comes the big question you are all wondering? V8 or not to V8. Well they
couldn't tell us if such an animal was due to come out or not but I can
tell you they are not blind to the idea and they wanted to hear what we
had to say about it. Trust me guys we preached V8. Like I say they couldn't
reveal that kind of info but I did get the impression that if a V8 did
ever come out it will not be 302. It would be new technology, OHC. The
4.6 that are in Mustangs? I cannot say - sorry guys I tried to weasel
as much info as possible :) They also threw the idea of a super charged
V6 at us, so there's a possible option too."
came the highlight of the day. They set up a little track with cones and
had a professional race driver tear us through there in the new 2001 4.0
SOHC Ranger. All I can say is DAMN. That Ranger rocks, you guys will be
very happy with the power boost and handling. I couldn't believe the way
that thing cornered, of course it was a Race driver, but damn."
started off the day with discussing several departments of the truck -
engine, suspension, interior, etc. (I'll have more details later) then
we did a tour through the Advanced Engineering Center to where they do
all the testing on design and 'stuff'."
we had lunch we got started with the discussion again. The engineers were
anxious to keep us
talking because they loved the input and they were taking notes."
"Ford said they
wanted to figure out a way in which they could help support both RPS and
Fordranger.com and hopefully it will happen. They talked about having
engineers, etc. respond to postings on both sites with helpful information
I'm still so psyched
at what went on there and I still can't believe that they actually went
through the expense of hearing our opinions. We made sure that we stressed
that "we" weren't just representing ourselves but the thousands of others
that we talk to daily. It's things like that which got their attention.
1. Started the day off with the discussion. The tables were setup so that
we were facing them, etc. There were microphones on the table and a professional
video camera taping it all.
Things that were
Offroad - mainly
about the torsion bars, more below
Noises - wind,
Interior - this
was a pretty good discussion; we complained about the cup holders, we
need bucket seats, the 5 speed trucks need the tachometer more than
the automatic, need a forward facing rear seat
Quality - we told
them that quality seemed to have dropped with the newer models