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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#663 of 712 Re: "Backlog of Batteries" [pobre08]
Sep 22, 2008 (7:57 pm)
I saw a memo online from a fleet ordering company about 3 weeks ago that said the last day to put in fleet orders with the company was July 18th. The reason given in the memo for the early 'build-out' date was because of a 'material hold'. They didn't say batteries specifically though. And that's fleet orders, not retail .. but I'd imagine it would effect retail orders to some extent though.
I have the pdf memo, but I can't upload anything on here, or I'd post it for you.
Anyways, there seems to be some truth to some material hold issue. There are a number of people on blueovalforums bringing up the production delay issue too.
#664 of 712 Re: Additional Charge? [jlcomstock]
Sep 22, 2008 (8:47 pm)
Thx...but clueless as my previous comment may have appeared, I TOO have read Blue Oval and more. And yes, I know there are those still waiting for a VIN, despite placing orders on 09 FEH Opening Day.
Despite all this, I placed an order 'cause I'm truly sold on this car. I've never ordered and waited - always diven a car off the lot. After a miserable experience with a first-year Ford product thousand of years ago, I returned to Ford because of tis car. Oh well.
Thanks for the suggestion to check availability for in-stocks on-line. I'll give it a try. Ford is not the first Mfgr. to create demand and not be able to meet it, but noone has caused wide-ranging frustration before. At the very least, they should consistend and honest with their customers.
#665 of 712 Re: Additional Charge? [alfredck]
Sep 22, 2008 (8:54 pm)
alfredck - I ordered w/ Dean Sellers in Troy. Kind of a crap shoot on who I ordered with...I walked in three diff. dealerships and spoke w/ each Sales Mgr. to discuss the ordering/ delivery deal. I was tying to get a straight answer on how FMC was filling orders. All Mgr's said it would not be based on allocations/ sales volume, that they understood it was FIFO (?). "My'" dealer is not amoung the top volume in the area - went with them based on other considerations. I spoke w/ someone who ordered from a big dealer one week before me - still no VIN, he's been told delivery will not be until '09.
#666 of 712 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 23, 2008 (4:21 am)
A reporter from a national newspaper would like to speak with consumers who are considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle. If you are in the market, please respond to ctalatiedmunds.com with your daytime contact information no later than Friday 9/26.
#667 of 712 Re: Additional Charge? [gene40]
Sep 23, 2008 (1:17 pm)
It is illegal for them to attempt to keep your deposit. i suggest you contact the BBB.
Sep 24, 2008 (4:40 pm)
Again, if anyone is interested, Longmont Ford In Colorado has three 09 FEH. Maybe someone is close enough, and can get back their deposit and buy there.
#669 of 712 Re: Manufacture of Escape Hybrid suspended?
Sep 26, 2008 (1:49 pm)
I placed my order with my dealer in Rye, NY for the Escape Hybrid on May 23rd, was told that one order had been placed ahead of me and was assured that I would have the car in September or October. A couple of days ago I checked up and was told by the salesman that manufacture of the Escape Hybrid had been suspended, that the dealership had received no deliveries of that car and was unable to say when it would. Since this is clearly one of Ford's most popular models, that is hard to believe. Has anyone else had any experience like this?
#670 of 712 Re: Manufacture of Escape Hybrid suspended? [markf5]
Sep 26, 2008 (4:00 pm)
I ordered my Escape Hybrid on August 4 from Courtesy Ford in Littleton CO. The car has been manufactured and am waiting for delivery any day. Did you ever get a vin number so you can call Ford direct? Did you give a down payment and get a receipt? My Escape was manufactured in Kansas City at the Claycomo plant about 10 miles outside of Kansas City. Sounds like your dealer is feeding you a line, might be time to get aggressive or visit another dealer who is maybe a larger dealer.
#671 of 712 Re: Additional Charge? [back2ford]
Sep 28, 2008 (8:42 pm)
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.... I live in NH and was quite suprised also that it only took two months after reading of much longer waits. The "short wait" was offset by being ripped off, if it had been any other vehicle I would have told them to shove it.
I need to add to those who have one on order before 8-1, be sure to call your dealer and ask if they are going to increase the price $1030 when the vehicle if delivered to the dealership.
#672 of 712 Re: Additional Charge? [gene40]
Sep 29, 2008 (9:10 am)
Yes, that increase hit from the day I talked to the dealer to the day I actually signed the papers, we worked out a compromise at the time I ordered. So far, have been very happy with Courtesy Ford, this will be the third vehicle we will have gotten from them and we have always been treated fairly.
So, what have you heard about the car you have on order?