Last summer I was the proud owner of a 2000 3/4 ton Chevy Silverado extended cab, long bed truck, which I absolutely adored; however, it was too big for me to climb into and consumed too much gas. The reason it was too big is because of a hip condition and arthritis in my knees, so I sold it. A few days later, with the help of an uncle, I came into possession of a 2002 Ford F-150 XLT work truck. I didn’t like Ford’s because until that day I was a Chevy man and then I drove it, and needless to say I was hooked. It belonged to a paving company in Atlanta before I got it and they had sold it off when they bought a new fleet of trucks. It looked like it’d been thrown through the ringer, and I had to buy a new tailgate a few weeks after buying it. It came with a set of brand new Michelin tires and even though it looked bad it drove like a dream at over 150,000 miles. I still don’t like the way it looks but still, after a year of ownership, the truck still amazes me at how well it rides. If this is how an F-150 drives after it’s been through the torture of a paving company’s wear and tear then I can only imagine how a brand new one drives. I don’t think I’ll be driving a Chevy truck anytime soon, the next truck I buy will definetely be a Ford F-150.

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My ideal car is a roadster like the bmw z4, porsche boxster, mazda mx5 that offers a hard top convertible, however I'd like this to be powered by a hybrid drivetrain of the 1.6 ecoboost and or 1.0 3 cyl ecoboost that you have and a 50-80 hp electric motor to product a total combined net hp of 260-300 hp.  This car would have excellent handling and weigh in at under 3,200 lbs.  This hybrid would also be a plugin hybrid and offer the lastest battery technology. The msrp for this vehicle would range from 35k-42k for a base model depending on cost of production.  If you can make this vehicle out of carbon fiber (bmw i3) or aluminum (f-150) for weight savings and get it under 2,900 lbs that would just be amazing.   With the hybrid power train this vehicle is able to accelerate from a 0-60 in around 4.5-4.8 seconds yet achive mpg figures around 23+ city and 35+ hwy.   Please make this car sexy and don't make it ugly like the last gen thunderbirds.  Look at lotus and porsche if you need design ideas.
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