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2013 and Earlier - Ford Escape Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    I, too, have a 5 speed AWD Tribute, an 05. Have had it for two years now. I guess my biggest gripe has been creaking sounds which seem to intensify during transitions to and from cold temps. I recently slathered petroleum jelly onto all the weatherstripping, and it is again quiet, but for how long, who knows. I am debating selling the vehicle, but then, that's me. I get the itch every two years. I am bringing it in for the recall Monday, and at that time will have the dealer address an idle speed that shoots to 2500-3000 rpm when cold, for about 30 seconds to a minute after startup. That began this year, and they feel it might be the idle control valve. They will probably reflash the pcm.
    As for this configuration, I am convinced it it the best balanced and best handling Tribute available. It is amazingly competent at speed, and as for the AWD, it is excellent. So with snow getting close, I might decide it is still the best choice all the way around, and choose to hang on to it; falling gas prices also help. I doubt I'll ever break 30 mpg on the highway, running at 75 mph, but 28 is not too bad.
  • I've owned a 2002 Mazda Tribute for 5 years. After 43,000 miles the O/D drive started blinking and the service engine soon light came on. I immediately took it to the dealer and was told I needed a new transmission. It is no longer under warranty and the cost will be $3,500. Has anyone else had this problem with transmission?
  • Can anyone tell me what they are getting for prices on the 2007 Escapes 2WD in the St. Louis area. I recieved a quote of $17,300 which was the base for the Auto XLS 2WD. It included the $3,000 rebate.
  • I paid $17,400 on a 2006 Limited Edition. It also was a certified pre-owned with only 6K miles and I got a 6 yr 75k warranty. I worked them hard though
  • try carsdirect.com for a quote, it will give you some idea.

    In my zip the target price is $17,077... this is about $375 over invoice (ie base invoice + destination fee + $375) minus $3k in rebates. I would offer $16,700 which is true invoice - rebates if they have the exact car you want in stock, they still make $$ on the holdback...see my post above for the deal I had worked out.

    It's the end of the month so you should be able to get a nice deal. :shades:
  • guardguard Posts: 2
    This Tribute has the following options:

    CDD - 6 Disc Player
    FLA - Floor Mats
    MCT - Rearview Dimmer
    RSP - Rear Spoiler
    AB2 - Side Airbags
    1TP - Tow Pkg

    MSRP: $27,320
    Invoice: $25,382
    After 3,000 Rebate and Dest charge: $22,789

    Dealer is offering it for: $19,975

    This looks like a good deal.... any thoughts?
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    19,975 is about 7400 off msrp, provided no big fees or anything. I've seen numerous dealer ads on motoralley.com advertising 6500-7200 off, so you are on the high range (of $ off, which is good.)

    Trouble is, these discounts will probably be reflected in the blue book values next year, so you still may want to hit about 10 dealers by email fax eom to see if it can be beat before the end of the month. That assumes it isn't the last blue one or whatever within 100 mi or so. If you gotta have it offer 18,500 and play hard to get. You're in the drivers seat. Tell him you're looking at several other vehicles and wifey hates blue. The market has been soft on these vehicles for more than a year.

    FYI several dealers here in Southern Ohio in May were offering the same vehicle in 05 model year for about the same. (about $7000 off) So you've got a pretty good deal, the fact you got it so easily makes one suspicious there may be more there.

    If you're into extended warranties or that sort of thing, try to keep any 7 to 8 year, 100 or 120k mi bumper to bumper factory warranties to about $800-1200. Othewise just pass.

    lotsa luck
    --jjf

    This Tribute has the following options:

    CDD - 6 Disc Player
    FLA - Floor Mats
    MCT - Rearview Dimmer
    RSP - Rear Spoiler
    AB2 - Side Airbags
    1TP - Tow Pkg

    MSRP: $27,320
    Invoice: $25,382
    After 3,000 Rebate and Dest charge: $22,789

    Dealer is offering it for: $19,975

    This looks like a good deal.... any thoughts?
  • guardguard Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply JJF. Much appreciated. I might try squeezing a little more.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    Guard
  • fxdcfxdc Posts: 1
    Just bought a new 2007 Ford Escape XLS FWD Automatic I4.

    Base Price $19,845
    Rear Cargo Convenience Group $150
    Roof Rack W/Horizontal Crossbars $40
    Aluminum Wheels $375
    Convenience Group $350
    Detination & Delivery $615

    Total MSRP $21,375

    Dealer documentation fee $89

    Total price $21,464

    $4,000 in rebates
    $2,000 Dealer discount

    My purchase price $15,464
  • Thats a gr8 price! I hv Ford Explorer. Recently I started lookin out for a new SUV. Could I know which area your dealer is from? & if you could share your buying experience
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,668
    the factory financing incentives have gotten pretty good, so check them out.
  • I am in the process of buying an '07 Escape Hybrid. The current $2,500 Customer Cash promotion will expire after a week (on 02/28). So what can we expect? Will Ford extend the promotion, maybe even raise the amount, or will the promotion just disappear? (In other words - should I hurry up and buy a car quick??)

    $2,500 is a lot of money...
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    I wouldn't worry. These machines haven't been able to move without heavy incentives for over 3 years. Reading the last 20 posts show people getting up to $7200 off MSRP for the $26000 or so Mazda Tribute, with about $1000 less off on the Escape. (not sure about this, but one reason you might want to check out a tribute with better factory warranty and possibly other stuff. Even though there are far fewer mazda dealers.) The 7200 off was about the same for late model year 05's back then also.

    Rotsa Ruck

    --jjf
  • I am in the market for a new 2008 Escape XLT and I know they *just* came out. I want to see if this deal makes sense or if I need to wait. I want the car somewhat loaded but the way I want it configured, it will have to be ordered.

    Options:
    * Cargo Package (retractable cover, lockable storage, roof rack, wet trunk)
    * Convenience Package (dual illuminated visors, compass, electrochromatic mirror, keyless entry pad, message center, outside air temp, overhead console)
    * Class II Trailer Towing Pkg
    * Navigation System w/ AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer, 7 speakers, subwoofer
    * Sun & Sound Package: Power Moonroof & Sirius radio
    * Integrated Side Step Bars
    * Cargo Area Protector
    * Cloth seats

    The MSRP on the website for this configuration in my area is $28900 and the internet price is the Friends & Family price of $27000. No rebates/incentives yet, but there's some special APRs out there.

    It's exactly what I'm looking for, but the price seems high compared with the numbers mentioned here - but I've noticed the people here tend to prefer much more stripped models. Is this worth that price? Should I move on it now, especially since I'm not in an emergency where I need it immediately? Should I wait for incentives? Will the incentives apply to special orders?
  • Scratch that - I took a test drive of the Escape and the engine was horribly trashy! I know the Tribute is its mechanical twin, but now I'm sold on the Tribute. The problem there is, I want the same options but the Tribute (inexplicably!!!) doesn't have Navigation as an option.

    What should I do?
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Try getting an aftermarket navi and research this. Since only about 15% of the vehicles out there will be loaded, sometimes $1500 more on the sticker price (or whatever for navi) really turns out to be $2000 or more once you start getting bids. The dealers may not deal as well on them as they are fewer in supply.

    I've seen navis at best buy in the $300-$500 range so (and they seem to be more flexible than factory models) you want about $7000 off an 07 Tribute. Get 7 - 10 bids the last week of the month and see what you can work out.

    Happy Hunting
    --jjf
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,668
    the tribby has the same powertrain as the escape. i know you can hear the engine in an escape, but that does not bother me. get a hybrid if you don't want to hear any motor noise. ;)
  • dudette3dudette3 Posts: 39
    What is the difference between the Escape and the Tribute? Is it just cosmetics and badges, or is there a difference in the suspension tuning, etc?
  • normkolnormkol Posts: 134
    In the past, the Tribute had a tighter suspension, a little firmer ride but better handling.

    For the new 2008's, it's too early for any road tests.
  • The Escape had a terrible ride, the Tribute lacks a navigation system, so I'm settling on the Mariner. Besides, I can't see the resale value of the Tribute being any higher than that of the Escape and Mariner. Plus, I like the Mariner's features more, particularly the interior color scheme.

    I'm thinking about waiting until later in the year, since these cars seem to need heavy incentives to move. Problem is, the dealers probably won't be stocking the model and options I'm looking for, so I doubt I'll qualify for the incentives anyway.

    It's coming up to about $30,000, which I expect to be down around $28,000 after X-Plan pricing. Seems high for a compact SUV, and an American one at that!

    Thoughts?
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    I don't really understand why the Mariner would be that different from the others. Tribute-escape sell for 6-7k off MSRP. Mariner should be similar.

    The Chevy Trailblazer sells for 8-10k off MSRP. Only 20mpg though, but much more powerful and more space. Try it out. Only say that because I'm looking at the Tribute and others also.

    Happy Hunting
    --jjf
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    Tribute-escape sell for 6-7k off MSRP.
    ----------------------------------------

    I don't know where you got that figure. The Ford dealer I talked to wouldn't go below 0% financing and the $500 rebate.

    We bought a Mariner. A 26k Premier model with $2200 off on the D Plan and another $1150 rebate. And O% financing.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    If thats 0% financing for 5 years thats worth about 3000 right there. It appears you got more than 6k off your Mariner. If that $2200 is off invoice and not msrp you got even more.

    --jjf

    We bought a Mariner. A 26k Premier model with $2200 off on the D Plan and another $1150 rebate. And O% financing.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    Yes, 0% for 5 years. The incentive at the time was $3000 rebate OR 0% financing. Thanks to the D Plan and an additonal $1150 rebate that I didn't expect, we got $3350 off list and 0%.

    But the Ford dealer I talked to only offered the $3000 rebate or 0% financing with a $500 rebate. He said if Mercury offered an $1150 rebate, take the deal. And I did. :)
  • Hi -
    What was the out the door price (everything including tax, license, etc) for your Mariner? What it the 2008 model? I'm deciding between the 2008 Ford Escape and 2008 Mercury Mariner. Thanks for you help!
  • izaclown1izaclown1 Posts: 116
    My wife test drove an 05 Escape and fell in love with it, but more so with a loaded 05 Mariner Premier. I drove the same Escape, Mariner and also the 04 Tribute. I was less impressed with the ride of the Tribute. I like the Mariner over the Escape and in last place was the Tribute. Just could not come to trade-in and price terms with the price on the Mariner so we walked away. The wife was disappointed, but was not going to concede to the $3k trade in on our 00 Village Estate.
  • bzribeebzribee Posts: 27
    A local (San Diego) dealership is selling 3 base manual models at 13,800 plus taxes, etc. They're breaking this down as 17,200 minus $3500 rebate. There are no extras on the car.

    While I know this is a very good price, I haven't finished looking around at the Tribute, Mariner or a few other cars. Still, I do like the Escape. Does anyone have any advice for me? There are a few extras I'd like, but I can get them aftermarket.

    Also, I was told that all CD players now come wired (but not hooked up) for the MP3 plug-in, and that it'll just cost me $100 to have someone complete the circuit (my words)? Does anyone know if this is accurate?

    Thanks for any help...
  • scatanscatan Posts: 4
    I just purchased a new '07 Escape in Florida for 13,999 after rebates. The stereo plays mp3 cds, if that is what you are asking. So far I have been very pleased with the Escape and the deal. True, unless you need a moonroof, most accessories can be purchased aftermarket.
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 306
    We were all excited to potentially lease a 2008 Mariner Premier. Then we drove it! Here are my issues:

    1. Went back to DRUM brakes on the rear to save money. Who has drum brakes any more?

    2. Noisy as heck.

    3. No handles to hold onto while driving or getting in/out.

    4. The "carpet" was some cheap composite fiber stuff.

    There is no comparision to Honda CRV which did everything better, gets better mpg, and holds it's value MUCH better. I've always been a Ford guy but I can see why Ford is in the trouble that they are in.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    I checked out the 08 escape and if the Mariner is similar, see what you mean. The cheapness of the interior,etc is a step backward from the 07.

    If however it sells 6000-7000 off MSRP, (not uncommon for the 07s) it holds its value OK and is competitive with the CRV.

    I'm disappointed too.

    --jjf

    We were all excited to potentially lease a 2008 Mariner Premier. Then we drove it! Here are my issues:

    1. Went back to DRUM brakes on the rear to save money. Who has drum brakes any more?

    2. Noisy as heck.

    3. No handles to hold onto while driving or getting in/out.

    4. The "carpet" was some cheap composite fiber stuff.

    There is no comparision to Honda CRV which did everything better, gets better mpg, and holds it's value MUCH better. I've always been a Ford guy but I can see why Ford is in the trouble that they are in.
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