Happy Holidays. Wanted to introduce myself as a new member and soon to be new owner (well, my mother actually). We made a reservation and she will most likely be purchasing a 2017 Premium I in Chili Red Tuesday. We spent about 3 hours on a Friday at a local dealer and looked at one Essence and 2 Premium II models. She is coming out of a 2005 Bonneville GXP so I pushed her towards the Turbo motor and she said she definitely felt the power difference and preferred it over the 2.5. I rented an Essence with my wife and daughter over the summer for a week and put 1000miles on it and felt it would a great car for her and she felt very comfortable and loves the features. I obviously wanted to go Premium II for the cooled seats, HUD and HID but we couldn’t find one anywhere that would fit in her budget, but those items were not deal breakers for her.
Will post an update with the results after Tuesday.
She usually keeps her cars 10-12 years and ar hoping this vehicle proves to be good. My uncle is a manager at a local Ford Dealer and had her test drive an Escape Titanium and she was ready to buy, but I said she should look at other vehicles and when the 25% was announced, the Envision was actually achievable to fit in her budget - leather, sunroof, blind spot monitoring, backup camera and keyless access were must haves. I feel it is a much more mature vehicle with better styling in/out. We have always been a GM family so that was another positive factor. Her previous two cars were Pontiac Bonneville 1995 130k miles , 2005 98k miles and needed little to no additional items besides normal maintenance and my cars 1993Grand Prix 270k and 2006Grand Prix GXP 47k also have been both very reliable and needed little besides normal maintenance, so she is hoping the Envison can provide similar service excellence.
I will post pictures and more details once she bring it home.
Well Tuesday mom went and bought her First Buick - a 2017 Envision Premium I in Chili Red / Lt. Neutral. It was a dealer demo and they had it advertised for 40% BELOW MSRP. A deal like that can't be passed up, it was less than even the Preferred models with the normal 25% off. We contacted the dealer Saturday and asked to hold the vehicle and said we would be purchasing it Tuesday Morning, had confirmation from the salesperson and manager. We drove the 2 hours to the dealer for our appointment Tuesday morning and the General Manager and salesperson were both off, another sales person knew we were coming and had the info ready for us, but the vehicle was not on site... They tried to offer a Preferred for the same offer or Essence for slightly more but she said no, she wanted the Premium. After about 3 hours, the vehicle was located. During the wait, we did all paperwork (the salesman first had paperwork showing the car for amount $1,000 more than the ad (luckily i had the screen shot of the ad on my phone as they removed the listing when we reserved it) and they honored the price and took another $300 for the delay, we tried for more but they wouldn't budge. We knew it was already a good deal so it wasn't worth fighting more. The sales person also went through all the head unit and cluster menus with her and showed her apple car play works and most of the features of the car. When the car showed up it was dirty inside and out and the salesman seemed shocked when i said i wanted it cleaned. I wanted to inspect the clean car before leaving. Overall it took about 5 1/2 hours of waiting. I have bought 3 other cars in the last 12 years online and its always been a quick 1 hour deal - sign paperwork and leave, so we were both very upset. As we were about the leave i noticed the all weather floor and cargo mats were missing and demanded a set, so after a 30 min search of the detail area and other Envision in stock, they gave us a "we Owe" and said they will order a new set. Never actually driving the car until the way home (i know this is poor practice, but we were eager to leave) Mom enjoyed the 3 hour drive home, traffic was terrible. She said very quiet and smooth ride and nice power. They offered $500 for her Bonneville so she said no and i will sell it myself (one owner garage kept car with all records) shouldn't be too hard, so i ended driving that home. She leaves for vacation today and was looking to buy a vehicle after she returned, but couldn't pass up the deal. Overall she put about 200 miles on the car but is very impressed and is looking for many more years and miles. Below are two pictures, they are not the greatest, but you get the idea.