Ford. We've all heard the various clever plays on the Ford name: Found On Road Dead, etc. There's probably little sayings like that for every auto maker on the road today. Mike N had a pretty clever one for Hyundai that I thought was pretty good, though I can't remember it off of the top of my head. There still seems to be a lot of prejudice against Ford, but I've found it's mostly from people that are a few generations older than me, especially people my father's age. I understand being passionate about certain things, and he drove a '67 Goat back in the days so I know those preferences stick for a lifetime, but I have to ask - how relevant is it today? I kind of look at cars like basses - back in the day, you had crappy basses you bought from Sears, and then real basses. Now, there really are no _bad_ basses, it's just a matter of how nice you want it to be. I know that some of the lower end Korean imports might not be up to snuff, but is Ford still putting out bad cars to deserve the reputation they have garnered thus far? They can't really be putting out cars that are as bad as people would have me believe - they're all over the place on the road! I ask because I have been eyeing the Ford Escape, their small SUV. A 4-wheel drive Escape would still get acceptable gas mileage and fit the bill for what I am looking for. It's also pretty sharp looking, IMO. So, what say you? Any Ford owners care to chime in?