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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#673 of 712 Some first numbers
Oct 03, 2008 (7:26 am)
I've burned through my 1st take of gas. My driving was a mix of city and short freeway jaunts. Based on purchased gallons and miles driven against them (both tanks just to FULL) I got 35.04 mpg. I like that! The HEV monitoring system indicates a consistent driving mpg rating that averages 36.5 mpg but that seems skewed in my view. This vehicle runs very well. I definitely get asked questions and have a few people actually say they are inclined to look strongly at these for a purchase in a year or two.
Ford needs to make more of them....drop the price somewhat (yes! they should immediately waive that $1030 increase they just installed) ....provide favorable interest rates for those that will put a minimum downpayment of $10K (cash/not trade)....and put some money into advertising this!
I'm buying Ford stock today (trading below $5) and hold onto it for a couple of years. I think they are finally geting positioned.
#674 of 712 Anyone else experiencing delays like this?
Oct 03, 2008 (1:01 pm)
My dealer claims not to have any shipping info:
Receipt Date: 4/18/2008
Serialize Date: 8/7/2008
Segment Date: 8/7/2008
Sequence Date: 8/18/2008
Blend Date: 9/3/2008
Produced Date: 9/9/2008
Gate Release Date: 9/15/2008
Ship Date: 9/15/2008
#675 of 712 Ordered May 31, and still NOTHING
Oct 04, 2008 (6:58 am)
I ordered on one on May 31, and still don't have a VIN, or any dates. I don't even want it anymore since Ford is too imcompetant to build the vehicle everyone wants. How do I get my $500 back?
#676 of 712 Re: Ordered May 31, and still NOTHING [troybarwick]
Oct 04, 2008 (7:10 am)
I'm in about the same boat - ordered June 3rd and no build date yet, etc. in spite of multiple attempts at prodding salesperson.
Yesterday I finally told her that I am to the point of needing a new vehicle, whether or not it's an FEH (convertibles are not conducive to rear-facing car seats) and that I never expected it to be 4 months and no end in sight.
She said if she couldn't get me a build date by the end of next week, she'd give me back my $500 deposit.
My dealer is in VA; I tried suggesting they could get one from Longmont Ford in Colorado (that another poster said had 3 on the lot), she said they couldn't swap unless they had an FEH to swap for one of the other dealer's FEHs.
But overall, it sounds like having a customer order a FEH and then cancel is a way for the dealer to get FEHs on the lot that they might not normally have been able to get as soon, so I wouldn't think they'd give you static about getting the deposit back.
#677 of 712 shipments suspended
Oct 04, 2008 (10:16 am)
From what I understand, there is an issue at the Escape plant suspending some/all of the Escape production. Please see the Escape hybrid subforum at greenhybrid.com for more information.
#678 of 712 Re: Ordered May 31, and still NOTHING [troybarwick]
Oct 13, 2008 (12:46 pm)
I too ordered my Black FEH LTD on May 31st from a "small" dealer on Long Island, NY (since my original "large" dealer closed his doors). On that Saturday, he said that I was the last one to get an assigned vehicle from his allocation. I got the Vin # two weeks ago and it will be built next week.
He told me to expect delivery late Oct to early Nov. the day that I gave him the deposit and he was spot on, knowing what happened last year to his customers on the 2008 FEH orders so my patience paid off.
There is a dealer in St. James on Long Island, NY that has 3 of them.
#679 of 712 Ford Escape Hybrid Buying Guide?
Oct 17, 2008 (9:31 am)
I'm looking at a 2005 FEH from a dealer on eBay.
I have no idea what to ask the dealer about the electrical system/battery as to its fitness.
Does anyone know of an online buying guide that provides details on how to check an FEH out?
I'm hoping I don't have to sift through 1000s of forum posts to get an education on buying an FEH.
If not, what details should I ask the dealer to provide? For example, is there some indicator which identifies when the battery pack might need replacing? There is 104K on the odometer. Anyone driven an FEH farther? When did "things" start failing?
#680 of 712 Re: Ordered May 31, and still NOTHING [jsorrenson]
Oct 19, 2008 (7:04 pm)
I ordered from a Huntington, Long Island dealership on the May 19th. The FEH LTD should arrive very soon. It was supposed to be built on the 13th of Oct. but I have not confirmed that. Seems that if you live on Long Island Ford makes you wait five months.
Oct 20, 2008 (9:37 am)
Got my 2009 Escape on Wednesday. How fun. Courtesy Ford was awesome to work with. It took 10 weeks and two days to get it. My dealer picked it up at the rail head as I had to go out of town the next day. Love, love, love my car. The most frustrating part was that it sat in Des Moines 3 1/2 weeks after it was completed. There should be a faster way to get a vehicle after it is made. Good luck to all of you who are waiting for your vehicle, may it be shorter than mine.
Oct 21, 2008 (3:31 pm)
I have been looking at the 2009 FEH and have been told by one dealer 6 weeks and another dealer 6 months to receive. Sounds like the 6 months is more accurate. Neither will come down a single penny off of sticker price. Are people paying sticker price? Thanks.