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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars
May 05, 2003 (4:30 am)
The 2004 Escape order guides should already be out to dealers. Therefore, most of these question, they SHOULD have an answer for.
The batteries I read, have a 7 year warranty. WHAT exactly the warranty will cover, in relation to their condition/maintenence, etc. Should be asked for ahead of time, before purchasing.
Keeping a hybrid such as this, for many years, should return the initial investment, that will offset the purchasing price.
Escape Hybrid SHOULD be around 2-3K more. Same system will be used in the Futura sedan debuting in 2005. Therefore Ford has invested quite a bit of time and effort, into getting it just right, being it'll be implemented onto other vehicles.
Next hybrid should be the RX330x from Toyota. That 's a bit over a year away, and then some.
To answer someones question relating to the Windstar/Freestar, no Ford at this time, or future time will not offer a Hybrid van version. Hybrids lose their effectiveness on vehicles that are too heavy, as in, once you grow over 3800lbs. the efficiency factor lessens. And in the Freestars budget, there's no allocation for such a system. If hybrid do pick up, and Ford decides to offer a larger version of this system and they deem it viable, then you probably wont see it till the next Freestar appears for 2006-2007 using a totally new platform. THAT platform would be able to handle it.
Pricing on the Escape Hybrid wont be released till probably the end of the summer when retooling at the factory will start. I believe (from something that flashed across my eyes last week) that the first Escape Hybrids will go to fleets in the beginning of next year, while regular customers will receive it in the spring. When I see this again, I'll confirm it.
#20 of 1615 Did they move the shifter?
May 10, 2003 (8:05 am)
I noticed from some pictures of the Escape hybrid that there was a floor-mounted automatic. Does anybody know if this is an option or standard? One of the reasons I liked the Ford over most of the others was the column shifter. I hate floor shifters- they are in the way. If anybody knows about this, maybe fill me in. I know most of the driving public prefers floor shifters, but I am still old school. I want BENCH seats and column mounted autos. I've already had to give up on bench seats-NOBODY seems to want those anymore.
May 10, 2003 (11:43 pm)
I can't exactly confirm that for you, so I'll carefully choose my words. The reason some vehicles have the full center console is more storage space. And sportier type of pretencious depending on some peoples view points. The current Escape/Tribute have been critisized for having it's column mounted shifter block some controls from the radio. So this justifies that, AND being able to have more storage space.
Curiously, NOT having a full center console, appeals to majority of women. It's mainly the place where they prop their purse. Which is minivan plus and well noted.
But being I do not have that exact answer for you at this time, I would give you an educated guess and tell you that maybe this full center console will be standard on the higher trim levels. For cost saving concerns, I do not think it would be wise of them to offer it across all trim levels. But thats just an edcauted case. When I'm able to confirm it for you, and remember it, I'll post at that time.
May 12, 2003 (5:42 am)
The floor shifter will not be available in the 2004 Escape according to the new order guides. I think the only big thing that changed is the deletion of the yellow copies.
I read somewhere that the Hybrid and the Mariner will have the floor shifter, not the current Escape.
May 30, 2003 (1:06 am)
Where I live in NJ auto theft is an increasing problem . In view of the wide spread theft of the new high intensity headlights in our state, I was wondering how easily/hard it would be to steal the battery on the hybrid?
May 30, 2003 (11:39 am)
Just a bit harder than stealing the engine of a car. It's a restricted area, and requires alot of work to get to, to just pull it out.
Aside from that, what need would someone have with a battery system that can't regenerate itself, unless it has the other components involved ?
Jul 09, 2003 (5:59 pm)
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Jul 09, 2003 (9:55 pm)
A couple of days ago I test drove a new Escape and I mentioned to the salesman that I was very interested in the Hybrid. He told me that Ford was thinking of pulling it because it was not doing well in fleet sales at all. Just something he mentioned, he didn't seem sure about it though.
Jul 09, 2003 (10:17 pm)
You mean the Escape Hybrid? I don't see that as possible considering they haven't been introduced into the market yet. This fall, it'll go to fleet sales first, THEN beginning of next year, to regular customers.
#28 of 1615 Escape Hybrid
Jul 10, 2003 (10:38 am)
Anyone have color swatches on the Hybrid? I would really like to see an Escape Hybrid other than the one they showed at the New York International Car Show.