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#69 of 3348 Anyone Leasing?
Apr 25, 2001 (8:26 am)
We went to our dealer who gave us a great deal on a 2002 Explorer Eddie Bauer. He gave us his invoice cost which agreed to the invoice cost on Edmunds. I was happy until I saw the residual values and monthly lease payment. WOW! The residual on a 2 year lease & 12k miles is 55%. On my 1998 EB Explorer, we had a 3 year with 15k and a 58% Residual. Even though we got 3% APR, our monthly cost went up $105. The three year lease was a joke because the APR went up to 7% (supposedly fords way of getting people in a new car every two years).
Anyone else getting better deals on a lease or residual values? Is the dealer jerking me around by messing with my residual or can they do that?
Apr 26, 2001 (2:18 am)
I can help. Just purchase one, take care of it, and in 2 - 5 years you will have a nice vehicle and NO PAYMENT!!
Apr 26, 2001 (2:49 am)
A few interesting things I found out after my trip to the service department.
1 The transmission will sometimes shift slowly. This is the computer learning and is normal. Something about enhancing durability. The condition will improve the more the computer learns. Apparently it will adapt to your driving habits. Point of note. Disconnecting the battery will start the learning process all over again. It said so in the TB.
2 If you have a rattle coming from the dash area it is probably a part somewhere in the steering caolum. The TB said it is a known problem and the will replace it. There was a number that the service guy was to call to get the scoop on how to fix it.
3 No fix yet on the "rasp" sound coming from the engine, see prior post. Still no effect on drivability and I think it is getting better. It is smooth and powerfull on the highway.
4 They took care of the rail dust. Polished it out.
Does anyone know what the tongue weight limit is for the standard, built in, reciever hitch?
#72 of 3348 mountaineer tires
Apr 26, 2001 (7:35 pm)
Just bought a mineral gray 02 mountaineer. It just came off the truck this afternoon. Have not seen it yet. Wondering if it will have any of the items on it that Ford has been crediting. One concern I just thought of is whether it might have Firestones. All vehicles that I have seen up to this point have had Goodyears. Are dealers actually ordering with Firestones? Is Ford using any other brand of tire? Too late for me to call dealer tonight. They probably will not know brand of tire since they located this vehicle about 50 miles away.
#73 of 3348 2002 Mountaineer with all the goodies
Apr 30, 2001 (1:20 pm)
Just picked up my 2002 4.0 with 2 wheel Drive. Granite Grey with leather, rear a/c, audiophile 6CD sound package, rear radar back-up sensor, dual front control a/c , convience group, luxury group, running boards, trailer tow package, yada, yada , yada. Gooodyear tires (Eagle LS) are superb. Quiet and "sticky". The vehicle rides like a car and handles the same. Power smooth and adequate. tranny shifts well. Brakes really good. Interior well designed and well put together. The folks at Ford Truck in Louisville and the Guys and Gals from The UAW. did an outstanding job on this SUV. More later after I put a few miles on the vehicle. Rollier
May 01, 2001 (9:14 am)
What is the latest on the all aluminum 4.6 liter engine? I have been waiting since last year to purchase the 2002 Explorer with that engine. I check every Ford dealership I pass for a V8 but have never seen one.
#75 of 3348 Time to Choose 2002s
by steve_ HOST
May 02, 2001 (4:13 pm)
What does everyone think about a long-term comparison test pitting the new 2002 Mercury Mountaineer against the 2002 GMC Envoy?
Please visit this page for the scoop and an email address to send those comments.
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#76 of 3348 mountaineer tires
May 04, 2001 (2:06 pm)
Even on a locate, the dealer will knows what tires are on the vehicle. It is on the invoice what brand they are. Be sure to get your $750 mountaineer owner loyalty rebate!!!!!
#77 of 3348 loyalty rebate
May 04, 2001 (7:55 pm)
I heard this was $500, if you lease. Where did you hear about $750?
#78 of 3348 I couldn't believe it!
May 05, 2001 (12:30 am)
My wife are looking to replace our 94 Explorer Sport. We've narrowed it down to a 2002 EB AWD V8, 2001 Pathfinder LE and Acura MDX. The MDX dealer said that we were almost up so we dicided to go on some more test drives to really figure out which we wanted. Our first stop was Capitol Ford in San Jose CA. They had almost no selection, so we had to drive a V6 XLT without leather. (Basically get the feel of the new suspension). It's much smoother than the 94, but the increase in weight is noticable, as it's not too quick (over 10 sec 0-60).Anyway, I asked to work the numbers on one configured the way my wife and I want it, and the guy said "We can't do that today, the computer room is closed." (It was a Sunday) We were ready to order! So we left and went across the streat to Capitol Nissan. We test drove a Pathfinder LE (REAL Nice Motor!) and the little twerp locked out the OD on the transmission to make it sportier on the freeway! Then, after the test-drive, he started with some huge price, almost $38k I think. I told him if he was going to start from high MSRP to stop wasting all our time and I'd leave then. I also told him that what I was looking for was to find out what retail and invoice was for the car we wanted, what incentives were available, adn what interrest rate we qualified for. The credit manager came back with 30688 (invoice less $1200) and 3.9%. The salesman went to see if they had one with the options in the color we wanted, and dissapeared for 45 minutes! We got up and left!
My wife an I have never had such a hard time trying to get someone to take our $35k-$30k!