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Old 08-10-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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I'm on the market for a used car, very likely a Ford Escape (with hopefully no more than 80k miles, gotta make sure this thing can last a few years). I'm approved for a $10k loan; I asked for no more than that in order to enforce my budget. There are tons of used Escapes out there, so it looks like it would be pretty easy for me to pick one up with 70k-80k miles for under $10k (probably a 2006). However, I stumbled upon a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid with 82k miles on it for $11k firm. I'm reluctant to dig into my savings for an extra grand on top of the dealership fee, taxes, title, etc. Am I being foolish to pass it up over a lousy thousand dollars when it will likely save me a ton of money on gas??? Will it last as long as the non-hybrid version? What would you do?

Also, a more general question for the experienced car buyers out there---is it worth signing up to run CarFax reports? Are sites like Cars.com and Edmunds.com good places to be searching? Any hints or advice for someone who just wants this done and over with? Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:50 AM
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I think its going to depend on how long you will have the car.
Not knowing what kind of driving and how many miles you typically drive, cant really say how much money you will save on gas. Do the math and see if it makes sense.

One more thing, I don't know about the Ford hybrid batteries but generally from my understanding these batteries are rather pretty expensive to replace should the issue come up. You are probably looking at $6k and up to have it replaced. You probably want to factor this in when making your decision.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:05 PM
 
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Whoa, $6k to replace the battery??!! Yikes, that's definitely worthy of consideration. I plan on driving it at least 6 years, though rarely over 100 miles a week (all city driving, except annual vacation).
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: WFNJ
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I don't like hybrids....
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:21 PM
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Hybrid vs. Gas-Only Vehicles - Yahoo! Autos

This article doesn't mention the Ford Escape but I think you can get a general idea from it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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FWIW, we have put 80K miles on a 2007 Mariner Hybrid and the hybrid battery/charger tested just fine last time we had it in.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Amazing how $10k doesn't buy you much in the used market.

I can get a 2.25% loan for 60 months on a 2008 or newer vehicle at my credit union. Just borrow a bit more money to get a 1-2 year old car.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Twin Lakes /Taconic / Salisbury
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[quote=SentimentalDemon;25573085]Whoa, $6k to replace the battery??!! Yikes, that's definitely worthy of consideration. I plan on driving it at least 6 years, though rarely over 100 miles a week (all city driving, except annual vacation).[/QUOT

He has no clue what he's talking about.. IF a battery replacement was needed closer to 2-3k would be the # if having the work done by a dealer with new parts. You have the same odds as having to replace the ICE as you do with a battery pack with that model in the next 100k miles or so.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:30 PM
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He has no clue what he's talking about.. IF a battery replacement was needed closer to 2-3k would be the # if having the work done by a dealer with new parts. You have the same odds as having to replace the ICE as you do with a battery pack with that model in the next 100k miles or so.
The OP doesn't need to take my word for it.
He can simply call the Ford dealer to find out.
However, based on a simple google search, I am seeing $5-7k for the Ford Escape so I quoted $6k.
I actually wanted to find a Ford source to state this but no luck.
Here is one from wiki answers that quoted $7k

How much does it cost to replace the battery in a ford escape hybrid

In addition, I don't recall saying anything in regards to its life span. I only said, "should the issue come up"
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:48 PM
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If I did this right... its even worse.... Ford parts is quoting $10,432.64

Buy 2006 Ford Escape Parts | FordParts.com
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