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GearheadGrrrl

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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in Ranger Most Reliable Midsized Truck in 2021 CR Rankings   
    I'm a CR member and have been asked.
     
    This is the largest survey of auto reliability available to the general public with a huge sample. CR's statisticians know their stuff and if a sample is too small or the data is unreliable they won't report it. So unless you've got big $$$ to pay for other data which may be no better, this is the most reliable data in the business, even if the data tells us that Ford and especially Lincoln have real reliability problems.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in Ranger Most Reliable Midsized Truck in 2021 CR Rankings   
    I'm a CR member and have been asked.
     
    This is the largest survey of auto reliability available to the general public with a huge sample. CR's statisticians know their stuff and if a sample is too small or the data is unreliable they won't report it. So unless you've got big $$$ to pay for other data which may be no better, this is the most reliable data in the business, even if the data tells us that Ford and especially Lincoln have real reliability problems.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from Ford Username in Ford Vehicle Ordering & Scheduling Process   
    Sounds like it's at Humboldt Yard, a Canadian Pacific (CP) yard on the north side of Minneapolis. "BNS Rail" sounds like Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). If it was built in Louisville, A shortline may have railed it to Chicago where it was transferred to CP and now it may be being transferred to BNSF- or -BNSF may be transferring it to CP being it's going to Canada, though BNSF serves some western Canada destinations too.
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to pffan1990 in Ford needs to make an all-new RS200 to compete with Porsche's Cayman and Corvette   
    This would actually be good for a rear-mid-engined member of the Mustang family. Call it Mustang RS200 (number could be displacement like RS500 for 5.0L V8, etc.) with both ICE and EV versions. There have been discussions here of Mustang rear/mid-engine affordable variant to go against Corvette. The Ford GT could continue on as a higher-priced limited-volume in both hybrid and EV versions starting with the next generation.
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to RadicalX in Ford needs to make an all-new RS200 to compete with Porsche's Cayman and Corvette   
    Ford did a flashback and recriated the Ford GT in early 2000's, why not recriate Ford's RS200? A sport car with targed price between 60k and 70k
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in Ford wins $8.6 billion federal contract   
    While those high profit sales sound good, they come at a price- Lost volume. If the industry wants to shrink U.S. sales from the usual 15 million units/year to 10 million with higher per unit profits, the lost volume will shrink the whole auto and related industries. That means lost middle class jobs and an even smaller pool of middle class customers to buy those cars.
     
    Would make more sense to expand the market to 20 million or so units a year, which if you look at how population has increased over the years and the increase in multi commuter families is what the volume should be. As long as nobody's losing money on any of those 20 million units, it's all good... For the economy.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in Ford wins $8.6 billion federal contract   
    Ford knows better than any of us the profit or loss on any sale, and as a rule they don't sell at a loss. When I look at the GSA Schedules, state bids, and other buying pools it tells me that the average retail buyer is paying too much, rather than fleet buyers paying too little. And when I'm shopping I use these bids as a target price, when I'm getting close I know I'm getting a good deal.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in Ford wins $8.6 billion federal contract   
    Looks like they're just submitting a price for the "GSA Schedule", from which all kinds of government agencies can purchase if they wish.
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to Shelby32 in New V8 for 2023 Corvette   
    I could care less if it won Lemans and do you even have a chance of getting a Ford GT nope. As a Ford customer the GT does really nothing for its regular customer because even if you could afford it Ford can say no. The Ford Gt is for people who drive Ferrari's and not the regular Ford customer because they put it out of reach.   Do I love the GT yes and I agree it looks better than the Vette. But I have a 100 times better chance of owning the Z06 Vette then the Ford Gt and have a better sounding motor in the Vette. The Ford GT should have been available to Ford customers first not youtubers. By the way the Vette has won Lemans in its class too. Its only the old GT 1960's models that have won the top class at Lemans. All I'm saying is GM is offering a car that will probably out handle and out run the Ford GT that a normal person can get. I just wish Ford would do the same instead of just offer the GT to the 1 percent crowd. 
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to Fordowner in Considering buying some Ford Stock   
    I wonder how big a market these extreme environmentalists are.  The market is the larger population that  support efficiency and reasonable government fuel standards and subsidization to assure the move from coal and oil to electricity powered by solar and wind.   Actually the market is almost everyone, now with the technological advancements making electric cars more competitive.    Advancement in battery technology means electric panels are becoming more competitive for homes, so while in the past they were rare it is now becoming more frequent - at least in Atlanta.      This will further increase the demand for electric cars.   Bottom line, I now think Ford was smart to throw the Mustang name on an electric car and comeout with an Electric F 150 -  There is no better way to associate Ford with electric vehciles than to associate their top nameplates with electric.     The Mustang seems to have hit the mark and if the F-150 Lightning hits the mark, Ford will be well positioned for the mass market's adoption of electric cars.   
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in New V8 for 2023 Corvette   
    Should match the GTs performance for way less $$$...
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to mustang84isu in Considering buying some Ford Stock   
    Extreme fanboys will shun GM, but I'm going to wager that the vast majority of the car buying public has little to no memory of the GM EV1.  What incumbent automakers need to do is make owning an EV as easy as possible, as reliable as possible, while providing good value to the consumer.  That is how you win the mass market, and it is what Ford, GM, VW, and others are historically good at.

    I do agree though that the evangelists get tiring.  Nothing says hypocrite more than Elon Musk constantly flying back and forth between Fremont and Austin in his Gulfstream jet and blowing up rockets over ecologically sensitive areas at the southern tip of Texas.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in Considering buying some Ford Stock   
    I noticed Schwab moved Ford from a D to a C rating on their A through F scale. I agree- Ford still has massive problems with huge capital needs to retool and parts shortages, but by taking a lead on electric cars and actually delivering them Ford may have a bright future.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from Bob Rosadini in New light & medium duty news   
    What amazes me is that Ford can't see that adding some simple low investment options to the heavier F series would bring in a lot of new customers. For example, a DOT legal sleeper bunk in the extended and crew cab trucks would win over a lot of the hotshot operators, same thing in the Transit for the expeditors.  And if the F650/750 are capable of 50,000 GCW, adding lift axle and full screw tandems to the lineup should be easy and would bring in a bunch of new customers.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from twintornados in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    Thanks for pointing out the other flank of Ford's failing market abandonment strategy. Kinda hard for Ford to be taken seriously as a truck maker when your biggest truck can't even handle an Interstate legal limit load, never mind the Michigan trains that Louisvilles easily handled. And from a practical point of view, it's pretty hard for dealers to bid on fleet orders for both single and tandem drive trucks when the biggest thing you've got is the F750!
     
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to twintornados in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    If that were true, please show me the line of class 8 over the road tractors and COE models Ford sells for the NA market.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from twintornados in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    Since when is killing off high volume products whose development and tooling was long ago paid for and spending billions to replace them with a bunch of niche products a viable business strategy?
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    OK, I can take a hint... Should I cancel my Transit Connect order, dump my Ford stock, and leave Ford for good?
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    But some of the folks here are pretty invested in Ford, and I don't mean just in stock. I include myself in these Ford fans, but with the sobering realization that Ford has fallen a long ways from the glory days of the 60s. Having a fan base is a good thing for Ford, but look at the HOG(NYSE) fan base or more accurately, cult- While it was nice to have a reliable stream of Harley customers, the Harley cult chased away new customers and doomed innovative products like Buell and the V-Rod to failure. Hopefully Ford is not following HOG(NYSE)'s bad example...
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to rperez817 in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    Though it's your decision, I'd say don't give up on Ford by doing those things. Even though it sucks that Ford destroyed the reputation of Focus nameplate in the U.S. and that 4th generation Focus is not available outside Europe, Asia, and Australia, Ford as a company is finally heading in the right direction. Jim Farley is a good businessman, and should be able to finish the work that Jim Hackett started to get Ford fit again. 
     
    As Ford transitions to 100% electric vehicles, they may introduce something like a new generation Focus EV in the U.S. market but without all the issues that plagued the previous Focus EV. Maybe even a hi-po version.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    All off the above are trucks. Good trucks, but still trucks. The Ford heritage includes trucks, but wasn't built with trucks. The Ford heritage was built by the cars like the Model T, flathead V8, "hot rod Lincolns", Thunderbird, Cobra, Mustang, GT, RS, NASCAR stock cars, and Taurus SHO. Ford has killed all but the GT which is on death row, and how long will the sporty 2 door Mustang survive?
     
    Sorry, but without cars Ford is about as exciting as Freightliner...
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to rperez817 in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    In the case of Focus (subject of this thread) for U.S. market, both Ford and market forces were responsible for its death. Ford because it was responsible for destroying the nameplate's reputation in the U.S. completely. Market forces because the passenger car segments are intensely competitive, with "survival of the fittest" being the rule.
     
    Focus has a better reputation in Europe and Asia. But bzcat's post suggests that Focus has a limited lifespan remaining in Australia.
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    GearheadGrrrl got a reaction from rperez817 in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    Focus RS had a waiting list with a great demographic, median buyer was in their 20s with a six figure income. Over on VW Vortex forum there an 800+ comment thread of buyers lined up to buy the incoming Golf R at $45,000+... Ford could have those treasured young affluent customers.
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to rperez817 in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    Ford did that with the previous generation Focus RS. Also, jpd80 mentioned earlier in this thread that Ford Australia will import new 2022 Focus ST from Europe. If Ford is able to certify new Focus ST to meet U.S. regulatory standards (DOT) in a cost effective way, they may consider your suggestion for the U.S. market too.
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    GearheadGrrrl reacted to AGR in 2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed   
    They can AT LEAST import the Focus ST from Europe like VW does with the Golf GTI and R.
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