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Ford Explorer, SUV
Aug 22, 2008 (5:39 am)
I love my 1995 Explorer and I'm ready to upgrade to a new one. But, I'm having difficulty finding one. You see, I have never had a desire and/or need for a third row seat. Unfortunately, ever Ford dealer I visit tells me that I would be hard pressed to find an Explorer on a lot without a third row seat, and that I'd have to order one without the seat. I've visited Ford's website and built my new Explorer and have searched dealer inventories online for just the vehicle I want, but none are available without a third row seat. I love the space of the Explorer, but can't see toting around the excess weight of the third row seat. Being the end of the model year, that puts me out of luck at finding a great deal on a leftover '08. So my question is, when are the '09's going to be available? Anyone have any insight into timing for an '09?
#213 of 255 2001 Explorer - Used - Win Win!! Thanks Edmunds
Oct 25, 2008 (12:20 am)
Ok, first time poster... long time reader of Edmunds.com
This is a tale of me having my way with a dealership.
I have (had) a 1998 Chevy Blazer. Replaced 3 water pumps, one alternator, one radiator, one fuel pump, 4 shocks and a butt-load of tires.
The Blazer also had the following issues:
-Needed a tune-up
-Front alignment (Car shakes from 60-70mph)
-Needed 2 new front tires
-Needed Front breaks
-Heat and air did not work
-Had electrical issues - incessant clicking (from what sounded like the turn signal)
-The fuel gage never read true and would click to E at anytime.
-Transmission just recently started acting funny.
-Had an oil leak, radiator leak, and a leak from the back hatch window.
-Passengers door wouldn't open with keyless entry
-And the inside would smell like exhaust or gas from time to time.
-Last but not least: The interior sucked... (2 kids and me not being anal about the inside)
-Exterior: Lots of small dents and scratches. (Ala kids)
Pro's: The 4wdr worked, and the engine was strong.
I was going to have to pay at least $650.00 to 1.5k$ to get the car back into shape
I wasn't looking forward to winter with at very least no heat.
I explained the situation to the wife. Then said We should look for something newer
and less miles and trade the Blazer in.
I started looking on the Internet and I found an explorer in an adjacent city, with 80k miles and 2001. I called to see if they still had it. (9 times out of 10 they don't but... they surely have something else they can get you into... blah blah)
In this case they had it. I told them I'd be down at about 5pm. I waited until dark to go. I wanted to camouflage my car a bit more. =)
They wanted $4,995 for the Explorer XLT. I hopped on Edmunds.com and checked the price. It was listed at $5,250. While my Blazer was listed at $1,200.
I had read the buying guides on this site and I tested them a few times on other perspective cars. I've never felt so vulnerable as when in a 'car buying' situation.
My wife's job on this mark was to be disapproving and agitated.
We test drove it. It seemed solid. With one exception, a rhythmic 'whirring' sound. Could have been from the 4wdr gear box or a bearing issue... OR Completely normal to the car. (Time will tell)
I came in and let him know I wanted to chat about the vehicle. After some time he got back to us... We remained active, getting up and wandering around when he left, etc...
We started talking money. I told him of the sound I'd heard and expressed it could be a future issue. He didn't argue with me. I asked if he'd mind if I had my mechanic look at it, etc... Then we got down to the trade-in part. He asked me what I had and I gave him the keys and he wandered out to see. We did not follow. Here is the critical portion. This was in a smaller city and he had no other staff on-hand as it was late (For them, they closed at 8pm) He came back in, made a call, chatted with the other end then came over and wrote down what he was willing to offer. The offer was $2,000. Knowing what I knew about the blazer and it's worth, I nearly swallowed my teeth. I hymned and hawed about the $2,000, but ultimately let it go as I was not going to let that be a deal breaker in any situation but I didn't want to appear too eager to jump at the offer.
I then haggled him down on the $4,995. I finally got him down to $4,150. With all told, I only owed him $2450.67, which I was more than happy to pay.
A was a bit chagrined to take the title for the blazer and cash for the Exploder back to him the next day, but hey... deals a deal. They did make a jab at me for the beat up license plates from the Blazer - alluding to the condition of the car, but never came right out saying it. However in my defense, I did disclose everything he had asked for initially.
I took the Exp out on a 370 round trip exercise. Performed wonderfully and I got 23mpg. Win win. I left there giggling to my wife. She just shook her head. She however was just as glad to be out of the Blazer.
While I could afford a better car, I wanted to have this for a work car. Money concerns are huge on 95% of American's these days, and I believe that this site helped me walk out of there having saved $1k at very least. This was an awesome experience. However, I don't think I could make as one sided a victory as this again.
#214 of 255 08 Limited Good Deal?
Mar 09, 2009 (8:54 am)
I saw a 08 limited leftover with most options expet remote start and dvd. Sticker was $41k
I know they are asking 36k+ and there is 1000 rebate plus 0% for 60 months (which I need) but what do you think is a good price for this truck?
I was thinking 30k OTD since I will have to pay to add the DVD and remote start. Thinking that will cost me about $2k
#215 of 255 Any 2008 Explorer leftovers out there?
Jun 10, 2009 (6:15 pm)
Anyone know of any 2008 Ford Explorers still on a lot in the NJ/PA,NY, CT area; Ford has deep incentives on these if they can be found. By the way...I need 4WD or AWD & 3rd Row? Will also consider used if mint and low, low milage....Thanks
#216 of 255 anyone bought 2009 ford explorer XLT
Aug 10, 2009 (1:44 pm)
want to know how much you can get off the MSRP. Thanks
#217 of 255 Re: anyone bought 2009 ford explorer XLT [epec]
Aug 18, 2009 (10:39 pm)
I purchased a 2009 Explorer XLT Aug 10, 2009. MSRP was $36,845. Purchase price was $29,500 after $4,000 in manufacturer to customer rebates. It was the last 2009 Explorer in dealer's stock. It had been at the dealer since the first part of April. No trade in. No financing. I negotiated in person at the dealership. This vehicle had the exact options I was interested in. Also, the last of the 2009's was an advantage because I will drive it until it is ready for salvage. The dealer made two offers and I made two counter offers and the deal was done. I drove it home 3 hours after I walked into the dealership. If the purchase price had not been acceptable to me I would have negotiated for a 2010 using the internet and contacting a number of dealers simultaneously.
#218 of 255 Re: anyone bought 2009 ford explorer XLT [gbj]
Aug 24, 2009 (5:28 am)
really appreciate this information . I think it is a good deal
#219 of 255 Re: Any 2008 Explorer leftovers out there? [karma50]
Aug 24, 2009 (8:17 am)
I know of a dealer in Florida that has one left I bought the other one and you are right here in florida I got 4500 off the msrp and it was brand new with only 17 miles. let me know
#220 of 255 2010 Ford Explorer Limited
Dec 21, 2009 (7:08 pm)
I am coming the end of a lease on a 2007 Explorer LTD. The only extras are a reverse sensing system, a V8, and upgraded rims. The sticker on the car when I leased it was $37,800, and after rebates, the sale price was $32,800. I am looking into either buying out my lease or buying a new 2010 Explorer LTD, but the lowest sticker price that I can find for a vehicle comparibly equipped is $42,500. I asked the dealer to explain to me why a car in the same body style with the same specs has gone up in sticker price by $5K 3 years later, and they have no logical explanation except to say that Ford sets the pricing, not them. Does this seem to make sense to you? I am in a suburb of Philadelphia, and C&C Ford is the dealer.
Thanks for any input,
Jan 27, 2010 (11:10 am)
hi y'all, new on the forum but long time reader... i'm contemplating buying a Mountaineer (that would be my 1st truck ever). I love that car strictly because of its looks, i can't lie I want at least an 07 or newer, i've been looking around and some dealership offer pretty good prices. However I am concerned about the Mercury brand. Will it go out of business? I heard they are going to eliminate the truck section and only make small cars. How does that affect the resale value of a car?
I read most of the comments on here and people seem pretty satisfied with it as far as the performance. I will probably keep the car for another 3 yrs if i buy it now. If some of you guys have traded the car in how easy/hard was it?
Any answers you can provide is greatly appreciated!!!