My First New Vehicle

In March of 2006, I was finally able to buy my first brand new vehicle. Being a pick-up man, I knew I couldn’t live without a truck. I had been driving a 1995 Ford Ranger, a great little truck that never gave me a bit of problems, despite some serious abuse being dished out to it! It was just too small, I needed a full-size truck, and coming from a Ford family, I knew I wanted a Ford F-150. So I was able to order my new truck exactly the way I wanted it. I ordered a Medium Wedgewood blue F-150 XL work truck with a regular cab and 8 ft bed. Having always preferred a stick-shift, I had to have the manual transmission, which meant the 4.2 V6 and 2WD. No problem! My V6 gives me all the power I’ll ever need, and respectable highway fuel economy. I can consistenlty get over 20mpg on the highway, in a big heavy truck! And by ordering it with the 3.55:1 axle ratio with Limited Slip, there is not enough snow in the world to stop this truck!! I have since moved to Pittsburgh, PA, and live at the bottom of a very steep hill, “Ol’ Hoss” as I’ve named him can make it up my street in over 6 inces of snow and not even think about sliding! It has also lived up to Ford’s reputation of quality and dependability by giving me over 3 1/2 years of trouble free service, and I maintain it very well, but that’s not to say it hasn’t been worked. When I work him, I work him hard. It is no wonder why the Ford F Series has been the #1 selling truck in America for over 30 years running. Thank you Ford for building great vehicles.

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First of all, I have been "Ford" since I was a little kid -- decided at age 11 that I was moving to Dearborn to work for Ford as soon as I could, and I did in '66; retired in '96.    I've had 3 Mustangs, 2 Broncos, 2 Escorts, and then bought a 1986 Ranger.  I am on my 10th Ranger now -- a 2011 4x4 Supercab like the first 9.  I did not know you were discontinuing them, so waited too long to order one to my specs.   My dealer had to find me an '11, but could only find an automatic; I hate automatics.   But more than that, I hate that Ford discontinued the Rangers and also that they have discontinued offering manual transmissions in everything but a few small cars. I loved all my 4x4 Rangers; they always got me through deep snow out here in Colorado.   I camp in my Ranger under a camper shell.   My two shelties ride in the  back behind my front seats, but they could use more room.   I want Ford to make the larger 4-door Ranger available in the United States.   I am strongly thinking about going to a Tacoma if Ford doesn't announce the Ranger is coming back (my Ford dealer also sells Toyotas, but  I hope I do not have to go that route, as I am against Americans buying imports, but I will to get what I need).   I do not want a larger truck, and I want a 5-speed manual (you don't offer stick shifts in F-Series trucks anymore).   I was on-track to buy a 2013 Escape until you stopped putting 5-speed manuals in them.   Even so, I need a truck with a bed, not a mini-van or similar with too many seats (I only need one seat -- for myself).    I am not the only distraught Ranger owner who is now without a new vehicle to buy.    I like to get a new truck every couple years, so I'm overdue to trade right now, but for what?   A crossover or car would do me no good whatsoever -- except for transportation.   My Rangers, outfitted in the bed for camping, have been my mini-RV's -- I do not need a "suburban" mini van or car.   Please bring the Ranger back.  For the first time in my life, Ford makes no new vehicles that suit me, and I'm not alone.   Ranger owners everywhere mourn that you killed the Ranger here in the States.    How can you make a truck available overseas that we want and not offer it here!?    Well, this is my idea, but it's more than an idea - it's a plea to bring back the only vehicle I can be happy with in the  Ford line.    
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By: Ken A.
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