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  1. 2005Explorer

    F150 reveal set for 6/25

    Those are the little things that Ford always gets right. They are good at blending a few traditional things in that customers appreciate or brings back just a little nostalgia for a simpler time when all transmissions used a lever for shifting. It just makes it feel a little more truck-like and people like that. Every other manufacturer is getting rid of column and floor shifters so this is just a little detail that sets Ford apart. I think that's a good thing.
  2. 2005Explorer

    F150 reveal set for 6/25

    I guess I was just saying that I like an actual lever on the column or console that you shift in a truck versus buttons or dials. I was trying to say I'm glad that Ford still does it that way versus companies that have quit it.
  3. 2005Explorer

    F150 reveal set for 6/25

    The XL, STX, and XLT all come standard with a traditional column shifter. So I guess Ford thinks truck buyers still like to grab a lever to shift. I don't know why, but I also like either a column shift or a floor shift in a truck. It doesn't do anything different, but it feels right.
  4. The new Ranger has grown a lot compared to the old one and I’m personally fine with that. It’s a really nice sized truck IMHO. One of the most trim midsizers you can buy right now. I just have an issue with it getting much larger in the future.
  5. Ok fine. It just seems that the last Dakota became bloated compared to what it originally was meant to be. I know there are plenty of people that want to see the Ranger grow quite a bit from it’s current size, but I’m not one of them. If they grow it a few inches in length and width the whole idea of a Ranger becomes pointless. If people want a bigger truck get an F150. One of the arguments for not bringing the T6 to the US and Canada when it came out in 2012 was because it was 90% the size of an F150. Now if you park a Ranger and an F150 side by side there is a considerable size difference, but there needs to be. I don’t see how making it 98% the size of an F150 helps it. It needs to stay “about” the same size going forward to make sense in the line-up.
  6. 2005Explorer

    F150 reveal set for 6/25

    Those two trucks are very different when you consider all of the details. It's hard to make a pickup look way different unless you want Ford to build a version of the Cybertruck.
  7. 2005Explorer

    F150 reveal set for 6/25

    The 1980-1996 F-Series was an evolutionary design and it sealed their spot as the number 1 selling truck ever since.
  8. I understand that, but I’ve witnessed a lot of vehicle bloat in my lifetime. Everything went from land yachts in the 60’s and 70’s to small and trim in the 80’s and 90’s and now it seems they just keep getting bigger. At some point the Canyonero is a real possibility. 😂
  9. 2005Explorer

    F150 reveal set for 6/25

    As far as the styling being similar to the last generation I think it's very smart. They just took something that looked good and make it look even better. When you have a successful product your better off making improvements then just change for changes sake. The best example I can think of this is the 1992 Ford Taurus was a home run hit. They took the '86-91 design and really improved it and made it look great. Then came the '96 with all the crazy ovals and change for change sake... It ended up basically ruining the Taurus. They tried the 1992 method in 2000 and it definitely helped, but by then the damage was done. Ford is taking the smart route on the 2021 F150.
  10. 2005Explorer

    F150 reveal set for 6/25

    If you look through the pictures on Ford's site the XL, STX, and XLT still come with a column shifter. I'm not sure if it is available in any of the higher trims, but if you really want a column shifter you can still get it.
  11. An inch or less added in width would be ok, but you don't want to end up like the Dakota did in the end being only an inch or two narrower than the full-sized Ram. Right now the Ranger is 6 inches narrower then the F-150. It really shouldn't get any closer then 5 inches difference IMHO.
  12. I just hope they are very careful about increasing the size because one of the things that killed the 3rd gen Dakota is size bloat. By the end the Dakota was within an inch of the Ram in width and almost as long. I suppose an inch or two of more rear leg room would be nice, but they need to be careful not too add too much to the outside. They also need to be careful about adding width. Widen it too much and all of the midsized advantages in size go away.
  13. Very slight dimensional changes are ok, but I think the Ranger is the perfect size and Ford would be smart not to let it “bloat” until it’s almost F-150 sized.
  14. I would be interested where they will source the manual transmission from in the Bronco. Other then that I would assume the Bronco will use most of the same suppliers as the Ranger being a T6 platform mate.
  15. Yes they need to find a way to open the lines of communication and try and work out something. Even if Ford has made up their mind to punish them by uninviting them to the F150 and Bronco releases, they should try to patch relations up in the future. Whether you like TFL or not, they are generally pretty fair to Ford. They have always given fair and positive reviews to the Ranger even when others did not. That's just one example.
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