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Registered: Nov 2004
Heavy sigh...FL Calling, as usual you pass in misinformation.
They also reported that they got 17 MPG on the Escape over a 10 mile test run in traffic
Mysterious to me, except that when I picked up my Hybrid the onboard computer initially showed about 17 mpg. This increased gradually into the 20s during my first tank of gas, but still was inaccurate by a huge margin even by the time I filled. My fill demonstrated 30.9mpg for the tank, and after resetting the computer it immediately jumped into the 30s. The computer has been very accurate on the second tank of gas, within 1 mpg of what my calculations revealed at the second fill. I don't know what the reason is for the initial low readings on the computer, but it did happen.
They did not state that if the air conditioner is on that the gas engine is on all the time.
Probably because that is not true. If you set the A/C on MAX, your statement is true. With the A/C on any other setting, the compressor runs when the gas engine runs and shuts off when you are on electric. It is somewhat less comfortable than what one is used to with an A/C, but nothing you can't live with.
it is still an auto for the wealthy
I would not think of a $30,000 car as an auto for the wealthy. Do you think of the standard Escape as an auto for the wealthy? Does another $3400, the number you quote, suddenly make it so terribly expensive, when you compute that to a difference in monthly payment? Hybrid Escape costs about the same as a low-end Explorer, and I don't think most people think an Explorer is a car for the wealthy. Take a look at average retail prices on automobiles these days.
If this was the Hybrid Lexus, which looks like it will fall into the $45,000 - $50,000 range, you would have a point.
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2005 Escape Hybrid, 4x4, Dark Shadow Grey, Appearance Package, Leather, Safety Package, 110 Plug, Satellite-Ready CD/Stereo
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