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What is one specific feature that Ford should include in the Maverick? If the Maverick design team is reading this forum, what would you want them to include in the final design? For anyone who has owned a Ranger, what was something that could be improved?

My request is a very basic one. I would like to see some real paint colors offered. I want to see a metallic yellow, burnt orange color, metallic forest green, a bright ocean blue, etc.
 

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I absolutely LOVE my Ranger. I can't imagine that I would want anything changed; it's tough, durable, reliable, good on gas. The engine is torquey around town. It's a PERFECT size truck.

I have a standard cab truck, 2WD, not too many bells and whistles.

The new Ranger is too long, a little too pricey, and I don't care for the powertrain combination. Our economy has taken a downturn, and more people are going to hold onto their vehicles. And the verdict is out on the longevity of Ranger's turbocharged engine, and it's complicated 10 speed automatic.

If Ford made an equivilent to my current Ranger, me and others would buy it - especially with the economic downturn, coupled with Nissan's decision to move the Frontier upmarket - which leaves the entry level market empty. The Chevy Colorado is offered in a bare bones version, but Chevy's reliability is questionable.

Ford would steal the entry level market, and the Maverick would be popular with people like me, with fleet sales, and with municipalities.
 

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Then give me manual window controls haha. Fewer bells and whistles with simple controls. I'd even be fine with no screen on the dash. And I can park it myself. Now I've listed more than one thing though.
 

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Then give me manual window controls haha. Fewer bells and whistles with simple controls. I'd even be fine with no screen on the dash. And I can park it myself. Now I've listed more than one thing though.
It's funny you say that about manual windows because my wife and I were recently telling our 10 year old how when we were kids we had to roll the windows up and down ourselves and lock each car door individually. Are there any new vehicles in the United States that don't have power windows? I don't think there are.
 

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I'd definately go the manual route; (as much as I would want it to) I doubt the Maverick would be offered with crank windows, but the manual gearbox is a major deciding purchase factor with me.
Man, a manual transmission would be awesome but I just don't see that happening. Manuals in pick up trucks are disappearing. Ford does not offer a manual in the Ranger and GM stopped offering a manual in the Colorado a few years ago. The Nissan Frontier also dropped the manual option for 2020.
 

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Okay -- here we go....

2.0L EcoBoost (or 2.3L if it'll fit in the engine bay)
8 speed automatic
Looks like the Bronco Sport (front especially) and has the same dimensions (height, width, interior specs like rear legroom)
50" or 52" bed length and bed width (to carry cutdown plywood/drywall)
Some decent/bold exterior paint colors
Maybe a couple interior colors and seat types (cloth + leatherette/vinyl)
LED headlights on all trims
2" hitch receiver
 

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Man, a manual transmission would be awesome but I just don't see that happening. Manuals in pick up trucks are disappearing. Ford does not offer a manual in the Ranger and GM stopped offering a manual in the Colorado a few years ago. The Nissan Frontier also dropped the manual option for 2020.
And it's stupid too, as many of Ford's domestic offerings share parts globally, and overseas, people still drive manual transmission cars and trucks.

For example: our Ranger has a lot in common with the Ranger that's sold overseas, and they have a manual transmission, and overseas Ranger's have turbodiesels with high torque. What would it take for Ford to outfit our Ranger with a manual? Next to nothing.

The Maverick will be based on the Transit, and the Transit is sold overseas, likely with a manual transmission.

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Chevy's nixing of the manual in the Colorado, sealed the deal that I would not be a future Chevy owner. I keep my vehicles for a long time, and manual transmission vehicles are dead reliable, durable, and cheap to maintain. The Colorado's reliability is a bit iffy, but I figured I could get by with the base 2.5L and the Eaton six speed manual. Now that they nixed the manual, so I have no interest in the truck.

And I used to commute with my Ranger on the Belt Parkway, daily, in Queens and in Brooklyn (NYC). Unless someone has a physical handicap preventing the operation therein, the inconvenience of manual transmission equipped vehicles is grossly overstated.
 

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And it's stupid too, as many of Ford's domestic offerings share parts globally, and overseas, people still drive manual transmission cars and trucks.

For example: our Ranger has a lot in common with the Ranger that's sold overseas, and they have a manual transmission, and overseas Ranger's have turbodiesels with high torque. What would it take for Ford to outfit our Ranger with a manual? Next to nothing.
Yeah the markets in other countries always get things that we don't get here. There are a lot of sweet wagons in Europe that aren't sold in the U.S. because they don't sell here.

Chevy's nixing of the manual in the Colorado, sealed the deal that I would not be a future Chevy owner. I keep my vehicles for a long time, and manual transmission vehicles are dead reliable, durable, and cheap to maintain. The Colorado's reliability is a bit iffy, but I figured I could get by with the base 2.5L and the Eaton six speed manual. Now that they nixed the manual, so I have no interest in the truck.
It basically comes down to profitability. If there is a very low take rate for manuals then it doesn't pay for the manufacturer to produce them. If Ford does produce a stripped down base model for the Maverick with say a regular cab & very few options then I think that will be the best chance of a manual being offered. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Trust me, I know exactly what you mean about manuals but I've also recognized that it's a rather quickly dying option. I've also been searching for a used late model Mustang convertible (2018 or 2019) with a manual. This would be a third vehicle for us to enjoy on nice summer days. They aren't necessarily impossible to find with a manual but finding one in a color I like & with the options I want means that I'm likely going to have to purchase it long distance sight unseen and have it shipped. I've been searching since March & there haven't been any near my location. I don't really love the idea of purchasing a car before seeing it & test driving it but it looks that will be my only option. Now, if I wanted an automatic I could have easily purchased over a 100 of them locally since I started looking in March.
 

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I've also been searching for a used late model Mustang convertible (2018 or 2019) with a manual. This would be a third vehicle for us to enjoy on nice summer days. They aren't necessarily impossible to find with a manual but finding one in a color I like & with the options I want means that I'm likely going to have to purchase it long distance sight unseen and have it shipped. I've been searching since March & there haven't been any near my location.
That's sad - mostly because you're in the market for a Mustang.

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(The below comment is not in response to you, but it's a general comment):

I wonder what the future buying patterns of American's will be, now that the economy has taken a HUGE hit.

I guarantee that people will be holding onto their vehicles longer, which will make ten speed automatics unattractive to some folks. Certainly in more rural type communities, a manual equipped vehicle will be the choice for some.
 

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It's funny you say that about manual windows because my wife and I were recently telling our 10 year old how when we were kids we had to roll the windows up and down ourselves and lock each car door individually. Are there any new vehicles in the United States that don't have power windows? I don't think there are.
Maybe someday it will be cool to operate things manually again. I can only hope, but unfortunately it seems we're headed in the completely opposite direction. Sit back and be driven somewhere. Pitiful
 
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