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Ford Truck Enthusiasts would like to welcome our latest advertiser, Bergstrom Ford. Bergstrom Ford is a large Midwest dealer who offers on-site sales and drop shipments to all Ford-Trucks.com users. They will be happy to answer questions in the message boards you may have about selecting, purchasing and ordering a Ford truck or SUV. User MartyB will be the point of contact for Bergstom Ford.
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 03-Jun-02 AT 11:12 PM (EST)]Thanks Ken.
I look forward to working with you and everybody on this site. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about ordering or buying trucks, or just trucks in general. I don't know everything, but I can probably find an answer to your questions.
I specialize in Superduties and Powerstrokes in particular, but I am also pretty good with F150's and I am a SVT dealer. Up here in WI, we don't sell the Lightnings as fast as they do in the South (unless Ford comes up with a viable AWD system) so I usually have some in stock.
I welcome A/Z/X plan purchases. I have a lot of experience in drop-ship orders ( I place your order and you pick up at the local dealer ). I can give you a great price, maybe not the lowest, but you can be assured that I have sufficient allocation and I will process your order accurately and keep you updated regularly on the status of your truck. I can provide plenty of references upon request. I know there are a couple guys on here who have seen what I can do, and can attest to what I am saying.
Drop me a note if there is anything I can do for you.
While I am not currently in the market for a new truck, I am always thinking of my future needs/desires. What concerns me is I went to 4 Detroit MI area Ford dealers and none had manual transmission SuperDuties on the lot (one dealer had some 35 units). Seems to me if they had some manuals on the lot they would sell (so I hopefully can fine one used someday). I would be interested in your perspective, as a Dealer, on what the future of manual transmissions is and how manual transmissions are viewed from a marketing perspective.
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We order very few Manuals for our lot. I think the reality is that fewer and fewer of these trucks are used specifically for "work". They are becoming what the minivan was a few years ago, the family "truckster". I think the sheer size of these trucks makes the manual a difficult proposition for MOST drivers. As dealers we need to keep the most marketable vehicles on the lot. I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in the Midwest (Central WI in particular) the Superduties are a hot commodity, so we order what sells. I don't have the allocation to order a lot of manuals. I usually have a couple XL's in the pipeline somewhere for our commercial/fleet users.
I sell quite a few Manuals, but they are usually order-outs. The folks that want the Manual Trannies will usually have a specific truck in mind, and the prospect of locating the exact truck is minimal (they will want things like manual 4x4 and AIC and no sliding rear window for example). These folks will wait their 6-8 weeks to get exactly what they want.
In the F150 and Ranger the manuals sell pretty well, so we always have a few of them available. I would love to see a 5.4L with the SuperDuty 6-speed in the F-150.
As far as the prospects for the future of manual transmissions- Who Knows??? I like them, but I drive an Auto for the convenience. There is a percentage of the public who will not drive an auto, so they will stick around.
Yes, you answered it. So there are far more manuals out there than I see in my "window shopping." And, that may be for the better in my case, as I don't like a lot of family "truckster" options (prefer the XL). I have been told that out in the country, where farmers are the bulk of the customers, there are more manuals available on the lot.
Your idea of a six speed in the 5.4L F150 is good. Also I think many people who could do with an F150 would buy an SD for the style (me included). I'd love to see a light duty version of the SD someday.
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 02-Aug-02 AT 01:08 AM (EST)] Hello Marty, I need to know what size of ford truck,diesel that I need to pull a 37' to a 38' fifth wheel. app. weight 11,500 lbs. Iv'e been looking at a 350 automatic dually long bed ,Lariat but everyone is saying the DOT is going to start cracking down, & I want to stay legal. can you help & the sooner the better! Thanks in advance--Larry
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