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Well.. I just got back from my test drive.. .I've now driven an 06 Ford Escape Hybrid, an 05 and an 03 Prius...

This is how they stack up in my books..


#1 -FEH ... drove wonderfully. Looks and feels like a "normal car" . AWD which is a huge plus. Leather interior

#2 - 03 Prius ... This car was very nice. I liked the trunk and the the car handled and performed well. I didnt like the bizarro stickshift and the annoying computer screen, but I did manage to turn them off.

#3 05 Prius.. I must say that I am disappointed. AAfter all of the hype over this car, I expected more. It was overly "gadgety". Toyota.. listen up and install a normal dashboard. Leather seats not an option. I'm tall and my head hit the roof and the visor intersected my field of vision. The rearward view was bisected by the mullion for the hatch. Handling and power were fine, but nothing to rave at over the other two vehicles.

Well.. it's amazing what a test drive can do for you. Needless to say that the 05 or newer Prius wont be on the books for a purchase.

I would suggest that anyone interested in buying any of these cars insist on a test drive. Drive them all and do it within a few days of each other so your imperssions are fresh in your mind.

Some people might be attracted to gadgets and things, but I'm not.

ANyways.. thanks for all of your input.. it has been helpful!
 

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fish_antlers said:
Well.. I just got back from my test drive.. .I've now driven an 06 Ford Escape Hybrid, an 05 and an 03 Prius...<snip>...Needless to say that the 05 or newer Prius wont be on the books for a purchase...
I didn't think fish_antlers was going to like this car...it doesn't have a good place to mount a gun rack! :lol:
 

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Seaside Harry said:
[quote="fish_antlers":1a505zqy]Well.. I just got back from my test drive.. .I've now driven an 06 Ford Escape Hybrid, an 05 and an 03 Prius...<snip>...Needless to say that the 05 or newer Prius wont be on the books for a purchase...
I didn't think fish_antlers was going to like this car...it doesn't have a good place to mount a gun rack! :lol:[/quote:1a505zqy]

not true... you could easily fit a Glock in the center console :)
 

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Well, I sure admire Fish_Antler's thoroughness and open-mindedness as he researched his car. Truth is, wouldn't mind a FEH to replace my CRV (Isabelle's cousin), but mine is pretty much new, and about 10K cheaper...still, I'm jealous.
 

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well.. deal isnt done yet.. now the shopping begins in ernest. Basically dealers claimed that the 05 FEH is sold out... so I "have" to buy an 06.. BUT dealer I spoke with yesterday told me that there were lots of 05's to choose from and that he could get one in for me... on top of that there is $4800 (cdn) off on remaining 05's and 4.9% financing..

seems like other dealers arent telling the truth... gee.. imagine that..

so now I have to do some car hunting.
 

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06 Prius models get leather as an option if you didn't know already. I don't see the problem with the dash since the Classic has it in the centre while the 04+ models have it closer to the line of sight. Either way, the point is you tested the models you wanted.
 

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06 gets leather? add the salesman at Toyota to the list of liars then.. he told me that it was not and would not be offered in leather, but did try to get me to pay him $1600 to get his friends to recover the seats :roll:

man.. I love car shopping!
 

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hey Mark... since I dont own this site and I've received quite a bit of good advice from it, please dont make me respond to you in a way that would be rude. I dont want to insult the membership by lowering myself to your standards.

Feel free to log into my own site (see sig) and I will gladdy give you piece of my mind for your ridiculous response. Nice try.

Once again, the lack of "Internet savvy" amongst certain people never ceases to amaze. I cant believe that so many members immediately shout "troll" on this site the second they see someone expressing an alternate point of view.

What a bland and shielded world you must wish to live in, Mark.. a world where everyone has no thoughts or opinions and only agrees with YOU.



:finger :roll:
 

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fish_antlers said:
06 gets leather? add the salesman at Toyota to the list of liars then.. he told me that it was not and would not be offered in leather, but did try to get me to pay him $1600 to get his friends to recover the seats :roll:

man.. I love car shopping!
The US does. I don't see why the Canadian ones won't get it. Toyota Canada has been mum about the details.
 

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Well, all I can say is that I asked about this specifically. No leather for 06. Strangely he told me that he was taking pre-orders with a 3 month wait and that was on 05 models. Can that be true?
 

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fish_antlers said:
well.. deal isnt done yet.. now the shopping begins in ernest. Basically dealers claimed that the 05 FEH is sold out... so I "have" to buy an 06.. BUT dealer I spoke with yesterday told me that there were lots of 05's to choose from and that he could get one in for me... on top of that there is $4800 (cdn) off on remaining 05's and 4.9% financing..
If you are going to have to wait for the Ford Escape Hybrid, you may want to wait (or put your name on a list) for the new Mercury Mariner Hybrid. (it's the sister to the Escape.) However I do not know the release date for Canada...
 

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[quote="fish_antlers":136uy3st]06 gets leather? add the salesman at Toyota to the list of liars then.. he told me that it was not and would not be offered in leather, but did try to get me to pay him $1600 to get his friends to recover the seats :roll:

man.. I love car shopping!
The US does. I don't see why the Canadian ones won't get it. Toyota Canada has been mum about the details.[/quote:136uy3st]

It's like how Canada didn't get Nav for the 2004 model year... Who knows what they were thinking...
 

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fish_antlers said:
well.. deal isnt done yet.. now the shopping begins in ernest. Basically dealers claimed that the 05 FEH is sold out... so I "have" to buy an 06.. BUT dealer I spoke with yesterday told me that there were lots of 05's to choose from and that he could get one in for me... on top of that there is $4800 (cdn) off on remaining 05's and 4.9% financing..
If you are going to have to wait for the Ford Escape Hybrid, you may want to wait (or put your name on a list) for the new Mercury Mariner Hybrid. (it's the sister to the Escape.) However I do not know the release date for Canada...
Before I bought Phoebe I checked out the Ford Escape Hybrid and was told that the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, while essentially the same vehicle, would have more luxuries available.
 

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Tideland Prius said:
[quote="fish_antlers":15mtu2za]06 gets leather? add the salesman at Toyota to the list of liars then.. he told me that it was not and would not be offered in leather, but did try to get me to pay him $1600 to get his friends to recover the seats :roll:

man.. I love car shopping!
The US does. I don't see why the Canadian ones won't get it. Toyota Canada has been mum about the details.
It's like how Canada didn't get Nav for the 2004 model year... Who knows what they were thinking...[/quote:15mtu2za]

True but he said they were taking orders for a 3 month wait on an 05 which is ridiculous.


When I ordered my car, all I did was go to the dealership, talk to the salesman with whom I wanted to buy the car, sat down and let him fill out that usual sheet. Because of Access Toyota, there's no bargaining so all the salesman does is go to Toyota Canada's website and show you the price that you're gonna pay. He then asked us for a deposit of any amount over $50 and then sends that sheet of paper off to Toyota Canada who then ordered the car for us. We ordered it on the 15th Sept 04 and it arrived on 25th Oct 04.

It's a slightly different ordering system than the States. You order the car you want and it gets built for you. It seems like the States' ordering system is, place your order and the first one that comes in with your specs and colour is yours.
 

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Tide... salesguy did the same for me..

actually funny thing was that the used prius they let me drive was pretty beat. scratches everywhere.. interior was filthy. Salesman kept say how the "title was clean" over and over.. he wouldnt answer when I would ask him if it was one owner etc etc.. . he's just say it's "clean" ... so when he went inside to get teh dealer plate I opened the glove box, and low and behold! "Thrifty Rental Car" dashcard and insurance and registration.

Dont they have to declare that?


man do I hate car salesman.
 

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Just got off the phone with vehicle registry... apparently it's against the law (here) to not declare that a car was used as a rental... so that car ISNT "clean title"..

I have hallf a mind to call up the manager of that dealership and tell them :evil:
 

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Well, it actually is a clean title. Being a rental doesn't make it unclean, but apparently still has to be declared. Now a SALVAGE vehicle is not a clean title.

But I don't understand why you are comparing an SUV to a compact and a midsize car. Next you'll be saying you expect 50 MPG from the FEH. Not gonna happen, vehicle was designed for more power to accomplish its intended tasks.
That's not to say it isn't a good vehicle, just different than a Prius, HCH, HAH, etc.
 

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2 points...

first off where I live you have to declare the following:

ex police car, taxi, rental or accitdent over $2K.

Any of those being declared makes it "not clean title". This info stays on the DMV file forever.


second point... as I mentioned before I dont give a rats ass about FE. ... The Escape simply drove better and wasnt "trying" to be gadgety and gimmicky like the prius...


.. plus if you visit the FEH forum you'll find several people getting 60mpg + from FEH... if you were interrested in trying to achieve that.

My accelerator pedal is usually to the floor so trying to gingerly dance around town to see if I can squeeze a few more mpg isnt my cup of tea.
 

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It's like how Canada didn't get Nav for the 2004 model year... Who knows what they were thinking...[/quote]


There is a joke here....somewhere :roll: :twisted: :lol:
 
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