Daily Podcast: Maybe Next Time

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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My first car was a Ford. As was my second. And my third. They were all hand-me-down Ford Pinto station wagons. And I owned all of them in the space of one year. By the time these machines were under my care, they had around 60k teenage miles on the clock. At the risk of flattering my eventual driving skills, the transfer was a bit like giving an aspiring classical pianist Jerry Lee Lewis' old piano. But I loved my Pintos. Not just because they gave me my freedom (a.k.a. a place to smoke dope and exchange bodily fluids), but also because, well, they were cars. The thing of it is, back in the day, everyone knew what a Ford was: a cheap car. You didn't buy a Ford because you wanted to. You bought it because you had to. Don't get me wrong: there was no dishonor in that. There was working class pride involved. As you know, tempus fugited. Now that the Explorer is lost in the wilderness, I reckon the F-150 is the only Ford vehicle that keeps faith with that blue collar ethos. Even a Fusion is too… fancy. I know, I know; there have been plenty of fancy Fords. But not as many as there have been plain old Fords. Can the Blue Oval rekindle a friendship with America's economy-minded car buyers? I don't know. But as far as Ford having a feeling for the common guy's taste in cars, as a former Pinto owner, I've got one thing to say: there's another myth exploded.

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  • Ucanvance Ucanvance on Nov 05, 2007

    Can the Blue Oval rekindle a friendship with America's economy-minded car buyers?em>

    Cars have become so reliable that it makes more economic sense for many working-class folks to buy more car for less-- "pre-owned." Why buy a new, base-model sardine-can when you can spend the same money on a more comfortable, luxurious model several years old? For many blue collar consumers, the new car market is either out-of-reach or a value compromise that's ultimately not worth it.

  • Draggin Draggin on Nov 06, 2007

    Love your quote about us all knowing what a ford was, cheap transportation. As my buddy Todd says " The only reason to BUY a FORD is because it is all you CAN A-Ford! Did i mention my 2004 Thunderbird is a 40K POS? yea, i did.....

  • Benders Benders on Nov 06, 2007

    I wish I would've read this before posting under the Deathwatch but I'll say it again. In the parking lot of the USW plant where I work, there are maybe 10 Ford cars (not including trucks) in a sea of a few hundred of the General's cheapest. That being said, Ford, Mazda, and Subaru make the only cars I want to buy. Scratch that, cars I want that I can afford.

  • Fallout11 Fallout11 on Nov 07, 2007

    The Ranger still keeps that faith, for a bit longer yet. See lots of well-worn and still rolling ones with scratched up beds and/or small business logos on the side (often trades).