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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#306 of 712 2009 Production Start Up
Mar 29, 2008 (6:37 am)
A quote yesterday from a New Vehicle Inventory & Advertising Manager
"04/17/2008 2009 MY Escape Unscheduled Order Bank Opens
05/15/2008 2009 MY Scheduling Begins
06/23/2008 2009 MY Job #1 - Production Starts"
The Donlen dates are now different but they are a fleet management company.
If Job 1 is end of June, and we know Ford has boosted overtime for the Escape/Mariner Hybrids, best case would be end of July beginning of September for the arrivals at the dealerships. Of course all is subject to change.
#307 of 712 Typical deposit
Apr 05, 2008 (6:25 pm)
When ordering a new vehicle, what have people been offering as a typical deposit if any at all. A deposit seems reasonable although with the economy taking a dive perhaps the market will reflect otherwise...
#308 of 712 Re: Typical deposit [bjcarter]
Apr 06, 2008 (1:52 am)
When I ordered mine, I made a $500 deposit.
#309 of 712 Re: Typical deposit [bjcarter]
Apr 06, 2008 (5:52 am)
When I ordered mine I wasn't asked for a deposit.
#310 of 712 Re: Typical deposit [drlarsen]
Apr 08, 2008 (6:47 am)
i also paid an order deposit. ($500.)
it seems that coastal dealers may be getting
a larger allotment than central US sites from
what the local dealer told me.
i placed my order just after Christmas 2007.
the dealer said that the factory said they
would see -1- hybrid in late March 2008.
this was apparently a very ambitious promise
as the dealer said mine was their 'only alloted
vehicle' for the 1st quarter of 2008!
and as you could well guess, it has been delayed.
from what the others here say, i may be waiting
until mid summer for mine. actually if it is a 2009 model
i wouldn't be too disappointed. the 2009's reportedly
have a bit more intelligent traction system in the
build. i will just drive an old family car until mine comes
the dealer is one of the largest FordMercury ones in
this area and they have almost zero news from the
factory. i think this is a customer relationship mistake.
heck... at least let us know what's up.
from what i have read here, there are a lot of customers
waiting and most of them are loyal Ford owners.
#311 of 712 Re: Almost but not yet - Batteries (not) Included [cycook]
Apr 08, 2008 (7:25 am)
I'd say that the batteries are not keeping up with the demand.
this is still the issue as of April 2008.
i work in the metals and materials industry here in the USA.
those industries are going hot and heavy this year.
prices are also going up.
there may be other reasons, but i think the short supply
chain problem is a world wide problem. everyone wants
'things' and there is only so much available.
#312 of 712 Re: Typical deposit [pensive]
Apr 08, 2008 (8:24 am)
I have to agree with Pensive. People have asked me if the car was worth a wait (usually as a joke).
I tell them all the same thing and that's that Ford should show their customers a little respect and tell them up front that there will be an 8 month wait. It wasn't the wait that was the problem for me -- it was continually being given excuses and never knowing when it would really arrive.
#313 of 712 Picked my 2008 up yesterday !
Apr 08, 2008 (5:31 pm)
I just got my 2008 FEH Yesterday. I ordered it in late November - so about 5 months. I got a i4WD loaded with Nav, leather, moon roof, satellite, etc. In Black. AWESOME looking. In NJ these are hard to get. Very hard to get. I was told EVERY one goes to New York city- as the Mayor has mandated cab's be hybrids. He told me I got THE last one for 2008 and it came off the line just about 10 days ago. The price was the window sticker which matched the web list price. Not above, not below. I leased it because I like to get a new car every 3 years. The dealer in NJ was excellent overall- Verner Cadby- I recommend them. However, they REALLY discourage hybrid's because they are a pain to get and they have a lot full of regular ones-a lot cheaper. They were VERY clear when I ordered that it would be a 6 month wait AT LEAST- and they did it in 5. I bought it on faith and reading reviews- I did not test drive one first. So it's only my first day- I commute into New York City- and often park at train and bus stations. I sit in a lot of traffic. I then drive up steep and long hills in suburban NJ. Today- I was really impressed with the pick up on the highway. Better than I expected. So Day one it gets an A. We shall see over time ....
Apr 12, 2008 (7:06 pm)
I would like to buy a Escape Hybrid but am wondering if I should wait till the 2009 version comes out. There are a few 2008s available in my area(Denver) but I sort of think that I would like to get the 2009 version. I have heard that it is improved from the 2008. But I worry that I could be waiting for 6 months or more when I can get one now. DOes anyone have any information/opinion on waiting or buying one now.
#315 of 712 Re: 2009 vs 2008 [timberkk]
Apr 13, 2008 (8:06 am)
I ordered mine June 21st and received it December 21st..six months. My advice would be to find one and buy it. I don't know anything about the 2009 version. But I imagine that the longer you wait, the lower the tax incentive becomes. I qualified for the $3,000 and that means a lot to me.