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Old 05-25-2011, 07:35 AM
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What has Ford ever done for you? I see a lot of brand loyalty –decals, caps, jackets, arguments. Curious why. Ford won’t sell you a truck or a single part for it. They only sell to their dealers. Both of my Rangers were used and I didn’t even buy from their dealers. I don’t buy parts there and neither do you if you can help it I bet. Do they pay you to advertise their product? No, you have to pay them if you want something with their name on it.
They build a great product? Well certainly a good one most of the time and I’m on my second one but they do it to make money, not out of the goodness of their heart. Old mechanic buddy frequently complains about stupid engineers in Detroit. “Why would they design something that you have to bla, bla, bla to work on?” Answer. They may be smart or stupid but their job is to design stuff to make money for the company not to make mechanics life easy, especially out-of-warranty work.
I don’t think it counts that “It was out of warranty but they fixed bla, bla, bla.” Fixing something that they screwed up is just that, fixing a screw up. That’s not a favor.
Has anyone here actually had The Ford Motor Company do anything for them or are you just being pimped by the big machine.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:43 AM
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ford didnt take government money, they did that for me.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:45 AM
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ford made a truck that i liked, so i bought it and like them for it.

this question is kind of worthless, however. its like asking, what has (insert favorite sports team here) ever done for you? i mean, you have to pay to go to the games, all their merchandis costs money and every player makes 2456346 times more money than you.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:54 AM
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i love my fords, its an American thing, we love our automobiles.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:54 AM
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Yea, this question applied to like 848578375839 different things in this world.

But to answer it, Ford has givin me two trucks that I am totally in love with.

AS for the making money part, you're preaching to the choir dude. I still buy some stuff from Ford, because if you buy it anywhere else, you're just buying crap.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:02 AM
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I'm not loyal to Ford, I own a GMC and a Buick. I am still mostly partial to GM. I inherited my Ranger, and fell in love with it. If I had to get rid of all my rigs but one...the Ranger stays PERIOD.

Ford also didn't take money from Uncle Sam, they have made some cool newer products in the vehicle market, and lately the just seem to be on the ball. I work with Ford directly some days on warranty work, as my place of work owns one of the largest private fleet of Ford trucks in the world, and they are pleasant to deal with.

Otherwise, as long as it's made in the US or Europe, I'm not to picky on what I buy as long as it fits me.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:09 AM
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I walked away from hitting 3 trees at 95mph, Thanks to ford. They have gotten me from A to B safely and stylish... THAT'S what ford has done for me and THAT'S why I'll continue to drive one.

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Old 05-25-2011, 08:45 AM
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Besides NOT taking Government money,
Here's my story...
I purchased a new Ranger 2wd White colored in 94"
I put a huge lift on it,33s ,chrome safari grill & nerf bars
It was one of the best looking Trucks on the road !

Two years later ,I got into a huge wreak!
The entire drivers side and bed needed replacing.
The truck was fixed,and it looked good,but I felt it
Never really drove the same as it did before the accident.
So,When I traded it in at the Dealership in 1997,
They offered me $16,000 dollars
(I only paid $12k for it)
As I drove off happy as a lark ,with cash in my pockets,
One of the technicians came running up to me as I drove away;

He yelled "where the heck is the 4x4 switch to engage 4 wheel drive!!!?"

I said "Huh?,it's only two wheel drive!"
He looked pissed off,but I never told ANYONE it was a 4x4
I bought the dang truck from them,you'd think they would check on the owners title!

So...Ford PAID me big time!!!

And BTW... One week later it sold for $15,999 to some kid who wanted the looks w/o 4x4 needs
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:12 AM
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I work a Chicago Assembly plant and I understand how rigorous our quality process is. I don't know how many people know this but every single secure on every single joint will stop a whole section of the production line if it isn't made or is below spec.

And I cannot tell you how much overtime I've made when a stop ship is issued and repairmen are called out to the train yard after the shift or on a weekend to check units that quality managers merely suspect might have a "squeak and rattle" issue or a loom was routed incorrectly or a fitment line was found to be off or an interior panel was scratched. Same thing applies to a missing pushpin in the splash shield. If a single unit gets to final inspection that still has a defect it will trigger this reaction. If we find another unit that has the defect we mark it in the little handheld scanner we use and the net gets thrown wider and a bigger stop ship is made without debate. If anyone does make a fuss, it does not look good for them. We do that even though it hurts our average order fulfillment time. That's just the culture and that's why it works.

Besides, I think those Taurus SHOs we make - f*cking rock.

Your question is a valid one but like everyone is sayin it just applies less specifically to Ford. Myself I don't get the Tommy Hilfiger T-shirts.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:53 AM
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Well I've had my truck since September of 05. Which will be 6 years this September. I put about 10,000 miles on it a year. Still runs strong. And everything that brakes (regular ware and tear) I'm able to fix it myself or my buddy will help me fix it. Most of the parts I can get from work. Thats why I love Ford.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:57 AM
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Everyone in business is in it to make money. But some products you feel so good about. you show it by buying other products, maybe not directly related to it with the name on it. It's called pride of ownership. What Ford Motor Co. does for a lot of us, is gives us a truck (or car) that we enjoy and take pride in owning
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:18 AM
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What ford has done for me? Made my truck and a slight carbon copy. Unlike GM where what is a pontiac G8 in US is a Holden in AUS. My truck is only identical to the same FX4 two tones produced in 2006. Not all of them for the past decade.
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:26 AM
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:45 AM
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this question is kind of worthless, however. its like asking, what has (insert favorite sports team here) ever done for you? i mean, you have to pay to go to the games, all their merchandis costs money and every player makes 2456346 times more money than you.
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:47 AM
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ford didnt take government money, they did that for me.
x3 and I have had my Ranger for 11 years, nothing major has broke, I have replaced the norm, and a radiator and alternator, thats it...and when I got the truck I got it for a smoking deal, and Ford has never done me wrong. Nissan has tried to rape me for anything and everything on my wifes car...I can't wait to get rid of her car and get her an Explorer Trac or an Exploder!
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