To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing to let you know how happy I have been with my current and past Ford products, and how I am dismayed at the lack of current vehicles that could replace them. I love my Ford Ranger. It is small enough for me to put anywhere on my property, but still rugged enough to haul my firewood. It is large enough to pull a trailer, but efficient enough to get good gas mileage as a daily driver. It also has a manual transmission giving me complete control over the driveline.
Now I hear Ford is planning on cancelling the Ranger? Yes, it needs to change – it is outdated. But cancelled? Not unless there is another small truck taking it’s place. What I need is a light truck that can haul 1/4 cord of wood or more and still get 25+mpg when unloaded. If it is a front wheel drive mini-truck, fine. If it is a new version of the Ranger, fine. But I WILL NOT buy one of the large F150s as a replacement vehicle. And I WILL NOT sacrifice drive-ability and purchase an automatic transmission. I am 26 years old and I have never owned an automatic and I don’t plan to for as long as I am driving. If this forces me away from Ford, which would be a sad day indeed since I am so attached to the brand, so be it.
I would also like to see manual transmissions as options on more vehicles. Maybe even some 6spd manuals.
Thanks for taking the time to listen, I truly appreciate it.
– Joseph Raymond