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Ford Escape Hybrid

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  • I just saw that you can now price the '07 FEH on edmunds. Interestingly, when you go to price with options it no longer lists the Mach audio (non-nav) system or the retractable rear cargo cover. Does it make sense that they wouldn't offer them or could that just be an omission at this point?
  • subdudesubdude Posts: 9
    You can play audio CDs and use the NAV system at the same time. The setup includes a single - disc in dash slot for the NAV CD, and an under-seat changer for audio CDs.
  • cosanostracosanostra Posts: 70
    Since the 2007 FEHs are starting to appear and can be config'd on the Ford website, are you no longer able to order a 2006 (you're stuck with what's on the lot)?

    On a related note, did I read correctly that the new Drive on Us program will include the 2006 FEH? :surprise:
  • 148522148522 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2007 model on Memorial Day. The dealer said he just got the car in last week.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,027
    A national finance magazine is looking to interview current hybrid owners who purchased a hybrid within the past year or two. The reporter is wanting to know if you have been satisfied or not with the gas savings you’ve been receiving. Please send an e-mail to ctalati@edmunds.com no later than Saturday, June 10, 2006 by 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET containing your daytime contact information and the make and model of your hybrid vehicle.

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    A national finance magazine is looking to interview consumers who are looking to purchase a hybrid vehicle and are looking at it from a financial standpoint, hoping to save money from the high cost of fuel. Please send an e-mail to ctalati@edmunds.com no later than Saturday, June 10, 2006 by 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET containing your daytime contact information and the hybrid vehicle you are considering.

    Thanks,
    Chintan Talati
    Corporate Communications
    Edmunds.com

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • larneslarnes Posts: 59
    Mine does not have the Nav system. I wanted to save a few bucks.

    Consider it a blessing in disguise. I had a Garmin 2610 I used in my last car and considered selling it when we got the new Escape. I'm glad I kept it. In my opinion, the Ford navigating system is inferior. In fact, a pain in the [non-permissible content removed]. The Garmin is much better. This seems to be a common opinion. Many people I've talked to agree; factory nav systems are just not that good. And too expensive. Get an after-market one.
  • alwynalwyn Posts: 9
    We owned a 2004 CRV prior to our FEH 4WD 2006-CRV less tipable-better rollover resistence-seemed lower-squatier-so would give the edge to CRV-But as I did not think would happen-wife loves to drive this even better than the CRV 2004 and 2002 that owned before FEH. If CRV had a Hybrid 2007 we wouldn't even think about the FEH-because of the workmanship and relibility and resale values-BUT CRV has no plans for CRV Hybrid in 2007 as understand.
  • alwynalwyn Posts: 9
    Understand the 2007 FEH has the DVD Navigation improved over the 2006 CD 12 Disc Navigation-Can anyone advise as to this true? Am weighing a FEH FWD 2007 against a Sport trac 2007 purchase this week
  • alwynalwyn Posts: 9
    1318&1319 Air Conditioning-Both correct-we on our 2006 EH/Nav have dropped 4MPG-test every fill up-if traveling on Highway the other two ACmodes sufficient-under 30 MPH have to use Max-also probably the extreme cold regions will drop the MPG-ours has around 12,000 miles-as to Nav-2007 Escape still has same CD type Regional-did not improve as with the 2007 Sport trac DVD type-
  • elaineannelaineann Posts: 3
    I am a sirius addict. I've had it for 3 years. The only downside
    has been all the extra wires around the dash due to my Sportster.

    I was very excited when I bought my 2007 FEH hybrid last week
    because the stereo is "satellite radio ready." Which usually means
    that you just have to add a tuner and antenna and you're ready to
    go. Cost to do that would normally be around $100-$150. When I made
    some inquiries about upgrading it at the dealer, I was shocked to
    find that to do it with this radio you supposedly have to use Ford's
    tuner and harness - TO THE TUNE OF $538.

    When I talked to the installer, I said, well, it would be less
    expensive for me to buy a better stereo plus tuner at Circuit City
    and have it put it. He told me that the car will not run correctly
    with another stereo in it - I DO NOT have the Nav system, just the 6
    CD changer - because of computer problems and that I might void my
    warranty.

    Has anyone else heard of this?

    Has anyone replaced their Ford stereo in the Escape Hybrid? Has it
    affected the way your car runs?

    Has anyone successfully added on a Kenwood Sirius $99 tuner without
    coughing up the $538 to Ford?

    I have to say that the sound quality on my stereo is pretty poor -
    the worst sounding car stereo I've had in years. I wouldn't
    hesitate to replace it in a minute, if it weren't for the warning
    that I might screw up my car and void my warranty.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    I wouldn't hesitate to replace it in a minute, if it weren't for the warning that I might screw up my car and void my warranty.

    I have heard "satellite ready" with the Toyota hybrids as well. One of the reasons I would not own one. I think Toyota charges in the $700 range to add XM/Sirius. I bought my GMC with XM factory installed and love it. I just don't trust any dealer installed equipment. I went through that with Honda and never again. I would make sure that whoever you buy the Stereo from is aware that it is a hybrid. That they will accept responsibility in writing for anything they may do that messes up the hybrid operation. The auto makers are making it very difficult with all the complexity and integration to add anything except through them. It is a pain for sure. Good luck. Next time check out the stereo system and have the Sirius part of the original deal.
  • fjpatriotfjpatriot Posts: 3
    We ordered a 2007 escape hybrid w Premium package. The web sites, including fords, list Med/Dark Flint as only interior color choice. If you look at any of the interior seat pictures though they show a light gray leather seat, which is NOT EVEN CLOSE to the Med/Dark Flint swatches. So what is the correct color of the Premium Package Leather seats??? My guess is the photos are from a previous model year or something. Thanks for any help!
  • mecheng1mecheng1 Posts: 161
    Unfortunately, the gray color you see in actual the vehicle is the only color interior available. Perhaps in '08 models they will add an option? :confuse:
  • elaineannelaineann Posts: 3
    The seats in the 360 view look like the "regular" medium flint leather. The premium leather is the dark flint, so I'm guessing that they are not showing the premium leather seats, just the optional leather seats that someone can add on without the premium package.

    But why not call Ford and ask them yourself if the shade of gray is a big deal to you? (it wouldn't matter to me - anything but TAN would do) They are very helpful on the phone.
  • Someone on the Toyota Highlander hybrid forum recently posted that Ford has abandoned their hybrid effort and is focusing on E85 cars instead. Anyone know if this is true?
  • fjpatriotfjpatriot Posts: 3
    No - they actually produced an Escape hybrid that runs on E85. What they did do was back off on a promise to produce 250K hybrids by the end of the decade. Instead they will concentrate on doing alt fuel vehicles, while still doing hybrids. Read all about it here:

    http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060629/AUTO01/606290380/1148-
  • Thanks, the article was helpful. Too bad they are backing off their committment to produce 250,000 a year by 2010. Wonder if they are having too many problems with them. Glad to see they will keep working on it.
  • Thanks, the article was helpful. Too bad they are backing off their commitment to produce 250,000 a year by 2010. Wonder if they are having too many problems with them. Glad to see they will keep working on it.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    Too bad they are backing off their commitment to produce 250,000

    It has to do with parts. The same reason that Toyota is not building as many as they had projected. Aisin builds the HSD portion for both Ford and Toyota. Toyota put the squeeze on their fellow Japanese Aisin and Ford is having a hard time getting parts.
  • donbarondonbaron Posts: 13
    Oh yes!! My Mariner Hybride easily gets the advertised 33mpg around town. On the highway I do get the advertised 29mpgs when the AC is off. When the AC is on I get 28mpg.. It is also important to note that I leave the AC in the Recycle mode. I also use BP gasoline 87 oct exclusively. (This petroleum performs better than the higher sulfur content fuels from S America.) Don
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