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Old 01-06-2008, 12:32 PM
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Looking at this model was interested in any feedback.

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Old 01-06-2008, 03:30 PM
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Nice little SUV, almost bought one after the Prius wreak, but found out the hybrid could not towing anything, not even out kayaks. We bought a RAV4 V6 instead
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Old 01-06-2008, 03:39 PM
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I went to look at one for my wife and this is what the dealer told me. He said most of them will be painted yellow and used as taxis in the city. He wouldn't be getting any anytime soon. As far as the electric part of the vehicle is concerned, it only uses the electric power when you are going 25 M.P.H. or less. The batteries were not going to be warrantied and they were big $$$ to replace. He knew I wouldn't be lookng at any other Ford vehicles so him telling me this wasn't so he could sell me something else. True, I don't know. I bought her an Acura TL, nice car.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:18 PM
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I bought my wife one a year ago...2wd Escape Hybrid. It has been trouble free and averages 34 mpg mostly in town. She has 27K miles on it and all we have done is change the oil. I don't drive it often but no complaints the times I have. Seems to be reliable. Dealer and I discussed the battery and best I remember it has an 8 year warranty on it. By that time, if needed, I figure they will be like plasma TV's and the price will be way down from where it is now. I would buy one again without reservation.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:26 PM
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Consumer Reports say don't buy it for the gas savings; you'll never get your money back that you paid over the standard Escape. Consumers also have them as 'not acceptable' regards to crash-testing, but they say that for Mercedes too, so go figure. I personally like them, though.
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Old 01-06-2008, 06:11 PM
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Pruchased a new 08 in October. Nice, fully loaded 2 wd. Averages 34 mpg. I personally don't like the nav, but the wife does. Since we purchased, Ford has had a $1000 price increase due to supply/demand. I would purchase one again.

BTW, Sheehy Ford in Springfield, VA will cheat and lie to you. Avoid them.
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:31 PM
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We have a few of them ('06s iirc) in our company vehicle pool. they have done fairly well maintenance/repair-wise, but not spectacular. I would say each probably ends up in the shop with a repair needed (not a basic wear item) probably twice a year, or every 10-15k mi.

Overall, seem to be a lot of $$ for the limited mpg benefit we get. I dont know off-hand the exact mpg, but i would guess its low-mid 20s. Most of our use is highway, where the electric benefit is limited. I would think they would be a much better commuter/city car.

Our fleet guy elected not to buy anymore, fwiw (and we are a "green" company, so if the hybrid made sense, we would try to buy them)

If you want me to get you more specific stats on the ones we have, shoot me a pm and i'l ask my guy about his specific records on them (I bet we have put 150k miles total across them all so far).
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Old 01-08-2008, 04:38 AM
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Nickys Toy - 1/6/2008 4:39 PM

I went to look at one for my wife and this is what the dealer told me. He said most of them will be painted yellow and used as taxis in the city. He wouldn't be getting any anytime soon. As far as the electric part of the vehicle is concerned, it only uses the electric power when you are going 25 M.P.H. or less. The batteries were not going to be warrantied and they were big $$$ to replace. He knew I wouldn't be lookng at any other Ford vehicles so him telling me this wasn't so he could sell me something else. True, I don't know. I bought her an Acura TL, nice car.
I have a Toyota Highlander hybrid all wheel drive that i bought this past April. I don't know if the hybrid drive system works the same way as the Escape's, but the electric motor(s) are also used at highway speeds, not just at 25 mph or less. It is definitely more efficient at lower speeds, though. The mileage starts to plummet at speeds in excess of 70 mph to the point where it is no better than a standard drive. Not a bad car so far, but i do miss my truck........

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