Nasser can suck my *****!! i lost so much stock in ford because of his sorry ***, all the QUALITY problems that ford had where because of him, the first think out of his mouth about everything was "how can we make it cheeper".
Man you guys just bought the wrong trim level! My XL has 53K abusive miles on it and it is still doing fine. The M5OD is a less than refined transmission, but mine doesn't vibrate any more than I would expect it to. My truck has been repossesed, taken farther off road than it should, used as a program beater by Ford, generally beaten on and there is probably more that I don't know about since I am the third owner (yes, the third owner on a 2001, lol). Nothing is worn out at all on it suprisingly. I don't know if it had any repairs before I got it or not, but if it did, they have done the trick because I have yet to have a problem with it. Hell, it even has the original battery (though this will probably be the battery's last winter).
But Quality is job number 1 and 2! Padilla told me so in his emails.
Nasser said Ford stock would hit $70 during his reign.
70 was optimistic, but who knows if there was no Firestone or Explorer media lamb basting. Heck I'd be happy to see it get out of the teens, but honestly now is a relatively good time to invest long term. You can buy loads of shares and any increase will be a high percentage of the individual share value. I'd do it, if I had 5k I didn't want to spend, and I trusted the stock market. :)
Man you guys just bought the wrong trim level! My XL has 53K abusive miles on it and it is still doing fine.
I'll say. My last was a '99 XL Sport. I bought it for $9500 brand new off a dealers lot as a college kid who felt lucky to be able to rub two quarters together on a good day. 4 years and ~50k miles later I traded the thing w/o having so much as changed the tires! Oil and filter every 4-6k miles and regular tire rotation and that truck worked just fine. I did have one dealer visit while under warranty: a dash lamp blew out and I figured I didn't have time to replace it myself. Dealer did it free of charge, under warranty. I traded up because I wanted the ex-cab, 4x4, and cruise control. Unfortunately that combo meand either FX4 or LII. Although had I discovered this site long ago I'm sure I could have figured out how to 'mod' a JY cruise module into the '99 for cheap. Hindsight, yah know?!
All the guys (mostly import drivers) around here told me that I was nuts for spending good money on a Found-On-Road-Dead. Based on my experience w/ the '99 I figured they were full of it and rolled the dice. For the most part I was right. I mean it's not like the thing doesn't run. Most days it works pretty well. Still love the power and comfort. Just a few disapointments. And I think those disapointments are enough to detur me from ever buying Ford again.. Yah hearin' me Mr Ford man?!
2003 Ford Ranger FX4 Level II - Silver - Stick - fuelly
And that is how it is for me. The truck has always worked and gotten me where I am going so I can't complain too much. Except for that time when I had to wait three weeks to get my truck back during the original axle failure that resulted in the recall and stop sale and demonstration order. It didn't run too good that time. Of course I brought it in the day before it failed telling them I heard a noise, they said not to worry about it and to go ahead with my trip as planned. Good thing it broke before my 700 mile trip. But anyway, after they figured out what they were going to do with the failed axle, I got a temporary axle while I wated for the redesigned part. I just had to "take it easy" on it till I got the new one. Then I got to take it back again to get the "new model". Third axle's a charm right? Isn't that how the saying goes?
Hey, just speaking from my experiences. I wouldn't suggest that all sales or service people are the same. And I wouldn't use the adjective 'stupid' either. Most have proven to be perfectly intelligent, they just haven't taken the time to learn their own product line, which makes for headaches for us end users later on..
The first one I talked to didn't know what I was talking about and said he would call me back when he had more info. He never called me back. The second one, different dealer, didn't know what I was talking about either, but he ordered it anyway.