Living With Fords

My 1st Ford was a Taurus Station Wagon. I loved this car because it did everything I wanted. I could lay down in the back on camping trips, carry out sized cargo, go fast, go safe and have good fuel mileage. I bought it new and wore it out.

My 2nd Ford was a 1998 Explorer. I decided to name it Meriwether, after the explorer of the Lewis & Clark expedition. It did everything the Taurus Wagon did and could pull heavy trailers (which I did). Even though it was the 2 wheel drive XLT, I used it on jeep tracks at Edwards Air Force base to cross loose sand with great success. It’s longest trip was from Los Angeles to Georgia. On the way back it went through hail and snow storms. Meriwether often carried 4×8 plywood sheets, large ladders and other construction material. On camping trips with my son, we would sleep in the back, while the rest of the Scout Troop Pitched tents.

This September, while driving home Meriwether was rear ended on the freeway. The strong structure of the frame made it possible to drive Meriwether away from the accident, but her frame rails were bent, resulting in the Insurance Company “totaling” him.

Now have to choose Meriwether’s replacement. The leading candidates are:
-Ford Flex: more like my Taurus Station Wagon
-2011 Ford Explorer (if I can lay down in the back)
-Ford F150 extended Cab with a shell and tail gate step

I have grown to appreciate Ford products and greatly respect how Ford has continued to prosper while her major US competitors have not. Reasons my next car will be a Ford:
-good experience with Corporate support for cars
-expectation that in 10 or more years Ford will still be a strong company
-good cars that meet my requirements and last a long time.

I would like to add that the most beautiful car every made was the Ford GT40, and while I will never own a real one, I have had many models of it, including a slot car version when I was a teenager and slot car parlors were popular.


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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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