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  1. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Folks,

    It's a monumental day in the DD household.
    I've finally sold my trusty daily driver (Ford Kuga) after nearly 9yrs of trouble free ownership. And replaced it with only the 2nd new (pre registered) car I've ever owned.

    Last summer, I looked at a Ford Edge. Very impressive & absolutely ideal for what I need (basically a massive SUV that'll double up as a posh van)
    The only thing that put me off was the mental asking price! :eek:
    Ford seemed to think that a physically huge vehicle = an equally sizeable price tag? I guess they don't understand that a £40k+ asking price isn't gonna attract european customers away from much smaller but "perceived" luxury German brand SUV's.

    Jump forward a few months & I was test driving a heavily discounted 3.0 V6 TDi VW Touareg R-Line Tech (just shy of £60k normally, discounted to £44k) So, "cheaper" but still not my idea of value for money. When all said & done, it's just a car.
    It was cool looking & dripping in tech gadgets but I wasn't very impressed by the way it drove. Possibly due to the torrential rain & massive 22" wheels fitted with elastic bands for tyres?
    I was offered a deal but we were £3k apart on reaching an agreement.
    So I left the dealer to give my offer further consideration. And went to McDonald's for lunch.

    Long story short....
    The Ford dealer I went too last summer to look at an Edge is opposite McDonald's. The salesman I dealt with last year was in there having his lunch.
    We got chatting about me still having the Kuga & possibly still looking to replace it? He informed me that Ford had pulled the plug on selling the edge in the UK. And UK dealers were now heavily discounting their stock.
    Consequently, my only reason for not buying one was gone :grinning:

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    I won't be everyone's cup of tea. It weighs nearly 2 tons & I've been in smaller London apartments. It has a diesel engine mated to an 8 speed auto gearbox (with flappy paddle override)
    So it ain't ever gonna win any traffic light grand prix's or handling tests. But it should suit my needs perfectly.
    If it proves to be as good as my trusty old Kuga, I'll be absolutely delighted :grinning:
     
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  2. Callumity

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    I knew they’d modernise it eventually

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  3. Wessa

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    Congratulations @Dozers Dad (DD), it looks huge. Enjoy and I hope it gives years of trouble free motoring. :)
     
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  4. Wessa

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    Just wondering what sort of fuel economy does if return ?
     
  5. Dozers Dad

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    I've covered a whopping 20500 miles in the Kuga in nearly 9yrs Wessa. So economy isn't top of my list of priorities.
    The Edge isn't as good on fuel as the Kuga. Due to it being less aerodynamic than a large stack of bricks. And weighing more than a small house! :kissing:
    But I reckon the real world figures I'll see will be high 30's to low 40's on a run if I'm lucky?
    Whatever it is, I'll live with it mate :)
     
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  6. Callumity

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    And in your ‘line of work’ you don’t go that fast.......
     
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  7. Wessa

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    That as good as many smaller SUV's mate so I would be quite happy with that.
     
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  8. Tallpaul

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    Be sure to tell Greta what you bought...…………...
     
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  9. Dozers Dad

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    She might approve Paul?
    It's fitting with that polar bear saving, tree hugging "adblue" bullsh!t :(
     
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  10. Dozers Dad

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    Correct, as I drive away after taking the shot. I try not to drawn attention to myself :cool:

    Look out for red dots on your clothes. That weren't there when you left the house ;)
     
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  11. Callumity

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    Oh I dunno. I tend to dribble my Chianti.
     
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  12. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Congrats Jez on the new wagon, hope it all works out for you.
     
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  13. dilligaf

    dilligaf GrrrR3Rrrr
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    Lovely car mate :cool:
    Hankered after one ages ago and looked into when I was getting rid of my Kuga :confused:
    Couldn’t make the numbers work :(
    I ended up with a Qashqai:confused:
     
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  14. Dozers Dad

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    Cheers Dave,
    It's got an extremely hard act to follow. As the Kuga was simply awesome in every single way! :)
    I looked at the modern versions of it but they felt somehow diluted?
    When I originally purchased the Kuga I test drove approx 6 other Kuga equivalents from different manufacturers. None of them drove like a car. They all flopped around in corners like traditional SUV's do. The MK1 Kuga could almost be described as having a tiny bit of "sporting" ability.

    Anyway, now I've gone for a massive, slightly floppy, American load lugger. I guess I've matured a bit :eek:
     
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  15. Sir Trev

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    I have the 8-speed auto in my (Ecoboost) Focus. Smooth as anything and very responsive so I hope it works as well for you in your Edge. Enjoy.
     
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  16. Dozers Dad

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    #16 Dozers Dad, Feb 29, 2020
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    Cheers Dilli & exactly the same story here mate.

    Absolutely ideal for what I need. But not at £40k! :eek:
    The numbers simply not adding up. Is basically why Ford pulled the plug on the sales in the UK. And why I didn't buy one last summer. I loved it, but the rrp was feckin crazy!

    As I said in my first post in this thread. The original asking price was waaaaay too close to smaller Audi/BMW money!
     
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  17. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    A pal of mine over here (lad from Bradford) has a 2013 Kuga and I drove it recently as we went to pick up a car for his missus. I thought his a 2.0 163 bhp diesel, drove really really well.

    Not as well as my Jaaaag, but very well all the same. :p:p:p:p:p
     
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  18. littleade

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    Looks rather big and flash Jez, nice colour too. Stay out of Starbucks or you'll end up getting a ditchpump;)

    Is the wallet out of ICU yet?
     
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  19. Dozers Dad

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    Both of us have had to lay down in a darkened room Ade! :eek:
    CPR failed to revive my wallet & I've been suffering from hot/cold flushes :(

    Mrs DD is threatening to call in a priest to perform an exorcism. Fearing that I may have been possessed by evil spirits? :cool: :p
     
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  20. Dozers Dad

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    Before you get too carried away.

    As Mrs DD often comes home with flashy motors. It's always a bit of a disappointment when it's only a Jaaaag! :( :cool: :p
     
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