My Ford And Me
JAN
02

In 2006, my Lincoln Contential died unexpectedly on my way to work in Melville, NY 32 miles from my home in Brooklyn, NY. I had a great job working for one of New York’s largest Newspapers Newsday as a Computer Operator. The very next weekend I ventured out into the auto market searching for a reliable vehicle for my daily commute. Somehow I ended up at the Deblasio Ford Northern Blvd Dealership. We picked out a  Silver 2003 Ford Explorer, placed a deposit and a down payment was made the following day. On that Wednesday it was to be delivered, but when I got there, they discovered that there was a transmission problem with that vehicle. I was given a choice, either allow them to fix it or I could go out on the lot and choose another vehicle. I chose the latter of the two, I selected another vehicle, a 2003 Green Ford Explorer, Eddie Baurer Edition. This I feel was one of my best choices that I have ever made in my life in terms of a vehicle purchase. I have been really pleased with this vehicle, purchased in 2006 with 30000 miles on its odometer, it has really served me and my family well. It’s Decemeber 2013 and this Ford now has 175000 miles on it and is still as beautiful to me as it was the day I brought it. The engine still runs like brand new, right now it needs a rear brake job, rotors and pads. But at this time I am unemployed and this economy being what it is I can’t find a job. But I still love my Ford, can’t drive it but everyday I fire up that engine just to hear her voice. I need a job just so I can get her repairs done and and just maybe one day buy my last Ford, that 2014 Ford Explorer, not to replace the 2003 Explorer but just to keep Ford in my family for the rest of my natural life. Ford is my choice and  Thank You ever so much for improving your product and for returning my faith in the US automotive industry. Thank You!!!!

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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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