Gary Erickson's letter of the day exhorts us to support American workers by buying a Ford Ranger. Unfortunately, the American public wants something different from its vehicles: reliable products from a company that stands behind them.
The last Ford product I owned was a 1992 Explorer with a manual transmission which disintegrated at 65,000 miles. I had it rebuilt at a Ford dealer. 4000 miles later, it disintegrated again. Ford refused to do a thing for me, including honoring the repair warranty. That fiasco ultimately cost me $3400.
I'm now on my second Toyota product. Between them, and over 200,000 miles, I've made exactly one unscheduled trip to the mechanic - and that only cost me $60.
I know which manufacturer's product I'll buy the next time I'm in the market for a car, and it won't be one from the Ford Motor Company.