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Opinion: Where is all this Ford love coming from?

Do you have the time to listen to me whine?

For us GM lovers, the finale of The Grand Tour left us scratching our heads a little. How is it possible that an entire country could be in love with FoMoCo, so much? Ford is a car company, that in the US, has been guilty of producing some pretty poorly constructed and thought out cars and trucks.

Need I remind everyone that this is the company that brought us the overweight and overly complex Small Block Ford engine. They then doubled down on faulty logic and produced the even heavier and even more insanely constructed Big Block Ford. They are also known for creating Mustangs that would rust out in less than 4 years, (the cowl vents in all 1960s Mustangs), trucks that would rust out in half that time, (F100s and F150s of the ‘60, ‘70s and ‘80s), and had electrical systems that were so overly complex and made of such poor quality materials, only a British Leyland technician would think they were a good idea.

Photo by Sam Warren on Unsplash

Photo by Sam Warren on Unsplash

In the US, Ford Motor company produced very questionably engineered and constructed cars from 1945 to the early 2000’s, but in other countries they are considered to be a great manufacture. How is this possible? Is it because Ford was constructing things differently overseas during the last half of the 20th century and those blue ovals were better than the models offered here in the US? Or could it be Ford was actually doing the same thing outside the US that it was doing here and that the cars that were being produced in other countries, by “native” manufactures, were of such horrible quality the Fords were actually just better?

How is it possible that Ford is able to score so high on those, near daily, “Pick your favorite US manufacture” polls we see on DT? Part of it probably has to do with the age of the average user on DT being below 30, if you believe those every other day, “How old are you?” polls. Users aren't taking into account FoMoCo's half a century of poor quality product and they have little experience with GM's better quality during that same time period.

But... (you had to see that coming, right?)

What I’m about to say is going to shock a lot of you. Those young people shouldn’t take Fords 20th Century failures and GM’s successes into account when answering those "Who do you like" polls. I believe they should judge manufactures by what they are doing now. Comparably speaking, you'll find that Ford is redeeming itself by producing cars that are of the same, if not better, quality than their pre WW2 cars.

Photo by Ali Moharami on Unsplash

Photo by Ali Moharami on Unsplash

GM has fallen far behind its arch nemesis, Ford. To see this, just look at the mechanically superior, but ugly, Camaro and the missed opportunity that is the new Blazer. In fact, the only two things GM is doing correctly are the LS engine and the C8 Corvette. The LS engine was designed at the end of the 20th Century. Making it an example of GM milking the Small Block engine design to the last drop. The C8 is a different story. Hopefully, it shows that GM might understand that they’ve been wrong. Maybe the C8 can lead GM to a better path.

(See how I've taken a negative article about Ford and then turned it into a criticism of GM? That means I’ve now managed to anger the two largest automotive communities in the US with one story! I’ve totally skipped over Chrysler, but they really should be use to that by now. Now I’ve really done it!)

Please direct all flame to the comments section.

About the Author:

"Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck."

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Comments (17)

  • I come from a Ford family and have owned multiple Fords, all which I loved. But lately I feel they have missed the mark multiple times. In the states, we just finally got the very overdue current generation Ranger, and there is no Ranger Raptor here. Why? Because Ford feels since we DO have the Raptor F150 that there is no need for the smaller version. WRONG.

    Ford also has stopped selling the Focus RS in the states, after we FINALLY got it only 3 years ago. WRONG.

    They have also announced they will stop offering the awesome Fiesta ST here too. WRONG.

    Ford is huge in Europe so it's no surprise that DT loves them, but GM is big in other places where Ford isn't as popular, like South America.

      1 year ago
    • Interesting, so Ford might be starting to make bad decisions again.

        1 year ago
    • I also want to add that GM is huge (#1) in China, whereas Ford is a distance #6 and has huge declines in sales. And China is kind of a big deal right now...

        1 year ago
  • Global debt levels are at USD $230 Trillion.

    Reality bites.

    People are heading to the exits, looking for reasonably priced cars.

    Thanks to P.J. O'Rourke and his research team at American Consequences magazine, for this historical perspective on spending :

      1 year ago
  • I just love car honestly. I love everything form old cars from the 30s to the layaway hypercars. I love all kinds of brands and companies. For me cars are cars

      9 months ago
  • Chris you messed up in the first sentence by exposing yourself as a "GM lover".. geez, poor guy 😂

    You're exactly right with the age demographic though I think Ford has done a lot in the past 5-10 years to make their brand look a lot better but truth is GM just made themselves look so bad over the years, however I still wouldn't buy a Ford or a Chevy new

    You think Ford is being overrated but people love to go on and on about Dodge SRT Hellcats and Demons and whatever but let's be honest Dodge has been making crap for YEARS when they first came back with the Dodge Charger but have we forgotten Dodge is owned by frickin Fiat-Chrysler??? It's like the perfect storm of mediocrity, I mean the Hellcat is cool but would I want to buy a Dodge? Hellno!

    Sorry unrelated rant about Fiat-Chrysler but had to be said.

      1 year ago
    • I usually just ignore the Mopar people. I've found you can't really take anyone who thinks a Hemi is a good engine seriously!

        1 year ago
    • indeed but it shows the power of ad campaigns where people who know nothing about cars still want to ask "does it got a HEMI?!?"

        1 year ago
  • Because Ford knows how to do global business.

      1 year ago
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