I'm in the process of shopping around for a new vehicle...finally had
enough of my 2000 Jeep TJ.
So far, I test drove the 2005 Mazda Tribute GX-V6, at roughly
$29000CAD, and the 2005 Ford Escape XLS at $30200CAD.
I really liked the take-off and road handling on the Mazda, and the
Ford had a good road handling. Both seem to have the same Fuel
economy. As for cosmetics, I preferred the layout of the console in
So far, from what I've read, Mazda has a better warranty, and it
somewhat a little less expensive, which I still have to negotiate
price with the dealer. as for servicing, I have no idea what to expect
from the local Mazda dealer, and the local Ford dealer has a new owner
for the past 3 years or so, and from what people say, they aren't
impressed with the service...this came from the ex-service manager
from the Ford dealership...so that's a selling point for me.
My father, good heart, but insists I check out another Ford
dealership, and has been a Ford man since I can remember. He called a
dealer in a small village about 1 hour away (in the middle of
nowhere), and was told that I can get an XLT for $32000, and my father
says that I'd be able to get an XLS for $25000....that's fine and
dandy, but if they are the same, I think I'd prefer the Madza V6 with
the above mentioned pros towards Mazda, and the fact that if I have
problems with the Ford, and I'd bring it to the local dealer, what
kind of service can I expect if i don't buy it from them.
So all this to say that I'm a little torn, and am wondering if I'm
missing some things to look for as a comparison...1 thing I forgot to
ask each dealership was on "loaners" if I need servicing, seeing that
it's imperative that I need a vehicle for work.
So far, the Mazda seems like the logical choice, but still have to see
what each dealer will give me on my trade-in.
If anyone has any ideas what else I can look for, please let me know.