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Well, I picked up my 2-door, Velocity Blue Badlands this evening. She was built on 9/27, shipped the next day via rail, and arrived at the local rail yard, about 30 mins south of me last Wednesday, 10/6. Since then it has been worse than waiting for Christmas morning to come since I was a kid. Last night I noticed the tracker said it was delivered, so first thing this morning I pinged my sales guy. Went in this evening after to work to pick it up. A person at the dealership told me it would be ready tomorrow, but I bugged them enough it was ready at 5.

No dealer issues, I'm happy to say, but of course it was a 2+ hour affair...as always. Finance guy tried to get me a warranty with the works, but I declined and showed him the Flood Ford ESP site. He scratched his head and said, nope, can't beat that. Was out of there just before 8 p.m.

I lost my wife to cancer the end of last May, and this Bronco has been sort of a North Star for me and my 9 year-old son. It's been a frustrating, but great distraction for us. Now that it's over, I hope we can use it to create new memories to guide us forward. My son has had a hard time over the past year accepting we'd trade in his mom's Rav-4, and I constantly had to explain that she never liked it and preferred her 2005 Corolla over it. When we parked at the dealer today, there beside us was the same Corolla, including color, that my wife had before her Rav-4. What a serendipitous thing. It definitely made me smile.

This thing is a beast! I've only ever seen a 4-door, so I didn't know what to expect. It looks small, but at the same time is monstrous. I'm very happy I didn't go with Sasquatch, as the 33's are plenty big for me. The Velocity Blue is stunningly beautiful. The roof rails just complete the look, and I'm very happy these are real roof rails, not flimsy ones you see on most SUVs now. It is much wider than I expected, which is going to take some getting used to. It was getting dark and sprinkling out, but I went over the MIC roof with my hand all around it to make sure it was good. I couldn't notice any defects which made me happy.

I'll be spending the next few days just trying to figure everything out on the interior. It has plenty of get up and go with the 2.7l. I'm not kidding when I say I'm not sure I've had a vehicle over 150 hp before, haha! I played Glenn Campbell's Gentle on my Mind as the first song as we drove off and then we switched to some Elvis. I have the High package, so not the top of the line stereo. I thought it sounded plenty good, so I won't need to be laboring over speaker replacement. The ride was smooth, even more so than the Rav-4 I traded in. It will take me a bit to get used to driving it, but I think it is 100% a winner. I definitely would not have wanted anything larger than the 2-door. I'm so excited for all you still waiting, as you are going to love it. The wait is worth it! I'll get some more pics tomorrow when it's light outside.

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FloodFordESP? Never heard of it. Checked it out and now I'm really curious. Thanks for the tip! Bit expensive with all the bells and whistles, but more than I've seen before. I'll be sure to compare with my dealers ESP.

Grats on the Bronco. Looks like what I'm waiting for, but Cactus Gray +lux.


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You story is eerily similar to mine. I too lost my wife to cancer in April 2020. When the Bronco ordering thing happened in July, it was like a light bulb going off for healing and focus (North Star is a good way to put it). Yes the wait is getting painful as I hope to have mine in December.
I'm looking forward to getting it dirty with my daughter as we refocus our lives and move forward.
Good story and all the best to you and your son!
Y'all are going to love it. Enjoy the new memories it will help make.
 
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You sir are a very good man. I about lost it at the kitchen counter reading your story.

I’m certain she was with you and your son in that moment. Enjoy those Bronco experiences with your boy and know she’s always with you both. Always.
 
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HOLY COW, THAT THING IS GORGEOUS!!!!!
Seriously.
Gawd, I wrestled so hard between AMB and VB for my Base. Totally happy with my AMB!!

I had the oppurtunity to see a 33" Badlands next to a Wildtrack, and you're right, they were both HUGE!!! But not as much difference as I thought there'd be.
I came to the same conclusion, if I were to get a Badlands, I'd save the money from Squatch.

(Interesting, this was post #2 in the thread, then it went missing??? Was it the pic of my rig I included?)
It's really so hard to judge the different sizes in pics. You've got a collectors item with that AMB!
 

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Y'all are going to love it. Enjoy the new memories it will help make.
Thanks and great minds think alike I suppose, I also have ordered a Badlands 2 Door....but in Rapid Red
 
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You sir are a very good man. I about lost it at the kitchen counter reading your story.

I’m certain she was with you and your son in that moment. Enjoy those Bronco experiences with your boy and know she’s always with you both. Always.
I appreciate the kind words. Laughter is one of the things that keeps me going. The only emotions I want to worry about tomorrow are the looks of awe on the 25 Jeeps I pass as I take my kid to school in the morning!
 
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Thanks and great minds think alike I suppose, I also have ordered a Badlands 2 Door....but in Rapid Red
I was torn between Rapid Red and VB...have never had a red car and didn't have the guts to make that bold choice (in my head it was a bold choice at least).
 
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Well, I picked up my 2-door, Velocity Blue Badlands this evening. She was built on 9/27, shipped the next day via rail, and arrived at the local rail yard, about 30 mins south of me last Wednesday, 10/6. Since then it has been worse than waiting for Christmas morning to come since I was a kid. Last night I noticed the tracker said it was delivered, so first thing this morning I pinged my sales guy. Went in this evening after to work to pick it up. A person at the dealership told me it would be ready tomorrow, but I bugged them enough it was ready at 5.

No dealer issues, I'm happy to say, but of course it was a 2+ hour affair...as always. Finance guy tried to get me a warranty with the works, but I declined and showed him the Flood Ford ESP site. He scratched his head and said, nope, can't beat that. Was out of there just before 8 p.m.

I lost my wife to cancer the end of last May, and this Bronco has been sort of a North Star for me and my 9 year-old son. It's been a frustrating, but great distraction for us. Now that it's over, I hope we can use it to create new memories to guide us forward. My son has had a hard time over the past year accepting we'd trade in his mom's Rav-4, and I constantly had to explain that she never liked it and preferred her 2005 Corolla over it. When we parked at the dealer today, there beside us was the same Corolla, including color, that my wife had before her Rav-4. What a serendipitous thing. It definitely made me smile.

This thing is a beast! I've only ever seen a 4-door, so I didn't know what to expect. It looks small, but at the same time is monstrous. I'm very happy I didn't go with Sasquatch, as the 33's are plenty big for me. The Velocity Blue is stunningly beautiful. The roof rails just complete the look, and I'm very happy these are real roof rails, not flimsy ones you see on most SUVs now. It is much wider than I expected, which is going to take some getting used to. It was getting dark and sprinkling out, but I went over the MIC roof with my hand all around it to make sure it was good. I couldn't notice any defects which made me happy.

I'll be spending the next few days just trying to figure everything out on the interior. It has plenty of get up and go with the 2.7l. I'm not kidding when I say I'm not sure I've had a vehicle over 150 hp before, haha! I played Glenn Campbell's Gentle on my Mind as the first song as we drove off and then we switched to some Elvis. I have the High package, so not the top of the line stereo. I thought it sounded plenty good, so I won't need to be laboring over speaker replacement. The ride was smooth, even more so than the Rav-4 I traded in. It will take me a bit to get used to driving it, but I think it is 100% a winner. I definitely would not have wanted anything larger than the 2-door. I'm so excited for all you still waiting, as you are going to love it. The wait is worth it! I'll get some more pics tomorrow when it's light outside.

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Congrats and best wishes to you and your son.
 

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I appreciate the kind words. Laughter is one of the things that keeps me going. The only emotions I want to worry about tomorrow are the looks of awe on the 25 Jeeps I pass as I take my kid to school in the morning!
Great attitude! And for those jeep parents….

 
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