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Old 03-11-2005, 23:42   #1 (permalink)
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Advice on Price for 2005 Ford Escape

When haggling with a dealer. For example in th eSt louis area, the
newspaper has an ad for MSRP at $20,175 (obviously base model 4 cylinder)
with Ford rebate of $2000 FMCC Cash of $1000, college student of $500 and
Discount of $1580, for final price of $14,995. My question is how much
padding do they have built-in here? Obviously the only part hurting the
dealer is the discount part, the rest is from Ford. Could I easily get this
deal for $14,000? Also my local dealer tried to tell me the college grad is
only for past 18 months grads. Was he being honest or trying to pad his
pocket?

Dean


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Old 03-11-2005, 23:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Advice on Price for 2005 Ford Escape

Computer Guru wrote:

> When haggling with a dealer. For example in th eSt louis area, the
> newspaper has an ad for MSRP at $20,175 (obviously base model 4 cylinder)
> with Ford rebate of $2000 FMCC Cash of $1000, college student of $500 and
> Discount of $1580, for final price of $14,995. My question is how much
> padding do they have built-in here? Obviously the only part hurting the
> dealer is the discount part, the rest is from Ford. Could I easily get this
> deal for $14,000? Also my local dealer tried to tell me the college grad is
> only for past 18 months grads. Was he being honest or trying to pad his
> pocket?
>
> Dean
>
>

I don't know, but $5000 off a 20000 car sounds pretty good to me.
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Old 03-11-2005, 23:42   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Advice on Price for 2005 Ford Escape

$14,995 for a 2005 Escape? Grab it! I paid 25,000 for a 2005 Escape
Limited withe everything but the moon roof. I bought mine last summer
when there was only a $1000 rebate.
Is this model for 14995 stripped? You may not like the 4 cylinder
because it may be under powered.
M




On Tue, 1 Mar 2005 14:17:20 -0600, "Computer Guru" <newage@joink.com>
wrote:

>When haggling with a dealer. For example in th eSt louis area, the
>newspaper has an ad for MSRP at $20,175 (obviously base model 4 cylinder)
>with Ford rebate of $2000 FMCC Cash of $1000, college student of $500 and
>Discount of $1580, for final price of $14,995. My question is how much
>padding do they have built-in here? Obviously the only part hurting the
>dealer is the discount part, the rest is from Ford. Could I easily get this
>deal for $14,000? Also my local dealer tried to tell me the college grad is
>only for past 18 months grads. Was he being honest or trying to pad his
>pocket?
>
>Dean
>


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Old 03-11-2005, 23:43   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Advice on Price for 2005 Ford Escape

Sounds like you're looking at an XLS manual?

I think the XLT, XLT Sport and Limited versions are overpriced.
Insurance costs more too. You can get a decent truck for about the
same as these models.

Regarding insurance, a 2004 F-150 will run me $850 while an Escape will
run me $950.

Not sure why the difference but my guess is that in an F-150 the
occupant is less susceptibe to injury in an accident.

And one other thing, I liked driving the Escape. It is a solid
vehicle, but I have a hard time considering it a "TRUCK". I have more
cargo space in my 1990 Escort with four passengers.

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Old 03-11-2005, 23:43   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Advice on Price for 2005 Ford Escape

The difference in insurance costs is FWD V RWD. All FWD vehicles
cost more to insure than RWD vehicles.


mike hunt



sleepdog@optonline.net wrote:
>
> Sounds like you're looking at an XLS manual?
>
> I think the XLT, XLT Sport and Limited versions are overpriced.
> Insurance costs more too. You can get a decent truck for about the
> same as these models.
>
> Regarding insurance, a 2004 F-150 will run me $850 while an Escape will
> run me $950.
>
> Not sure why the difference but my guess is that in an F-150 the
> occupant is less susceptibe to injury in an accident.
>
> And one other thing, I liked driving the Escape. It is a solid
> vehicle, but I have a hard time considering it a "TRUCK". I have more
> cargo space in my 1990 Escort with four passengers.

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Old 03-11-2005, 23:44   #6 (permalink)
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Now why would that be? Aren't FWD vehicles safer in bad weather?

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Old 03-11-2005, 23:48   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Advice on Price for 2005 Ford Escape

I never considered the insurance cost would be different. Thanks for
your info on that. I have a RWD Crown Vic. I guess my insurance would
be less on this but my Ford Escape would be more.


On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 09:59:05 -0500, MajorDomo@mailcity.com wrote:

>Lift the hood on a FWD car and you will notice the engine and
>tranny are less than two feet from the front of the vehicle.
>Anything more than a fender bender can take out both, thus
>totaling the vehicle. Conversely a RWD vehicle in a similar
>collision may take out only the radiator and the fan.
>
>As to FWD being safer in bad weather, that is a common
>misconception and not necessarily a fact. Although FWD cars are
>generally better when driving in deep snow or mud, they are more
>prone to losing steering control where one drives most often, on
>plowed or wet roads, than RWD. The simple act of letting off the
>throttle on a FWD car can cause the lose of steering control from
>engine braking of the steering wheels. The same is not true of
>RWD vehicles. Sporting and performance cars stayed with RWD
>because of the fact they handle much better than FWD at speed.
>
>
>mike hunt
>
>
>sleepdog@optonline.net wrote:
>>
>> Now why would that be? Aren't FWD vehicles safer in bad weather?


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