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Ford Escape Hybrid Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • fmorrisofmorriso Posts: 52
    That's wrong. My dealer entered my order on April 20, exactly three days after first day ordering opened up.
  • burnsvaburnsva Posts: 35
    I encountered the same thing with some dealers in VA. Most of which are trying to sell '08s. My sugestion, find another dealer. Ted Britt in Fairfax, Purvis in Fredericksburg or Richmond Ford in Richmond.
  • bjcarterbjcarter Posts: 28
    This would seem to support the fleet only delay issue. Funny that a material hold would apply only to fleet orders...

    http://www.arifleet.com/efnews/ef2008/EF804.pdf
  • ursacatursacat Posts: 32
    Just wanted to see if anyone has received any more definitive information on delivery re. orders for the 2009 FEH. Just FYI. I placed my order on a 2009 Limited FWD, (no Nav, w/ Step bars) on 5/7/07 here in the SF Bay Area. Priced out on the X-Plan at apporx $29,400. Have not received any info yet on delivery.
  • fmorrisofmorriso Posts: 52
    Nope. My 2009 FEHL was put into the order system on April 20, 2008. It's still marked as "clean, but not scheduled". I'm monitoring www.kansasCity.com's Claycomo (the place where the FEH and FEHL are built) RSS feed to see if there is any more news about the UAW folks working overtime and Saturdays to catch up, but haven't seen anything new/relevant for a while now.
  • bjcarterbjcarter Posts: 28
    I've got to believe that the FEH will save that Claycomo plant for the foreseeable future... http://videos.kansascity.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media?id=1894063
  • neuroboy002neuroboy002 Posts: 24
    Hello - That's great you got an X-plan for the FEHL. Initially, my dealer and I were going to settle on $30K for that model until I attained an X-Plan pin. We have yet to go through the paperwork, but hopefully that will happen this week. My FEHL will have not have Navigation or the step bars. Are you able to send me your invoice (?) I am so curious. I would love to see it. Anyhow let me know vis these reply messages and I'll send post my e-mail.

    Thanks and congratulations!
  • ursacatursacat Posts: 32
    Hi - I'm in the same spot (although we have agreed verbally on X-Plan pricing.) All I have right now is the Vehicle Order Confirmation w/ the pricing. I have asked the dealer (yesterday) to get into contract. As soon as I have it I will make available. I think all the dealers are in the same boat - lack of production/delivery commitment from the factory.

    Regards,
  • ddawesddawes Posts: 14
    On 5/7/08 I placed an order with my local Ford dealer for a FEH. At that time they estimated that July (no specific week) would be the earliest for delivery. I checked with the dealer on 5/27 and when they checked their factory orders, my order was listed as "Locked-In", and has a VIN assigned. I was told that "locked-In" means the vehicle is scheduled to be built, however they do not know the exact date it will be built. They said that they usually don't hear anything from Ford until there is an ETA of delivery. I'm still hoping for a July delivery, but there's no guarantee on delivery. Based on other posts I've read, I'm pleased to see that I'm this far along.
  • fmorrisofmorriso Posts: 52
    I'm going to forward a copy of your post to my salesman, asking why my order dated April 20 hasn't progressed while an order taken well after mine already has a VIN assigned.
  • ddawesddawes Posts: 14
    Good Luck. I hope everything I was told is correct. It's funny how everyone is getting different information on the same type of vehicle. I guess I'll know for sure when the vehicle shows up!
  • fmorrisofmorriso Posts: 52
    Per guidelines of this forum, can you post the dealership name, city and state you ordered from? Don't post the salesperson's name.

    I ordered from Koons Ford in Sterling, Virginia.
  • wyatt8itwyatt8it Posts: 2
    I have a VIN! I talked to my dealer today and my order that I placed on April 18th for a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited has a VIN and is scheduled for production. My dealer told me that the order is showing up as "Locked-In" status and has a VIN number. However, he needs to talk with the Ford Rep to find out the exact date it was scheduled for production.

    My dealer is located in North Carolina.
  • fmorrisofmorriso Posts: 52
    What city in North Carolina is the dealer located in?

    My dealer says that since they are not in the Washington, DC "district", they may have a different allocation or that particular dealer accepted more than the usual allocation amount.

    I'm not sure how that translates into getting VIN's on orders quicker, but since my April 20, 2008 order doesn't have a VIN yet, there must be something going on that hasn't been fully explained to me for why orders taken after mine (e.g., one dated May 7) have jumped ahead of mine.
  • burnsvaburnsva Posts: 35
    It would be helpful if people who have gotten VIN's could give a description of what they ordered and any options added (or if it were a FTO). Scheduling could be impacted by specifics such as availability of certain materials (new navigation system) or even the new paint colors which could account for some people getting scheduled over others.
  • alfredckalfredck Posts: 9
    Hi everyone.

    I'm a new member but have been following this thread for a while now. I'm looking to order the 2009 FEHL under the X-Plan but am deciding which dealership I should go with. Is it better to go with a larger dealership, or does it not matter?

    I went to my neighborhood dealership on Wednesday and they wouldn't take my order because they won't receive their allocations until next Monday. That made me think... does larger dealerships have more allocations? If so, would larger allocations have any impact on the ordering and production scheduling? Would they also have better relationships with Ford reps and therefore maybe able to get orders scheduled and delivered faster? Or does it not matter?

    Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • wyatt8itwyatt8it Posts: 2
    fmorriso,

    I ordered the 2009 Ford Escape Limited Hybrid 4WD. I ordered the "Suede White" color. I didn't add any options to my vehicle.

    When I ordered my vehicle on April 18th, my dealer told me that the dealership was allocated ten 2009 Ford Escape Hybrids (I am not sure if that was for the rest of the year or not). I do know that I was the first person to order one at my dealership, but there were 4 other people with deposits down.

    I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • fmorrisofmorriso Posts: 52
    Excellent point about scheduled = FunctionOf(option availability)

    My options on my U59/750A/WS (FEHL in White Suede) are:
    60N - Navigation System
    187 - side step bars

    You'd think my order status would be "Material Hold" or something similar if there was a problem with availability on one or more of the options in my order, but perhaps I'm giving the Ford ordering system more credit than it deserves in terms of its level of sophistication?
  • ddawesddawes Posts: 14
    I ordered from Uhlmann Motors in Chehalis, WA. I was told that dealers can't order FEH for their "stock", only customer orders at this time. Mine, a FWD, is the only order for a FEH from this dealer as of last Tuesday. They also told me not to be surprised if a rep from Ford calls to confirm I actually ordered the vehicle. I have not received a call. I did not order any options, as what I wanted was now standard.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    dealers are not obligated to accept x-plan.
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