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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#687 of 712 Gave up on the east coast - bought out west
Nov 01, 2008 (10:28 pm)
Just wanted to let everyone know that Southern California is full of 09 FEHs. I just purchased one for the invoice price!! Maybe the Sou Cal economy is working to our advantage. I had ordered an 09 FEH limited w/ NAV on August 1st (just in time for the price increase) in the Washington DC area. Twelve weeks later I still had no VIN number. I could tell that I wasn't going to make the all important date of December 31st in order to get the big tax credit. I started searching on the Ford web site with various zip codes all across the country. As everyone knows, there aren't a boatload of these FEHs on dealers lots. That is, until I started putting in Southern California zip codes. It turns out they are loaded with them. I found my exact model - 09 FEH 2WD limited w/ Nav in White Suede, no steps at a number of dealers. Fortunately I had a business trip to Sou Cal. I ended up going with Sunrise Ford in North Hollywood since they had four of my exact model on the lot. Even with $1495 shipping to the east coast, I figure I am still ahead by $2000 with the 2008 tax credit! For those of you still hoping to get something in 2008, try searching the Ford website's "search dealer inventory" with the following zip codes... 91343 (53 on the lot tonight), 91601, 91761, 92335, 92109, 92782. Be sure you set the vehicle to the 2009 Escape Hybrid as it seems to default to the 2008... even though there are none of these left.
#688 of 712 Used 2006 FEH - is 106000 too many miles?
Nov 03, 2008 (4:27 pm)
I have the opportunity to buy a used FEH in excellent condition (leather, navigation) for $13500.
Seems like great price but there are 106000 miles on it. It's from a dealer...no salvage title...just a lot of miles.
is this too many miles to make sense to buy this vehicle? Thanks in advance for your input!
Nov 16, 2008 (8:30 pm)
Waiting for production date..ordered 2009 EHL on 8 July 08 but don,t expect to get it 'til after the 1st of the year (if I dont cancel) was told by salesman that anyone ordering one now would have to get a 2010...what a way to run a business.After reading messages posted I' m really getting discouraged..someone tell me they are worth waiting for....
#690 of 712 Re: [riverrat4]
Nov 17, 2008 (11:09 am)
The 09 is well worth the wait - I ordered in May and didn't take deliver until a few weeks ago, however in my short few weeks of ownership I have to say this is by far the best vehicle I've ever owned. I have the AWD version and pulling 30 mpg's in a AWD SUV is awesome. Even with gas prices going down, its great to see the extra miles I can get out of a tank.
#691 of 712 Re: [riverrat4]
Nov 17, 2008 (12:11 pm)
It took me exactly six months from the day I ordered to the day I took delivery of my fully loaded AWD 2009 FEHL (April 21 - Oct 21). It has been the best vehicle I've ever driven (all 700 miles of it). I've been averaging about 28 mpg in mostly city driving. Based upon what I've read in this an other forums, I expect the mileage to drop a little during the colder months and pick up again when the weather warms up again in the Spring. I'm still getting used to talking to my vehicle via Sync, but I'm getting the hang of it. Being my first large vehicle (I have a hard time saying the word "truck" for some reason), I really appreciate the backup sensors, which I am happy to report can be turned off when backing up out of my side of the two-car garage to avoid the beeping noise that occurs as soon as I put the car into reverse. I'm just glad there's an easy way to turn the sensors on/off quickly for those of us with two individual garage doors.
#692 of 712 Re: Gave up on the east coast - bought out west [09fehybrid]
Nov 19, 2008 (7:28 pm)
being from the northeast, i am in total shock as to how many 09 FEH's are for sale at the dealers in the zip codes you posted(so cal).
there are literally none for sale around here.
it's not because nobody wants to buy one, the supply just is not here.
#693 of 712 Sync USB Music Error Fix
Nov 19, 2008 (9:10 pm)
After about 2 months of ownership of my FEH, I ran into a bug with the Sync system this past weekend. I also found a fix. So, I thought I'd post it here to hopefully make others' lives easier.
The LCD display will show that a song is playing (in my case, from an USB Hard Drive). However, there is no sound. You can see the song title, artist, etc., and see the song time incrementing, but there is no sound. You can turn the volume to the max, and still hear nothing.
Possible Solutions that Didn't Work:
- Cycle radio power
- Turn the car off and then back on
- Master Reset of Sync system
- Restoring Factory Defaults of Sync system
- Trying a USB Flash drive
Solution that Did Work:
- Removing Fuse #3 (15A Sync Module fuse) and putting it back in. (It wasn't even bad ... still good).
This was a solution I found on the Ford Sync forum on Blue Oval Forums. Apparently its a known problem and that's pretty much what Ford tech support recommends you do (or a dealership does).
As an embedded systems hardware engineer, it surprises me that this is the solution and that the other stuff didn't work. There must be some battery backup of the Sync module from the 12V car battery that removing the fuse takes away and allows a hard system reset.
But whatever ... easy fix! I hate for something to show up so early on, but if its that easy to fix, I'll put up with it.
And pulling this fuse is only for the Sync module, so your programmed FM/AM/SAT stations are still available - they're not erased. But your USB media will come up again as a new device.
#694 of 712 Now that you've been driving it for awhile,what do you think about it?
Nov 20, 2008 (12:00 pm)
I have been considering this car for about a year now. Can anyone tell me how they like their car? What type of mileage are you getting? What are the quirks, problems or what do you like? Was it worth the wait? Thanks for the information.
#695 of 712 Re: Now that you've been driving it for awhile,what do you think about it? [aprilc]
Nov 20, 2008 (4:37 pm)
After 800 miles (one month) of driving my 2009 FEHL, I have no complaints. My mpg is around 28, in mostly suburban driving.
Learning to trust my voice and the redundant controls on the steering column to operate SYNC was one of my biggest challenges, but I've overcome the need to look at the Navigation screen and push any symbolic buttons on that screen, something I'm sure other drivers are glad to hear. I've learned to just say "USB" once I plug my USB thumb drive in the slot and then "Play All" to play whatever mp3's are on it.
I've pretended to set up long range trips using the Dest button and even figured out how to put intermediate destinations into a previous trip.
My wife and I have taken one short (40 miles each way) trip to a place we had never been before and were pleased with the turn information, both visual and voice, that was provided. It pays to set up the trip a few days ahead of time, making good use of the Address Book to save destinations, even ones you only plan to use once. You can always prune them out of the Address book later on.
Using the bluetooth phone feature took a little getting used too, but I've figured that out, to the extent my particular cell phone can use it. Alas, the Nextel i870 can't use all the features I would like (Sync 1.1 doesn't recognize the phone's address book), but for answering calls hands-free, it works just fine.
#696 of 712 Re: Now that you've been driving it for awhile,what do you think about it? [aprilc]
Dec 01, 2008 (1:07 pm)
I got my FEH 09 in July, I have almost 7000 miles on it now. I LOVE this car (k), I am averaging 31.5 mpg. I live in the mtns. so I have to use the gas on the hillls, but it has been great, and well designed. I like the way it handles, I saw a deer in the road, and I felt so much control, when I had to slam on the brakes, it was pretty nice.
I am having a problem with the volume on the SAT, it announces the name of the station but I get no sound. I have called sirius and they said I need to contract the dealer, that the car is receiving the signal fine. I guess I will try to get it in. Does anyone know about this? I wondered if a fuse would help. Thanks for the help.