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Old 11-18-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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With all the news surrounding General Motors and Chrysler's slicing and dicing to profitability, it's a breath of fresh air to hear that Ford is taking a different tack. The Blue Oval is betting the farm on new models that will lure consumers into showrooms rather than reworking existing models and cutting back development spending.

Ford isn't killing models to save money - Autoblog
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Good idea but irrelevant to me. I pay cash for used cars and, after a particularly expensive session with a Ford, I will not even consider one.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:08 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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Good idea but irrelevant to me. I pay cash for used cars and, after a particularly expensive session with a Ford, I will not even consider one.
Same here. After buying a brand new Ford and suffering through years of breakdowns and repairs, I now purchase used rice rockets that get great gas mileage, are dependable, and retain their value. That Fix Or Repair Daily stuff got old real quick.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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I think that Ford could really take off if: a. they had LESS models... do they really need the flex and the ford taurus X - both station wagon type cars. Do they really need the edge and the explorer? Seems like they could save on dupe lines. And b. if they brought ford of europe cars here. They are really cool looking and much better than the stodgey lines they have had here for years.

We have had pretty good luck with our Fords - but am disappointed in premature front end work required on our Taurus at only 52K miles. But on the whole they have been much better, esp. engines and trans. than our disastrous experience with GM cars in the mid-80s. I like some of the new GMs but we are petrified to plunk down 25grand for something that is going to be as bad as what we experienced back then.... thus the reason GM needs a bailout. Maybe they could get the japs to design their cars and have the factories here build them. Isn't that what the pontiac vibe is? A toyota matrix.
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