Re: comparison question
I would like to impart the benefit of my experience. if I may.
When I was still in retail we owned many dealerships.
Twenty six on the east cost and sold both Mazda and Ford among
them. Better make sure both vehicles are equipped the same. The
Escape was always much less than the Mazda, at least here in the
US, when similarly equipped. Another thing you should get before
you decide is a TOTAL DELIVERED price, not just the selling
price. The difference in finance terms and fees from dealer to
dealer can be substantial, even when the selling price is the
same. In other words how much does you check need to be for each
deal, or what is the difference in the total of your payments
over the term of the loan for each. If the dealer will only give
you a selling price and not the total delivered price, walk away
The Mazda warranty is 4/50, Ford is 3/36. Both vehicles are
built on the same Ford assembly line, the ONLY difference in the
two is cosmetic, nothing should be different in the way they
> Hi there,
> I'm in the process of shopping around for a new vehicle...finally had
> enough of my 2000 Jeep TJ.
> So far, I test drove the 2005 Mazda Tribute GX-V6, at roughly
> $29000CAD, and the 2005 Ford Escape XLS at $30200CAD.
> I really liked the take-off and road handling on the Mazda, and the
> Ford had a good road handling. Both seem to have the same Fuel
> economy. As for cosmetics, I preferred the layout of the console in
> the Mazda.
> So far, from what I've read, Mazda has a better warranty, and it
> somewhat a little less expensive, which I still have to negotiate
> price with the dealer. as for servicing, I have no idea what to expect
> from the local Mazda dealer, and the local Ford dealer has a new owner
> for the past 3 years or so, and from what people say, they aren't
> impressed with the service...this came from the ex-service manager
> from the Ford dealership...so that's a selling point for me.
> My father, good heart, but insists I check out another Ford
> dealership, and has been a Ford man since I can remember. He called a
> dealer in a small village about 1 hour away (in the middle of
> nowhere), and was told that I can get an XLT for $32000, and my father
> says that I'd be able to get an XLS for $25000....that's fine and
> dandy, but if they are the same, I think I'd prefer the Madza V6 with
> the above mentioned pros towards Mazda, and the fact that if I have
> problems with the Ford, and I'd bring it to the local dealer, what
> kind of service can I expect if i don't buy it from them.
> So all this to say that I'm a little torn, and am wondering if I'm
> missing some things to look for as a comparison...1 thing I forgot to
> ask each dealership was on "loaners" if I need servicing, seeing that
> it's imperative that I need a vehicle for work.
> So far, the Mazda seems like the logical choice, but still have to see
> what each dealer will give me on my trade-in.
> If anyone has any ideas what else I can look for, please let me know.