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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#578 of 712 Madison WI - MMH's
Aug 07, 2008 (1:14 pm)
While in town on business, I went to the dealer, and test-drove a 2009 I-4 gas Merc Mariner (same as FEH except shocks and exterior bling, as far as I can tell). Sweet little truck! Braking is great, pickup great (though a little reving). Road bumps not bad for a small truck, though not as good as the Subaru Forester I drove next. Seats considerably more comfortable than the Forester, and better pull out into traffic. All in all, I can't wait to get an FEH or MMH!
As to ordering hybrids: after test-driving the Forester, I went back and sat in the 09 again, and asked questions about the ordering process, and brought up the questions with order fulfillment that people have aired here. The dealer showed me their order sheet, with progress on orders. They sell more hybrids than any other Merc Dealer in the area. Some June orders still awaiting VINs, but several in production with VINS and ship dates assigned.
He stated, that per his contact, Mercury is ONLY doing retail ("already sold") orders right now on hybrids, because they have so many. Stated that many dealers have therefore made phony orders trying to get dealer stock. Said that the factory actually calls the customer to be sure it's not a dealer's phony order, and if they don't get an answer that matches, they don't commit that VIN; they go on to the next order. Advises therefore giving your cell # to them for this reason. States that basically, it's a 2 month wait for the VIN right now, and then another 1-2 months to be built and delivered.
He said that this is the Mercury process, and could not speak for Ford Escape Hybrids, as that could be different.
As to the e-mail that was floated on the internet about Ford not taking any more orders, he said that just wasn't true. He is making retail orders for them still which are being accepted. Just no dealer stock orders being accepted.
It was a very pleasant experience - no pressure at all. Just a good test drive and even more info and plenty of patience with my questions (and showing me the printout of his orders list, VINs and ship dates and all) when I went back there after test-driving a Subaru Forester. For those interested, it was Gordie Boucher Lincoln Mercury on Odana Rd.
Aug 08, 2008 (6:17 am)
I finally received a VIN# for my FEH AWD ordered on 4/18. Does anyone know how long it typically takes from VIN assignment to delivery to the northeast?
#580 of 712 Re: Got my VIN [ganggreen]
Aug 08, 2008 (6:59 am)
Ganggreen, out of curiosity, when you say Northeast, what area area you talking about. I'm in the Greater Pittsburgh area and am keeping on the lookout for anyone else who's been waiting on a VIN.
#581 of 712 Received 2009 FEH in Maryland
Aug 08, 2008 (7:03 am)
I just took delivery of a 2009 FEH FWD last night (08/07) in Columbia, MD. I had ordered it June 6. Here are my initial impressions. First off, the car rides and looks great. Brakes and handles very well and acceleration is very adequate. When I got in the car, the info center said 440 miles to empty. I am downsizing from a 2003 F-150 and I would barely get 270 miles to a 25 gallon tank. Another point of interest is that I am 6' 3" and have plenty of head and leg room. I found it somewhat hard to keep in electric mode going from a deadstop. Like someone said in earlier posts you will make people behind you very angry if you try and keep it in electric mode. However, that being said almost as soon I started hitting the brakes to come to a stop it went into electric mode and stayed there until I went to go again. It is crazy how quiet it is when it is in electric mode - it literally sounds like the car shuts off totally. The SYNC system is sweet - pairing my phone and ipod was easy and the voice recognition is very accurate. Hope this helps people out a little bit...please feel free to ask any questions.
#582 of 712 Re: Got my car yesterday!!! [michaelweho]
Aug 08, 2008 (7:20 am)
I also have a white suede escape hybrid Limited ordered since 5-16-08. After contacting the dealer (Omaha) he tells me at this time I probably will not see the car until last of Sept or mid Oct. Would it be possible to have you send me some pictures of your car? I am interested in seeing the car in the white suede color exterior as well as the interior of the new escape.
#583 of 712 Re: Received 2009 FEH in Maryland [therock515]
Aug 08, 2008 (7:26 am)
What color of Escape did you recieve? and would it be possible to get some pictures of it??
#584 of 712 Re: Got my VIN [jlcomstock]
Aug 08, 2008 (7:36 am)
I ordered it on April 18 from Rhinebeck Ford, which is in Rhinebeck, NY. About 100 miles north of NYC, 50 miles south of Albany.
#585 of 712 Re: Got my VIN [ganggreen]
Aug 08, 2008 (7:56 am)
Just picked up our '09 FEHL 4WD in Kiwi. So far, so good with only 10 delivery miles. SYNC with "Next Gen Nav" is very cool! Cheers
#586 of 712 Re: Received 2009 FEH in Maryland [troberts1]
Aug 08, 2008 (11:47 am)
I got the Black Pearl Slate and I will try to get some pics up soon.
#587 of 712 Pics of White Suede
Aug 08, 2008 (3:01 pm)
Trobert1 - I will try to get some pics uploaded this weekend.