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07-30-2006, 10:52 PM
Okay so MN isn't looking all that promising at the moment :crying: (no openings till maybe winter) and my hubby has decided to go into sales at his job for the time being. More money. :thumbsup:

To do this, we HAVE to buy a BRAND SPANKING NEW FORD. (idiots) Anyone with half a brain knows you're not supposed to buy a new car. Just common sense. On my planet at least. Sorry I'm rambling. I tend to do this when I'm stressed about change.

SOOOOO onto my question, do you like your cars? (I was raised against fords as they tend to end up on the Recall list rather quickly. Vs foreign cars that is.) What about the SUV's? The hybrid? I also read that it's basically a crap-shoot with the hybrid as it is so new to the line of cars and no one has been able to tell if it'll have any big problems down the road.

The minivan? :wall:

The thing that really boils my blood is that we can't afford a new car to begin with, but they do give an allowance and they do pay for his gas. BUT if he should leave the job before its paid off, we'll have to take up the whole payment. Not cool... :fingerwag:

Seeing as we aren't crazy about our current location we will move closer to his job, wherever that ends up being. Norwalk, Danbury, or Bedford Hills, NY.

itsbecca1979
07-30-2006, 10:57 PM
Oh come on honey, Ford is the only way to go! But, w hen we get a new minivan in a couple years we're going with Honda Odyssey, it's supposed to be the best. OR, youc ould be really groovy and get a VW Beetle! (no not a new one)

mks22300
07-30-2006, 11:09 PM
I own a Ford and have always driven Fords. Yes, my 2000 Focus has had recalls, but so do most cars (I think anyway) when they are first released, gotta get all those bugs out. My Focus has excellent gas mileage which is a HUGE plus right now! I have no complaints about my Ford and most people that I know don't either. I have a friend who inherited her parents '96 Escort wagon and is still driving it today. My brother has an Escort wagon that is probably the same age as my friends and he and his wife drove it from Arkansas last year. My parents own the Escape and it is lots of fun to drive (when I'm lucky to get the chance ;) ), it's not the hybrid, but the regular one. They seem to like it, in fact, my dad hasn't wanted to make some repairs to his truck (which is also a Ford from 1994) so he can keep driving the Escape. :D
I'm sure that there are others out there who haven't had the positive experiences with Fords that me, my friends, and my family have had, but I'm happy with my Focus and will probably always be a Ford driving kind of girl! (Even my favorite NASCAR drivers drive Fords :rofling: )

07-30-2006, 11:10 PM
Nope, can't has to be a FORD.

Kudos to you on the Honda, my dh just read the consumer reports on that and the toyota minivan and they are the two best.

Oh and they have to be white!!! Come on... :??

How is the gas mileage on yours?

snephenie
07-30-2006, 11:18 PM
Nope, can't has to be a FORD.

Kudos to you on the Honda, my dh just read the consumer reports on that and the toyota minivan and they are the two best.

Oh and they have to be white!!! Come on... :??

How is the gas mileage on yours?

I love mine. My first car was a mustang and now I have an explorer. Gas is my biggest complaint but I need the suv with the kiddos...If I had it my way it'd be the new mustang in that beautiful blue color.

I noticed your location, what don't you like about CT? I lived there for a while in Farmington and only came home because I missed all my family. I've always said if I could convince my entire family to move with me it'd be to CT.

07-30-2006, 11:27 PM
I noticed your location, what don't you like about CT? I lived there for a while in Farmington and only came home because I missed all my family. I've always said if I could convince my entire family to move with me it'd be to CT.

Umm, if I'm going to be diplomatic I would have to say the people, the people, the people. Oh and the PEOPLE!! I swear it must be where we live (although I really find that hard to believe)! We've been to some places where the people were very nice, but for the most part everyone here wants to take your life on the roads like they have a personal vendetta against you.

I know its bad everywhere, but take my word for it, coming from the midwest and having our own share of morons, they don't even come close to the people out here. Most of the people are rude and mean. I get honked at ALL the time for not turning left when I don't have the right of way at a green light and the people in the on-coming traffic are turning right. I usually have my dog in the car so why on earth would I risk getting hit with her there. I've had idiots actually BEHIND me pull out and turn left in front of me!!! :shock: :shock: I couldn't believe my eyes. What's the rush. It's not like that particular light is 3 minutes long. :wall:

If you thought this was a long rant you're not even close. :roflhard:

I miss the slower pace of life. :(

Back to the car, how many miles to the tank to you get?

ChroniclesofYarnia
07-31-2006, 01:17 AM
Oh doglover....I miss the fast pace. I am from the east, my dh is from Wyoming, and we have settled in KC> *sigh* I really do miss have to flip of four people, wave at the one who let you in, just to get to the grocery store.


On the Ford aspect...not sure why you particularly need a Ford ( someone works at the dealership?), but I just drove my 1992 Ford Taurus into a dealership, and traded it in for a new Kia. They gave me 200 for it, and it was for the new tires on it.

If you need a great deal on a new car, check out some threads at fatwallet.com and see where you can get. I just purchased a new Kia Spectra, and adore it.

DianaM
07-31-2006, 01:50 AM
Had an '86 Ford Bronco II, for my first three years in the US. Belonged to my grandfather.

Drove it until it left me stranded on Colfax for the upteenth time (driving back from school. Colfax at 11 p.m......not a good place to be left stranded).

I :heart: trucks, and would've instantly jumped onto another truck if I'd had the cash for it, but had to settle for a used Mazda Protegé that has so far worked wonderfully for me.

I still dream about getting a truck someday and I have my eyes set on a Toyota 4Runner :inlove: :heart: :inlove: :heart:

skNYC
07-31-2006, 05:07 AM
I am curious, why it HAS TO BE A FORD? Does he work for Ford dealership? Do you have a choice for any body type of Ford? Is that the advise you are seeking here, what type of Ford should you get?

horve1
07-31-2006, 07:04 AM
I have a 2001 Ford Focus. Absolutely love it, except (and this is a big EXCEPT!) the tires! Go through them like water, and they are a huge expense!

Ingrid
07-31-2006, 08:31 AM
We had Escorts and got over 200,000 miles on one of them, the other had 186,000 and would still be driveable if we were willing to invest any money in it. I bought a 2005 Focus and loved it; it was totalled and I replaced it with another Focus. I had no problems at all. I haven't checked the mileage recently, and I don't recall the exact figure, but it was good, especially on the highway mark.

projectgal
07-31-2006, 09:02 AM
This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I can't believe you have to buy a car to get a job. And they pick the color for you?? Good grief!

A friend of ours works in auto sales and he had never been forced to buy a car. In fact, they generally GIVE him cars to drive around on the weekend. He's worked for both Audi and Hummer and it's never been a problem.

I would try to find the cheapest way out possible. Could you LEASE a car? What's the resale possibility on a Focus? I wouldn't go with the mini-van unless you needed the space, because everyone out there wants either the Honda or Toyota. I have friends with an Explorer and even though the resale is good, they are constantly taking it in for repairs. I think they are working with a dishonest dealership though, it may not be the actual car.

Sorry about this situation. Buying a uniform is one thing, a car is another!

Andrea
07-31-2006, 09:06 AM
I had a 2002 Ford Explorer SportTrac that had an EXCELLENT resale price. And it was an awesome car!! I never had any problems (I only had it a couple years, it was at 35,000 when I traded it in).

My DH currently drives a 2005 F150. He loves it!

Fords are awesome!!

:happydance: Go Ford! :happydance:

SandraEllen
07-31-2006, 09:14 AM
i have a Ford Escape and I love love love it. it's the perfect size for DH and I. we havent' had any problems yet. it's the first Ford I've ever owned. my FIL is retired from GM so that's what we've bought before.

Danielle
07-31-2006, 09:37 AM
We have 3 Ford vehicles in the family - an 06 F-150, 06 mustang convertible, and a 06 fusion. They are all great cars, and we haven't had any trouble out of them at all (knock on wood). If you are looking for a good family car, the fusion is great!

07-31-2006, 10:47 AM
Thanks everyone for all of your replies! :heart: :heart:

I'll try to answer all the questions in the one post, bear with me... ;)

YarnMommy: Why a ford? Because they are morons. Plain and simple. All the salesmen have to get that particular 'make' it can be any car, suv, minivan, compact, but it has to be a ford. And it has to be white. Do not ask me why in detail because all I can tell is that they are stupid. Oh, one thing my hubby did tell me that they want all the same make so if they need repairs that the mechanics will have the parts for the same make? As if they all fit different cars. They are soooo on crack here its not funny.

Nope, there is no particular dealership that we can go to. Wherever we find one that's where we get it.

skNYC: Again, no exact clue why, and yes it can be any model. Nope he's an Arborist. The advise I seek from you wonderful people is which ford have you had in the past or present and how has it held up?

Obviously I know every car is different, but as least I'll have an idea of which ones hold up the best. We have a dog and are getting another in the next few months so we need a bigger 'dog car' to haul them around. So a compact is kinda out of the question.

Projectgal: Thanks for the sentiment. I tell my hubby this whenever he brings it up!! But it's the other way around, he'll already get the job, getting the car is what happens after that. Yup, and they pick the color for you. Good grief is right.

I know some of you are wondering why does he go into sales at this particular place. Well, he figures he should do it with his current company and see if he likes it before we haul everything out to MN and do the same job there and not know for sure if he likes it. Make sense? I know this car thing isn't normal, but I guess sometimes we have to do things that we don't like to get to a better place... :?? At least that's what I'm telling myself. :rofling:

Thanks for letting me vent. You guys are great :heart: :thumbsup:

ctmax
07-31-2006, 11:21 AM
I have a 99 Explorer. We bought it used 5 years ago and we have never had to do one thing to it yet. Not the best I've seen on gas, but way better than my sisters suv a kia surento (spelling ?)

skNYC
07-31-2006, 11:29 AM
He is an arborist and he is required to buy a Ford in order to get this job? It sounds like a scam to me. Really. Be careful. Unless you really want a Ford, my advise is, look for another job.

07-31-2006, 12:42 PM
He is an arborist and he is required to buy a Ford in order to get this job? It sounds like a scam to me. Really. Be careful. Unless you really want a Ford, my advise is, look for another job.

I appreciate your concern, :heart: but trust me its not a scam. Its just what they require for their salesmen. I can't explain how I know its not a scam, but since the other salesmen have been there for years and my hubby's gone with them on their jobs he knows they are telling him the truth. They aren't out to get anybody. If that were the case I'd be the first one getting the moving truck!

ecuzzacrea
07-31-2006, 01:12 PM
I own 2 currently - 06 Ford Escape & 06 Ford 500.

My dad is retired, but he owned a dealership my whole life so it's all I've ever owned. The discount doesn't hurt ;)

I drive the Escape and I adore it. It's my 2nd one. I love the size and the ride is really nice for a truck - I'm more of an SUV girl than a car girl.

My fiance drives the 500 and he loves it. It's roomy (he's 6'2" and needs a lot of headroom). It's very comfortable for the backseat people too and our friends love when we drive. The trunk is ginormous and would fit 8 full size golf bags.

07-31-2006, 02:10 PM
I drive the Escape and I adore it. It's my 2nd one. I love the size and the ride is really nice for a truck - I'm more of an SUV girl than a car girl.

Ohhhh, you have the Escape. Is it the hybrid or the 'regular' one? How's the gas mileage? Currently my hubby drives 100 miles a day so its kind of an issue at the moment.

We're leaning towards the Escape, but I brought up the idea of either the Explorer or the minivan. Can the Escape fit 2 large sized dogs?? I'm talking German Shepherd sized dog. My Bailey is a tad smaller but once we get our new dog (GSRescue of course) ;) we'll need the space. Do the seats fold all the way down so its flat in the back?? I just figured the minivan would be more practical. I really have no clue, obviously. :rollseyes:

ecuzzacrea
07-31-2006, 03:46 PM
I have the regular Escape - the hybrid was $5K more and the mileage was not impression IMO.

Mileage is about 24 city/29 hwy - not bad at all for an SUV.

I've fit 2 dogs in there before - a medium lab & a large golden and they seemed comfortable :roflhard:

The seats do not fold FLAT, but pretty close. My dogs just laid there anyways and didn't have a problem.

sara_jayne
07-31-2006, 05:29 PM
I also vote for Ford - I've had three cars in my life and all of them have been Fords with limited problems. I had a 96 Escort, 98 Mustang and now have a 02 Explorer. Gas milage on the Explorer sucks (about 300 miles city & highway on a 22.5 gallon tank) but the car runs great. The back panel under the window is cracked and this is fairly common, but that is just astetic. My DH has a 99 F-150 and loves it - he woud have a Ford truck forever if he could.

07-31-2006, 07:19 PM
i have a Ford Escape and I love love love it. it's the perfect size for DH and I. we havent' had any problems yet. it's the first Ford I've ever owned. my FIL is retired from GM so that's what we've bought before.

SandraEllen, I missed your post earlier! Sorry 'bout that. So you like the Escape? After hubby and I have talked (I ranted quite a bit ;) ) tonight it looks like he's leaning more towards this one. And he doesn't want the hybrid either. So it may be this one, we shall see...

We have had 2 GM cars and a Saab. Its an oldy but it is running like a champ! Almost 200,000 miles on her. And talk about horrible gas mileage! She only goes to the grocery store and the park with the pup.

The other sucky thing about this 'new car crap' is the property tax on it. I can't even imagine how much that is going to cost. Ugh, I really hate Connecticut. :evil: (insert profanity here)

bjc1050
08-01-2006, 09:10 AM
I would be suspicious of any employer who requires you to go into debt in order to hire you. Personally, I'm a Toyota person.

SandraEllen
08-01-2006, 09:54 AM
I have the regular Escape... Mileage is about 24 city/29 hwy - not bad at all for an SUV.

The seats do not fold FLAT, but pretty close. My dogs just laid there anyways and didn't have a problem.

Ecuzzacrea, you are lucky if you are getting 24/29mpg. i drive surface streets on my way to work, but i average about 18 mpg. i have a 2003, but the window sticker claimed 18 city/23hwy. That was pretty accurate.

Any my seats fold flat. completely flat. we had to figure out how to do it (pulling out the headrests, then flipping up the bottom of the seat, then flipping down the back of the seat), but it's totally flat.

I used to have a chevy cavalier and i feel a bit spoiled by my escape.

betweenshades
08-01-2006, 09:57 AM
*puts on the automotive employee hat*

having worked in the automotive industry for many years, here's MHO:

asking someone what car make is best is like asking what someone's favorite color is. Every make will have their fans and people who hate them. There are people that love Ford and people that hate them. They've had recalls, sure- Everyone has. The Focus definatly had more than it's share at first, but there are people here that love them and would buy another one in a heartbeat.

10 years ago Honda and Toyota DID outdo the American makes- the quality was much better. The feel of the car, how they lasted...Now, they really aren't much better. Seriously. Right now the 06 Camry has one recall for misprinted tire info labels (proper inflation) and the 06 Escape has one recall out for a wiper motor. It's not like the Toyota has one and the Ford has 492018340.

My one complaint with Ford is their lack of foward design in a lot of their new cars. I really think the Five-Hundred looks like a Passat knock-off. But, that's what you get for hiring a former VW designer... I don't mind the Fusion, though. I HATE the Freestar- it's a totally new van from the Windstar from the ground up, but IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE WINDSTAR. GAA!!

So, basically if you're worried about the quality and safety of the Ford, don't be. You might be bored out of you mind with a white minivan, but you'll be safe. Unless you get the one with the powered liftgate (it might fall on you randomly). ;)

Recall list:

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm



I assume hubby's job has a contract with Ford? If they're reimbursing him for the payment and are repairing the vehicles themselves... Hey, it's a tax deduction if he has to buy it for work... :)




I've been in my job too long. :lol:

*goes back to her knitting*

ecuzzacrea
08-01-2006, 10:30 AM
Sandra,

I know the mileage because I've tracked it since I got the truck in October.

I take my headrests off and I don't think the seats go completely flat like other SUVs that I've been in. I guess that's just my opinion though. I'm positive I'm doing it correctly though. ;)

I have the regular Escape... Mileage is about 24 city/29 hwy - not bad at all for an SUV.

The seats do not fold FLAT, but pretty close. My dogs just laid there anyways and didn't have a problem.

Ecuzzacrea, you are lucky if you are getting 24/29mpg. i drive surface streets on my way to work, but i average about 18 mpg. i have a 2003, but the window sticker claimed 18 city/23hwy. That was pretty accurate.

Any my seats fold flat. completely flat. we had to figure out how to do it (pulling out the headrests, then flipping up the bottom of the seat, then flipping down the back of the seat), but it's totally flat.

I used to have a chevy cavalier and i feel a bit spoiled by my escape.

08-01-2006, 10:33 AM
asking someone what car make is best is like asking what someone's favorite color is. Every make will have their fans and people who hate them.

I have never nor has my family ever owned a ford. That's why I am asking this question. I know its a crap shoot on any car we buy, and seeing as I have no experience with that type of car I just figured asking around wouldn't be a bad idea.

Thanks again everyone, I appreciate all of your help. (so does hubby ;) )

:sunny:

betweenshades
08-01-2006, 10:40 AM
asking someone what car make is best is like asking what someone's favorite color is. Every make will have their fans and people who hate them.

I have never nor has my family ever owned a ford. That's why I am asking this question. I know its a crap shoot on any car we buy, and seeing as I have no experience with that type of car I just figured asking around wouldn't be a bad idea.

Thanks again everyone, I appreciate all of your help. (so does hubby ;) )

:sunny:

I know- I'm just sayin'...:)

My grandfathers on both sides LOVED Fords, my parents made an effort to not buy Fords but their sibs are about 50/50.

I've really not seen anyone I know or at work have any huge issues with Fords on the whole.

kitkat
08-01-2006, 03:35 PM
I have a 2000 ford explorer that exboyfriend talked me into buying, NEW, (was I ever stupid or what).........plus side is I have over 100k miles on it, and it seems to still be running. Negative side is its rusting like crazy and has been for at least the last two years - and now its getting really bad. Also negative, the gas milage sucks beyond all belief. Final negative, it tends to devour brakes and tires. I am almost through my second set of brakes.

Would I buy another one? Nope, doubt it. Should have gone with what I wanted, which was a gently used Blazer.

08-01-2006, 04:21 PM
I have a 2000 ford explorer that exboyfriend talked me into buying, NEW, (was I ever stupid or what).........plus side is I have over 100k miles on it, and it seems to still be running.

:thumbsup: Wow, 100,000 and still goin' that's great.

Final negative, it tends to devour brakes and tires. I am almost through my second set of brakes.

This seems to be quite the consensus. I wonder what the connection is between ford and their tires? :thinking: Do you get the same ones from the same place? I wish I new more about cars, but alas I do not. Such is life. That is why I come to you wonderful folks... :heart:

My hubby goes through tires a lot too, but he drives 100 miles a day. I'm sure that has a little something to do with it. ;)

betweenshades
08-01-2006, 04:38 PM
it's the tires, not the vehicle. :)

Jan in CA
08-01-2006, 07:04 PM
Anyone with half a brain knows you're not supposed to buy a new car. Just common sense. On my planet at least.

:?? We have a Ford Escape and are on our 4th Honda Accord. All bought new and I have a perfectly good full size brain. :rollseyes:


:lol:

08-01-2006, 07:09 PM
Anyone with half a brain knows you're not supposed to buy a new car. Just common sense. On my planet at least.

:?? We have a Ford Escape and are on our 4th Honda Accord. All bought new and I have a perfectly good full size brain. :rollseyes:


:lol:

Sorry Jan, I meant no offense by that statement. :blush: I just meant that when you by a new car and drive it off the lot the value of the car goes down quite a bit. And by buying a used car you are getting pretty much what you pay for.

Does that make sense?? I really didn't mean to offend anyone. :heart: :heart:

kitkat
08-01-2006, 08:58 PM
Not the tires, in my case. Explorers are notoriously hard on tires and brakes, and this is according to the dealer, not the place where I bought my replacement tires. Something about their suspension. My first tires were replaced at 20k but that is because I bought it knowing that the tires were already recalled....so that was a positive thing - they were barely worn. Next set was purchased at 75k, and they are fine. Brakes are bigger issue than the tires.

That said, I am at 113k so it could be worse.

With respect to buying cars new vs. gently used.....the IDEAL situation is if you can buy a car with minimal miles - ex hubby used to work at GM and we could pick up exec pre-driven vehicles for such a good price. Sigh.....But it is also hard to find reliable used cars if you are a single such as myself :shock:

cookworm
08-01-2006, 11:55 PM
I have a Ford Escape and really like it--no major problems with it; only maintenance (tires, brakes). I also had a Ford Festiva (my very first car and I bought it all by myself way back when I was a youngster! ;) ) and never had any problems with it either--just maintenance (tires, brakes) and BOY did that thing get GREAT gas mileage (I miss it these days!).

I've heard stories about all the domestic car companies out there, good and bad; I'm not really sure if one is truly better than another. Some people have had nothing but problems with GM, others rave about them; same goes for Ford. I think it depends on what you're looking for and of course, what you can afford. Good luck with your husband's job search and with buying a new car...you have so much on your plate right now. :heart:

kitkat
08-02-2006, 07:30 AM
With respect to the maintenance (tire and brakes) - I have always made sure that I had my tires rotated every 10k - that is why I am really only on the second set of tires - i have the brakes checked each time too (last car I didnt and lets just say it ended up being a costly maintenance item when it caught up to me).

The worst thing with the explorer is the gas milage. Ugh. Best thing is the size. Trade off.

#1 son has an Escort with 87k on it. No real problems there. (although yesterday it started acting very sickly). We bought it for 4k so you get what you paid for.

Good luck - its hard being forced to buy a certain kind of vehicle :)....if I were to get a Ford today I would get an Escape, I would have it rustproofed AND oil treated annually.

spooky
08-02-2006, 11:04 AM
I own 4 Fords !! A 1967 Couger, 2002 Focus, 1995 Thunderbird, and a 1990 Thunderbird !!! I love them all. I wasn't raised against Chevy or any other car companies out there, but I have had really good experiences with Ford. My Couger was the 1st car I ever had and it still runs !!!! It was given to me by my great-grandma when I was 17. This is also the car I got my liscence with. I tell you what .. going from a car that doesn't have power breaks and power stearing to cars that do took me forever to get used to lol !!!

Kirochka
08-02-2006, 01:44 PM
I wasn't raised against Chevy or any other car companies out there,

I think it's funny that some families do raise their children to be for or against certain cars - we had a grandfather (who was an auto mechanic and owner of a wrecking yard) who basically felt it was Chevrolet or NOTHING. I have no idea why he felt that way, plus he died in 1989, so I don't know what he'd think of current Chevrolets... it's probably just as well he wasn't around to know my parents bought a Taurus in 1990 with some of the money he left them... :rollseyes:

BarbRude
08-03-2006, 11:45 AM
Fix Or Repair Daily that is what FORD stands for.

Barbara

08-03-2006, 01:06 PM
Fix Or Repair Daily that is what FORD stands for.

Barbara

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

I've heard one like that, but it uses a bad word that I can't put on here....

08-03-2006, 03:41 PM
Ooo ooo I have another one...

Found On Roadside Daily!!!

:roflhard: :rofling: :rofling: :roflhard: