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  1. I wouldn’t consider this the all new Ranger. This is a nice stop gap measure until the actual new Ranger comes is two to three years.
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    Chicago Auto Show

    Well you have a new generation that doesn’t care that much about cars, so that doesn’t help.
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    2019 B&O sound system

    Consider yourself lucky then!
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    2019 B&O sound system

    I see what you did there, nice🤣🤣
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    2019 B&O sound system

    Tell her it’s because bass makes the music😁 I love bass, and I listen to all types of music.
  6. As many of you have seen recently, there has been quite a bit of competition on who can build the best tailgate. There’s the GMC take on it and now the Ram: https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/amp26147245/ram-1500-multifunction-tailgate-pickup-truck/ I wanted to hear people’s thoughts on these designs. I understand the other manufacturers are trying to be innovative, so I’m not knocking them, but I’m not sure if it was necessary to try and reinvent the wheel. I have not seen either of these in person so these are just my thoughts what l’ve seen online. GMC’s version seems to be overly complicated in order to add a step to the rear of the truck. Seems like it could be useful to haul some boards or other longer objects to keep them from sliding left or right, but also has clearance issues with the hitch when down. Im really not sure what the objective of the Ram tailgate is. Is the point to be closer to the bed to reach into the bed? You now have an offset character line, which bugs me, as I like things to be symmetrical. In each case, the tailgate is likely heavier, does not have the same integrity as a regular tailgate, and has increased opportunity for sqeeks and rattles, which those drive me insane. I know how I use my tailgate and I’m not really seeing the benefit these designs. I have had the tailgate step option for a long time on my trucks. I absolutely love that option and use it all the time. I’m not being a Ford fanboy here, and I am being intellectually honest. I think Ford’s hidden tailgate step remains the best, most simple and functional option, and I hope Ford does not try to unnecessarily outdo the competition. Thoughts??
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    That’s a lot more than I paid for mine.
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    They may be subsidizing the actual cost of the tailgate with the requirement of the spray in liner. You know it doesn’t cost $475 for a spray in liner.
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    This car is trying my patience

    I wouldn’t have shed a tear either. Glad you got the new ride.
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    Well, that helps with the appeal of the price. The Ford tailgate step is $375 as a stand-alone option for comparison.
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    This car is trying my patience

    I don’t blame you. That Focus transmission was a major misstep for Ford, which I don’t think was handled well by Ford. They didn’t mitigate it in any significant way IMO and it will cost them in repeat customers, reputation, and financially.
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    OK, that’s better than nothing. However that small step wouldn’t work well for me. I haul my motocross bike in the bed of the truck and i usually haul it with the tailgate down and bed extender out. That is also a really small step for me to hit when I’m running the bike up into the bed with the ramp. There aren’t really a ton of ways to innovate on a tailgate, so there has to be compromises in various ways to create something useful. So far you can’t have your cake and eat it too. I will be interested to see what the take rate is on that option for Ram. At $1300 for the tailgate and step, it isn’t cheap.
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    Perhaps. I would like to use it to see how useful I thought it was. I’m not really knocking it. I like this more than I like the GMC tailgate, but there does not appear to be a step option for this tailgate, which is a huge deal to me. I’m also curious to know how it holds up after two years of use. I can appreciate Ram’s Innovation, and in my opinion they are Ford’s most dangerous competitor.
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    The trailers I have had it has never been an issue and I could put the tailgate down. Apparently others have this issue.
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    It does. I’m just trying to understand the value of swinging one side or the other of the tailgate out to access the bed of the Ram verses just putting my tailgate down on the Ford. I don’t know, I just don’t quite get it I guess.
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    Tailgate wars heating up.

    I would have to use the Ram tailgate to determine the usefulness. For longer loads I use the tailgate for additional support so it seems like that would defeat the purpose of the split gate. I guess we will see what people think after they have lived with it for a while.
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    Hello from Germany

    Welcome to the forum. How exciting for you. I know the wait must be excruciating. We take it for granted we can drive five miles down the road and buy one off the lot sometimes. Hopefully it will make it to you safe and sound soon.
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    Hello everyone from overseas

    That would be quite fun!
  19. Well I hope you feel better soon! Every day above ground is a good day.
  20. Will the grill have to be painted or can it be wrapped? I have no experience with wraps. I’ve seen a number of Navigators and Expeditions around me with the body above the beltline wrapped in black, mostly on the white ones. I like that look quite a bit
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    Hello everyone from overseas

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to hearing about your Deutsch driving experiences.
  22. Well the Navigator and Aviator designs makes me smile too, so I’m optimistic they will get the Bronco right.
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    Running Board for my Raptor

    All I can tell you is it is a reputable brand but I have had no personal experience with them. Did you remove the stock running boards? I find them to be very durable and functional.
  24. This quite possibly could be the most inefficient aspect of Ford’s business. Not to mention there shipping cost charged to the consumer seems a little high at $1,195 for my last vehicle.
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