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Ford Escape, Car Buying, Car Leasing, SUV
#31 of 432 Reply to #27 about S-Plan
Sep 22, 2003 (9:46 am)
It is definitely interesting to see the Pricing sheet of the dealer.. They never mention the S-Plan anywhere. They work out of the MSRP.. and gave me enough discounts to match the price on the S-plan.probably for tax purposes.
Basically the car's S-plan was $21350 (including the$2500 rebate). ince we negotiated $6k for my eclipse. I paid $15350+taxes+transfer of egistration for a total of $17,xxx (not sure exactly how much).
I am pretty sure they overcharged me on the transfer of registration nd fees. because according to MA RMV, it costs only some $30 to transfer.. probably even less like $16. but these guys charged me $125.. probably for convinience.
I didn't know that i had 7 days for registration...
and that i could've walked off from the dealership and done the registration myself.
The dealership was 30 miles away from my home... I think it was more rouble to go back to the dealership to pick up my new registration than to the RMV.. and i had to pay extra for that "convinience"
anyways.. a $100-$200 more.. on a $21k car.. i didn't think too much of it at that time. and i guess they also count on it.
I presume they are computerized..and don't even send somebody to the dealership anymore.. so no extra labor involved. like in the old days.. when someone used to go from the dealership to the RMV every morn to finish the registrations of the cars sold the previous day.
#32 of 432 Please tell me the differences.....
Sep 23, 2003 (1:10 am)
between the FORD Escape and the MAZDA Tribute ??
Other than different Dealers and vehicle name plates, does one have a better color selection, better tires, different option packages ?? I have already reasearched Mazda and visited two Mazda Dealers, as well as test driving the Tribute, but never went to see the Ford. I know this..... back in 2001 when I was deciding between a Mazda Pick-Up or Ford Ranger (also Sister vehicles) the Mazda actually had better seats and a better warranty, no kidding !! I ended up buying a big, old (used) Oldsmobile station wagon instead ..... a big mistake !!
#33 of 432 wenreder
Sep 25, 2003 (9:48 am)
It is my understanding that the Tribute has a slightly stiffer suspension for that 'sportier' feel. But other than that, it's pretty much what you have mentioned. Colors, and slightly different shape on some body panesl. The core of the vehicle (frame, engine, tranny, brakes) are identical. If you can't find the exact Mazda you like, take a look at the Escape. Honda and Hyundai also have mini-SUV's that compare to the Tribute/Escape well too.
#34 of 432 Pd $21,415 for 2003 LX Tribute
Sep 28, 2003 (6:54 pm)
$23,915 - 2,500 rebate = $21,415 Luxury Pkg, Premium Audio Pkg, Tow Pkg, Wheel locks, Auto dimming mirror/compass & Temp, ABS Brakes, Side Air bags & 6-way PWR driver seat.
#35 of 432 04 tribute
Oct 24, 2003 (1:39 pm)
Anybody bought the 04 tribute recently? Any information regarding the to-be-refreshed version? I see at caranddriver a 2004.5 refreshing, but not much detail.
#36 of 432 Looking for better deal on '04 Tribute
Nov 04, 2003 (10:41 pm)
Looking for an '04 LS w/4WD, ABS, Tow Pkg. in Pebble Ash. I can only pay invoice or maybe a little more. TMV is $21,590 and invoice is $20,845. But dealers around here are asking thousands more. Is the demand for Tributes really that great that they can afford to do that right now? What should I do to get my price? I'm willing to travel out of this area (St. Louis, MO) for a better deal. Can anyone recommend a better area?
I also have a '95 Ford Van (Club Wagon Chateau) in excellent condition - 100K mi. Need to get about $5K to make the deal work, but does a trade complicate the deal too much?
Appreciate any comments! We're ready to buy as soon as I can find a dealer more reasonable than the ones I've talked to around here.
Nov 05, 2003 (1:31 pm)
Conversion vans are hard to value. You may get some numbers over in Real-World Trade-In Values.
You almost always get more for your trade when you can sell it yourself.
Nov 08, 2003 (11:06 am)
The slightly re-freshed 2005 Tribute will be out in December or January.
#39 of 432 2005 Out in Dec 03?
Nov 09, 2003 (3:45 am)
Is this a record for manufacturers?
Nov 10, 2003 (2:08 pm)
Cars have to come out no earlier than January of the prior year to be called any given model year. So a 2005 model could come out in January of 2004, but no earlier. Ford released the then-new F-150 in January of 1996 as a 1997 model, for example.
If the new Tribute comes out in December, they'll have to call it a 2004.5 or some such.