jzn010 wrote:I made it out to the dealer this weekend and drove a nice white titanium hatch and was pretty impressed. The two weakest points in the car I felt were the engine noise and the shifting. Conveniently neither of these is a concern with the electric version.
The use of soft touch material was appreciated and I thought Sync was pretty nice. Due to the spare tire and the foam spacer I walked away with the same uncertainty on the hatch space. Until I can view one in stock the video and measurements will have to do.
The stick on keypads are pretty tacky especially when compared to the light up frames on some of the other models (go figure $28k vs 40). I do a lot of running and don't have a good spot to carry a key so that is a nice feature especially since the proximity key kind of prevents me from just sticking it up under the car somewhere to hid. I have seen others stick the pad in a more discrete place.
This is really looking to be a solid car and it is starting to surprise me there isn't more discussion of it online. The Leaf forums seem to be very popular yet not a lot of people are comparing the two. I consider them direct competitors and with the current cash back the money seems to be tipped in this direction.
Overall the car has survived round 1 of the vetting process and I'll continue reading here and on jmueller's blog.
Leaf promotes, Ford pretty much does not. In my area I see a lot of Leafs, Volts, & Tesla's. I've seen 1 other FFE besides my own. And most of the dealers around here either don't carry FFE or carry 1. When I bought mine back in late Nov, they had 1 and didn't even try and talk me into buying it. It was more like "oh you want the FFE, ok."
If I wasn't set on getting it, I would have walked. I mean they really didn't care if I bought the car or not and I went there looking to sign a deal without even getting into any conversations. I did my how, knew it was the car I wanted, and even with that, it was almost like, they didn't give a damn if I bought the car or not. After they gave up trying to sell me on the Energi and c-max, they kind of didn't care anymore. It's like the FFE is a car they were dumped with and didn't want to sell it.
I mean after I bought it I had to spend like 3 hours waiting for them to charge it. "oh it's not charged" was the answer.
It is far different compared to when I bought an ICE a few years back where they refused to let me leave the lot and I test drove like 5 different cars that day. It's night and day.
It might not be like this everywhere, but I live in an area where there are far more people buying/driving Electrics and hybrids compared to other states, so I can't imagine sales people or dealers caring a whole lot more in an area where only a handful of people own any electric cars. And it's been like this at every Ford dealer I've visited around here. Some didn't even know they sold the FFE.
It is a bit different at Nissan and Chevy dealerships. The Volt is different, but when you visit their dealerships, it kind of feels like they have a plan to market and sell these cars. Whereas with Ford, I don't get the feeling they care. And when one of the Directors of the company gives a statement about not caring to much about Electric cars, that's not really a good sign.