> A manufacture has no obligation to offer a discount to any one
> person or any group. That right certainly apples to any
> particular model as well. For that matter the dealership can
Google offers its employees $5000 to buy a hybrid automobile.
No, wait, not all hybrids. Just the sensible ones, in their estimation.
Honda Insight, Honda Civic, not Honda Accord.
Toyota Prius, not Toyota Highlander.
Not Ford Escape.
They can offer whatever they want to offer.
> sell any vehicle over MSRP if he chooses. Ford dealers are
> getting well over MSRP for GT Mustangs and Toyota dealers are
> marking the Prius up by $2,500.
Some Ford dealers were selling the Escape Hybrid between $3-5,000 over
MSRP, and had waiting lists at that. My wife and I decided we didn't want
one that badly, and found a dealer with no markup, but also no allocation
left for 2005, and we pre-ordered a 2006. Someone else dropped out, and we
got a 2005 in November.
> Buy the standard V6 Escape, WBMA. You will save far more money on the
> difference in purchase price than you can ever save on the difference in
> fuel costs with the hybrid in ten years and the V6 has more power when
Maybe. Maybe not.
2005 V-6 4wd 18/22, HEV 4wd 33/29.
I drove 30000 miles last year. Gas is $2.39 here.
City: 1666 gallons v-6, 909 HEV = $1800/year.
Highway: 1363 gallons v-6, 1034 HEV = $800/year.
I'm 40% ahead of mileage a friend is getting with a V-6, and double what
some people have posted to this NG and Edmunds for the V-6 Escape. I'm
disappointed in the V-6 mileage of the Escape, which I had considered
buying when I couldn't get early delivery of the Escape Hybrid.
We are averaging 27 mpg, our friend averages 19mpg, that's $1115 per year.
I haven't timed 0-60 runs, but it has ample power, once you get over the
odd CVT program that causes the engine speed to jump to 4,000 RPM as soon
as you step on the gas. The power is there. It just sounds like it is
giving its all at half throttle.
I like my Escape Hybrid. I'm glad I bought it.
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA 38.8,-122.5