Greg, thanks for the info on
Greg, thanks for the info on the 2009 models. We were trying to order an 08 yesterday and the dealer said they had a previous cancellation and might try to use that production spot for our order, otherwise they can't order 08's anymore. I think I'll call them tomorrow and tell them I'll wait for an 09 anyway, sounds like it has enough positive changes to make it worth the wait.
As a side note, I had searched dealer inventory online at over 100 dealers in TX, OK, and NM and only found a four with a hybrid in stock and calls to two of them revealed they had been sold already. So it is pretty much impossible to buy one here without ordering it. They said it would be about 26 weeks before you would get it after you order. They are also selling them for MSRP around here, no deals to be had.
I ordered my 08 Kiwi Green
I ordered my 08 Kiwi Green Mercury Mariner in September, and got it 3 1/2 weeks later. I was originally told I would get it in December. I love it, and I did not wait long...but I know a few people who ordered them right after me and had to wait.
I have to let you know , my door seals had not been properly installed, and my car leaked when it rained. I had to take it back to the dealer to get it that fixed,and carpet dryed out, which took a week. So if you take delivery, please be sure to double check your door seals!
Other than that, I love it, and the color is sooo cool. People are always staring.
Hi Jane, more than likely
Hi Jane, more than likely your MMH was already ordered but had not been built yet. This happen to me back in Dec. of '04 when someone canceled their order. I got a call from a broker who deals with most dealerships and he said I could get that vehicle much sooner if I wanted. The good part about the FEH order was that it had not been built yet and I had time to change any options on the order. I made those changes and got a conformation from Ford. It came much sooner with all the changes made from the original order.
Clearly, ordering a MMH and getting it in 3 1/2 weeks is not the norm and I think your lucky things worked out the way they did.
My "insider" stated sometime
My "insider" stated sometime in April 2008 is when you can place an order. The vehicles are to arrive at the dealership in the Summer of 2008.
I stopped at our local Ford
I stopped at our local Ford dealer tonight just for the heck of it (my wife and I were passing by). I played dumb, just wanting to see what the dealer line was. We said we were interested in a FEH (we drove in in an Explorer). The dealer was surprisingly honest, and told us that Ford would not accept any 08 orders, and he didn't know when we could order an 09. I felt bad for this guy, he was a seasoned sales person, a lifer no doubt. He said he personally could have sold 10 FEH's recently and his co-worker had turned down 9 sales. I really can't afford a new FEH right now, as I just purchased a Nissan hybrid 2 months ago, but I want Ford to know that they are throwing sales away (we do plan on replacing the Explorer in the next 1-2 years with a hybrid, hopefully a PHEV).
Next time you drive by a dealer and have a few minutes, tell them you want to buy a hybrid. Sooner or later the manufacturers will have to get smart.
Let me get this straight.
Let me get this straight. They are going to start making a profit in 2008, there is a demand for the vehicle, but you can't order one. Sounds like bad management to me. How many F-150 plants are there?
Also, every single new vehicle ever produced lost money initially.