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  1. Frist to buy, frist to wreck.

    Appreciate your comments; I will have to give the Badlands trim a look. Hopefully, Ford will offer the Maverick the option of Badlands clearance. Thing is, I want a base Maverick, not an uplevel model.
  2. Frist to buy, frist to wreck.

    Appreciate the pics; I actually saw a Bronco Sport up close today, and was disappointed. The thing sits way too low to the ground.
  3. Manual Transmission

    Now that you mention it, that Tacoma sounds like it'd be a helluva fun truck to drive. I am tall, and if not for the seating position, I would have included the Tacoma in my search. *** There's an unconfirmed rumor floating around, that the next generation Ranger will get the Bronco's seven...
  4. Cyber Orange Maverick prototype spotted

    If that's your thing, I respect that. I doubt that the buyer's of Rabbits or Brats loaded their beds up with heavy items, but the aforementioned vehicles were not marketed as trucks. But with the Maverick, they're marketing it as a truck. I hope Ford offers a dealer installed lift option.
  5. Cyber Orange Maverick prototype spotted

    LOL...I like the "Korean El Camino" reference, and you're right!
  6. Cyber Orange Maverick prototype spotted

    It's handsome, but it's too low to the ground
  7. Why do you want a Maverick?

    Aside from price, my main motivating factor behind the Maverick is her size, and simplicity (hopefully). For example: I like the torsion beam rear suspension on the Maverick, and I much prefer the Maverick's construction over the Ridgeline. And as much as this is an individual thing, I think...
  8. Manual Transmission

    I wish that Ford would offer a manual in the Maverick; although there maybe an exception or two, manuals simply last much longer; I will not be persuaded otherwise. I like driving a manual much better too, and yes, I used to brave NYC traffic on a daily basis with a manual.
  9. Normally aspirated Duaratec 20?

    The Duratec is an excellent engine, and it, in itself, would seal the deal with the Maverick. If Ford goes with the 1.5, and I think that they will, I might take a look at the Santa Cruz.
  10. First out of the chute...

    The Santa Cruz not only has a HUGE plus in the powertrain department, but it has a LOT more ground clearance than the Maverick. I do like the Maverick's styling better however, but for longevity, the Hyundai likely gets the nod. The other thing: a side by side comparison shows the Maverick...
  11. Vinyl Seats Please

    I'm right there with you.
  12. Ford Maverick Full Uncovered Look @ Side & Rear 3/4 in Area 51 color!

    True, but in the above photo's the Maverick looks to be similarly sized to the Explorer - at least to my eyes. But you're right; it's best to reserve judgement until we see the hard specs.
  13. Ford Maverick Full Uncovered Look @ Side & Rear 3/4 in Area 51 color!

    Appreciate your well thought out answer, but I am still disappointed at the size; too much overlap. The Maverick is around 200 inches long; the standard cab F150 is 205" long, and the Ranger is 210" long. Thankfully, the Maverick won't be too wide. I am glad that Ford is bringing a cheap...
  14. Ford Maverick Full Uncovered Look @ Side & Rear 3/4 in Area 51 color!

    Am I the only poster who thought: "What in the world? How big is this thing?" The Ranger was supposed to be a "back to the basics" idea, but Ford then scrapped that idea. Next, the Maverick was supposed to be "back to the basics," but now they've eschewed a regular cab model. Fine, but a...
  15. Ordering a Maverick...

    Yours was a well thought out, and well written, post. Yet, the Maverick will be a new launch. I sold Mazda's briefly in the mid 90's, and heard it said that when the Miata was launched, dealers were getting at or above MSRP. At the time that I was at the dealer, the Millenia car had just...
  16. 3 cyl Ecoboost current specs?

    I'll be honest: up until this point, I hadn't watched the video; the webpage showed an icon with the video, but when I clicked on the icon, nothing happened; there was an issue watching the video, so I skipped it. Since that point, this morning I got the link to work, have since watched the...
  17. 3 cyl Ecoboost current specs?

    While I admit my bias against timing belts, I will tolerate the arrangement, as will the vast majority of consumers, provided that the belt is mounted outside of the engine. I currently have 207k on my Ranger, whose four cylinder engine features a timing belt. But when I go to change it in...
  18. 3 cyl Ecoboost current specs?

    It's not a timing chain unfortunately; it's an internally mounted belt, yet because the belt's mounted internally, it gives the engine the appearance of an internally mounted chain.
  19. 3 cyl Ecoboost current specs?

    This is concerning, to be honest. Is the whole prospect of changing the timing belt so laborious, so expensive, that they assume that most will not endeavor to replace the belt - so they're simply quiet about it? Is this a disposable engine?
  20. 3 cyl Ecoboost current specs?

    Yours is not the first mention of this oddity. **** Another poster had this to say: "Changing the wetbelts on a 1.0 ECOboost is a major job. It will take an experienced mechanic approximately 12 to 16 Hours to perform this job the 1st time." 2nd post down...