How long Ford a owner?

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Just for kicks have any of you posting to this NG been dedicated Ford customers for life? In my case, I have always had at least one Ford car licensed in my name since 18, now 53. Earliest car was 67
Mustang, since 1980 always have had a F150 series truck, present vehicle is F250.
And while I am here, I saw a Pinto and Maverick the other day, in the same day.
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Roger Hamilton wrote:

Every car I have owned was a Ford. I have owned only one car, a Contour. It is still going strong with only about 155k mi on the odometer.
Jeff
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My first Ford was a 1940 convertible Then a 1937 Ford sedan 1956 Fairlane 2dr HT 1963 500XL convert 1967 Fairlane 500 2dr HT 1959 Ltd 2dr HT +1970 2drHT 1972 Torino 2drHT Ford/Mazda truck Escort+ Lynx Tempo+Topax ExplorerX2+Probe Escape+probe/Cougar Focus+Freestyle
Plus 1967 Ford Anglia Saloon mint condition.
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If I recall correctly the Ford Anglia Saloon I owned was a 1967. However, the Anglia was not up to the task of running around the moutons of Pennsylvania back then. Sort of like a 4cy Camry of today a bit of a slug. ;)

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On Wed, 28 May 2008 22:48:00 -0400, Roger Hamilton

I've owned a Ford and/or Mercury continuously since 1984, and driven them since I got my license in 1980.
1970 E-100 Econoline van 1981 Escort 1984 T-Bird 1986 Cougar 1989 Crown Vic 1993 Escort 1997 Crown Vic
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Oops, left out a 1973 Gran Torino Wagon and 1980 LTD.
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Me too. I got a 1967 T-Bird in 1972. Then a 1974 Mustang II, 1984 T-Bird, and a 1995 Crown Vic.
PoD

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I have not always owned Fords, but if you go back to my childhood, my family has continuously owned Fords. Here are the Fords owned by me and my immeadiate family:
1955 Ford F100 pickup (Dad's farm truck) 1957 Ford Station Wagon (parents) 1959 Ford Custom (Grandfather) 1962 Ford F100 pickup (Dad's farm truck) 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 4 Door (Grandfather) 1964 Ford Failane 500 Station Wagon (parents) 1967 Ford Fairlane 500 4 Door (bought used parents / kids car, Sister wrecked this car) 1967 Ford F100 pickup (Dad's farm truck) 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 Station Wagon (parents, I wrecke dthis car) 1972 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon (parents) 1972 Ford F100 pickup (Dad's farm truck) 1972 Ford Pinto Runabout (my first new car) 1973 Ford Pinto Runabout (my older Sister's car, but I bought it from her later) 1975 Ford F150 pickup (Dad's farm truck) 1978 Ford Fiesta (my younger Sister's car, but I bought it from her later) 1978 Ford Fairmont Futura Coupe (my third new car, it replaced a Datsun 280Z that replaced the '72 Pinto) 1978 Ford Courier (Dad's farm truck) 1979 Ford Country Squire Wagon (parent's car) 1982 Ford Country Squire Wagon (parent's car, replaced the '79 which was in a wreck)) 1982 Ford Ranger (Dad's farm truck) 1986 Mercury Sable (my 7th new car) 1986 Ford Ranger (Dad's farm truck, but I bought it later)) 1989 Ford Taurus Wagon (my ex-Wife's car) 1989 Ford Ranger (Dad's farm truck) 1992 Mercury Grand Marqis (Mother's car) 1992 Ford Ranger (Dad's farm truck) 1992 Ford F150 (my farm truck) 1992 Escort (my older Sister's car) 1996 Ford Explorer 4 Door (my car) 1997 Ford Expedition (my car) 1999 Ford Ranger (Dad's farm truck) 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis (Mother's car, but I bought it later) 2001 Ford Mustang GT Convertible (my car) 2001 Ford Escape (younger Sister's car) 2003 Ford Expedition (my car) 2004 Ford Thunderbird (my car, bought used) 2005 Ford Freestyle (parent's car) 2006 Ford Mustang (younger Son's car) 2007 Ford Fusion (my current car)
In addition to Fords, I have also owned two Austin-Healey Sprites ('62 and '68), three Jensen-Healeys ('74, '74, '75), Datsun 280Z ('75), Plymouth Reliant K ('81), Audi Coupe ('81), Mazda 626 ('83), Toyota Cressida ('82), Nissan Frontier ('06), Mazda3 ('08).
My Father and Grandfather owned many Fords before I was born (at least two Model Ts, a Model A, some late 30's Ford, etc).
Ed
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I got my licence in 1990, which makes me feel remarkably young in here. My dad had always been a Mopar/Chevy guy, dating back to his Camaro/Nova/Demon days. Fortunately he'd purchased a new Tempo in 88. On country roads where I grew up, it outdrove every other average car on the road. I know that sounds hillarious, but there were turns that I'd hold easily at speeds that would drive other cars off the shoulder. (I quit racing when I saw one guy nearly go into the river when his Grand Prix couldn't keep up with my lowly Tempo.)
When I started buying cheap transportation, I didn't really care what the nameplate said. That is until I found that the Fords I had would withstand all the teen abuse I could throw at them, while Nissans, Dodges, Oldsmobiles, etc. failed me repeatedly.
Since 1995 I've owned more cars than any person should, and they've all said Ford on the nameplate. The only exception was GMC conversion van that was given to me. Within 6 months it had a slipping 700R4 and a rear axle that leaked and grinded. And that was after I learned to behave behind the wheel...
Cars I've owned by year of manufacture, not in the chronological order I owned them:
1961 Chrysler Newport 1966 Chevy II 1967 Ford Truck 1972 LTD (400/C6 and bulletproof) 1977 Chevy 4x2 Truck 1977 Buick Regal 1980 Ford E350 Club Wagon 1981 F150 4x4 (my first, and heavily abused 4x4) 1981 Datsun 510 (which was actually a good car) 1981 Plymouth Reliant K Station Wagon 1985 Chrysler Fifth Avenue (one of the last RWD ones, think Dodge Diplomat) 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity (I actually traded this car away for a digital camera and $200 and I got the better deal...) 1987 GMC Vandura Conversion Van 1987 Dodge Van 1987 Ford Crown Victoria 2 door LX 1988 Ford Crown Victoria LX 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 2 Door Royale Brougham 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park SW 1989 Ford E150 Club Wagon Chateau 1990 Nissan Sentra (the worst car I ever owned) 1992 Ford Ranger 4x2 Short Bed, 4.0 (would fly, literally. I jumped it off the ground every day) 1995 Dodge Neon (My first new car, and I hated it. I sold it in less than a year) 1995 Ford Contour 1995 Ford E150 Club Wagon 1997 Ford Escort (Most dependable car I ever owned, hands down) 1997 Ford Ranger 1998 Ford Ranger 1998 Explorer Eddie Bauer 2000 Ford Taurus 2003 Ford E150 Club Wagon
I know I'm forgetting some. Isn't that sad?
CJB
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snipped-for-privacy@deademail.tyx says... | |Just for kicks have any of you posting to this NG been dedicated Ford |customers for life?
What ever looked good or met my budget in a particular time frame.
First Ford was a 67 4 door 390 T-Bird, purchased for $15 in early 70's. Learned all about the lack of reliability of power options on that car. The wipers ran off the power steering pump,hit a puddle and the wipers went out.
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Steve:
I had a '67 Bird too.....4 door, black on black on black with the "artillery wheel" wheel covers - what a beautiful car!!!!!!
I bought it used in '69 and kept it until '73. By sheer luck, I got rid of it about a week before the Arab oil embargo........that thing would get no better than 8 mpg and had a 28 gallon tank that needed filling twice a week. I didn't have any problems with it.....but it should have been a clue that the little "low fuel" light in the ceiling was melted when I bought it!!!!!!
On the windshield wipers running off the power steering pump: mine never leaked, thought it was kind of neat since it had 7 or 8 speeds and was totally silent. The problem I had was you had to start the engine if it was raining at the drive-in movies......if she wanted to see the flick.
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My Dad was a Mercury guy in the 50s and I always thought GM cars were better built (maybe they were, then). Have had all kinds of screwy cars, but for transortation, I always come back to Ford.
Fords I've had: '62 T-Bird (great)....'67 Bird (great)......'72 Bird (too big)........'85 Mustang (bought new - not 1 problem in 86,000 miles).........'06 Mustang (1300 miles in 2 years...don't want to wear it out).........'06 Five Hundred (a good, solid, comfortable car)
others over the years:
'56 Packard (magnificent)......'67 Sunbeam Alpine (fun, nice car).......'73 Gremlin (my first brand new car:, V8, X, Levis......piece of crap that I sold before it had a chance to kill me...not that it didn't try)........'74 MGB (British piece of crap).......'62 Alfa 2600 Spyder (it was so pretty, who cared if pieces fell off all the time)........'67 Checker (a civilian, air conditoned 327 - more fun and more reliable than any other car I ever had - even with 200,000+ miles on it)........'67 Volvo 144 (great little car.....had it 14 years - you knew it was going to get you there).........'75 Olds Omega (total junk)......'77 Olds 98 (very nice - the crimson velour pillow seats were a little much tho)..........'79 Camaro Berlinetta (total scrap -the worst piece of junk ever made....bought new and sold 3 years later with 700 miles on it...but it was pretty).........'80 Chevette (nice commuter - sold it at 155,000 miles and it went on for years afterwards)...........'92 Jeep Wrangler (bought it new and I swear I replaced every part of it at least twice)...........'96 Chrysler LHS (bought as a driver with 90,000 miles on it - fine car)........ plus some more assorted Studebakers and Avantis along the way. Hmmmm, I wonder why there were so many '67s?
At least there used to be variety......some people think my Five Hundred is a Toyota, some think it's a Kia and my brother thinks its a Mercedes!
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I worked for GM for 40 years, BUT..... Bought a 93 T-Bird in 95 because my wife liked the looks. When it got totaled in 03, I liked the Bird's reliability so much I bought an 02 Town Car.
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I have had a least one Ford at any one time, since 1940, including a model "T." I also have owed every brand GM has sold since 1950. Every brand sold by Chrysler, except a Chrysler. I have owned several Studebakers, one Nash and two Hudsons that I bought after the war.
I have owned import brands from Ford, Honda and Toyota, the first being a Toyopet back in '57 and the last one a 97 Lexus, one of six. Since 1998 I have not owned anything but Ford brands, including trucks.
My current daily drivers are a 2008 Lincoln MKX and a 2009 Mustang GT convertible that I just picked up this morning on which I traded my 2007 Mustang GT convertible.
I have owned over 75 automobiles, half dozen trucks as well as numerous motorcycles. I currently also own the following a 2005 Lincoln LS, that I keep at my home in Key West. My old car collection is comprised of a 1941 Continental convertible, a 1964 Mustang GT convertible, a 1971 Ford LTD Brougham convertible, a 1971 Pinto, with 300K on the clock and a 1984 Continental Mark IV Signature Series Sedan, All in great condition
I would point out I worked in the automotive fields for over fifty years. First from 1950 as a design engineer for GM, then as a field engineer for VW in western Pa and the last fifteen years a design engineer for Ford untill I retired in 1986.
After I retired from manufacturing I worked in retail as Group Sales Manager on the east cost for one of the largest Mega-Dealership Groups in the country. We sold just about every brand. During that time I created a Fleet Service business that operated 25 shops near one of our dealerships, in six eastern states. I sold that business, that serviced nearly all brands, and retired in 2003. I am 82

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Mike--congrats.

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That's one of the coolest things I've ever read on here. I tip my hat to you.
CJB
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Well Roger:
I am 31... My 1st car was a Dodge Neon (huge mistake, piece of crap), then a 99 S10 LS, then a 1995 Nissan Altima, then a 1989 Dodge Spirit, then a 1986 Dodge Dakota, then a 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix (had that car 4 days before I totaled it.) then a 1994 Chrysler LHS (my dad's), then a 1989 Oldsmobile Toronado Trofeo, then an 86 Mercury Cougar, then a 1994 Saturn SL2, then after I met my wife it was: a 2000 Oldmobile Intrigue GL, 2003 Mazda Protg which we traded for a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan when we found out we were pregnant with our 1st. Last year we trade off our Oldsmobile for a 2000 Ford Excursion Limited with the 6.8l V10. We traded that off about a month ago for a 2000 Taurus SEL with 87k on the clock. The Taurus I couldn't be happier with. My father-in-law has a 99 Mercury Grand Marquis and a 1998 F150 SL that is beat to hell. My brother in law drives a 1999 F150 4x4, the engine was replaced and tranny rebuilt about 2 years ago. Other than that, they have been fine vehicles.
Scott
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The Fords I've had.... '66 Mustang 6 cyl. auto. '88 Taurus, classic trans failure at 150k '94 Taurus, sold at 160k trannie still hanging in. '00 Sable wagon, still have 138k '07 Mustang GT 5sp, still have 11k
Driven every model of Econoline daily on my job for the last 35 years. Over 15 different trucks. I've blown quite a few C4's in my day on the job Mostly had GM or Mopar vehicles for personnal use as the auto. trans. in them back then in the '70's were better IMO. so I steered clear of Fords if it had a auto. trans. .
In the last few years IMO the Fords have been beating the other guys in quality, durability and has become my first choice if they have a model to fit my needs.
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Roger Hamilton wrote:

I'm on my first, a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis I picked up last month with 16,400 miles. I couldn't beat the deal. Reminds me on the boats of the 70's. Previously only only Chrysler products, 1979 LeBaron Coupe, 84 Dodge 600 coupe, 1989 Lebaron convertible (my favorite) and most recently a 97 Concorde LXi.
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Dave...
My brother just returned from a vacation trip in his '06 Grand Marquis with wife, kids, dog & luggage. With the price of gas what it is, he kept accurate records of his mileage for 1600 miles: up to 27 mpg highway and 22 overall for the trip.
Do you think he should trade it in on some imported __itbox that has a higher EPA rating, no room and is a rolling deathtrap.........
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The Grand Marquis is the best new car buy on the market today. It is a fully loaded safer RWD luxury car, that can easily get 25 MPG, that one can drive home for around $23,000. That is at least $5,000 less than the most popular mid size V6 cars that get only a relative few more MPG. The $5,000 one saves on a Grand Marquis will buy ALL of the gas to run it for four years, to boot ;)

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