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Ordered My New 2018 Explorer

Discussion in '2018 - 2019 Ford Explorer Order Status Threads' started by Exit32, August 17, 2017.

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    1. david1068

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      The owners manual on the Ford site for the 2018 Explorer shows it doesn't have the adaptive cruise control with auto stop. Also I couldn't find the pedestrian detection either. The 2018 F150 and the 2018 Expedition have it.
       
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    3. peterk9

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      You are correct. According to the Manual, It has neither feature. I would expect those to be available on the redesigned 2020 model.

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      Just an update from some of my well-informed contacts. The Chicago Assembly Plant is undergoing assembly line updating to make way for the 2020 Explorer, this construction is delaying Job1 for the 2018MY.

      Job1 looking like November now.
       
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      Anybody have any inside information on the 2020 Explorer
       
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      According to Ford's Final Order Start Up Dates schedule, the 2018 Production Start Up date has not changed. Still shows October 20th.

      Peter
       
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      You mind sharing the info on engine, drive (eg FWD), MSRP, final price, and incentives? I'm debating between a 17 and 18 but can't find any price details for the 18.
       
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      Engines and transmissions for the 2018 Explorer are the same as the engines and transmissions used in the 2017 Explorers. So, my 2018 Platinum will come with the now-familiar 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine and all-wheel drive.

      When I order a new car, my best offer is $300 over invoice. I realize that there are holdbacks and other incentives from the factory that add to the dealer's profit, and I also realize that everyone has to earn a living and put food on the table. I think $300 over invoice is a fair deal for all involved. MSRP for the 2018 Platinum is $55,330. Invoice price is $52,925.51, so my final price was $53,225.51.

      Regarding incentives, I will be eligible for any and all incentives in place at time of delivery. I'm expecting to pick up my new Explorer in late November, so I'll have to wait and see which incentives -- if any -- are offered at that time.
       
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      Interesting. MSRP for 2017 Platinum is $53,235, so that's a $2095 increase. I just emailed a guy at a local dealership to have him price out a few 2018's for me. Relative to the one or two 2017's available somewhere in the US that match my desired specs, it would probably be $3-5k more for a 2018 Limited with the same specs, considering a likely MSRP increase as well as fewer/no incentives for the 2018... Seems like too much to justify, since there aren't really many improvements to the Limited except for the 4G modem/Wifi.
       
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      My mistake. The MSRP that I presented ($55,330) was the MSRP for my 2018 Explorer with optional paint and I included destination and delivery fees. Base MSRP for a 2018 Platinum is $53,940. That means price increase from 2017 to 2018 for a Platinum is $645.
       
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      Interesting. Hoping this guy gets back to me soon. I'm curious how the price has changed for the Limited and Sport, considering that they've dreamt up this new Safe and Smart Package.
       
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      Keep in mind that the Safe and Smart Package is an option on the XLT, Limited and Sport. It depends on which 'Package' you chose.

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      Based on the Order Guide, I got the impression that it's a package available to the Limited as well (part of 301A). Some of the features within the Safe and Smart package are standalone options (e.g. adaptive cruise) for 2017, but looks like they're bundling it all together for all Trims in 2018MY.
       
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      I received another production update on the 2018 Explorer I ordered on August 9.

      The original schedule called for production to happen during the week of November 6. Latest update from my sales guy says schedule has slipped a week and now calls for vehicle to be built during week of November 13.

      This slippage may be a result of the Chicago Assembly Plant updates mentioned by Sgt1411 in this thread.
       
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      Ordered a 2018 Explorer Limited 10/21 in New York - received order accepted number of 6318 - 301A package has all the Safe & Smart options that are available. DORA was processed 10/24 but can't find it in the Ford Order Tracking Site - I can see other Explorers (2018) ordered on 10/6/17 from same dealer that have Order in Progress and VIN assigned. Is there an average turn around time from order placed to getting VIN assigned and in order production - Tagged as Priority 10 retail
       
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      Maybe this thread will help. The Ford order/build/deliver timeline.

      Peter
       
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      ..which is why I decided to lease it instead of buying it. I want those features. I don't know why they have delayed adding them.
       
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      It seems Ford introduces certain features in stages on different vehicles.

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      Well...the cars are starting to trickle into the dealerships. 2 platinums within 100 miles of me. Guess I will have to order one. Has anyone ever dickered on a lease price? I guess you can make the offer as if you were going to buy it, get a rate and then convert those numbers to a lease deal.
       
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      A lease is really no different than buying. I am on my 7th lease. The interest rate usually depends on the length of the lease. You can go to the Ford website and build your Explorer and then play with the figures at the end. I usually put down a 'refundable' security deposit which can reduce the interest rate up to a max of 1.5%. That deposit is returned at the end of the lease. The website has both financial programs for buying and leasing.

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      Peterk9What percentage of MSRP is your residual balance on your lease?
       
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      Thoughts btwn 2017 and 2018...
      Keep in mind that the dealer started below MSRP price of $62,039 shown on the Window Sticker. Contract showed cost as $59,708.63.

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      What I have read was the way to get the best price is to negotiate a sales price then use that as the cap price on the lease.
       
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      The one possible variable would be the interest rate which usually various depending on the length of the lease.
       
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      Some progress on the order I placed on 8/10/2017 for a 2018 Explorer Platinum ...

      Yesterday (11/8/2017), status was updated to "in production" and I was able to view the window sticker today (11/9/2017).

      If I'm deciphering the codes imprinted on the window sticker correctly, my Explorer will be built on 11/16/2017.
       
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      I wonder....could I order the platinum with the Sport upgrade wheels by spec'ing the 64V wheel option?
       

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