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    Gen 3 Raptor

    I get the feeling the off road tests (high speed and rock crawl/trails) will be further test episodes. The street ones are the easiest to coordinate. I'm willing to guess we'll get one in the Spring/Summer.
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    Gen 3 Raptor

    My guess earlier in this thread sounds feasible. That has been my theory this whole time, a two pronged approach.They don't want to neglect/remove the lower end of the Raptor price range. Lord knows the supercharged V8 version will cost a pretty penny and probably be a limited edition (5-10K a year). My bet the V6 will be cheaper than TRX and be closer to matching the performance of the TRX than the current version. At least that is my hope. Can't wait for the 2nd.
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    Return of the Thunderbird?

    Terrible idea. Thunderbird, while great, needs to RIP. It's ok to let nameplates go. In just about every version of what it was, would not sell well now.
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    Next gen Mustang to go full EV

    I could be wrong but won’t the 2023 be available in a hybrid? I could see that being the bridge to the full electric. However that’s all dependent on battery and charging improvements.
  5. Yeah...sounds fishy. When I was trying to unload my MKZ, I had a dealer give me a trade in price that was to good to be true. I asked him to verify it with his manager before I came in. He said he did but when I got there, it all went to shit. Manager comes out, I can't give you that on trade in my sales guy mistook what I said. Yeah right. I told them to expect a poor review on your sales tactics and politely left. Needless to say, I found there was a ton of negative reviews about "pricing mistakes". They must of taken that course as a sales tactic.
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    Toyota fined for not reporting defects

    Ford deserved grief over the Focus/Fiesta transmission. You won't hear me argue about that. I think a great number of us on here discussed that ad nauseam. I was irritated on the last refresh that they didn't replace it with a less troublesome trans. Where I start to get annoyed, is when journalist play it up a lot. Neglecting to mention defects happen to every manufacture and Ford is not the only manufacture to have class action lawsuit in regards to transmissions (see Nissan CVT). In fact, she does exact opposite. The fact that she interviewed people on how it effected them, she really tried to play it up. The fact is, every automobile manufacture has had it's share of dud business decisions that eventually end up biting them in the butt. Doesn't matter what brand foreign or domestic. I may lack empathy on this but for the folks bought the later models, I don't feel sorry for them. They say a car purchase is the second most expensive purchase people generally make, coming in second to housing. If you did any sort of research, you would of seen many, many complaints about that transmission. It was a red flag for me in 2014 after driving one and by 2015, I told nobody to buy a Focus or Fiesta with that transmission. If you don't do your research on the second most expensive thing you buy, then that is on you. The fact that Ford sneezes and it's a major headline on the Freep for things all auto manufactures do, tells me all I need to know (see Bronco Covid delays and Mach E/ F150 fixes before getting to customers). It's designed to get clicks and that is what journalism has come to these days. So laud her reporting and pat her and the Freep on the back for some awards if you want, but it just a subject matter in SE Michigan that will get people to bite (click)....especially with sensationalized headlines.
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    Toyota fined for not reporting defects

    If you read any of her articles on Ford you would realize they are highly sensationalized but I am sure you didn't. Other Automaker stories don't get scrutinized nearly as much as Ford by her or the Freep. You can pretend that doesn't exist but that doesn't mean it's true.
  8. I tend to side with Dean on this one. No doubt there will be a few reputable dealers that honor their word but I would expect a larger amount of dealers that will not honor any discounts and ask MSRP only. If Ford allows them to tack on ADM, I would expect that too. If my memory serves me correctly, Ford put the kabosh on ADM for the Bronco, correct? Just expect pandemonium when they start hitting dealer lots. I fully expect there will be a lot of hurt feelings on BG6 next summer. I am not sure this scenario is possible, but this is how I think it will happen. For the customers who did not get under MSRP pricing in writing, they put in their order/deposit at certain dealership. Bronco gets to dealership and the contract says MSRP. Customer can take it or back out and get deposit back. Dealer will sell it at MSRP in less than an hour if customer backs out.
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    Toyota fined for not reporting defects

    If this were Ford, Phoebe Wall Howard would have this on the front page of the Freep and would not leave the front page of their website for months.
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    Gen 3 Raptor

    I predict the "base" engine will be making closer to 500HP in this generation. I could be wrong but this engine is capable, as long as it has a steady diet of premium fuel.
  11. Starting to see a good amount by me. The big Ford dealer by my has mostly lower trims. They do have a 40k FE though. I can’t imagine just not getting a regular Bronco at that price.
  12. So basically electrify America has crappy non maintained charging stations.
  13. Just wanted to throw this out there, be safe and have happy new year! Hopefully 2021 goes better for everyone, including Ford. I just want to test drive a Bronco in 2021! For me I'm hitting the road to Howell and will be spending the last few hours of 2020 in Michigan. Whatever you do, just be safe. No burning down the house with NYE fireworks.
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    Ecoboost Coolant Intrusion

    Here is a question. When did Ford go to yellow coolant? Based on my paranoia I looked for some orange. I couldn’t find any. Saw that they moved to yellow. I’m at 65k and just over min level. I now have a bottle of yellow just in case. Motorcraft said it was ok for top offs on orange.
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