100% Ford Guy

I am now 25 years old and have owned nothing but Fords. My dads first vehicle was a Ford Mustang he bought in high school. He is a farmer so his second vehicle was a F-250 highboy. He currently owns a 1999 Ford F-250 and a 2004 Ford F-250 and a 1979 Ford F-150. My dad has had nothing but Fords his whole life. Because he has had noting but Fords his whole life that is not the only reason my first vehicle was a Ford. These trucks are by far the toughest, most reliable vehicles ever made! When you drive a Ford the vehicle becomes a part of you. Because of this my first vehicle was a 1995 Ford F-150. I bought this truck in 2000 (I had a farmers permit at age 15) and had it until 2005. I bought the truck with 150,000 miles on it and sold it with 250,000 miles on it. Not one problem! I loved that truck so much in 05 I bought another 1995 Ford F-150 with 100,00 miles on it. Exact same model, color and engine. This truck was just as good as my first. I then started working at a different job in 2006 where I needed to travel extensively. I loved the truck so much I did not want to get rid of it. I kept the truck and bought a 1999 Ford Police Interceptor. Yes I bought the Iconic American police car. I bought this car with 250,000 miles on it and sold it at auction with 300,00 miles on it! I loved this car! Then in 2007 I bought a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis (still kept the 95 truck) with 20,000 miles on it. Just last month I traded the Grand Marquis and my 95 Ford F-150 for a brand new 2010 Ford F-150. I miss my Grand Marquis and my old F-150, however I love my new 2010 Ford! This truck is amazing! As you can see I have owned quite a few Fords so far in my life and I have loved each and every single one! I am on the road all the time and have Never been stranded in a Ford. Have I driven the competition? Yes I have and nothing compares to a Ford. Thank you Ford for being a big part of my life and never letting me down! I have a lot of life left in me and as long as I am on Earth I will ALWAYS own a Ford!

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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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