Let's just say that I was underwhelmed again even 10 years later. You see, I checked out this dealership in 1999 when the Xterra first came out. All they had on the lot were 2-wheel drives. Nope. I wanted a 4WD. I took a test drive, but there was no way I was going to buy a 2WD. They kept trying to hard-sell a vehicle I didn't want. I just picked up and left.
Pretty much the same thing happened today. I asked for a 4WD Xterra, and they had 3 in stock. They were all pretty much the base model in colors I would not want to own. I told him that I wanted the top of the line trim package. They didn't have that. I went for a test drive, but once again I was under-whelmed. He kept trying to sell me something I didn't want. It was time to leave. I can understand that during these hard economic times you don't want to have a large inventory on hand, but Jesus H Christ, at least have some variability on the lot to offer people some choice! Having 3 of the same vehicle doesn't make much sense. When I inquired about their off-road trim, he said those were very rare. Well, why the hell would you offer it if you can't provide examples?!? He told me he could order pretty much anything I wanted. Ummmm. OK. Do you realize that it still doesn't guarantee that I would be interested in such a vehicle?!? But...but...if you ordered it, why wouldn't you want it? EXACTLY! I want to test drive it to make SURE that it was the perfect vehicle for me. Get that through your friggin skulls! This is a BUYERS market! You had better include a reach-around in this deal if you want my business!
Next, I'm back to the Ford dealer on Monday to see the bottom line on that Explorer. If I can come away with a killer deal, I will have a new ride!