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You are in the Ford Escape Hybrid
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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars
#1544 of 1617 Re: FEH Tax Credit Update [burnsva]
Jul 18, 2008 (3:43 pm)
" "As of June 30, 2008, Ford Motor Company has 55,990 Hybrid Vehicles (in the tax credit window)(Escape and Mariner Hybrids). Based on Sales patterns, it appears the 60,000 unit threshold will be reached within the 3rd Quarter of 2008. If this is the case, purchasers of an Escape Hybrid would be eiligible for the full tax credit until December 31, 2008." "
As near as I can tell, the credits run out six months AFTER the quarter in which 60K is achieved, which would be Mar 30, 2009, if I understand you to say that Ford had not sold 60K before July 1.
#1546 of 1617 Re: any problems? [bmdouble]
Jul 21, 2008 (10:24 pm)
I noticed you're from San Antonio, have the 09's arrived at your dealership?
#1547 of 1617 Re: any problems? [alamocity]
Jul 22, 2008 (10:36 am)
I'm in San Antonio, too. I haven't seen any. We did order an '09 MMH last week though...
#1548 of 1617 Re: any problems? [pobre08]
Jul 22, 2008 (6:52 pm)
Were you able to utilize the X plan pricing when you ordered? I see Red McCombs is showing some of the non hybrid ones in stock.
#1549 of 1617 Re: any problems? [alamocity]
Jul 23, 2008 (8:56 am)
Yes, we did order under X-Plan, from North Park LM. No issues. However, I need to follow up to see if they have received the DORA, tec. They told us October delivery. We also shopped Northside Ford, and they also welcomed X-Plan.
We debated the FEH vs MMH, but, the MMH worked out to be cheaper based on what we wanted. Bummer, is that they don't offer the side steps on MMH.
Also, just checked NPLM website...they are showing in stock 3 '08 MMH's.
#1550 of 1617 Re: any problems? [bmdouble]
Jul 24, 2008 (7:15 am)
You being a technician on the FEH, I wonder if you have any insight on the 2009. Specifically, the AC. I'm considering ordering a 2009 but I understand the AC can be frustrating because it cuts off when the car is stopped. The only way to keep it running is to put the AC on MAX which causes the gas engine to start so the AC can run. That kind of defeats the purpose of having a hybrid. I called the Ford customer line and asked if they knew if this issue would be corrected in the 2009 model. I was told that information was not available at this time. Any suggestions as to how I can find out?
#1551 of 1617 Re: any problems? [rileyk]
Jul 24, 2008 (1:25 pm)
The current engine-driven A/C compressor will not be replaced until 2010. Even with the electric compressor, the fully electric model will not last long due to A/C does require significant power (~5 kW) from battery. This power requirement is as mush as the residential A/C for a medium house. I don't need A/C running all the time, it is not that bad as A/C cut off during stop before the traffic light. When it is hot, I usually force the A/C on all the time, but I still got the satisfactory fuel economy (~29 mpg, 2008 FEH 2WD). The regular Escape with I4 engine will get about 20~22 mpg.
#1552 of 1617 Re: any problems? [dhuang2]
Jul 24, 2008 (4:16 pm)
#1553 of 1617 Side steps a good idea?
Aug 06, 2008 (5:10 pm)
I'm considering installing side step bars on my 2007 FEH as my wife finds it a bit of a climb, especially when trying to avoid muddy side panels. I have two concerns:
1 - Is there anything unique about the FEH that will interfere with side steps designed for a non-hybrid Escape? (I'm looking at Westin and they say they will work without drilling).
2 - Will the side steps cause enough turbulence to noticeably decrease my mileage?
Anyone with relevant experience?