I'm the same as alot of these other guys. My dad was a GM guy growing up, then when it came time to buy a new work truck, he bought a '91 F-150 LWB std cab with a 4.9 I6 and a 5spd stick. He bought it in the fall of '92 with 26k miles on it, and drove it until this past may every day. It currently has 270k on it and still runs and drives. He only retired it because he bought a 91 f-250 with 36k on it for a great price. That old truck turned us all into believers in fords. It didn't have the electrical problems that plagued the dodges our friends drove, nor did it have the really crappy interior of the early 90's chevys. We pulled a 12k trailer a couple times (I know, not recommended, but that truck didn't blink) My first truck was a 90 f-150 short bed standard cab, with a 300 I6 and a 5spd, based on the great experience I had with dad's. I worked as a mechanic through part of college and working on cars and trucks has been a hobby for a long time, and from what I've seen, ford has some of the best stuff out there. They may not have the legendary reliability of the older Toyotas or the power of a European sports sedan, but they run a long time, and when they do break, they are typically cheap and easy to fix. They have their lemons and their bad or strange engineering (5.4 spark plugs, 3.0 taurus timing covers, late 90's headlight switches, 7 lug wheels, 4.6 plastic intakes on crowns and gran marquis, constant changes in lug patterns..... i could go on) but in spite of those, they make quality vehicles I will continue to buy and purchase. My drivers thus far: '93 Escort, 1.9 5spd. 227k when totaled '90 F150, 300 5spd, 165k when traded '96 Mustang 3.8 5spd, 174k when cam bearings went out due to previous owner's negligence. '91 explorer 4x4 4.0 5spd, 235k when parted out due to severe body damage from off roading '92 explorer, 4x4 4.0 5spd 180k when totaled. (had it a month, lady ran a light and I hit her doing 40.) This one saved me from grievous harm due to its heavy duty construction. '92 F-250 4x4 6.9 5 spd, my current dd, has 247k on it and would hop in drive to California tomorrow if needed. As you can see, I've had several, all with high mileage, and can count on one hand how many times they left me stranded. Escort broke a timing belt that had never been changed at around 205k, 91 explorer broke a brake line, and the mustang's engine gave out in GA and had to be towed home. Dodge, chevy and the others all make quality stuff, but for me, ford is the winner. Even if they weren't, recent political events would sway me toward them anyway. That isn't a small consideration either.