Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Last of the Mohicans,

er, domestic automakers, I mean.

Recent discussions with the Krauter regarding our current stable of vehicles has revolved around getting rid of my aging but utilitarian Nissan pickup (which, like the Energizer Bunny, keeps going and going), and replacing it with...something bigger.

It's odd that she's become rather enamoured with something so...American, the idea of acquiring a full-size pickup (being that she's a Krauter and grew up in Euroland), and she's not settling for anything less than a true hauler. No sport cabs and short bed 1/2 tons for her. She's wanting something with four full-sized doors and a long bed. Long ago, we broached the subject of brand, and I assured her that when it comes to pickups, Ford was the only brand worth considering, for any number of reasons.

Add one to that list, and it appears from that Rasmussen survey that I'm not alone.

When the bailout scheme was coming around, I figured that only Ford would even attempt to avoid the entanglements associated with letting the Gummint get its dirty fingers in on the deal, knowing that they were the only domestic brand that either wasn't in dire enough straights (GM), or had been down this path before (Chrysler). I was proven correct on this, and my feelings of the situation have only been solidified in the face of the overt theft and corruption in the industry that ensued.

So, assuming that I still have a job at the end of the week, my truck will soon be getting a replacement in our fleet, with the new truck doing family and grocery duty while the Subie wagon (the current family hauler) gets put into daily-driver mode. The kicker is that we are going to be substituting a truck that is 14 years old with 200k miles, getting 25 mpg with a much larger, newer pickup that won't get more than about 18mpg on flat stretches of highway at 60mph. I have no guilt about it at all, either.

I can hear the Eco-Phreaks whining already.

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Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Enjoy the rig! I can't park something that big in our space but I can see the appeal for a foreign-born chick: Kommanderofthe Danubesteamshipline! It's like piloting a vessel across majestic oceans, rather than buzzing around Burgtown in a fleamobile.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Oleg Volk is the same way, except he loves his Grand Marquis mafia staff car with its three-Hoffa trunk.

4:52 PM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

The Ford GM/CV kicks ass.

A chassis that essentially dates back 30 years with only sheet metal differences of the body, and is still in demand (albeit only available as a fleet vehicle these days), has something going for it.

Long it tooth it may be, but it's proven to be an excellent car for those who like their land yachts.

9:09 AM  

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