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New, ecstatic rookie here. FWD, Premium package (wanted), Chrome, Sat/6CD/Moon (didn't want originally, but considering how tough it was to find one, I took them). Paid a little below MSRP, but should get to take the tax credit. Still happy. Heard rumors of another price increase when the northeast finally gets some in inventory, which might not be until May 08? What in the world was Ford thinking with their distribution model?
Just drove it up from Maryland (see below) to Staten Island. Virtually all 250 miles of highway
and according to car, it stated 32.1 MPG
. This included some 70MPH driving
, but stopped there as 70 seemed to be the magic number to hurt MPG' quickly. 65-70 seemed to be identical to 60-65, but I haven't done real math when I refuel. Can't believe I still have almost half a tank of gas and can still carry hockey equipment,, happy camper.
Started searching for one about 4 weeks ago since my Honda Element is almost off of lease. That gets between 18-22MPG and with 3 kids, lots of hockey games & gymnastic meets, I put on about 23K miles per year and that probably won't change for a number of years.
As I began the quest to get one, I was virtually shutout within 700 miles of NYC. Had a dealer in NJ "order" an FWD for me, but got a call a week later saying 8-12 weeks would be more like 16-24 weeks due to NYC taxi purchases
. Ugh, especially with the Element going away soon.
Frustration grew trying to find ONE FEH/FWD. I even started feeling sorry for the sales folks across the Northeast
as they were frustrated since they said they can't get one, since they can't cooperate with Ford dealers "out of region", translated to West Coast Dealers have plenty.
Finally called Ford/HQ
, ask for mid/high level manager and said; "This is my last call to Ford, if I don't get some decent information, my next call is to Toyota about a Highlander
". After being put on hold for 5 minutes, a nice lady got on the phone and gave me complete inventory within 700 miles of NYC. That meant a grand total of SIX FEH's
. 4 AWD and 2 FWD. None of the six would be found via the www.fordvehicles.com
inventory search. Called the 2 dealers with the FWD's, made a deal, picked it up today.
Surprisingly tight, quiet and handled well, especially through some windy conditions today. I'll learn more and more quirks that everyone else has over time. Here are some early thoughts:
Ride was comfortable. With the Element, I would have made 1 or 2 more stops just to stretch. Softer ride than the Element.
While the audio/steering wheel option need is obvious, it was nice to have 3 Satellite bands and up to 30 presets. I just wish I knew how to make the "text" output standard when I change stations.
It does change your driving style. I used to do 75+, now I pretty much stop at 70. Learning to coast into lights to see how long I can EV.
Audio and climate controls are similar to Element. Tiny glove box. Interior lights are very bright, almost too bright. Might change the bulbs to a softer color. Next major development is when I have the whole family, with all 3 kids in the back seat. Back seats seemed comfortable to me and they should all fit without killing each other (at least not more than they usually do).
To be continued..............