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Ultradog MN

10-10-2012 18:31:30
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Ford was the First, or was it the last, to build an inferior transmission in an otherwise great tractor and not thet their pants sued off of them.

The 6000 with the powershift transmission was clearly a failure and I wonder about all the private teeth grinding and serious grumbling it caused for the poor farmers who bought them new.
Not that long after the advent of the 6000 Ralph Nader wrote his infamous book about the Chevy Corvair and began the push for lemon laws, government oversight and other consumer protections.
Ford's voluntary replacement of sooo many trannies was clear evidence of a flawed product and today would cost them heavily.
The Corvair was a better car than the 6000 was a tractor in the eyes of many farmers of the day.

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10-11-2012 04:48:43
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 Re: Ford Firsts in reply to Ultradog MN, 10-10-2012 18:31:30  
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UD how many SOS fords do you own?



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Ultradog MN

10-11-2012 06:29:49
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 Re: Ford Firsts in reply to showcrop, 10-11-2012 04:48:43  
None.
What is your point?



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10-11-2012 07:26:37
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 Re: Ford Firsts in reply to Ultradog MN, 10-11-2012 06:29:49  
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My point is that anyone who knows a little about tractors knows that they should bash the SOS. I have a second generation SOS in my 971 that has worked very well for me for 10 years working regularly. many others with some experience with them and knowledge of the second generation SOS will even declare that they are "bullet proof". I will not go so far as to say that they are bullet proof, but I will say that from my experience and that of various others that know the difference, that there is a night and day difference between the two. I can't tell you exactly when they came out, but I can tell you that the first ones had no drain plug on the bottom but second generation ones do. As a "Ford guy" I would think that you would not want to push any more blame on Ford than they really deserve. Sure it was rushed into production early, but just as Ford has done the same thing at other times so has every other manufacturer.

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Ultradog MN

10-11-2012 09:15:18
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 Re: Ford Firsts in reply to showcrop, 10-11-2012 07:26:37  
Reread my post Showcrop.
I was specifically talking about the 6000.
If a machinery manufacturer put out a similarly untested, unreliable tractor today they would probably not only be paying for a lot of new trannies but also some sort of compensation for time lost due to malfunction through a class action lawsuit.



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10-11-2012 17:01:16
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 Re: Ford Firsts in reply to Ultradog MN, 10-11-2012 09:15:18  
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Welllllll.......... may..... be but 3of 5 sentences were specifically SOS



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Bern

10-10-2012 18:48:13
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 Re: Ford Firsts in reply to Ultradog MN, 10-10-2012 18:31:30  
It wasn't only the trannies that made the 6000 flawed. Ford brought the early ones in from the field and overhauled almost everything except the tires!



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