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Ford Escape Hybrid Prices Paid and Buying Experiences



  • markspmarksp Posts: 3
    We picked up our new 2009 FEH Limited this week. Sort of surprised a "Limited" trim level, $35K MSRP 2009 vehicle does not include Home Link garage door opener integration or back-up camera in the $2,395 Navigation system. The included back-up sensors are nice, but camera is more functional and expected. In fact, there are exposed bolts, wire looms and visible brackets which seem out of place for a '09 vehicle in this price category.

    That being said, the hybrid drive system is super sophisticated, SYNC + Navigation + Sirius Travel Link is awesome and it's great to be driving USA made, lower impact vehicle!
  • I had actually made a deal on a Escape at a different lot, at the end of the day yesterday. This AM when the salesman called to do a dealer trade, it turned out that the one I wanted had already sold last night, too. These 2009 Escapes are going fast! So now I'm back into ordering mode, with my original dealer. He says 4-6 weeks for a non-hybrid, and if the hybrid comes in first, then I can have that one instead. (Seems unlikely).
  • mtbkmtbk Posts: 4
    My dealer called today to let me know that I had a vin number, a build date and a delivery date. If all goes well we will have a new Escape on 9-1-08. The excitement builds.

    Does anyone know the weight allowances for roof top carriers, bikes etc or does Ford not recommend it?
  • Congratulations! Hopefully with 3 shifts working, they'll crank through orders a little quicker, too.
  • Hey mtbk, curious when you ordered and what part of the country your in. I'm hangin' tight in Pittsburgh waiting the VIN for about 2 months. Not too long considering other people's waits, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get it before December because it looks like the tax break will phase to 50% come January.
  • burnsvaburnsva Posts: 35
    Per the Ford Motor Company memo (distributed to all dealers) dtd July 17, 2008: "As of June 30, 2008, combined sales of the FEH and MMH eligible for the US Federal Tax Credit are 55,990. Based on sales patterns it appears the 60,000 unit threshold will be reached within the third quarter of 2008. If this is the case, purchasers of the FEH or MMH would be eligible for the full federal tax credit until December 31, 2008. Purchasers after that would be eligible for a reduced credit equal to 50% of the full amount until June 30, 2009."
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    "Does anyone know the weight allowances for roof top carriers, bikes etc or does Ford not recommend it? "

    I believe I have read 145 lbs. But if you want MPG, don't do it. I think a rear bike carrier would be more efficient.
  • oops,
    sorry about that blank post.
    I ordered our new 09 FEH 2WD without the nav system, kiwi green. Placed the order on 7/25/08 but I don't think the dealer put it in until the next monday: 7/28/08. Dealer said it would probably be about 4-6 weeks wait for the vin#. Said it might be delivered as late as Dec or Jan. I sure hope it gets here by Dec so I can take the full tax credit.
    We live in St Louis, MO.

  • mtbkmtbk Posts: 4

    I ordered the escape on 5-21-08. I live in Chapel Hill, NC.

  • cwgmlscwgmls Posts: 5
    I ordered my Light Ice Blue 4WD on May 9th with Z Plan. Through, I found out that it was manufactured on June 23rd and supposedly shipped on June 25th. Blueoval said the delay was "weather related" and then my saleman said something about a mass "quality control" check. My dealer (central NJ) received it some time last week while I was on vacation. There was a sticker on the window that stated it was driven for a quality control check. Hopefully this was normal and not due to some issue. Good luck to all those who are waiting. According to my salesman, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to which orders get built and when.
  • burnsvaburnsva Posts: 35
    Thanks! Found out mine is scheduled to be built on Monday!! (August 18th)... :)
  • ursacatursacat Posts: 32

    Just love this new ride.


    -Mileage (avg about 30 so far around town and highway)

    Ford did a great job.

    Now if I can find the Garage Door openner I'll be a happy camper.

    Off to the other boards.


  • Seen in Wisconsin Dells, WI this weekend. Was bought at Capital Ford, in Madison. Seen at dusk this time. Lots brighter when it's light out. Definitely an '09, by the grill and gas cap. Fit and finish looked good from the outside. Exactly what we ordered, except that the dealership will add a tow hitch for the bike rack.... if we even get confirmation of a VIN/build date in the next month. Otherwise, a non-hybrid 09 Escape is on order. :confuse:

    Haven't been able to figure out how to get pics to show here. Link is:
  • ursacatursacat Posts: 32
    Quick update:

    I was also surprised to find that my 09 FEH (w/o Nav) did not include a simple homelink garage door feature and the little compartment up by the sunroof now is for sunglasses so you have to velcro your garage door opener somewhere. Wierd.

    I love the MS Sync system - works great with the ipod - who would have thought that MS and Apple worked it out.

    I hear from the service guys at Ford that that when the "plugable" model comes out they might issue a retrofit kit for our models. That would be cool. He also mentioned some chip that one could buy (and void the warranty) that extends the electric mode.

    more later.
  • I was hoping I would have a VIN etc to track soon. Tried the website - denied. Hope it's not a bad sign....
  • burnsvaburnsva Posts: 35
    That happens periodically when too many people are on it at once - retry (and refresh your web browser).
  • Ursacat, I would love to see a photo of the radio setup - I also ordered mine without the nav, but every picture I've seen has the nav system installed.

    Word from my dealer is that I'm next in line to go from order to production schedule, so I'm (hopefully) looking at mid to late October for delivery. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
  • revminrevmin Posts: 4
    I order my FEHL May 10th. The dealer is still stating that he has heard nothing from Ford through the rep. I'm beginning to get worried- very worried. No Vin, no scheduling of any sort. Are there other early May orderers out there and what are you being told about the process?
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