Simplifying trims/options makes sense. I was looking at the new CX-50 on Mazda's site and there's like 10 poorly-named trims to shop; maybe this gives the sales department something to do / ample upsell opportunities?
What's annoying, though, is Ford removing bits and bobs without telling...
Temp work, everything from helping the range management program to cleaning up trails to field mapping. Was a fun few years, the puke green F-150 served us well. Best work truck dollar for dollar then and now.
Ah, that explains it. I worked for the USFS many years ago during what must have been the puke green -> white switchover. My team ordered a new F-150, my boss expected it to be white. A puke green F-150 shows up, which was fantastic because my boss absolutely hated that color. :crackup:
Another sea change from the pandemic era. A huge number of people placed retail orders for the first time and saw that too many dealerships are a value detractor under that paradigm. Like you said, it's one thing to "play the game" when there's inventory, new vehicles flooding the lot, and the...
That's what Ford's tracker says for me as well, but I'm not sure if QA/QC is included. For example, it took another 10 days for the car to ship. Maybe other post-build activities took place during that time. Who knows.
Mine's still riding the rails, currently sitting at a stop for 3+ days. From what I can tell, the freight train moves pretty quickly once dispatched, it's all the "intermediate stops" where they add/remove cars and build new trains that slows things down.
That's what I shopped the B.S. against (plus Mazda), but Ford's 'official' word has been to position the B.S. against the smaller SUVs mentioned in the article. I wonder how much that plays out amongst buyers "IRL" -- the Blazer and Renegade never crossed my mind.
Agreed about the 1.5L engine. I'm surprised at the quality variations on these things, though. Granted my old Big Bend was built in early 2021, but it didn't have any of those gaps, ripples, or other "obvious" defects documented here. When my Badlands arrives in a few weeks, I'm going over it...
For anyone else who wants to go mad tracking rail cars: turns out my rail car number was correct after all, it's just that Ford's system only updates at the 'junction points' (where the rail car switches carriers).
Velocity Blue is a great color, shame to see it dropped. To me, it's *the* Ford blue on their newer cars.
Eruption Green looks pretty cool but not sure how well it'll vibe with the black roof on OB/BL trims. The green they use for the Explorer Timberline would be better.
My salesman sent me a screenshot of the VVR showing it was received in Nogales, AZ. But I don't know how or why a Ford rep would give me a specific rail car number for my VIN last week, unless a change was made at the last minute or something. I'll admit that it's been fun tracking the rail car...
According to Ford chat, my B.S. is still in Nogales, AZ waiting for a train (9 days). This means the last rep I chatted with over a week ago gave me an incorrect rail car number, and I've been tracking it lol. Thing is, that rail car is headed my way. Who knows, it'll get here when it gets here.