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  • Birthday 12/26/1973
  1. My parents came down today and delivered his old 2005 (I thought it was a 2004) Dakota. I also got to check out his new Ford Maverick. It is a really cool little truck. It is bigger than I expected. It has a really nice design inside and out. Ford did a real good job making a unibody SUV chassis look like a truck. The interior has a quirkyness about it, but I really like it. I like the real climate control knobs and buttons rather than the touch screen stuff on most cars/trucks. The colors in the interior are odd, but I like it for some reason. The only complaint I have is the angle of the infotainment screen. It is straight up and down. It needs to be leaned back a little and face the driver a little more. I am impressed with the room in the back seats. Dad let me drive it around the block and it drives nice. It has a car like ride quality and the ecoboost seems more than adequate. The poor engine looks like it's on life support with all the hoses, wires, etc. If I were in the market for a new vehicle, I would heavily consider a Maverick. Dad would like to have a new Dakota since his old one served him well, but Daimler, Fiat, Stellantis, etc. have about run Chrysler in the ground and haven't developed anything and dropped many product lines. Dad sold me his old 2005 Dakota real cheap. I am going to drive it some and let the kids drive it when the time comes. It is still a really good truck and dad took good care of it. It has the typical 4.7 driver's side exhaust manifild leak that goes away once it warms up. The check engine light stays on, but Hacket Bros. in Murfreesboro says nothing shows up and it must be a glitch. Dad backed into something and broke the driver's side taillight. It has a cheap knock off taillight. A guy also pulled out in front of dad a few years ago and messed up the grill, passenger side headlight, and bumper. That was repaired and you'd never know it except for the driver's side headlight lense being milky. It will be nice to have something to drive so I don't have to drive my Challenger or SS/T in the rain or drive them to Walmart.
  2. Random thought thread

    Get some. You can thank me later.
  3. Random thought thread

    Dad picked it up yesterday, so he hasn't had it long enough to form a real opinion. He did say that the technology in it is nice. He has never had one with the touch screen, remote start, etc. He said it drives as nice as any car he's ever driven. He doesn't need a big truck, so this one will fit his needs nicely. It must have been really nice for dad to have bought a Ford. He said he would never buy another Ford after that 1998 Ranger he had. I'm really surprised that he bought anything nicer than the standard base model. The Dakota I am going to buy from him has no power locks or windows. It has AC and a CD player and that's it. I think it was the cheapest 4 door Dakota you could buy in 2004. Dad has owned a long line of basic no frills vehicles. He didn't like it when I bought what I wanted (Ram SS/T) back in 1998. He said I should have gotten a V6 Dakota at the time instead of what I bought. "We paid less than that for our first house." I still have my truck and still like it. I'm glad he finally bought what he wanted instead of cheaping out.
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    This is the greatest "mashup" ever. I can't explain how it works. It just does.
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    Here’s dad’s new Phord. He stepped up to the 2.0 Ecoboost and AWD. He still can’t hold a cell phone sideways to take pictures.
  6. Random thought thread

    I am getting tired of people staying on topic in this thread.
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    My dad called me today and said he is going to buy a new Ford Maverick. I may buy his old 2004 Dakota 4 door and save it for the the kids to drive in 2-3 years. Dad says it needs an AC recharge every 18 months now. Other than that, it seems to still be a good truck. I also got a pair of Tony Lama caiman skin (reptile somrewhere between a lizard and an aligator) cowboy boots today for $100 that are probably worth $300 and cost over $600 new. They've been resoled, but they have been cared for extremely well. There are no cracks or major scuffs. On a 10 scale, I'd say the condition is 9.8. I put some exotic leather lotion on them and shined them up. They look almost brand new.
  8. 2021 Bronco Sport

    I would like to check it out next time I'm in the 'boro. I didn't care for these Bronco Sports when they first came out. After seeing a couple of them, they are growing on me. I really like the Maverick, which is a lengthened truck version of the Bronco Sport. If I had to buy a vehicle today, I would strongly consider one. The Bronco looks to be too much of a compromise vehicle just like a Wrangler.
  9. Beech Bend Raceway Nov 6th, Who's Going?

    4200 lb. pig on all season radials. Nope!
  10. Beech Bend Raceway Nov 6th, Who's Going?

    I would, but I don't have anything to run.
  11. Random thought thread

    Say what you want about Chrysler Corporation. They could predict the future. My kids laugh because a 1998 model Dodge Ram has a built in iPhone holder. It fits like a glove.
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  13. Random thought thread

    I saw a Velocity Blue one and a Cyber Orange one. One was pulling a zero turn and the other was pulling 4 wheelers. They seemed to be together. The trucks seemed bigger to me than the Bronco Sport they are based on. They didn't disappoint me when seeing them in person. I think they are very good looking little trucks. They look like they will be very useful daily drivers. I have said for the last 5+ years that someone needs to bring back the small (compact/mini) truck. I would rather have a truck along the lines of a Nissan Hardbody, early Tacoma, S-10, etc. However, I think this may be the right truck right now. I predict Mavericks will sell like hotcakes despite being FWD with such a small bed. People, by and large don't care about FWD vs. RWD any more. Also, 4.5' bed is more than most folks need. I'm hoping they will release an extended cab version with a longer bed, but I doubt that will happen.
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    The more I see the Ford Maverick, the more I like it. It's a really good looking little "truck:". If only it came with a 6' bed. If it did, I might buy one. I saw two on I-40, both pulling trailers, and they are bigger than I expected. I think if I bought one, I'd go with the 2.0 turbo, AWD, and the towing package.