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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#31 of 712 Just ordered my 2006 hybrid escape
Sep 13, 2005 (6:16 pm)
I live in Denver, CO and just placed an order for an 06 AWD Hybrid Escape in Red Fire Metallic. I found a dealership here who not only was willing to sell me one at xplan, but to also place it on the build schedule so that it won't arrive until on/after Jan 1, 2006 so that I can take advantage of the estimated 1950.00 federal tax credit and the 2797.00 state tax credit. I had no hassles in placing the order, simply a 500.00 deposit. Now the hard part, waiting 14wks to take delivery.
On another note, the dealer said they just recieved word that Ford has acquired an increased inventory of hybrid parts for assembly and is converting an existing standard escape manufacturing line to a hybrid line to handle the increased demand, so lead times should be going down and inventories up come the new year.
#32 of 712 Buying Experience
Sep 21, 2005 (10:59 am)
We were at the right place at the right time.
Several months ago my wife and I decided that we were going to buy the Escape Hybrid. We were waiting though until she returns from her deployment some time in January. About a month ago I started the process fully aware that I would be ordering the car and probably would not take delivery until January to take advantage of the federal tax break. As I was calling around to find the best price, I eventually called the dealership in Santa Fe, NM.
The dealer there had recently received a USED 2006 Escape Hybrid on the lot. The guy who originally bought it apparently had a lot of money because he decided after only two months that he did not like the seat. So he brought the car back, took the loss on the trade in and walked back out with an Explorer. The net result for me is that I picked up his Hybrid at 3000 under MSRP with all of the extras that we wanted save one, which was the safety package. But it also had the navigation system and 6 disk changer that we did not plan on ordering due to the expense. I also sacrificed 5000 miles, but rationalized it by concluding they must have been mostly highway to have been put on in just two months.
The savings realized from buying used was excellent, but I have forgone any tax incentives for both this year and next since I am not the original owner. Still, when I consider that I walked away with essentially a brand new 2006 vehicle for 3000 under MSRP for that package, it far outweighs any tax break that I could have achieved for next year or this year. I still have the rest of the warranty too and the car was spotless inside and out. Needless to say our buying experience was quite nice, but highly unusual given the demand for Hybrids these days.
#33 of 712 Re: Just ordered my 2006 hybrid escape [ryandenver]
Oct 05, 2005 (7:23 pm)
i ordered my 2006 escape the last week in june, and it showed up early (even surprised the salesman) at the end of august. i wasn't expecting it until early-mid october. i was of course ecstatic to have it. the only downside of my purchase is that no matter how hard i pressed, i couldn't get the x-plan or any other ford discounts off the msrp. i was told that order was direct from ford and the owner of the dealership couldn't do anything to assist. that x-plan would have saved me nearly $2200, and being in metro-detroit i know *plenty* of people who work for ford (my husband is even contract with ford!). my other surprise, was being offered a much lower then expected price on my trade in, 2001 4WD escape. this caused a last minute scramble borrowing over $3000 from family members to close the deal. i really didn't want to walk away from the car, knowing it could be months to place another order...but i think i got screwed at the closing table.
the car has been great so far, but the buying experience was a bit bumpy.
#34 of 712 Test Drive
Oct 21, 2005 (2:31 pm)
Went to test drive an Escape Hybrid today. 2005, FWD, red 2 tone with leather seats and NAV option. Lists at about 31255, or so, it was in the paper for 26,825. It has about 400 miles on it from test drives, never titled and not really a demo. Dealer let me bring it home tonight to show the family, need to go out for dinner and drive it around some more. So far I like the way it drives.
We're still not right with the value of my trade, so its unlikely I will buy it, but it is nice to be able to give it a good, long test drive without the pressure of the sales person sitting there. Just wondering if anybody has bought one lately for that much under the sticker, or if I can hold out a bit more since its been sitting on their lot for almost a year now.
Guess we'll see in the morning.
#35 of 712 Re: Test Drive [tcasboy]
Oct 21, 2005 (10:27 pm)
That's a very good price.
#36 of 712 Re: Test Drive [tcasboy]
Oct 22, 2005 (11:21 am)
Since it's an '05, it's been hanging around the dealer for a while.
Try and hondle him down to 26K. If you can't, the price you were given is below invoice anyhow!
Go for it.
Oct 22, 2005 (1:57 pm)
Yes, the vehicle was manufactured in Jan 05 according to the plate on the door jam. It was filthy and sitting out in front of the dealer (fairly rural area) with green HYBRID stickers all over it. The sales lady and I got in, started it up and drove around to the front of the dealership to pick up a dealer tag for the test drive, and as we stopped a black cat ran out of nowhere like its tail was on fire. It ran around in circles for a few seconds and then disappeared.
Another salesman told us that the cat came out from under the vehicle when we pulled up. We lifted the hood and you could see where the cat had made its home on top of the engine. I imagine it used up one of its lives getting out of there without getting chopped up. So the car had been sitting for awhile and looked it. I actually washed and vacumed it when I got home before showing it to the family because it was so dirty.
Anyway, the price is very good, and I enjoyed the test ride, but I don't think the vehicle meets my needs right now and we couldn't agree on the trade value. If its still sitting around after I sell my car on my own I might give it another look.
The price was in the Memphis Commercial Appeal at least two different days, and the dealer is in Millington, TN (Price Ford) if anyone is looking for one and wants to go get it. It is red with the silver two tone, and has the leather and nav options, as well as the safety and audiophile packages. Sticker is 31,255 and they are asking 26,825. A good deal if you are sure you want a Hybrid.
#40 of 712 We bought our 06 FEH and couldn't be happier!
Nov 02, 2005 (6:44 pm)
We took ownership of our 06 FEH on the 10th of October from
Fairway Ford in Evans, GA. We originally had went to another local
Ford dealer who had advertised one on the lot with everything we wanted.
When we arrived for our scheduled test drive it had been sold. But to
make matters worse they acted like they didn't really want to sell us a
car. That dealer was Bobby Jones Ford. So we left BJ Ford and went to
Fairway.. they had a white 06 on the lot.. we were able to look around
and play inside before a salesperson came and spoke with us.. We took it
for a test drive and both loved it. Since we have an 05 Prius we pretty
much knew what to expect.. but the FEH went beyond that. Our salesman
was fairly knowledgable and willing to work with us. BUT,
we did not buy the white FEH... we just do not like white vehicles due
to the red GA clay dust. He then asked what it would take to get us
into a FEH.. we told him one in the color we wanted with the options we
wanted. Our salesman came back with he could have one for us in 2 days..would
that be soon enough? True to his word he found a Silver 06 with all the
option xcept the safety pkg and we purchased it.. Took delivery 2 days
later... best part is they gave me $500 above book on my 03 GT Cruiser
and it was $500 under MSRP. I can not say enough good things about
Fairway Ford and their staff. Sticker was $31,620 and we paid $30,500.
Oh. this is my first Ford since owning a 69 Mustang Mach1 with the
Shebly Cobra package.(429, shaker scoop, BW T10, 411 positrack) now that
was a muscle car.