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  1. Huh? What's that all about? I just got a new Ranger and it's an excellent midsized pickup and Ford should not have left it buried. There are a few minor things they should have addressed like a split-folding rear seat and maybe spent a little more time on suspension tuning, but those are easy fixes. The powertrain is excellent, it looks good and feels well built. I've owned several new Ford vehicles and several late model, low mileage vehicles and the Ranger is my favorite one I've ever gotten. For how I use a pickup I like the Ranger way more then the '16 F150 SuperCab I had before. It's quick, nimble, easy to park and more fun to drive. It's also better off road then a stock F150 with it's smaller size. The box is smaller for sure, but I'm just a homeowner and we have larger trucks I can use when I visit the ranch. The only mistake Ford made is this Ranger should have been ready to roll a couple years earlier in the US, but it is what it is.
  2. I'm hoping the next Ranger doesn't grow in size. If it continues to grow it'll be almost an F150 so then the next F150 will have to grow more and after awhile we might as well all be driving Super Duties around. The current Ranger is just about the perfect size. Cab space could be a bit more optimized, but outside dimensions do not need to grow.
  3. Thousands of those young Tacoma buyers will likely be older Tacoma buyers someday unless their life changes enough they want a full size truck. If they do many will probably choose the Tundra, but Ford, GM and Ram will likely pick up some of those buyers because generally domestic pickups are viewed more favorably then domestic cars and CUVs by this group. Ford does need to steal away sales from Tacoma and Colorado/Canyon to be successful with the Ranger because they’ve been out of this segment for a long time. I think they also will sell Rangers to people that are loyal Ford truck buyers who settled for an F150 before because that’s all they offered. I’m one of those people who downsized and as a daily driver I enjoy the Ranger much more than the F150.
  4. I just picked up my new Ranger yesterday. I LOVE it! It is my favorite vehicle I’ve ever purchased and I’ve only had it a day. Anyhow it is a 302A XLT without the tech package, but I have factory nav! I’m not sure how this mis-build happened, but I have a theory. When I was looking to order a Ranger in January to replace my leased F150 I sat down with a salesman and we spec’ed out a Ranger. He called me the next day and said they already had a dealer order in for an XLT 302A in magnetic with the FX4 package. They could still modify the order so he changed the ebony interior to medium stone, added a block heater, added the rubber floor tray liners and deleted the tech package with adaptive cruise and factory navigation. Anyhow when the window sticker showed up there was no tech package on it, but it still had nav listed as part of the Sync 3 system. I thought it must just be a misprint. You can’t get nav without the tech package. Somehow the nav remained on the build even though the package and adaptive cruise was deleted. It’s a rare one with standard cruise and factory nav. The unicorn of 2019! 😀 Anyhow I was very vocal about Ford not originally bringing the T6 Ranger to the US so I put my money where my mouth is. Love the truck! Thanks to everyone who took part in building it! BTW I have attached the picture where you can see the standard cruise controls and the factory nav pulled up. Go try to build one like that... bet you can’t!😁
  5. 2005Explorer

    My new Ranger is a Very Rare One!

    I took it in today and it reported an error with the #1 fuel injector. While they were working on diagnosing the problem the light went out on it's own and the error went away without them erasing it. He said it's a bit of a job to tear into the injectors because the intake has to come off. Anyhow he's going to leave the ticket open for a little bit to see if it comes back on and needs an actual repair. Fingers crossed.
  6. 2005Explorer

    MKZ to be Renamed Zephyr, go RWD

    I like the Zephyr name. It sounds better and makes more sense then MKZ. Glad to see all that MK nonsense dying off.
  7. 2005Explorer

    My new Ranger is a Very Rare One!

    Well it didn't take long to have a problem... Under 400 miles and the Check Engine light is already on. 😕
  8. I just got a new Ranger and I love it. Of course I wear blue glasses and bleed blue blood and simply refuse to buy anything without a blue oval so I might be biased. 😁I blame it on my father. 😋 Funny thing is my brother and sister-in-law got a new Edge last winter and I just got my new Ranger and it’s driving him crazy. He’s 82 and wants to trade his 2007 Fusion on a new Fusion now. So I suppose I’ll have to take him car shopping soon. Anyhow with that said, I’d say if you were a completely unbiased midsized truck shopper the Colorado/Canyon are hard to beat in this segment right now. You can criticize GM for a lot of things, but they put 100% effort into those trucks. I can’t say the same about the 2019 Silverado. They dropped the ball on that one. The Tacoma benefits from a lot of loyalty and they never left the market, but honestly the Colorado/Canyon are better then the Tacoma. With all that said, I love my new Ranger and I find fit and finish to be top notch for what it is. I love the style. It’s very cute in a “boyish” way. The powertrain is excellent and I think it rides very nicely other then being a tad bouncy in certain road conditions. I blame the FX4 shocks for a little of that. It also has a little more nosedive then I prefer on hard braking, but other than that it rides very nice. It’s quiet on the highway and handles very well. Ford might not be able to do much to compete with the Tacoma. A lot of that has to do with them foolishly exiting this segment for almost a decade, but with aggressive marketing, some incentives, and continual product improvement they can definitely sell a lot of Rangers. Who knows GM might “2019 Silverado” the next Colorado and Ford can take them out for second place.
  9. 2005Explorer

    My new Ranger is a Very Rare One!

    I just did a Sync version update for my truck and what you said is correct. It loaded up the nav version based on my VIN. Anyhow I just LOVE this little truck. It’s my favorite vehicle I’ve ever gotten so far.
  10. 2005Explorer

    My new Ranger is a Very Rare One!

    I believe the only real advantages to factory nav is you don't need to use data from your phone and it still works in an area without a good cell signal. If you live in the mountains or rural areas with spotty signal it still works.
  11. 2005Explorer

    My new Ranger is a Very Rare One!

    Thanks for the insight about how this might have happened. I'm sure over the years other errors in the ordering process made it through the system creating a few unique vehicles. Anyhow I love the truck and am happy about the navigation suprise.
  12. Could you please give a status on a '19 Ranger VIN 1FTER4FHXKLA22962 Thank you!
  13. 2005Explorer

    My new Ranger is a Very Rare One!

    Oh here is the truck... 😊
  14. 2005Explorer

    2019 Ford Ranger Track

    I picked up my new Ranger today! It is just perfect for me. Love it! Thanks again for tracking my order!
  15. But people aren’t rushing out to buy ‘76 Pintos these days. It needs to be compared to products in it’s class that are on sale right now and compared to them it is a mediocre offering. Hopefully the next generation product is much better. The current one is a poor value compared to its competitors. This humorous ad by Subaru back in 2011 is exactly how I see the current EcoSport.
  16. Well I hope their efforts in those other vehicle lines are better then the EcoSport sitting on dealers lots right now because that thing is the definition of mediocrity. Puma? Maverick? I hope those are “code names” only and it’ll take years to establish new nameplates so I hope they come attached to world class products. The new Escape looks decent, but it’s going up against competitors in it’s segment that are much more popular and respected like the CR-V and RAV4 so it’ll have a hard time breaking out from the pack. We’ll see how it all shakes out. Only time will tell.
  17. It would take me some time to go way back in time around here, but I can find the same arguments by the same people that folks will never purchase midsized pickups again “It’s a dead market they proclaimed” and Ford needs to be out of that market. What happened? Toyota and GM stuck it out introducing better products and both (especially Toyota) are reaping the rewards today as the market leaders. Ford will likely never again be a leader in that market like they were 20 years ago. Now as I see a new Ranger parked next to an F-150 on a dealers lot I laugh so hard when Ford gave the excuse “The T6 Ranger is almost as big as an F-150” so it’s not needed. The difference in size is huge. Anyhow this is just how I see it. You leave a market completely if that market ever becomes attractive again don’t show up years later thinking your going to be a big player in it again. People move on. Ford will sell some Rangers, but a lot of their customers for these type of trucks have moved on and they will never be a leader like Toyota in the market again. You don’t have to agree with anything I said, but I’ve seen this show before... Ford put all their focus into SUVs in the late 90s and all but dumped sedans... 445,157 Explorers sold in 2000 Within 10 years... 60,687 Explorers sold in 2010. Anyhow I just feel dumping a very solid vehicle and respected nameplate like Fusion is a mistake. I know it’s just my opinion, but it’s an opinion I’ll continue to hold. Would Toyota dump the Camry or Honda the Civic? Never in a million years. That’s why they are so much more successful then Ford in these markets. They continue to build on their success. They don’t keep starting over from square one every generation.
  18. I’m going to say this and I’ll just say it once... The Fusion should not be killed. I can understand some of the other decisions with killing certain sedans, but the Fusion really is Ford’s “Swiss Army Knife” sedan. With a proper update it could easily maintain good sales numbers and keep Ford as a player in that market. It’s a car that can be sold up and sold down. I remember being told around here nobody wants midsize pickups and T6 will never come to the US. Well look what happened. Fuel prices will go up again and at some point another recession will come. When that happens an affordable roomy sedan like the Fusion with excellent fuel economy will be in demand again... where will Ford be? Years behind the curve like they are with the Ranger. I won’t comment again about this because I know there’s a group around here that gets upset when it’s mentioned, but once again killing the Fusion is a mistake. It’s an excellent vehicle and a respected nameplate. It’s needs some updating, but that’s it. I know it’s all about very high ATPs and very expensive luxury vehicles selling in huge numbers, but when the economy goes to hell again all those $65,000 King Ranches and $90,000 Navigators will be piling up on the lots. We saw it before and it’ll happen again. End of my rant.
  19. 2005Explorer

    2019 Ford Ranger Track

    Thanks so much for the last status updates on my Ranger. When you get a chance could you provide me a new update on it? 1FTER4FHXKLA22962 Thank you!
  20. 2005Explorer

    2019 Ford Ranger Track

    Could I please get an update on my Ranger? 1FTER4FHXKLA22962 Thank you!
  21. If Renault did buy FCA... then Jeep would once again be controlled by Renault like it was when Renault held majority interest and control over American Motors in the 80s! That would be hilarious if it made a full circle. 😄
  22. That makes sense. I work a “clean” job and have never had a huge issue getting seats dirty. I selected the medium stone for my magnetic XLT and I know it’ll probably be harder to keep clean then the ebony, but the two tone effect adds a little bit of flair to the interior IMHO.
  23. Mine has been built and is in transit now. When I was picking out exactly how I wanted it there was just too much of an increase in price from an XLT with the 302A package to the Lariat. I understand you get more then just a cloth to leather upgrade, but I just didn't want to spend $4k extra or so for those extra things that didn't matter to me. The Ranger customer is different from the full size truck or luxury car customer so I'd expect the mid-level XLT to out sell the Lariats by a significant margin as time goes on. I know the majority of F150s sold are the highest trim levels, but I don't see that being the case with the Ranger. I also don't get the hate for the Ranger on the YouTube comment sections, but they are not being kind to it. Heck there's even a salesman from a Ford dealer who made a video about why the Rangers on their lot aren't selling. He said it comes down to the fact that the F150 has such good incentives it really doesn't cost much more then the Ranger. Although MSRP is quite a bit different as long as Ford throws tons on cash on the hoods of F150s to maintain "America's best selling truck" I foresee the Ranger being overshadowed by it.
  24. 2005Explorer

    When Will My Ranger be Shipped?

    Shipping seems to be hit and miss these days from everything I’ve seen. My dealer in South Dakota has some vehicles show up in 2-3 weeks after production and others 2 months later. Sorry I don’t have a better answer. Shipping is something Ford really needs to work on from everything I’ve read.
  25. That’s just a modern day American Motors Eagle SX/4. Who knew AMC was so ahead of their time? 😄😄 Although I think I actually prefer the styling of the Eagle. At least the windows have better visibility for off-roading! 😄