident. I’ve had a Ford in my driveway ever since…’81 Bronco, ‘96 Ranger, and currently a ‘90 F150 with 258,000+ miles and counting.

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Being a diehard, 3rd generation Ford lover, I get very concerned when I see my beloved auto manufacturer making a grave mistake. I currently live in England (UK), and have been enviously watching these Brits drive around in their awesome diesel Ford Rangers for about 5 years now (I move back to U.S. in 2016). A prouduct that has been discontinued in the U.S.. Also, i'm aware that Ford Motor Company tested the Diesel Ranger in the U.S., but decided on a Eco-Max F-150 instead. Recently I read an article from the Chevrolet website, stating they will be offering the first of its class, mid-sized diesel pick-up in 2015. It is called the World Platform Chevrolet Canyon (Holden). I believe this move by GM will revolutionize American trucks. Those diesel Chevrolet Canyons will probably fly off the lot. What's very disturbing about this situation is that Ford was poised to do the exact same thing back in 2012, with World Platform Ranger, but decided against it.  Listen, not all Americans like big/bulky trucks.  I've been driving a single cab 1994 Ford ranger for 16yrs, and love it.  I'm 5'10" and dont need a stepping stool to get things in and out of the bed. Plus, I've hauled/towed about anything you can think of with the 4.0 V6.  Now, if my truck was a 4 door diesel, my options would be limitless.  I wholeheartedly believe Ford has missed the chance of a lifetime here. Or, maybe Ford is taking a strategic approach to see how the diesel Chevrolet Colorado launches? If the diesel Colorado is a flop, then Ford havent wasted anything.  Ford, please bring a diesel mid-sized truck to the U.S., preferebly under the Ranger nametag!!! Finally, offer a diesel mid-sized truck in the U.S. with a manual transmission (GM is not)! Do this before Toyota Brings the diesel Hilux to the U.S., because by then, it will be too late. Thanks...for reading my rant!
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By: Ken A.
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