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Ford Freestyle, Ford Taurus X, Wagon, SUV
#393 of 850 Leasing '08 AWD Limted?? [david101]
Nov 27, 2007 (8:50 am)
Check out the residual value and all the other terms that Ford is asking at the end of the lease. The Reserve value identifies what they think the car is worth at the end of the lease term, and its also the cost of the car if you decide to sell it or purchase it when the lease is over.
Check out "lease traders . com" and see what previous owners experiences are. I have leased several cars- BUT always negotiated the residual value to make sure I was not going to be gouged at the end. My company offered a buying plan for vehicles.
If you are a COSTCO member, they have a car purchasing program- it could be they have a dealer willing to negotiate better terms in your favor.
I own a 2007 Freestyle, AWD, Limited , with options similar to yours (Sat radio was not available with the entrtainment DVD). In May, I was able to get $7000 off the sticker, plus the DVD removed from invoice. (Ford Sticker was 31,000 + $4600 in options) The dealership is a gem.
#394 of 850 Taurus X retail production on hold this year!?
Nov 29, 2007 (6:56 pm)
My San Jose, CA dealer just told me that my Taurus X ordered in August with Sync (job 2) will not be delivered until February as "retail Taurus X production is on hold through the first of the year."
Does this make sense to anyone?
I may cancel my order for the TX, and wait to see what's available next year. I've not been happy with it's mileage or interior.
#395 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [larryqw]
Nov 30, 2007 (4:37 am)
I suggest you do a dealer inventory search in your area to see if there are any equipped as you want. In the Dallas area some have arrived at dealers w/synch.
#396 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [cmuniz]
Nov 30, 2007 (9:47 am)
Yep, I did that already. None with Sync were found in the SF bay area. I suspect it's a zoning problem, which my dealer also said. None with Sync are making it to CA any time soon.
And the TX Limtied I did find, even without Sync, had much less of the other features I wanted, and many I didn't want.
#397 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [larryqw]
Dec 01, 2007 (4:00 am)
It's too bad.......I owned an 05 Freestyle Limited and now have an 08 TX Limited w/o synch and I think they are great vehicles. The dealer also had a black Limited w/synch on the lot, but I don't like black and didn't need the synch feature. No doubt there is a lot of competition in this segment, but the TX is an all around excellent performer for the money. I looked closely at the CX9, but chose the TX because it was more value for the money in my opinion.
#398 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [larryqw]
Dec 01, 2007 (6:07 am)
I don't have any advise for you but I did have a question. I am overseas and I am planning on buying a factory direct Taurus X. I asked about the hold on production but the car sales person did not know what I was talking about. Can you help me? I can't find anything online. I am due to come back in August and the car is suppose to be ready for me when I get there. I need to know what I am headed for. Thanks for your time
#399 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [raezmom3]
Dec 01, 2007 (7:42 am)
What price are getting from the overseas purchase?
#400 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [raezmom3]
Dec 01, 2007 (9:09 am)
Sales people would be the last to know about production schedules of any vehicle. They are the absolute bottom of the food chain.
A planned August delivery of a Taurus X should not be affected in any way by this. This is likely just a temporary hold on production until they work through some inventory that is already at (or on it's way to) dealerships.
#401 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [passat_2002]
Dec 03, 2007 (7:34 am)
The Tauruses and X are assembled in Chicago. Because of slow sales, much of the plant was laid off for much of November. Therefore, it would be hard to special order a car, for at least a period of time. This fall, sales were significantly down from the Freestyle sales the year before - even though the Taurus X is a much improved vehicle with more standard safety equipment.
I haven't seen any attempt to advertise the Taurus X. It is never mentioned in newspaper ads of dealers, and I haven't seen any TV ads. It seems Ford has decided that crossover buyers should all be pushed into the Edge. The Flex is coming out next year, which will use the mechanics of the Taurus X with different sheet metal.
The rebates for the Taurus X just increased to $2,000 (at least in the Northeast US) effective Dec. 1 to around Jan. 2.
I just received quotes from 5 Ford dealerships in PA. over the net. It was amazing how close they were - the differences could be explained by the differences in invoice prices. They averaged about $500 over Edmund's invoice price before rebates.
It appears some of the dealerships report their invoice price as including the regional advertising fees they are required to pay. That makes the dealer's "invoice price" a couple hundred dollars higher than what Edmunds says.
#402 of 850 Re: Taurus X retail production on hold this year!? [jpzenger1]
Dec 03, 2007 (7:58 am)
Also keep in mind that starting with production at the end of Sep, synch is included in the base price of some of the models so that adds about $400 to the base price. Dealers probably have both pre-synch and post-synch models which can account for the difference in invoice/msrp prices. You have to look at the window sticker list of standard features to see if it is included, otherwise you won't know.