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  1. #1
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    Sep 2008

    Want to buy a Escape/Mariner

    I live in the St. Loius, MO metro area and have contacted a Ford/Mercury dealer about hybrid availability. This particular dealer has 1 Mariner and 2 Escape hybrids in stock. I asked about price and they are charging a $3,000 premium over MSRP right now.

    I certainly understand market demand, but don't we as a society need to make these types of vehicles as affordable as possible? Think about it, here is a vehicle that not only helps in terms of reducing gas consumption, but also helps the environment with reduced emissions. But... instead of making them affordable, we are charging a premium that offsets the tax credit! Oh well, I guess that is just the way it goes. Too bad.

    I guess I'll get a CR-V since it gets 26mpg (and is rated ULEV-II) for around $25,000 vs. 32mpg at $36,000 (with $3,000 markup) for the Mariner/Escape. Wanted to buy American if possible, but this is too much of a premium.

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  3. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    have you made a decision

    have you made a decision yet?
    I have bought lots of vehicles for friends and family.
    the worst thing you can do as a buyer is let the sales person know, directly or indirectly, that you are really interested in the vehicle.

    sometimes it's good to walk away and just leave your number.
    he/she works on commission. Trust me, they will find a way to lower the price. They will be the ones calling you back.

  4. #3

    You cant even find one on

    You cant even find one on the lot here and I ordered mine 4.5 months ago and wont see it till christmas. So I guess is 3K worth waiting 6 months?

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