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Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, SUV
#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!
#79 of 3348 Have you tried Internet search?
May 05, 2001 (12:02 pm)
When we looked for Sub's and Excursion found the Ford's had pretty good inventory lists on the internet. Found one the way we wanted and happened to be at an AutoNation dealer, Dublin. Got the price by email but still had to spend 3 hours at the dealer since at the time I decided to take the 0.9% financing, which took all the time.
#81 of 3348 loyalty rebate
May 05, 2001 (6:59 pm)
SVMAN- I got $750.00 for going from a 98 Mountaineer to an 02. Both were purchase rather than lease. I have never heard of a $500.00 rebate being offered.
MATT - Don't give up on the Ford. These products are truly a giant leap forward in progress.
#82 of 3348 loyalty rebate
May 05, 2001 (11:28 pm)
Would one get a $750 loyalty rebate going from an Explorer to a 2002 Mountaineer?
#83 of 3348 2003 Lincoln Explorer platform SUV
May 05, 2001 (11:32 pm)
I have heard that Lincoln plans on introducing a 2003 Lincoln SUV based on the Explorer/Mountaineer platform in Spring 2002.
Does anyone know what features/ options such an entry will have? Perhaps more wood on the dash and navigation system?
May 06, 2001 (6:50 am)
SirKnight - The way I understand it, you must go from Ford to Ford or Mercury to Mercury. I don't necessarily agree with this line of thinking. The other unusual thing is Mountaineer pricing versus Explorer pricing. If you desire a more basic vehicle then the Explorer is your best bet. If you want something loaded, you get more for the money with Mountaineer. Loaded Mountaineer costs less than Eddie Bauer or Limited. In addition with the Ford, you must upgrade to Bauer edition in order to get the priviledge to buy certain options that you can add to Mountaineer for less. Mountaineer is geared toward luxury buyer yet costs less than Explorer when loaded up.
#85 of 3348 Factory Invoice Pricing
May 06, 2001 (8:11 am)
Does anyone know of any dealers in the Southeast (I'm in Mississippi) selling 2002 Mountaineers at or near factory invoice? Thanks.
#86 of 3348 Loaded Explorer vs. Mountaineer
May 06, 2001 (9:48 pm)
Thanks for the advice. Since I want it very loaded, I checked and you are correct, seems simarly equipped loaded Mountaineer and Loaded Eddie Bauer or Limited have about a 1500 dollar diference, with the Mountaineer being more cost effective loaded. I have a 96 XLT so I can split that diffence in half if I purchase an explorer. I happen to like the Mountaineer stlying better except for the plastic aluminum trim around the radio and the interior of the doors. But i also like the Explorer low gear 4WD for the few times I drive on the beach each year.
I figure the new 2003 Lincoln SUV offered next spring will be a lot pricier and probably will not offer a low gear either.
I will order the new Mountaineer as soon as the Andvance Trac yaw control system comes out( not that it will help me on the beach, but i like that safety system in general). I d like to get it before my extended ford waranttee expires in Dec of this year, so I wont be waiting to see the Lincoln as I prefer not to keep my Explorer ( which has been trouble free) past the extended warantee.
Thanks for your help
#87 of 3348 hail storm
May 07, 2001 (8:55 am)
anyone have a delayed delivery due to a hail storm that hit the StL plant in early April. Many trucks out in the lots awaiting delivery. Tennis ball sized hail in the area.