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#4 of 149 The big purchase happens today--'06 Escape Hybrid
Aug 17, 2005 (4:23 am)
Today, I will be purchasing the 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid.
The reason for the purchase is obvious--gas prices. I currently enjoy driving my Toyota Highlander AWD (20 mpg), but to spend nearly $400/month in gas is down right ridiculous. My daily commute is from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids, a brisk 100 mile daily trip . Three months ago I put an order into Ford for my 2006 model. To my dismay, last week the dealer called me and told me my SUV would not be ready until early 2006 due to the lack of cell batteries (I believe I would loose the '04-05' $1,000 tax break if purchased in '06).
I got lucky.
A dealer in Grand Haven was trying to sell on Ebay the exact same vehicle I ordered from the Grand Rapids dealership, except it was an '06. The Ebay deal fell through and the car is mine today, just like I ordered.
How did the much smaller Grand Haven dealer get their hands on an '06?
My hope is that I will be able to cut my gas use by 20-25%.
Can anyone comment on highway mileage?
#5 of 149 Re: The big purchase happens today--'06 Escape Hybrid [cfox1]
Aug 21, 2005 (6:59 am)
I get about 29.7 on the highway 70mph.
#6 of 149 Re: The big purchase happens today--'06 Escape Hybrid [cfox1]
Sep 04, 2005 (8:02 pm)
getting 29.4 miles per US gallon after 2100 miles; have done more highway driving than I will typically do so expect my mileage to improve as I stick closer to home now that vacation is over.
Have cut my consumptiuon by 33% versus my Volvo XC70 and have realized a relative savings of 12% by being able to use a less premium gas = SIGNIFICANT!
#7 of 149 New Owner
Sep 10, 2005 (7:05 am)
I'm a new '06 Escape Hybrid owner and really enjoying the SUV.
#8 of 149 New Owner...
Sep 15, 2005 (5:50 am)
Purchased 2006 Escape Hybrid in Dallas TX on 8/27/2005. After 3 tanks of gas the instruments tell me that I'm getting approx 33 mpg (haven't calcuated true mpg yet). Much better mileage than I got from my previous vehicle (Land Rover Discovery). I also hope the Escape proves to be more reliable than the Discovery.
#9 of 149 Dearborn hybrid sessions
Sep 19, 2005 (4:42 pm)
Is any one signed up for the Escape Hybrid sessions in Dearborn, MI Oct. 8 or Oct. 9 ? Much to my dismay, I received the mailing and called only to find out it is full already. Just wondering, if anyone may be going that could report back in this forum what was covered and any helpful hints they offer. In May, I got my 2006 Escape Hybrid and so far I really enjoy driving it !
#10 of 149 USED '06 Escape Hybrid
Sep 20, 2005 (10:59 am)
I was INCREDIBLY lucky about 10 days ago to have picked up a USED 2006 Escape Hybrid. Some guy in Santa Fe, NM with a lot of money to throw around didn't like the seat and decided to trade his '06 in after only 2 months of service for an Explorer. Ultimately it meant a price tag for me of 3000 under MSRP for a practically brand new car. He did manage to put 5000 miles on the car though, but they must have been mostly highway miles, which to me is a huge plus. Right place at the right time I guess.
So far I love it. My only concern is the amount of technology. It seems like one giant computer chip with the navigation system, electronically controlled 4 wheel drive and of course the hybrid computers. Looking under the hood and listening to all the servos and valves opening and closing, I have to wonder just how much time I'll have before it is in the shop for repairs. The warranty on the Hybrid components is nice, but it only covers very specific items. Anyone have any experience yet with failing components?
Mileage in hilly/mountainous NM so far has been hovering around 29.5 (4wd).
#11 of 149 Re: New Owner...
Oct 05, 2005 (1:08 pm)
new to the board, and new to my 2006 escape hybrid! i picked it up aug. 31st and so far it has about 1700mi on it. i've gotten the mpg up to 31 (still steadily rising) but it promptly drops to 28-29mpg when my husband drives. darn leadfoot! michigan license plate NIMHBUG...and i love explaining it to people
#12 of 149 Escape Hybrid owner in Massachusetts
Nov 19, 2005 (4:15 pm)
I bought my Escape in June from Muzi Motors, Norwood, MA.
I traded in a 2004 Chevrolet escape for the Escape.
I commute 12 miles to work along busy Rte 9 west of Boston. The Blazer got 12mpg; the Escape in getting approx 33-35.
The other car [wife's car] in the family is a Toyota Corolla. It gets 28 mpg, so my Escape is getting better mpg.
I sometimes see one other Escape on Rte 9. Funny thing, usually I am driving the Corolla when I see the other Escape. Someday I hope to wave to the guy in the other Escape from my Escape.
My father told me about these boards. He posts at the Camry forum. If you're reading here---"Hi Dad".
Pleased to be here. Thanks.
#13 of 149 New on the board
Nov 19, 2005 (8:35 pm)
Hi, just picked up our new Escape yesterday. 330 miles on it so far. Runs great, lots of interior room, very quite, lots of pep. Milage is creeping up. Much too soon to comment on the milage. Other than 8 weeks waiting for delivery from the factory to the dealer, I'm pleased with the whole deal. So far the message board has answered several questions. I'm sure I'll have more.