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Ford Expedition Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • jddaerojddaero Posts: 3
    I sold my '94 Explorer and I just bought a '97 Expedition Eddie Bauer model. It is green with gray leather interior. 5.4 Engine, factory sunroof, Mach radio/CD system w/ sub wooofer. Just no heated seat, oh well. Got it from a dealer for $5800.
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  • rdhossrdhoss Posts: 2
    Interesting that the most recent post here is from May. I guess there isn't much action on Expeditions these days.

    I am thinking of buying one, though. Am I nuts? I've always loved the look of the truck and my family could really use the large vehicle. I do drive about 60 miles a day to and from work, so the gas is a concern. I've never considered buying one in the past because they were too expensive for us.

    But, my dealer is offering a $40K XLT for about $36K (X Plan) with 0% financing. They've said they can't take any more off the price. Should I believe them?

    When I tried to test drive the truck, the battery was dead. It's got 8 miles on it, so nobody's been test driving it.

    Any thoughts?

    Ron
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I have a trade-in with a negative equity and planning to roll it? What will be the best offer that I can give to the dealer?

    With negative trade in eqity you'd better plan on keeping the Expo a long time. I bought an 04 EB on the X Plan. $47,000 MSRP with discount and rebates I had $36,000 in it. I unloaded it with low milage a few months ago and the best I could get was $23,000 on trade. I saw several of them in the nearby city on the lots for $25,000 and figured it'd be difficult to move it myself.

    I lost my butt on it but just didn't want to live with the 14.6mpg that I averaged over the life of the vehicle. (Having the rear end go out at 700 miles didn't give me much long term confidence in it either)
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I do drive about 60 miles a day to and from work, so the gas is a concern. I've never considered buying one in the past because they were too expensive for us.

    First I can't imagine facing $4 gas in the possible near future why you'd want something like this to commute 60 miles a day (>8 gallons a day?) If you can afford that then the price of the vehicle should be of little concern.

    If you do get it plan to keep it. With the discounting in recent years these things depreciate like a rock falling out of the sky. 0% financing is great if you know you're going to keep it for the full term, if not then a $4000 rebate m ay be best. I don't really know what they are offering but you can see on my above post what I paid for my 04 EB (loaded 4X4).

    I do like the looks although the new Tahoe looks great. However large SUV's just don't hold their value.

    I just saw this weekend some $59,000 Escalades (new, old body style) at the dealer for $44,000. Tell me what the owners that paid $54,000 will think about that.

    I needed one vehicle that I could tow with but I went back to Toyota and got a mid size (4 runner). To each their own, but as much as I loved the large seats I just won't do it again (buy large)
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I am thinking of buying one, though. Am I nuts?

    One last thought. Buy Used. There are 1 to 2 yr old ones out there in the low 20's with warranty still left on them. Pay $1200 extra and get a 100,000 extended warranty.

    You mentioned that they were too expensive for you. If this is a reach, don't get yourself into a vehicle that puts you in a bind and especially one that may not be easy to get rid of if indeed gas hits $4.
  • rdhossrdhoss Posts: 2
    The dealer let me take the truck home for a day to see how we like it. They put almost a half-tank of gas in it and away we went. I drove it home from the dealer, then to work. I took some co-workers out to lunch in it and drove it home. As I was driving it from my house back to the dealer, the "Low Fuel Level" indicator came on.

    One day of driving used nearly a half tank of gas!!! I handed the key to the dealer and told them thanks for their time. I then drove my '03 29 MPG BMW 3-Series home.

    Thanks for your replies. It was your blunt response ("I can't imagine why you'd want something like this to commute 60 miles a day.") that knocked me into reality. The test drive cemented it.

    Perhaps it will be the right choice in a couple of years when they release the hybrid Expedition.

    Ron
  • salty600xsalty600x Posts: 3
    Thinking about buying a ford expedition........ Better think again..

    Wife and I have been spending 150 per week in gas for this beast 2003 Eddid Bauer and the real kicker is trying to trade it in.. I have tried everything to sell it private and not 1 single call!!!!!! We eventually got 16,500 for a trade for a nice gas sipper Nissan Murano.. See ya ford. good ridance
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    It was your blunt response ("I can't imagine why you'd want something like this to commute 60 miles a day.") that knocked me into reality.

    Sometimes bluntness is a way to emphasize the seriousness of my comment.

    I have a John Deere Tractor and a set of Jet Ski's I need to haul so I need at least one SUV/truck. I had an Infiniti FX45 but it was marginal as far as hauling the tractor, OK with the ski's. I loved it but it was my "Sunday" car and we drove the Expo full time.

    I ended up with two trades and got a Toyota 4Runner that I plan on having as a low milage towing and winter vehicle. I also trade the Infiniti (16.3mpg) for the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Not quite the luxury of the Infiniti but at 7000 miles I'm averaging 38.6 mpg. I'll probably put 30,000 miles a year on this and 6 to 7000 on the 4 Runner.

    If a large SUV is something someone just has to have (as a second vehicle) I would recommend shopping around for someone wanting to unload it and buy it cheap. If you can get one for $15,000 then it's a throw away when you're done with it. I lost about that much in depreciation in the 1 1/2 year I had mine. I really was afraid as the prices of gas go up that I simply would not be able to get rid of it and I knew it was not something I wanted to own in 2 or 3 years.

    However, if the EXPO had a powerstroke diesel capable of averaging 20 mpg, I would indeed consider owning and keeping it long term.

    I love the width and big seats but I really didn't need the third row and would have liked it to be about 2 feet shorter.

    Why is it the car makers use small seats in small cars and large seats in big ones???? Give me a reasonable sized vehicle and cram two large seats in it and I would be happy. (Even the Tahoe interior seems small to me)
  • Looking at a 2005 Espedition XLT [ new left over]
    Wedgewood blue, Gray leather interior,5.4,4X4, auto O/D,
    power driver seat,flip 2nd row, power rear seat,tinted windows,power moon roof, 6 cd radio, carpeted mats, tow package, a few morew things she [ the wife likes].
    Sticker is
    43,980.
    The dealer [Newins Ford in Bayshore Long island] will go down to 32,000 [plus Tax etc.] and throw in a remote start.
    Good deal ???
    Vinnie :confuse:
  • Sorry I blew it. Has the above and
    The Expedition is a 2005 XLT Sport
    Standard not HD tow package
    Tech convience Package
    Safty Package
    Power Adjustable pedals
    Thanks again.
    Anything else I can push them for?
    PS Didn't test drive YET. The battery was DEAD and I wanted them to stew for a day or two. Vinnie
  • 2007 Expedition EL Eddie Bauer
    Factory Order
    Navagation
    DVD
    Power Liftgate
    Conv Pack
    Climate Control seats
    HD Towing
    Rubber Mats

    $45,500 price before incentives
    Long Island, NY

    Hope It helps
  • Looking for a 2007 expedition xlt with tech pkg, convenience pkg,comfort group luggage rack
    sirius radio, third row seat. MSRP is 32,880.00 Can use X plan. Dealer in Florida tells me X plan price is 30847.26. I was under the impression that X plan was close to invoice pricing. Edmonds invoice price on this is 30353.00. Why are they asking 543.00 more than invoice? This vehicle also has a 1000.00 rebate in addition. Any info appreciated. Thank you.
    Jim Keiper
  • you do not think that $543.00 is close to invoice on a 30k truck? That like 1% to 2% over their cost. Sounds resonable to me. X plan is given by the manufacturer and every dealer will charge the same amount. Remember, dealerships are a business too.
  • e91e91 Posts: 3
    Looking at the 07 Expedition. Current rebate of $1,000 doesn't excite me. I'm not in a hurry and would appreciate feedback (from past experience) as to when the larger rebates will kick in and how large might they get? I know it's a guess, but maybe someone out there has an educated one. Thanks in advance.
  • You have to look at the final price. We just purchased a 2007 Expedition XLT to replace our 2004 Expedition. The sticker or MSRP is 29175.00 on the 2007. While the MSRP on the 2004 was 34325.00 for the XLT with the basic options. The new one has a 5.4 engine, side curtain airbags and traction control on it as standard. These were not on the 2004. Granted the rebates were a little larger at the time but it is still cheaper today than in 2004. What else can you buy for less money 4 years later. For the record, we love the new one . It gets 18 MPG and has a very quiet ride. I think the manufacturers are elimating the old smoke and mirrors pricing and being more realistic. Look around and see what you can get for 30,00 grand, not much.
    Go for it.
  • e91e91 Posts: 3
    I have RSS feeds directly into my email from FORD. They just bumped the cash back by $500...to $1500. I appreciate your input regards the fact that that the 07 is priced lower than the previous generation. My point still stands that this is a new vehicle (not in huge demand given fuel price issues), it dropped by another $500 today on cash back, and I'm certain as time goes on we will see $3-$4K cash back. Given the news today about the US auto industry we are going to get some deals in the near future. The nice thing is that I don't need a new vehicle but want a new one. I'm going to hold tight and see what happens in the next few months and then bite.
  • Is this option worth getting if I don't tow anything? Is this option basically for heavy towing? Also, does anyone know if adding the Air Suspension eliminates anything from the regular suspention or does it just add to it? Is the ride comfort the same with or without the air suspension? Thanks in advance for your input.
  • fs34fs34 Posts: 2
    I test drove a 2007 expedition limited. Overall it was nice but has anyone noticed how cheap the plastic handle is on the
    transmission shifter. Not just that it is bad fake wood but that the 2 pieces actually move relative to the center
    part of the handle. I can't believe Ford would do this on
    on a part of the vehicle that drivers interact every day with.
  • fordchrisfordchris Posts: 10
    i have a limited el built for 55,000 im buying it for 41,421.00 after the 200 dollar rebate and my x-plan discount :) its nice
  • fordchrisfordchris Posts: 10
    i meant 2,000
  • fs34fs34 Posts: 2
    Chris,

    What is a X-plan?
  • fordchrisfordchris Posts: 10
    well my dads company is a big buyer of ford trucks for thier line of work so the x-plan gives discounts to people who work in ford vehicles etc. but i got a policy number from the fleet guy who buys the ford trucks for my dads work and it lets you buy it at about 500 dollars over invoice but you add in all the other discounts welp you get a good deal :shades:
  • sirrafsirraf Posts: 55
    I was looking at the new Expedition and noticed that the wheels on the Limited were what Ford calls "Chrome CLAD Aluminum Wheels". These are nothing more than PLASTIC WHEEL COVERS. When you upgrade the 18" wheels to 20" it does not cost more but they want $995 extra for the tires.

    At least when you purchase the Navigator you can upgrade the wheels and get real Chrome Aluminum Wheels and not plastic covers.
  • mrconklinmrconklin Posts: 1
    I live in the Northern VA area and I just purchased a 2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer. The MSRP on it was $48,510 and the invoice price was $43,875. The dealer offered $1000 under invoice plus the $2000 or 2500 rebates. This brings the price to $40,875 for a lease or $40,375 to buy. I went with the lease option myself. This was all with no haggling either. I contacted the dealer through their internet sales department and this is the initial no haggle price they offered. This price actually beat the "big sale price" the dealer offered if you walked in off the street by $1500.
  • buzzz1buzzz1 Posts: 42
    What kind of rebates are they offering in CA on Expeditions? I got a price of $40, 235 EB with load leveling, power tailgate, power convenience, heavy duty towing, satellite radio. I asked the dealer about cash back rebates and he was vague. Is 2-3K cash back unusual in this market?
  • steve148steve148 Posts: 1
    I've been recently looking for a 2005-2007 used Expedition and have noticed two things: 1. Used Expeditions are only available from dealers (at least in my area); and 2. given the drop in demand, prices are not as low as I expected.

    The fact that Expeditions are only available from dealers is not entirely unexpected since most Expedition owners looking to sell couldn't sell to other private parties (no demand) and therefore traded in their Expedition to a dealer for a smaller vehicle. And as noted in this forum, the trade in value was typically under the published trade in value (again, no demand).

    What has surprised me, however, is that this significant drop in demand has not led to an equally expected significant drop in the price dealers are asking for used Expeditions.

    Since dealers own all of the new and used Expeditions, they are in a position to set the asking price and artificially hold up the prices of used Expeditions. Are they? Or is there some other explaination?
  • bb3451bb3451 Posts: 3
    Hi all, I am looking at a demo with 5000 miles on it. What kind of discount below invoice should I shoot for on this. Right now we are at 1000 under invoice, but I don't think that this is any way near enough to justify the mileage and the fact the the truck is essentially used. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
  • Sounds expensive to me. Try to find out what a new one using the Ford's X plan would cost. After all it is now a year old. Go to Ford.com and check out what other dealers are asking for used and new ones. We own a 2007 and it is the best one we've had. We made the mistake of buying a 2004 when the 05's were out and then traded for a 2007. After driving it for two years and trading up 3 we essentially lost any gain on the price of the new one. Good luck.
  • bb3451bb3451 Posts: 3
    Thanks, how do I find out what the x plan would cost? Also, will the dealer offer the x plan price to anyone?
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