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(Julian Child) wrote
back on Fri, 12 Aug 2005 21:42:10 -0400 in alt.trucks.ford :
>Yes, I agree. I love my Ford Ranger, and it's a pleasure to drive. I
>guess my 2002 will be in style for quite a while, but from a marketing
>concept it's pretty dumb for a major redesign cycle to be 10 or 15 years
>in the car industry.
>How can the Ford Ranger effectively compete when other trucks have new
>designs on a more regular basis? Yeah, it's a great truck, but 10 or 15
>years for a redesign is pushing things a bit.
>How many guys are going to get the girls wearing leisure suits?? How
>many girls are going to get the guys with a Farah Fawcett hairdo?? I'm
>exaggerating a bit, but it's not cool looking dated.
>The Chevrolet Colorado is fairly new, but I think General Motors missed
>the mark from a styling standpoint. It's just blah to me, and I've seen
>very, very few on the road. I think the Ford Ranger is a superior truck,
>even with the older body style.
>Value-wise, the Ford Ranger is a great buy, but waiting another five
>years for a redesign is toooo long.
What are they intending to change? The Sheet metal? Oh Bog, save us.
I've looked at some of the "new" styling, and all I can say is "I want a
hood on which I can spread a map or blueprint upon, and be able to 'gather
As far as the rest go ... keep the small engine, at least as an option.
for the Fuel Economy as much as anything else. Same goes for manual
transmissions. I could care less about 4x4, that is just one more set of
components to need PM, not to mention the drag on fuel economy. And put a
tachometer in as standard with a manual tranny.
And I'm not so sure that "rally gages" as OEM would be a bad idea. I
got real used to an Ammeter which was more specific than "charge -
discharge". Yeah, most people don't need that much precision, but so what?
They don't know, so they don't ask.
I can see a need for radio speakers moved so they are not down by my
ankles. That's a serious rant .. :-)
But that is what I want in a light truck - fuel efficient engine,
manual tranny, no 4x4 and in just about any color but Red or Black. I'm
not hauling bricks to work, or towing a boat to the lake, so a "small"
truck is just perfect. Which is what I got.
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