: Test drove a Ford Expedition today



SpeedyArizona
10-27-06, 10:53 PM
I finally decided to test drive the Ford Expediton today and here's my review:

Arrived at the dealership a little after 3 and was immediately greeted by a friendly salesperson (so far so good). We did the "How are you, what are you looking for crap" and get down to business. He shows me a 2004 Expedition with 49,000 miles.

My first impression was "This isn't really as big as they say", I thought it would be a monsterous SUV but it didn't seem to be much larger than the Explorer. But overall it looked nice; no scraches or dents. The interior wasn't impressive but overall it could do. I particularly didn't like all the hard plastics.

So here comes the test drive...

We pull out onto McDowell Road and I notice how big it FEELS. This definetly isn't my Eldorado, it seems very top-heavy (maybe becsue I'm not used to such a large vehicle). The ride is smooth, absorbing bumps fairly well. The one thing I noticed is that the brakes didn't seem as responsive as I thought they should be. It accelerates nicely but won't break any land-speed records.

After driving for about 15 minutes, we go back to the dealership and decide to hammer out the numbers (oh...yay:bighead: ). The price is $23,000 (well $29,995...:thepan: ) and I tell him my budget is $20,000. We start negotiating and trust me...I'm as stubborn as a mule. I WILL NOT budge on the price and he says the best he can do is $21,000. I tell him that this is the first vehicle I've looked at and I might just shop around for a while. He finally inches his way down to $20,000 and now it's on me.

I already had my mind semi-madeup before we started throwing around the numbers. My decision is...........I'm passing on this one (sorry Elvis). It just wasn't for me, I guess I would like something a bit more luxurious (I will be driving it everyday 30 miles there and 30 miles back). I liked the feel of sitting above everyone else but I think it was a bit too large for me.

So back to the drawing board...thanks for all the advice guys:thumbsup: .

Elvis
10-28-06, 12:03 AM
My thoughts:

1) You found one with bad/worn brakes.

2) You weren't expecting something that top-heavy. (I was and I'm okay with it.)

If you compare the Expedition to a Yukon, you'll probably come back to the Expy.

But it REALLY sounds like you need a DHS!

Good luck! You're one step closer to finding true love!

TomDeville
10-28-06, 12:14 AM
Elvis is right Speedy; it does
sound like you need a DHS;
notwithstanding the considerable
merits of the Expy.

:cool2:

SpeedyArizona
10-28-06, 12:15 AM
But it REALLY sounds like you need a DHS!

I'll probably test drive one next weekend and see what happens. I would like one of the new Lexus ES350's but the price for the Ultra-Luxury one is around $42,000...

Anyway I'll keep looking and see what sticks.

house
10-28-06, 03:23 AM
u look at escalades? u have missed some good deals

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and this one! lol nice miles

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2002-CADILLAC-ESCALADE-AWD-NO-RESERVE-IT-WILL-SELL_W0QQitemZ150049059960QQihZ005QQcategoryZ6148Q QrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Lord Cadillac
10-28-06, 03:34 AM
Yeah, don't forget the Escalade.. You can get a great deal on one 2002 or newer..

Jesda
10-28-06, 07:44 AM
I drove one once. It was a one-minute drive from one end of a dealership to the other. All I remember was the annoying seat belt warning.

dp102288
10-28-06, 09:31 AM
i don't like the Expedition. Maybe I am not used to it, but I couldn't get comfortable in one.

CIWS
10-28-06, 10:01 AM
But wait, you need a Chrysler Aspen !!!!! http://www.ciws.net/ctsv/happyhappy.gif





;)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-28-06, 10:56 AM
From the Expeditions I've driven at work, I've noticed that they have really firm seats, and yes, the seatbelt warning sound is VERY annoying.

caddycruiser
10-28-06, 11:27 AM
From the Expeditions I've driven at work, I've noticed that they have really firm seats, and yes, the seatbelt warning sound is VERY annoying.

Yeah, Fords DEFINATELY have a distinct--and very annoying--chime. Something I noticed and never got used to when driving the '05 F150 and an older one at work this summer. Enjoyed the trucks otherwise, though.

Beyond that, I'd probably go for an Expedition over a Tahoe/Yukon too, just because I like the layout of them more and especially like the new '07 ones a bit more overall. But it's all a personal thing.

In this case, $20k isn't all that stellar for a '04 (i.e. now 3 years old) with 50k miles. There should be a lot out there in that price range to see and drive with either less miles or more features.

Wiseguy2
10-28-06, 02:56 PM
$20k for an 04 Expedition with 49k miles only makes sense if it's a 4WD Eddie Bauer.

SpeedyArizona
10-28-06, 10:29 PM
Yeah, don't forget the Escalade.. You can get a great deal on one 2002 or newer..

I already checked around and for the starting price for the 2003 and newer were $27,000 and went up from there. I really don't want to spend over $20,000 so an Escalade may be impractical.


But wait, you need a Chrysler Aspen !!!!!

Bleh:vomit:!

dp102288
10-29-06, 07:28 AM
Where are you checking? If it is just the local dealers, you will probably be screwed. If you don't need financing, try the local classifieds (sp?).

I just never go to any dealership unless it is necessary.

Elvis
10-29-06, 08:46 AM
I figured out how to make that annoying chime go away. Put on your damn seat belt!

I still wouldn't trade my Expedition for an Escalade. I tried them all and the EXpy fit my butt best. I didn't think the seats were firm compared to GM offerings. I thought the ride was smoother than the Yukon I drove.

OF COURSE I'd rather have a DHS, but at this point in my life I need the space.

house
10-29-06, 02:58 PM
I already checked around and for the starting price for the 2003 and newer were $27,000 and went up from there. I really don't want to spend over $20,000 so an Escalade may be impractical.



Bleh:vomit:!

did you even bother to read my post with links?

you are looking in the wrong places

Eric Kahn
10-29-06, 04:39 PM
the annoying seat belt chime can be made to go away without putting on the seat belt, ford tells you how in the owners manual

SpeedyArizona
10-29-06, 04:48 PM
did you even bother to read my post with links?

you are looking in the wrong places

I'd rather buy a new(er) car from a dealer than in the classifieds. And yes I did look at your links but they were in Illinois and Texas which is a bit too far to drive for a car.

I like the Escalade EXT and if I can get one for around $20K with low miles, I'd jump on it:D.

house
10-30-06, 12:51 AM
ebay motors is everywhere, just do a search man. some of the ads on ebay are dealers too. also buying from a private seller is not that bad, u save MONEY. dealers always cost more just bc of overhead etc, but i guess thats how dealers stay in business, from people like you willing to pay more.

dp102288
10-30-06, 09:43 AM
^^ A friend used ebay motors, but kept his search local. That way we actually picked up the car instead of having to get it shipped.

powerglide
11-01-06, 05:56 PM
Theres' 07 Tahoes in the paper for 25K$ new.....I can't imagine spending 20K on a used truck with 50K miles on it plus no warranty...

SpeedyArizona
11-01-06, 10:59 PM
Theres' 07 Tahoes in the paper for 25K$ new.....I can't imagine spending 20K on a used truck with 50K miles on it plus no warranty...

It'll take me a little while to get used to the new Tahoe/ Suburban style, I prefer the older '01-'06 style. I would like an EXT if I could find one but most I've looked at are over my $20,000 mark. I'll keep an eye out though...

caddycruiser
11-01-06, 11:16 PM
I still say go with an Expedition--that would be my choice, and we have an '04 Suburban--just keep looking for one with the right level of options and miles for your budget. Should not be hard at all, given the number of them out there on the market, but it all depends.