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  1. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    Kind of sad you have to remove the cab. Anyway, I just came back from lower Maine on vaca and was surprised to see 2 or 3 Western Stars! They must be out of a Canadian dealer. Ogunquit is running a ton of new Ford class 2 thru 5 for rescue/ambulance and public works trucks. I wouldn't be surprised if they use them for highway trucks, especially for plowing with the roads so narrow. York still has their Chevy rescue/ambulances. Oh, I did see ( I did, I really did!) a brand new F-medium utility/bucket truck! The name on the door was Consolidated, but I couldn't read any more to see if it was a cable TV truck or electric utility truck. But they must have bought a batch of them, I would imagine. One last thing: There's an Isuzu/Hino dealer in town that now all of a sudden has brand new F-series mediums on the lot including a 4 door. Is this how Ford is beefing up dealer count? So how does this work? Unless a customer knows that he wants a certain brand, what is the salesman going to pitch? I mean how do we know if Hino is paying a higher commission than Ford to the dealer/salesman? The salesman isn't going to care what BRAND he sells. He's going to sell the brand that pays him the most, right? Or am I wrong about that system?
  2. The bottom line is that this should have never happened! They've been in business since 1903 and they can't prevent fumes from entering a cabin? Huh?
  3. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    Indiana and other states are using VW dieselgate money to buy a lot of propane school buses (mostly Bluebird Vision with the Roush 6.8 L Ford). Thanks VW!!!!!!!!!! But isn't that the V10? I thought it was being discontinued but the Bluebird site is still saying 6.8.
  4. undoubtedly more quality control problems.
  5. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    I think Ford waited too long to come up with their own powertrain. They should have had one 20 years ago. That, and the betrayal by getting out of class 8 is another thing that gnaws at customers' memories. You can lose a customer base in the blink of an eye, but it takes 10 to 20 years to earn it back!!! Just like with Lincoln and Cadillac, and even Taurus. All they had to do was stay in the game but they rested on their perceived laurels and it's been 20 years and hundreds of millions of dollars of engineering/design and marketing to bring it back and they've never returned to the glory days and probably never will. You can level a building in 30 seconds, but it took a year to build it!
  6. Joe771476

    New lawsuit $1.2B

    I meant 25 MPG city. edit window closed.
  7. Joe771476

    New lawsuit $1.2B

    I get 20 % better fuel mileage than the mfr. says i should. Cars with 25 MPG highway, I get 31. Why? I very rarely have to stop for red lights. I time myself, I know when they're going to turn green and when they're going to turn red and why. It takes way more brake wear to stop a two ton vehicle to a DEAD stop. It also takes a lot more fuel to bring that vehicle up to speed from a DEAD stop. I used to get 52 MPG with my wife's 1996 Nisan Sentra. Ford: Give me one of those F150's and I'll get 10 percent better mileage easily! Also, MPG doesn't mean anything. I want to know what the gallons per minute (GPM) rating is. GPM at idle, GPM at 40 MPH (average speed on a secondary road), and GPM for 65 MPH (highway). THAT is how they should be rated!
  8. Joe771476

    New lawsuit $1.2B

    I get 20 % better fuel mileage than the mfr. says i should. Cars with 25 MPG highway, I get 31. Why? I very rarely have to stop for red lights. I time myself, I know when they're going to turn green and when they're going to turn red and why. It takes way more brake wear to stop a two ton vehicle to a DEAD stop. It also takes a lot more fuel to bring that vehicle up to speed from a DEAD stop. I used to get 52 MPG with my wife's 1996 Nisan Sentra. Ford: Give me one of those F150's and I'll get 10 percent better mileage easily! Also, MPG doesn't mean anything. I want to know what the gallons per minute (GPM) rating is. GPM at idle, GPM at 40 MPH (average speed on a secondary road), and GPM for 65 MPH (highway). THAT is how they should be rated!
  9. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    yeah Bob, you're right about sales stats not matching observations. The L-series were all over the highways around here, but national sales stats told a different story. Maybe if Ford is increasing dealerships, class 8 might be a possibility! And when it comes to class 7, I've always though of that as being the twilight zone. You can either go with class 6, or if you're going to consider class 7, why not go all the way and just go into class 8? Can you ever really over-spec? Are they that more expensive? Just for example, the soda tractors. Can a class 6 do it? If not, is a class 8 OVER doing it? Freightliner must be fuming since they are third in class 6 YTD sales! Ram seems to have pulled ahead of Ford again in 3 thru 5. I can't believe they have the dealer base to do that! Almost every tow truck around here is a Ram. Why? Transport Topics blip on medium duty sales says Ford won over a lot of landscape, general delivery, beverage, and moving (U-Haul), most liely class 6, but that wasn't stated. On a side note, Daimler will be broken up into 3 entities: car and van, truck and bus, and financial.
  10. I was watching a documentary and supposedly an $.11 item would have stopped the Pintos from blowing up. Anyway, who designs this stuff? A college kid who just graduated? Was it in-house? I don't have the time to search it. Who approved it? Who failed to fix it? If I didn't know better , I would say it's corporate sabotage! Gee I guess Ford and VW DO belong together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very sad! By now a car company in business for over 100 years of research, engineering, experimenting, testing, learning what hasn't worked and what HAS worked, EVERYTHING Ford builds should be bullet proof! Just another nail in the coffin. VW has Ford so scared that they'll fall behind in autonomous vehicles, they've got Ford spending billions for nothing! If I don't want to drive, I'll call a taxi or Uber! You can run an AV in Nebraska, but not New England! What do I need my own car for? Electric vehicles, ok, I can see that. But these AV's are not going to happen! I try to be a Ford supporter and they just keep doing stupid stuff! They should have had their own car and truck diesels and transmissions 50 years ago with the volume they had!!!! No, they used Detroits and Cummins in their heavy trucks and used Zetrag transmissions here, and whatever there! And now, after selling off their heavy truck line to Daimler/Freightliner for $300 million after they just retooled it in 1997. they're trying to build their medium duty truck biz and finally offering their own diesel engine and trans., but nobody trusts them! Can you blame all those companies? One guy here in CT bought a ton of Ford class 8 tandem tractors for years. Then one day he finds out he can't buy a class 8 Ford, so he has to buy a Sterling! WTF is a Sterling? Then 10 years later, Freightliner drops Sterling, the guy almost went berserk! Now he's buying Kenworths figuring THEY won't leave the truck biz! Eh, it's just one thing after the other with Ford. They dropped the farm tractor biz and heavy truck biz to build shareholder value! Huh???! That worked! All I see is stupidity! How do you like them apples?
  11. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    well I knew it was a Toyota truck and assumed it was their engine, the AO9 diesel. I guess I was looking for a fancy name like Powerstroke! So anyway, that's supposed to be more trustworthy than the Ford? Yeah I know about Toyota quality. But they've earned the right to be more trusted than the Ford powertrain? We'll see.
  12. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    If ALL of the Ford dealers can service class 1 thru 5, whether diesels or not, you mean they can't service class 6 and 7? They really need special training/certification? And I can't understand that customers won't trust the Ford powertrain, but they will trust Hino's? What kind of record does Hino have? What is the name of their diesel? Does it have a name?
  13. It sounds to me like they have been given orders by VW to do so! When you have less of a presence, your sales go down.....believe it! Those big blue Ford ovals in front of the plants are free, powerful advertising!
  14. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    Great news! But as someone suggested, I've seen about 20 new U-haul mediums in the last week! Ok, time for class 8! And they don't necessarily have to go into OTR tractors right away. But vocational! Fire, construction, with tandem axle availability. Also, I saw a Ram print ad where they now have a new Ram with styling similar to the new F150 aluminum. The original beefier Ram is now called the Classic! The new GM pickups also have styling cues similar to the F150. I think it's the door handles! I've been laughed at before, but I think they can easily and cheaply change the appearance of a vehicle just by changing the door handles! Glad to see they have more dealers now; I drive past huge dealers on I-395 in Putnam and Norwich CT among others, and not one medium do I see! Ford has the potential of having the biggest network of dealers far and away beyond that of Hino, Freightliner, International, PACCAR (KW/Pete), Mack/Volvo; but up to now, they haven't taken advantage of it.
  15. Joe771476

    New light & medium duty news

    March sales for Ford class 6 & 7 are still kicking Hino's butt in both classes. I haven't seen the latest figures.
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