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Old 05-09-2018, 10:20 AM   #1
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A hiccup with new F150's

From CNN this morning...

Ford could halt production of the F-150, its bestselling and most profitable vehicle, following a fire at a supplier's plant in Michigan last week.
Ford has already shut down truck production in a Kansas City plant, and it could shut its Dearborn, Michigan, truck plant either today or Thursday, according to a letter sent by a UAW official to union members. These are the only two plants that build the F-150.

The shutdowns could last for several weeks, according to a person familiar with the situation, although plans are in flux as Ford seeks an alternative supply of the missing parts. Even one missing part from a supply chain is enough to halt production of a vehicle.

Ford has about an 84-day supply of the F-Series truck in dealers' inventories, according to the company. That's enough that there won't be any shortages in the near term.

But if the shutdown lasts a month, buyers will probably discover the version of the truck they want - the type of engine, or the type of cab configuration or trim - won't be available. Those shortages are typical when vehicle inventory falls below 50 days.

"It's a very fluid situation," said spokesperson Kelli Felker. "We're working very closely with suppliers to resolve the issue and determine our next steps."

The fire was at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2. The plant supplies other automakers as well, but so far only one ---- Fiat Chrysler ---- has reported it was forced to shut some production.

Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) confirmed it had to stop production of the Pacifica SUV at its plant in Windsor, Ontario, as a result of the supply disruption. But that plant continues to build the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, which was not impacted. The Pacifica is a popular model for Fiat Chrysler, but far from its best seller.

However the F-150 has been the best selling US vehicle by any manufacturer for more than 40 years. It's a key profit generator for Ford.

Ford (F) has sold 287,000 F Series trucks in the United States in the first four months of this year, up 4% compared to a year ago. That includes some larger trucks than the F-150, although the F-150 makes up the overwhelming majority of those sales. It also is more than four times the sales of its second best selling vehicle, the Escape SUV.

7,600 workers build F-150 trucks at the two plants. They will get most of but not all of their pay during the temporary layoff.
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:36 AM   #2
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No, not Kansas City I should have ordered while the ordering was good.

What I want wasn't available in any inventory and I'll have to get a factory order. Oh well, good thing that I'm not in a hurry.

My wife loves them but I'm still a bit ambivalent, to me the perfect tow vehicle would be dropping a 2.7 with a 10 speed in my Ranger.

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to me the perfect tow vehicle would be dropping a 2.7 with a 10 speed in my Ranger.

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That would be fun to drive!
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:54 AM   #4
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My wife loves them but I'm still a bit ambivalent, to me the perfect tow vehicle would be dropping a 2.7 with a 10 speed in my Ranger.

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Drive one for awhile Ron. I loved my Ranger but there's truly no comparison in terms of comfort, ride, noise, room, etc. Methinks a few hours behind the wheel will make the ambivelance fade.
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I don't think a ranger would have anywhere near the towability of any F150, no matter the engine size. Even new F150's tow capacity is based on a wide number of things, including the type steel used in the frame.

We're looking for a late model one next year with the 3.5 Ecoboost. They have the most tow capacity (even more than Ford's V-8), properly equipped.

Best of luck to you folks!

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Our son and I towed a loaded car trailer to LA and it sure did drive/ride nice.
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Maybe it’s just me but at 6 ft 2” and the far side of 200 lbs , along with arthritic hips and knees , I find it uncomfortable to down right painful to get in ,out of or ride in a small truck or vehicle
We looked at the Ranger and the Colorado and although they are nice vehicles they don’t work for us . When we go camping , the first thing I want to do when we get to our destination is to have a cold beverage and not down a half dozen aspirin.
I’ve never understood the fascination with small vehicles but to each their own .
I may spend a little more for fuel but at this point in my life I don’t care .
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Maybe itís just me but at 6 ft 2Ē and the far side of 200 lbs , along with arthritic hips and knees , I find it uncomfortable to down right painful to get in ,out of or ride in a small truck or vehicle
We looked at the Ranger and the Colorado and although they are nice vehicles they donít work for us . When we go camping , the first thing I want to do when we get to our destination is to have a cold beverage and not down a half dozen aspirin.
Iíve never understood the fascination with small vehicles but to each their own .
I may spend a little more for fuel but at this point in my life I donít care .
I could not have said it any better Steve, thank you sir.

I am also concerned with tow capacity, tow vehicle load and any of a number of other things that most any full size truck will give you. I want a truck with at least twice the tow capacity of a towed RV of any kind, or boat, or car trailer, you name it. After towing stuff for decades, that's just me!

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I don't think a ranger would have anywhere near the towability of any F150, no matter the engine size.

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Well, if my heavily loaded Ranger hadn't pulled my 19 to Alaska, Baja twice and across Canada and the US I might be able to agree with you. With a 2.7 and a 10 speed it would be my dream tug.

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Iíve never understood the fascination with small vehicles but to each their own .

Yup, to each our own. I view the increase in size of pickups with disdain. To me the current offerings, including the so called mid-size, are bloated and oversize. I'd rather have an old F 100 size p/u. I mean, really, having to have a ladder to reach or get into the box.

But then I drive a 1260 lb. car so I do tend to like vehicles on the smaller and more nimble end of the spectrum.


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[COLOR="Blue"]Well, if my heavily loaded Ranger hadn't pulled my 19 to Alaska, Baja twice and across Canada and the US I might be able to agree with you. With a 2.7 and a 10 speed it would be my dream tug.

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I've been watching people pull too much for what their tow vehicle is capable of for way too long to worry about what others think of my "bigger is better" thing. I've seen folks with big boats back into boat ramps and not get the boat back out later. "Gee, just bought the boat, don't understand!" I have followed plenty of rigs downshifting and pushing rpms to get up the hill, or mountain, or whatever.

Ain't for me, but like you say, to each their own.

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