Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gresham Ford helps to raise food for Snow Cap in Gresham Oregon

Congratulations to all of you!!! Together we reached what none of us could have done alone, over 100,000 pounds of food for SnowCap! There are so many people to thank. Starting with the newspaper you are reading right now, The Outlook.  Mark Garber and his team stepped up right from the beginning by offering to insert the donation bags in the newspaper. Then you the readers brought them in to the drop off locations.  Those locations need to be thanked: Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Outlook, Silk Espresso, Advanced Care Chiropractic, Pacific Scientific OECO, Metro East, Gresham Ford and there were others. Thank you.  There were so many great stories as a result of this project
.• The employees at 7-Eleven in Rockwood passed on having a Christmas Party and instead donated $500 to SnowCap.

• Two elementary school children that gave their “toy money” to SnowCap.

• Representatives Greg Matthews and

Matt Wand both made a pledge to donate.

• Harrison at Barlow High School that

mobilized a school for the cause.

• Western Family Foods that donated

literally tons of food.

• Gresham Rotary Club, Gresham

Breakfast Lion’s Club, West Columbia

Gorge Rotary Club, Gresham Area

Chamber of Commerce, West Columbia

Gorge Chamber of Commerce, East

Portland Chamber of Commerce and so

many businesses in East County.

None of this would not have been possible without the spark from Casey Ryan of Riverview Community Bank who gathered the Sponsors (Riverview Community Bank, The Gresham Outlook, Boeing Corporation & Gresham Ford)  and kept the flame burning until it was an out of control success. Just when you think nothing you do makes a difference – ask the 9,000 people who SnowCap fed in November……

Happy New Year!
~Bess Wills, Gresham Ford

Friday, December 24, 2010

Crushing the myths about the all new Ford Eco-Boost engine

The all new F150 boasts an all-new powertrain lineup for 2011. These new engines offer more choices for the customer, including an all-new, premium, class-exclusive(1) EcoBoost™ 3.5L V6 with the best overall balance of power and capability. Yes, you read that correctly — a twin turbo charged 3.5L V6 engine with those credentials.  Skeptical? Some customers might be too. This blog post is armed with the facts, and competitive information to answer questions and erase any doubts some drivers could have.  Let’s take a closer look at how the all-new EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine crushes any power and durability myths. 

EcoBoost™ V6 Engine Myth: Turbocharged engines run very hot. EcoBoost Reality: The all-new EcoBoost turbochargers are protected from the heat with water-cooled center bearings. In the past, “coking” was a problem for many turbos since they couldn’t shed heat without the engine running. The water-cooled center bearings with convection cooling (or siphoning) keep the EcoBoost engine coolant circulating after the engine is shut down helping to cool the turbos. 
Myth: The EcoBoost 3.5L V6 is a car engine.  EcoBoost Reality: Customers might think the F-150 EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine is the same engine as the Taurus SHO and Flex since it shares the same displacement and the EcoBoost name. Truth is, they share basic architecture, but the EcoBoost engine under the hood of F-150 is the first rear-wheel drive application and is specifically engineered and tested to be Built Ford Tough®  Key Ford F-150 Truck-specific Features include an optimized intake and exhaust camshaft designs for a balance of optimum horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency as well as specific tuning of the Ti-VCT (Twin independent Variable Cam Timing).  The specific cylinder heads with intake port “turbulence shelf” of the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Engine on the all new Ford F150 also boasts a cCast exhaust manifolds for heavy-duty operation and durability.  Maximizing the cooling system to effectively manage engine heat also adds to the new Ford engine efficiency and effectiveness.  The polymer-coating on the lower main bearing ensures durability.  The F-150-specific turbochargers with water-cooled center bearings cap off the new Ford engine that was built by Ford by the ground up. 

Diesel Engine Technologies have also gone thru and complete overhaul as well.  The new Ford engine offers turbocharging with intercooler and direct injection fuel delivery while the steel piston upper ring carriers help maximize piston durability.  Accompaned with the integrated engine oil cooler is definately a truck engine. 

You may have heard the myth that turbocharged engines run very hot. The EcoBoost realityis that the all-new EcoBoost turbochargers are protected from the heat with water-cooled center bearings. In the past, “coking” was a problem for many turbos since they couldn’t shed heat without the engine running. The water-cooled center bearings with convection cooling (or siphoning) keep the EcoBoost engine coolant circulating after the engine is shut down helping to cool the turbos.

You may have also heard people say that they can't believe that the EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine isn’t powerful enough for a full-size pickup.  Again the EcoBoost Reality: The all-new EcoBoost 3.5L V6 has more torque than any competitive engine and 50 more horsepower than the GM 5.3L V8 engine. Yes, you read that correctly: more power than competitive V8 engines. And we’re talking a diesel engine-like broad, flat torque curve. Worth noting: EcoBoost power figures are based on regular unleaded gasoline.  Extra-cost premium fuel is NOT required for EcoBoost to deliver the power.

Myth: Serious towing and hauling isn’t something the EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine can do.  EcoBoost Reality: A 2011 F-150 properly equipped with the all-new EcoBoost 3.5L V6 can tow a best-in-class(2) 11,300 lbs. That’s what having 90 percent of the 420 lb.-ft. of torque on tap between 1700 and 5000 rpm does for towing and hauling capability. No competitor — even with a V8 — matches the towing capability of EcoBoost.

Myth: The EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine isn’t durable enough for serious full-size truck use.  EcoBoost Reality: The all-new EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine passed all of the higher stress level testing and torture testing required of any engine with the Built Ford Tough badge. Ford powertrain engineers set the testing baseline at the harshest-level use of an F-150 customer — then pushed EcoBoost well beyond those levels.  EcoBoost Testing Highlights include more than 1.5 million total hours of computer analytical time, more than 13,000 total hours of laboratory dynamometer testing, dynamometer tests help ensure 150,000-mile durability, including: more than 5000 hours at full load (full-boost) conditions as well as more than 2500 hours of testing at or above 5000 engine rpm and 1,000-hour tests to ensure dependability for even the toughest truck customer – that’s almost 42 days of continuous operation.  The extreme thermal cycling replicates conditions from the Arctic Circle to Death Valley to simulate 10 years of use in the harshest environments.  More than 100,000 hours of in-vehicle testing that replicates extensive real-world customer
operating conditions. 
Visit the showroom of your Oregon Ford dealership or your Washington Ford dealership and ask to test drive a new F150 with the new engine.  The Gresham Ford Fleet Department is also here to help.  If you are a business owners wanting to reduce your automotive expenses contact Annette Wetzel, Steve Renner or Larry Bishop for a no-obligation quote.  Ford Motor Credit Company has a multitude of new products to better serve commercial and fleet owners.  Gresham Ford wants to be your Oregon Ford dealership just minutes from Portland.  See  more about the Gresham Ford Fleet Department and click here. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Thanksgiving Note from Bess at Gresham Ford

Dear Neighbors:

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – not so much for the celebration itself, but for what it stands for. It is unique to the United States of America. It so speaks to our history, our gifts and our ability to work hard and celebrate our freedoms.  As the 2010 Thanksgiving Holiday passes, I have so many things to celebrate. To you my East County Neighbors – thank you all for making this community special. I encourage each of you to take the time to make a list of Thanks and send them to someone special, like your neighbor….

Thanks to all the military folks that serve so we can live our dreams.  Thanks to all our customers that make our company grow.  Thanks to Ford Motor Company for their ability to weather the financial storm.

Thanks to all who are making the “Fill the Bag” program stop hunger.  Thanks to all who shopped local this year.  You do make a difference.  Thanks to all the church communities that give to those in need.  Thanks to Brian for calling United Grocers and for their donations.

Thanks to Lions and Rotary and Dino Rochan for a special donation!  Thanks to our employees and their families who make sacrifices on our behalf.  Thanks to Riverview Community Bank for bringing the “Fill the Bag” program to Oregon.  Thanks to the Outlook for being the distributor of the bags. Look for yours in your paper next Saturday!  Thanks to Bob for just being there to support all our projects and making my life a wonderful journey!!!

I am so thankful you are my neighbor!

Thanksgiving to all,

Bess Wills

Gresham Ford

P.S. “Fill the Bag” is at 1,744 lbs. Only 98,256 lbs. to go. Remember to enter the $1,000 Shopping Spree at

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Example Pricing Estimate of a Ford Escape Hybrid Four Wheel Drive

As of November 23rd 2010 this is an estimate of pricing for a Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD. 
For more information please contact Gresham Ford at 503-665-0101.  To view the Gresham Ford online Inventory ClickHere

IRS Section 179 and your bottom line

Let Gresham Ford help your bottom line with the IRS section 179.  Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows many business to deduct up to the FULL PURCHASE PRICE of qualifying equipment purchased or financed in the 2010 tax year.  That means that if you buy a piece of qualifying equipment you can deduct up to the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross taxable income in 2010.  Please note the information in this information is provided by Ford Motor Company as a public service to its customers.  It should not be construed as tax advice or as a promise of potential tax savings or reduced tax liability.  For more information about the Small Businss Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 or Section 179 expense write-off, contact your tax professional or visit the Internal Revenue Service

Which vehicles qualify for the greatest IRS tax Savings?
Trucks with a GVWR greater than 6,000lbs and a bed length over six feet qualify for a maximum FIRST YEAR depreciation deduction of up to $25,000 of the full purchase price plus up to 60% depreciation on any remaining balance.  (e.g. Ford F-150 SuperCrew with 5 1/2ft bed/Explorer/Expedition).  Trucks/Vans/SUVS less than 6,000 lbs GVWR such as the Ford Ranger and the all new 2010 Ford Transit Connect still qualify under noraml depreciation for up to $11,060 per vehicle in the FIRST_YEAR. 

If you are also looking at the all new Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus as a delivery vehicle for your Oregon small business you can also receive deductions.  Please see your tax professional for more information regarding section 179 and your specific tax strategy. 

To search for your Ford Comercial Incentives visit and enter your specific business information.

You can also Register to Win a New Ford F-150 XLT! It's the Ford Tough Truck Challenge.  Ford Commercial Trucks and Vans are ideal for hardworking businesses. These powerful, durable and versatile vehicles help get the job done and offer the level of interior luxury you deserve when using your vehicle as an office. Now, you can also win a chance at great prizes when you enter the Ford Tough Truck Challenge:

•GRAND PRIZE: A New 2011 Ford F-150 XLT

•FIRST PRIZE: $500 Mastercard® Gift Card (1 of 5)

•INSTANT WIN: $100 Home Depot® Gift Card (1 of 100)

Just submit your email address. By supplying your email address and completing the form on the next page you will be entered in the Tough Truck Sweepstakes and registered to receive information on Ford Commercial Trucks.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Small Business Saturday Event Locally in Gresham

This November 27th will be the first Small Business Saturday event sponsored by American Express.  This is a day to honor the businesses that give our neighborhoods character and boost our local economy.  Try Local First is also based on the simple concept of recirculating money locally to better the community at large.  In support of the day, American Express is helping to drive customers to small local businesses with a member incentive.  When card members will receive a $25 statement credit when they register and spend $25 or more at small businesses that accept American Express Cards

Try Local First is also collecting receipts for their holiday drawing.  Bring your holiday receipts to the Historic Downtown Gresham Tree Lighting and find the Try Local First booth in the Jazzy Bagels parking lot. 

Small businesses are the corner stone of the Oregon economy.  Without the small businesses unemployment will increase even more.  For instance making the decision to purchase a new Ford F-150 in Portland or Vancouver is very detrimental to East County.  When you frequent and do business with Gresham Ford you are supporting over 60 families that depend upon the dealership for support.  And when you spend money outside East County and in Portland that money doesn't return to our community is goes away forever.  When you choose to get your vehicle maintenance at Gresham Ford that helps support the 60+ employees as well as the small business that supplies the free coffee in the Gresham Service waiting room for all makes and all models.  Your purchase also helps to support Smiddy's carpet cleaning because a busy Gresham Service Center means a lot of dirt.  Since Gresham Ford provides maintenance on All Makes and All Models anyone can help to support the community via their tithe program.  10% of your parts or service incIf you are a small business you can get involved in three ways.  Display one of the down loadable fliers as point of purchase materials.  Or you can take advantage of free Facebook advertising.  Get $100 of customizable Facebook advertising while supplies last.  Just visit   And yet another way to support the Small Business Saturday and Tr Local First is to visit American Express website again and download the available digital promotional tools and utilize them in your website and social networking environment. 

If you choose to purchase locally you are also recirculating dollars within Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Boring and Sandy Oregon.  Gresham Ford chooses to utilize local vendors who pay taxes that support the community that we live.  This support helps our schools, police and fire forces.  So remember when you spend your money locally you are also supporting the people and the services you depend on.  Please join the movement and help to make this Small Business Saturday the first of many to come. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SnowCap Community Charities: Food relief and more

At Leonard and Shirley Storm's apartment in east Multnomah County, Leonard comes to the door to greet visitors but is soon upstaged by Penelope, the couple's fluffy-haired cat.

"We got her for the nice sum of five dollars," Leonard says, as Penelope rubs against his leg.

The Storms are used to looking for bargains. So the monthly delivery of a food box from SnowCap Community Charities is a ritual they welcome.

"They bring staples," Shirley says. "Canned foods and cereal." She cooks from scratch and has plenty of experience stretching supplies. "I make mock ground beef from beans and oats and rice."

"I happen to be married to an awfully good cook," Leonard says.

The food box is an example of SnowCap at work. The agency, which has served east Multnomah County for 43 years, delivers food boxes to more than 500 seniors each month.

SnowCap also stocks a food pantry and provides other services to low-income people who live east of 82nd Avenue within Multnomah County. At its location in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood, SnowCap is surrounded by some of the metro area's lowest-income residents.

"We're having over 6,000 people come through the pantry in a month," says Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director. "I can tell you that in 20 years we have never seen this many people needing food assistance. Our floors are wearing down."  Alley says that about two years ago, the agency saw about 4,000 people a month.

SnowCap was created in the 1960s through a joint effort by area churches. "We don't get government money," says Alley, who was made director in 1991. The agency relies on donations from churches, businesses and service clubs, and grants for its $583,000 budget. It has five full-time and five part-time staffers and about 600 volunteers each year it could use more volunteer drivers and food-pantry shelf stockers.

The Storms, Alley says, are the kind of people who need help from SnowCap. Leonard worked for 23 years at Franz Bakery until he suffered a brain aneurysm, which forced him to retire early at age 51.

Now Leonard, 71, and Shirley, 78, survive on his pension and their Social Security benefits. They have no car, and shop at discount groceries and a nearby bakery thrift store.

Costs from health problems have added to the financial strain. If the Storms didn't get the SnowCap food box, Shirley says, "it would be a hardship."

"Toward the end of the month, it sure comes in handy," Leonard says.

-- Kristi Turnquist

Leonard and Shirley Storm say that playing rummy is one of the exercises they do for their brains, plus its fun, says Shirley. Leonard worked for Franz Bakery for 23 years before a brain aneurysm made him unable to work. His wife Shirley was a stay-at-home mom and not well equipped to enter the work force. They're retired and try to live on his small pension and Social Security. They have no car, live in a modest apartment and rely on a monthly food box delivery from SnowCap Community Charities. Jamie Francis/The Oregonian

Gresham Ford Boeing and Riverview Community Bank have partnered together in hopes of raising 100,000 lbs of food this holiday season.  You can help by visiting Gresham Ford and receiving a grocery bag especially for the drive and return it with canned goods, vegetables, baby food, etc.  The wish list items are canned fruits and vegetables. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Community Based Work Experience Brings Sucessful Employment Outcomes

Community based work experience (CWE) is one tool that assists unemployed adults with vision loss return to work.  Oregon Commission for the Blind business relations coordinator reaches out to and partners with
Oregon businesses to develop community work experiences for adult job seekers.  The partnership agreement includes 16-20 hours of work each week at a designated location within the company.  One example of of a successful CWE is Gresham Ford. When Lynda first approached Bess Wells to introduce the CWE concept, and to ask if she would be interested in hosting a young women at her company, Bess was a little surprised as to what a blind person could do in the auto industry.  After explaining Tracy’s skill sets and work history, her use of assertive technology to do the work, Lynda arranged an interview between the two.  The rest is history as we say. Tracy is now competitively employed as a Customer Service Manager with Gresham Ford. A few of our other community business partners are; Providence Health & Services, Dollar Tree, Safeway, Burgerville, Fred Meyer, and New Seasons. 
Returning to the work force is never an easy task for a legally blind individual but when you have experienced significant vision loss that task becomes even more difficult. However,
 with the help of Lynda Van Doran and the Oregon Commission for the Blind what appears to be an unattainable goal becomes achievable. I participated in an internship program that OCB facilitated with Gresham Ford which resulted in a part-time position that allows me the opportunity to remain a full time parent in addition to building my marketable office skills.  Gresham Ford is a wonderful company filled
with fantastic people both to work for as well as with one can not help to feel that they are part of a family. Since working at Gresham Ford, I have been motivated to be more conscious of the effects of trying local businesses first; whether that is for services or for products the impact can make or break the community in which you live in. I have also been inspired to get involved whenever the occasion emerges; all thanks to the infectious, efficacious Bess Wills.

You don’t have to see to listen and that is what a great customer service person does is LISTEN TO THE CUSTOMER. Tracy McGee of Gresham Ford is an exceptional Customer Service Manager. When the Commission for the Blind approached me about employment for some of their clients I was at best a little apprehensive - blind and test drives do not usually fit in the same sentence. However, in short order we were impressed with Tracy’s phone and computer skills and she is now doing all of our Customer Service
calls in addition to other duties.  There is not a week that goes by when one of our customers does not mention how delightful or how pleasant that young lady was that gave them a call from our Dealership. In addition to her Customer Service skills she has increased our bottom line by following up with customers and encouraging customers to schedule needed service appointments. She and her sidekick, guide dog “Fazio” are great members of the Gresham Ford, “Dealer With a Heart” team. We are thankful to Lynda Van Doran and the Commission for the Blind for connecting us.

Shaun Stickel’s Success Story

written by counselor, Dennis Crepeaux
“In February of 2003, the Oregon Commission for the Blind received an email from a Mom in Portland requesting help with her deaf/blind son's education program. He was a senior at Central Catholic High School, and had just been accepted at Oregon State University. Four days later we met to discuss how the Commission for the Blind could assist her son in achieving his goal of working in the field of computers. 
Shaun was a highly motivated young person that was eager to get going on his college career, but had never addressed his vision and hearing issues while in school. Together we recognized that he needed a pre-college experience in order to give him an opportunity to experience a university setting and to identify needed accommodations, equipment, software, and specific training that hadn't been looked at through his high school program.  The Commission for the Blind sent Shaun to the Bridge Program offered through Washington Services for the Blind at Eastern Washington University.  There he experienced frustration in his lack of skills in mobility, note-taking and overall being ill-prepared to go directly into a major four year university. He had been accepted to OSU for the fall but he decided he needed further training to deal with his vision issues. He made the decision to seek out additional training through the NFB Training Program in Louisiana.  In November of 2003, instead of going to Oregon State University, Shaun was headed to Ruston, Louisiana. There in Ruston he worked on Orientation and Mobility - cane travel, introduced to Braille, computer literacy, JAWS, home economics and daily living skills, industrial arts, and social Interactions.  I had the pleasure of visiting Shaun and the NFB Center in Ruston and met with a completely different Shaun Stickel than when we met prior to this experience. He showed me around and was particularly proud of his clock he made in their Industrial Arts program. His instructors noted that he
was a hard worker and would never complain about his assignments and the regiments that he went through. Shaun completed his program in seven months returning a new person and ready to tackle a university program.  Shaun came home and started at Portland State University in pre-engineering with the focus on computers. The following year he transferred to Oregon State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. As he was about to graduate, the e-mail he sent me to me by the Commission for the Blind has proved vital while at Oregon State, having been used in the completion of many major projects and assignments and having been a vital component in my senior project. This assistance provided by the Commission for the Blind has been greatly appreciated.  I have enclosed an update on my progress here at Oregon State in the form of a transcript in an effort to help show the progress of the Commission for the Blind's investment in my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, Shaun Stickel, Undergraduate, EE, Oregon State University.”  In August of 2009 Shaun started his first job at TriMike Creations in Albany, Oregon as a Computer Systems Engineer. He started out earning $12 an hour. The agency helped him with the purchase of a new hearing aid. After a few months at TriMike Creations, Shaun moved to Boise, Idaho where he is now working for Micron Technology, Inc. as a Computer Project Engineer, earning a salary of $63,500 per year with benefits.  Shaun is a remarkable young person, who has achieved so much in such a relatively short time. He was someone that recognized early the need for training to address the barriers to achieve his goals. Because of his drive to be successful and his openness to conquer the obstacles that were in front of him, we were able to work together in planning an Individual Plan for Employment that would encompass a step by step process, using his attributes and interests, towards building his skills to best prepare him in taking advantage of the training he received through Oregon State University.” 

Oregon Commission for the Blind November 2010 Newsletter

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Honor the Men. Help the Boys!

The second annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner will recognize past Multnomah County
Sheriff Bob Skipper and Chaplain Ed Stelle for their leadership and many accomplishments within the community (East County Communities). The dinner is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be held locally at Persimmon Country Club, so all the more reason to
attend.  Both of these men spent years serving our communities and their accomplishments are really  too long to list here in this small column. They lived their lives according to the Boy Scout Oath: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Therefore, it is fitting that this dinner will benefit the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America. Now that, with two exceptional honorees, is another compelling reason to attend.  Sponsors are needed and everyone is welcome to attend! For more information please call Anna LaPointe at 503-225-5741. And remember the Scout Law – A Scout is…Trustworthy – Loyal – Helpful – Friendly – Courteous – Kind – Obedient – Cheerful – Thrifty – Brave – Clean – Reverent. So cheerfully place a courtesy call to honor two brave, kind wonderful men and support clean, obedient, helpful Boy Scouts! You will
have a great time!  A special thank you to all who supported the Community Effect.  We want to especially recognize Classique Floors & Bella Cupcake!!  242nd & E Powell • Gresham 503-665-0101 •  Bess Wills  Honor the Men!  Help the Boys! 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Transit Connect has many possibilities

The Transit Connect is Ford’s dedicated small commercial van and is the perfect vehicle to upfit and wrap with graphics.  The Transit Connect combines award-winning design with proven Truck Tough reliability in a small vehicle.  It also has serious payload and GVWR capability in an agile, city-smart package.  The dual-purpose functionality with Van and Wagon models is also available. 

2.0L Duratec® 16-valve DOHC I-4 Engine is in every Ford Transit Connect.  It has Best-in-class(1) 2010 EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg city/25 mpg highway,  136 horsepower @ 6300 rpm, 128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm.  Its cast aluminum engine block and cylinder head reduces overall vehicle weight while the DOHC, 16-valve cylinder head delivers excellent combustion performance for a balance of horsepower and fuel efficiency.  The transit connect uses a timing chain instead of a belt, helping to improve engine durability.  The Low NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) characteristics contribute to a smooth ride and quiet interior.  The Ford Transit Connect is also paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.  It meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 4 standards and qualifies for
California Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) standard 4-speed Automatic Transmission.  The  Electronic shift control helps provide smooth shifts and optimum performance.  The overdrive lowers engine rpm at highway speeds, helping maximize fuel economy and providing a 4.20:1 final drive ratio.

CNG/LPG Engine Prep Package (90G) is also available on 2.0L Duratec DOHC I-4 which includes hardened: Engine exhaust valves, engine intake valves, engine valve seats.  Note : This package does not include CNG/LPG fuel tanks, lines, etc. Vehicle will be equipped with the standard factory gasoline fuel system. Additional equipment combined with a certified calibration reflash is required from an external upfitter to convert the vehicle to a CNG/LPG-fueled vehicle.  It is the responsibility of the final-stage manufacturer to determine that vehicle converted to use CNG or LPG complies with the U.S. Federal, California or Canadian exhaust and evaporative emissions requirements, fuel economy standards, safety standards, labeling and/or any other requirements.

The combination of the independent MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-leaf rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) allows the Transit Connect to drive and ride more like a car than a working van.  Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension makes the Ford Transit Connect a superior vehicle for Oregon Small Business Owners.  Gresham Ford serves the Portland Oregon area as a Oregon Ford Dealer who is a Business Preffer Dealer.  The Ford Transit Connect allows each front wheel to react to road irregularities with minimal effect on the opposite wheel for a smooth, controlled ride while also contributing to responsive steering
.  Includes a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll while cornering.  The Transit Connect rides more like a car while working like a van.  The multi-leaf Rear Suspension has a rugged design provides load-carrying capability along with a smooth ride.  It includes a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll
while cornering.  The rack-and-pinion Steering is a clear difference with the competition.  The rack-and-pinion power steering maintains linear steering effort as the driver turns the wheel resulting
in responsive steering with excellent return ability and handling characteristics.  The Tight 39.0-foot (curb-to-curb) turning diameter helps make Transit Connect as nimble as a small car.  Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes.  The Power front disc/rear drum system provides sure, controlled stops.  The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is standard.  The Ford Fleet Transit Connect also has the advantage of being a Flat/Neutral Tow.  This Oregon Ford Fleet Dealer offers a Transit Connect should not be towed with all four wheels on the ground.  It is recommended to tow with the front drive wheels on a dolly with the transmission in N (Neutral) or with all four wheels off the ground on a car-hauling trailer.  Remember that the Ford Transit Connect is not equipped to tow and there is No optional tow packages available. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Your Vote Count

Now in this election season

everyone is asking for your

vote…but we are asking you to

vote two times a day until the end of

September. Pepsi Corporation has a

contest online where non-profits

from across the nation submit, for a

grant. We the people vote and the top

two in each category will win

$250,000. Our own My Father’s

House has submitted an entry and


Afew of us that have become

obsessed with this, but we need

more people voting! As of

yesterday we had moved to 139th

place from 165th place around a

week ago. And while we have a

ways to go. There are over 40 some

thousand households in East County.

I have relatives voting as far away as

New Orleans (thank you GiGi!).

I challenge you to think of creative

ways to get the vote out for this great

cause!! Next time you are with a

group, get everyone to text!!

Vote once online each day: Go

to Then

vote again by texting each day

Text* 102474 to Pepsi (73774).

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our

community was able to win

the $250,000 to help

subsidize shelter for those in need

this cold winter? Everyone can help

get the word out, if you have any

questions please call me

503-665-0102 or e-mail me at

A little time is such a

powerful thing to give!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Auto Battery and other Car Auto Parts stores in Gresham

Gresham Ford is a proud Portland area Ford Dealer that offers a complete auto parts store. If you don't like the customer service at napa auto parts in Gresham try the Gresham Ford parts department just minutes from Portland located on Powell Blvd. The Gresham Ford quicklane service center is a full service auto parts store and automotive repair shop all rolled into one. You never need an appointment and Gresham Ford services all makes and all models of vehicles. So if you're looking for an automotive repair shop in Gresham, Sandy, Oregon City or Clackamas Gresham Ford wants to be your automotive repair shop of choice.

Auto batteries are a top selling item at the Gresham Ford auto parts department. The Ford Auto mechanics use a Rotunda Micro 490 digital battery testers on vehicles of every make and model to verify the need of an auto battery. All Ford auto dealerships comply with the nationally advertised MSRP price or less. The Gresham Ford Parts and Service Managers regularly shop our local competition like autozone and napa to verify that the lowest prices in Gresham and Portland are at Gresham Ford. If you contact automobile parts stores throughout Gresham, Sandy and even Portland you will find that Gresham Ford stocks more batteries and consults our Ford authorized Distributor about our inventory needs. Car Batteries are just one of the many areas that are covered in the multi-point inspection completed on every vehicle that passes through our Auto Repair Service. The Gresham Ford Parts department goes the extra mile to educate our customers about car auto parts. The multi-point inspection process tests your battery at every oil change to ensure the convenience and safety of replacing your battery before it fails you. Some people think of battery failure as a cold weather problem. Temperature extremes will accelerate battery failure and your battery is always under extremely hot conditions under the hood when the engine is running. Considering the emergency repair and towing costs associated with battery failure associated with battery failure is often times much more expensive than the cost of a car battery. So replacing a marginal or bad battery before it actually fails can be a money-saving proposition. And a new battery gives customers peace-of-mind which is priceless. If you wait until your battery actually fails you will be forced to purchase whatever replacement battery is available at the time and place of the failure- regardless of price or quality. By replacing it before it fails, you will get a favorable Motorcraft price - plus the exact battery that Ford Motor Company recommends for your vehicle. Facts that you should know about the causes of battery failure could help direct your toward the right battery for you at an automotive parts store. Excessive vibration and or extreme heat and cold conditions can be early warning signs of a battery failure. A charging system malfunction can also be one of the causes of battery failure. Any automobile parts store especially the Gresham Ford Parts Department knows that simple lack of maintenance or wear out from repeated cycling and starting can also cause battery failure. Auto part stores will also share with you the the warning signs of a failing battery. Any vehicle three years or older with the same battery or battery cables that are in poor condition. If your vehicle has a history of charging or electrical system problems or concerns can also be a sign a failure. Your automotive mechanic may also share with you that your vehicle may show signs like a worn alternator belt or bulging and deformed battery containers that also point to imminent battery failure. Hard starting or slow cranking also can be a demonstration of battery failure coming your way. If your battery is dead or weak it simply can't hold a charge. Many auto repair services may make recommendations for the longevity of your vehicle but consider the Motorcraft Battery Advantage. Gresham Ford wants to be your automotive parts store of choice. Our car auto parts department carries Motorcraft batteries are manufactured using state of the art technology with the highest quality standards and the latest design and engineering techniques. Motorcraft batteries offer a wide range of coverage in automotive, marine commercial, farm, industrial and specialty applications that meet or exceed industry standards. Automobile parts stores may carry many different batteries but Gresham Ford only carries the Motorcraft brand. Motorcraft batteries are the only original equipment replacement batteries approved for use in Ford Motor Company vehicles.

Napa auto parts is just one of the stores that offer auto batteries. Autozone is another automobile parts store in Gresham that offers automotive batteries. Auto parts stores are all over Gresham and Portland. When providing auto repair on your own vehicles even a tune-up you need to have an auto parts store that you can trust. When you find yourself in need of an automotive battery in Gresham or Portland call the specialists at the Gresham Ford auto parts center.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ford Poice Interceptor Revealed

The All-New Ford Police Interceptor is PURPOSE-BUILT to Lead Market and Support Those Who Serve and Protect. 

Ford reveals its all-new 2012, purpose-built Police Interceptor, engineered to exceed durability, safety and performance of today's leading police car – the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.  Gresham Ford has been a proud Oregon Ford dealership serving the municipal fleet needs of Portland, Salem and Vancouver metro areas.  The 2012 New Ford Police Interceptor sedan will offer two fuel-efficient power train options – including Eco Boost with all wheel-drive – along with an array of safety technologies; interior has been designed to meet unique law enforcement needs of the northwest.  Oregon and Washington are known for the overcast rainy weather and the all wheel drive offered by the 2012 Police Interceptor answers that need.  Gresham Ford has an educated and knowledgeable staff ready to demonstrate the advantages and benefits of the Eco Boost gasoline direct-injection turbocharged engine technology which  adds 125 patents and patent applications to Ford's 4,618 active and thousands of pending U.S. patents.  So as you can imagine with all those new patents - there is a lot of impressive new technology to consider when expanding a police pursuit fleet of vehicles. 

Ford's new Police Interceptor will be offered without interruption when production of the Ford Crown Victoria ends in late 2011.  You can contact Annette Wetzel-Ramirez, Municipal/Commercial Fleet Manager, at Gresham Ford for an updated order and price guide.  Gresham Ford held the award for largest municipal Oregon Ford dealer for almost 5 years in a row.  You can also contact her via e-mail to answer any questions you may have about the all new 2012 Ford Police Interceptor available through the Gresham Ford Fleet Department

Ford confirms production of an additional Police Interceptor, a utility vehicle that will be pursuit-rated to complement the sedan; vehicle to be revealed later this year.  This vehicle will take place of the Special Service Vehicle Expedition that has been so popular among the Oregon and Washington Police and Law Enforcement Agencies.  Gresham Ford with Municipal Fleet Manager Annette Wetzel-Ramirez holds the Ford Expedition Special Service Vehicle Contract with the State of Oregon.  Call for up to date production times, order guides with option listings as well as a government price guide for the State of Oregon Fleet departments at 503-969-4184. 

In Las Vegas on March 12, 2010 Ford revealed its all-new, purpose-built Police Interceptor sedan, showcasing a car for law enforcement officials that will exceed the durability, safety, performance and fuel economy of the industry's leading police car the Ford Crown Victoria.  Remember that the Crown Victoria is the only pursuit rated vehicle that has been tested and PASSES 75-MPH REAR-END CRASH TESTING. 
Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the only police pursuit sedan on the market tested to meet 75-mph rear-end crash tests without a fuel-tank puncture.  And Ford is the only vehicle manufacturer to publish 75-mph test results.  Officer Safety is the first priority for Ford Motor Company and Gresham Ford.  Ford, the police vehicle market leader for 15 years, specifically designed and engineered an all-new Police Interceptor to handle the rigors of police work, including industry-leading power train, safety and technology innovations.

The all new Police Interceptor offers the INDUSTRY-FIRST FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM (FSS) as optional equipment.  Reduce the risk of injury in a high-speed, high-energy rear impact. As indicated
by data from the ABS sensors, a backup timer initiates the First Fire Suppression System 6 seconds after impact – releasing chemicals when the car is coming to a stop.  FSS chemicals are stored in an unpressurized liquid state and work on a 2-gas generator setup similar to that used to deploy airbags. 

Gresham Ford Municipal Fleet will also be offering the INDUSTRY-FIRST, FACTORY-INSTALLED BALLISTIC DOOR PANEL also as optional equipment in attempts to again increase officer safety.  Shielding against all Type III rounds, this panel is certified to National Institute of Justice Standard
0108.01, crash-rated to federal standards and weather-tested from -49°F to 104°F. It’s covert (invisible
from the outside) and lightweight, plus it won’t interfere with windows, locks or interior space. Select a
panel for the driver’s door only (Option Code 90L) or for both front doors (Option Code 90B).  This is an option not offered with the Dodge Charger or the Chevy Tahoe.  Additionally neither the Dodge or Chevy have passed 75mph rear test crash ratings. 

The interior space specifically the front seating has been enhanced for greater comfort and support, seat backs and head restraints are redesigned. Seat-cushion trim is improved with lumbar bolster added. 
STANDARD V8. The only squad car in its class standard-equipped with a 4.6L OHC V8 FFV – 250 hp and 297 lb.-ft. of torque.  This means that city fleets can now utilize E85 which has historically been up to a dollar cheaper than regular unleaded gasoline.  FFV = EPAct CREDITS. Purchase a Crown Victoria Police Interceptor for your force and you can earn EPAct credits for greater flexibility in choosing the remainder of your fleet vehicles.  This will continue to provide safety and flexibility to municipal fleets even as budgets are tight.  The ENGINE-IDLE METER tracks engine-idle time while the transmission is in P or N, and
helps schedule maintenance more accurately.  With a 200-AMP, HEAVY-DUTY ALTERNATOR that generates up to 200 amps of electrical capacity.  SPEED-SENSITIVE STEERING. Steering assist that adjusts automatically.  REAR-WHEEL DRIVE.  WIDE TRACK. The 65.6-in. rear track width is not only best in the Interceptor class, it makes for precision handling.  BODY-ON-FRAME CONSTRUCTION. 
The rugged body is secured to a separate frame composed of hydro formed steel (a Crown Victoria  exclusive) – built in the durable manner of many full-size pickups. Additionally the INTERIOR ROOMINESS of the 2012 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the Best-in-class with 107.5 cu. ft. of passenger volume – plus a best-in-class 20.6 cu. ft. of trunk space.  That is a lot of room for a lot of equipment. 

POWER-ADJUSTABLE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS continue the tread of this police pursuit vehicle creating a comfortable safe space for our public servants.  The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor also sports a FULL-SIZE SPARE.  Ford Motor Company and Gresham Ford suggest that oil change intervals be 5,000-MILE.  The 2012 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor offers a  5-YEAR/60,000-MILE POWERTRAIN LIMITED WARRANTY. No deductible; goes beyond the 3-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to- Bumper Coverage – see Annette Wetzel-Ramirez, Municipal Fleet and Commercial Truck Manager, at Gresham Ford for complete details and qualifications.

Ford will also add a second Police Interceptor to the lineup, a utility vehicle to provide customers a choice of the best vehicle to suit their needs. More details will be released in the third quarter of this year or you can contact Annette and she will send it to you as soon as its available.  "Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with a purpose-built vehicle – engineered and built in America – that's as dynamic as it is durable," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas.

To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford's Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality."Their feedback mattered to us," said Scott Tobin, Ford vehicle line director for cars and crossovers. "Safety and durability were at the top of their list. So safety and durability were at the top of ours."

The new 2012 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor sports 5 Stars in all NHTSA1 crash tests.  FRONT-SEAT SIDE AIRBAGS which make up the PERSONAL SAFETY SYSTEM.TM Includes dual-stage front airbags,2 safety belt pretensioners, safety belt energy-management retractors, safety belt usage sensors, driver’s seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, restraint control module and Front-Passenger Sensing System.  The ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) along with  TRACTION CONTROL detects loss of traction and corrects to maintain course, reducing engine power when necessary.  It is also optional to have THE COURTESY LAMPS AND DOOR-LOCK disabled with a CONFIRMATION FLASH.  This  Disables interior courtesy lamps and prevents the parking lights from flashing when doors lock.  CUSTOM-FIT TRUNK PACK helps reduce the risk of injury in a highspeed rear impact, reduces possibility of equipment pushing into the back seat, and lessens risk of equipment penetrating fuel tank; drop-in design composed of highdensity polyethylene (HDPE) with protective DuPontTM Kevlar® barrier on front face.
A focus on safety Continuing Ford's safety leadership includes engineering the Police Interceptor to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing. Currently, the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the only pursuit sedan to meet this test.   The new Police Interceptor also features Ford's exclusive Safety Canopy® side-curtain air bag rollover protection system to help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes. The multiple side-curtain air bags use Ford's unique Roll Fold technology to help them slip between the occupant and the side window.  

With its Increased power, enhanced sophistication Ford's Police Interceptor engine strategy will provide a V-6 lineup that performs equal to or better than V-8 engines. The lineup comes with two power train options, allowing police to choose the powerhouse that best meets their patrol requirements.  A highly efficient 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering at least 263 horsepower and E85 compatibility is 25 percent more efficient than the 4.6-liter Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V-8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Plus, an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 ft.-lb. of torque across a broad rpm range.  "We have an extremely powerful standard engine, and to top that off, we also offer our exclusive EcoBoost technology," said Tobin. "Both are designed for the severe-duty cycle that police engage in on a daily basis."

EcoBoost brings municipalities and police fleet administrators the first ultra high-performance, yet environmentally friendly, police pursuit vehicle. Offering performance that bests normally aspirated V-8 powered police cruisers and comparable fuel economy and CO2 emissions to the standard V-6, EcoBoost represents a triple-win for police departments, the tax-paying constituents they serve and the environment they help collectively to preserve.

A high-capacity six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission delivers the power of EcoBoost to the road via the sophisticated torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system.  "Ford remains committed to leading the police vehicle market, and our new Police Interceptor demonstrates how much engineering and innovation we're willing to invest to address the unique needs of those who protect and serve communities throughout America," Fields said.

Rigidly tested, police-tuned throughout its development, Ford's new Police Interceptor has been put through the paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure its individual components can hold up to the rigorous driving styles of police professionals.  Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluates the durability and capability of the vehicle through a variety of tests where the car's systems are pushed to the limits for nearly an hour and a half – far exceeding the demands most patrol cars ever experience.

To meet the rigors of the durability testing, the brakes have been increased in size and performance. The cooling package is purpose-built as well, featuring a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. Its honeycomb grille is designed to work in harmony with the interior components, offering more air flow throughout the vehicle. Plus, the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.  "This vehicle is pursuit-ready," said Carl Widmann, vehicle engineering manager. "It's no nonsense, through and through."

Functional, inside and out Special features continue inside, too. "Working with our police partners, we've considered every detail," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. "Approximately 90 percent of the interior has been redesigned to meet the needs of our special police customers."   Front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers' utility belts. Inserted into the seatback are anti-stab plates, designed to protect front-seat occupants.

The Police Interceptor second row also has been optimized to address police-specific needs.  The vinyl seats are specially sculpted and set back to improve second-row space and maximize legroom. The back door hinges are modified to open up another 10 degrees versus traditional rear doors.  The Ford Police Interceptor also is equipped with a column shift specifically designed so the console area is free for the ever-increasing amounts of aftermarket police equipment necessary for officers to do their jobs.

The new vehicle also features:   BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System): The system uses two radar sensors located in the rear quarter panels to detect vehicles in the surrounding lanes. If a vehicle enters the driver's blind-spot zones, the system alerts the driver with a warning light in the side-view mirror.

Cross Traffic Alert: This system uses the existing BLIS radar modules to sense oncoming traffic when slowly backing out of a parking spot. This industry-exclusive system functions only while the vehicle is in reverse and warns when cross-traffic appears within three car-widths.  Rear View Camera System: When the vehicle is in rear camera mode, a color image with guidance markers on the rear view mirror will assist the driver in backing up.

Reverse Sensing System: An audible tone will alert the driver to certain objects up to 6 feet behind the vehicle.  Standard AdvanceTrac® ESC (electronic stability control): This helps maintain the intended path by measuring side-to-side yaw, or skidding, by the vehicle's speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When wheel slip is sensed, AdvanceTrac reduces engine torque and applies selected brakes.  Ford SYNC®: The Ford-exclusive, hands-free information system has the potential to be customized and remapped to work specifically with police aftermarket equipment such as lights and sirens, allowing officers to focus on the task at hand.  Ford's new Police Interceptor sedan will be manufactured at Ford's Chicago (Ill.) Assembly Plant and will be offered without interruption when production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends in late 2011.

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About Gresham Ford

Gresham Ford, this automotive industry leader based in Gresham, Oregon sells and services automobiles across the continental Northwest. With about 60 employees this family owned and community minded Oregon Ford dealer provides support for the Portland Vancouver area. Gresham Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company as well as the CUDL or Credit Union Direct Lending Network. For more information regarding Gresham Ford's products, parts and service capabilities please visit

Friday, August 27, 2010

Is there a Teddy Bear in Your Future?

Every year the Gresham Soroptimists sponsor the Teddy Bear Parade in Downtown Gresham. It is a Gresham Signature Event – at least I’ve never been anywhere else where there is a Teddy Bear Parade other than Gresham. The registration fee is just $20. Entries can be from merchants, service organizations, schools, neighborhood groups or individuals – now that includes just about everybody!  Animals may be entered provided they are under full control of their masters (leashes are required) at all times.  Owners are responsible for their pet’s water and sanitation (that means “Pooper Scoopers” are required for your dog, horse, or hamster).  The entry forms are out, so let’s make this year’s event one for the record books. For more information and to request an application form, please call 503-666-2537 or you can send an e-mail
request to  Now if marching down the street holding your Teddy Bear is not
your thing – I guarantee watching others do this is golden!  So put the parade on your calendar –
Saturday, September 25, 2010.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and events continue throughout the day in
downtown. Remember to come hungry. Local downtown restaurants promise to feed the appetites of all the
hungry bears, teddy bears that is.
Bess Wills
General Manager
Gresham Ford

Friday, August 20, 2010

Here are just some of the things that our customers are saying

I have purchased my last 3 vehicles at Gresham Ford and the process was easy. Everyone was so nice and our salesman was so patient with me explaining all about the sync program in my car and how everything works. I will always purchase my cars at Gresham Ford. Their service dept. is very eager to please, friendly & knowlegable.

–"They are very involved in the community’s well being"


– "Gresham Ford and the owner Bess Wills are models for a friendly, open car buying experience. I like their internet sales site too. Great Follow up by staff.


– "They continually give back to the community. I would recommend Gresham Ford to anyone looking for a new car or truck.


– "They are a great asset to this community. They truly are the dealer with a heart."


– "Gresham Ford has the best service and staff."

Gene Farr

– "Always a cheerful staff. "


– "Owner Bess Wills has incredible passion for the community and energy to attack problems while serving in a leadership capacity in many local organizations."


–"Huge Community Member, donates $100 to any local charity with any vehicle purchase. Great service, great people."


– "No pressure sales where the follow up is as good as the delivery."


– "Their customer service is incredible. We bought 3 cars from them and recommend another 3 friends that have also purchased there. They’re the BEST!"


– "Thank you for all your hard work you all do in the community.


– They helped get my daughters into their new Ford SUV’s. They were very helpful and went out of their way. Thanks Gresham."


– "I have never been to a car dealer where I have been shown more respect. I am thrilled there is a business run with such integrity."


– "Gresham Ford has been very generous to my favorite local charity, My Sisters House: printing event tickets and brochures, hosting Chamber of Commerce events for us, and discounting car repairs. We love Gresham Ford!"


– "Great service. What else could you ask for?"


–"It is so nice dealing with a locally owned company with people who live and work in the community and really care about their customers.

Big George

– Gresham Ford does so much for our community. It is not always about the almighty dollar.


– "Gresham Ford is community minded to the extreme. They help so many businesses and non-profit organizations in so many ways. Their staff are friendly and courteous. Very professional. There is no better dealership to deal with."


– "I purchased my first new vehicle from Gresham Ford and my experience far exceeded my expectations. It was a defining moment in my life thanks to Gresham Ford."


– "Gresham Ford has been a great community supporter. I have purchased my last three cars from Gresham Ford and have been extremely satisfied. Very professional and friendly. I will purchase my next car from them."


– "Community Involvement! Gresham Ford defines by their words and actions what being a community partner is all about. If you value your time, money and peace of mind. You need to shop Gresham Ford for sales and service."


– Gresham Ford is active in the community and support the needs of our area."


– "I received personal service from the owner, Bess wills, in finding the right car for me and my business. Gresham Ford is always there supporting community activities and organizations. They are truly the "Dealer with a Heart!"".


– "Great people and service. They give back to the local community in many ways."


– "I respect this car dealership for their community involvement and the leadership offered by management to various non-profit organizations."


– "Great service to its customers. They also donate $100 to a charity of your choice when you buy a car and donate to customers favorite charity when service work is done also."


– "When we bought our car we were not pressured we were made to feel at east with the sales and finance department. We told them what we could afford and they worked with us, they gave us a fair amount for our trade, too."


– "I love my Focus. Thank you for explaining Cash for Clunkers."


– "Laurie Schwarzkopf is a very hard working woman at Gresham Ford, that is why I love Gresham Ford.


– "The Customer Service is incredible."


– "Bess Wills is the GM of Gresham Ford and is co-chair for Go to the web-site and find out what you can do to support your local community."


– "Best experience I’ve had buying a car and the service department is top notch."


–"Gresham Ford gives back to the local community and treats their customers like they are family."


–"They were very helpful in assisting my daughter with the purchase of a car. They gave her a fantastic deal."


–"The way this business gives back to the community is such a testament! They also provide excellent customer service when buying or servicing a car.


– "Gresham Ford gives back to their community in many ways. They give $100 to the charity of your choice when you purchase a car and 10% of what you spend for parts and service to your favorite charity or organization."


-"Gresham Ford is the only place in Portland that I would take my truck for service."


- " You guys did a 100% better job then the Sandy place, I took my Ranger out there and they had it for 12 hours and they did nothing to my car other than change the oil and I had asked for way more than that. I brought my car there and you guys did a great job you fixed all that I asked for and then some,"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gresham Ford is your Discount Tire Store Serving Portland and Vancouver

Join us for the acceptance of the Ford Motor Company

2009 President's Award

Let’s Celebrate!

Our Thanks to you BUY FOUR TIRES GET $100 CASH REBATE!  BUY FOUR TIRES GET $100 CASH REBATE!  On these name brands: Goodyear, Continental, Yokohama, Hankook, Pirelli Dealer-installed retail tire purchases only, limit one redemption per customer. Purchase tires between 7/5/10 and 8/31/10. Rebate form must be postmarked by 9/30/10. See participating dealership for vehicle applications and details. Expires 8/31/2010.  Buy with Confidence! Low-Price Tire Guarantee Buy with Confidence! Low-Price Tire Guarantee In the unlikely event you find tires for less, we'll beat that price up to 30 days after your purchase!  Offer available for all makes and models. Requires presentation of competitors current price ad on exact tire sold by dealership. See participating dealership for details.  Expires 12/31/2010.  $39.95 or less The Works Fuel Saver Package $39.95 or less The Works Fuel Saver Package and provided by the Gresham Ford Quick Lane Service Center that works on ALL Makes and ALL Models.  Our Ford Service Department uses Motorcraft® Premium Synthetic Blend Oil and filters that are changed during this discount service Coupon.  Our Oregon Ford Dealership has a awarded Service Department that will Rotate and inspect four tires while you wait without an appointment.  Discount parts with great service provided to the Portland Area Ford owners is what Gresham Ford does best.  

Checking the air and cabin air filters are just one of the ways that our Ford trained technicians go above and beyond what service centers like Jiffy lube are not trained to do correctly.  You vehicle is most likely your second largest investment - Don't trust it to an amateur.   A Free Inspect of your brake system can also be important before you travel.  Testing your battery and Checking belts and hoses are just a few points on our multi-point inspection that ioccurs with every discount oil change that we provide in the Portland area.  Toping  off all fluids for our Portland Oil Change Customers ensures that when you need windshield wiper fluid, it's there.  Up to five quarts of Motorcraft® oil and Motorcraft oil filter are included in our discount oil change special. Taxes, diesel vehicles and disposal fees extra. Powerstroke Diesel 6.0L have larger engines and therefore require more oil.  Please call the Quick Lane Ford Service Center minutes from Portland to provide discount tires, discount brakes and discount oil changes in Portland while you wait.

Hybrid battery test excluded. However we have Senior Master Ford Certified technicians who are specially trained to service and maintain your hybrid vehicle.  See participating Oregon Ford dealerships for vehicle exclusions and details.  Call the Gresham Ford Service Center serving Vancouver and Portland's discount tire needs at 503.665.0101.  This discount oil change offer Expires 8/31/2010.  I. To Get Warranty Service or to obtain warranty service, you are responsible for presenting the unserviceable tire to any authorized dealer of the tire manufacturer in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, or American Samoa. For the location of authorized tire dealers, refer to your local telephone directory. Gresham Ford located minutes from Portland and Vancouver is happy to help with your discount Tire needs.  Your Mazda Dealer may also assist you in
obtaining a warranty service from the tire manufacturer.  The following tire warranty information has been provided by and published at the request of the tire manufacturer. Mazda makes no representations about the warranties or information provided by tire manufacturers.  Murray Mazda formerly Murray Chevrolet is the closet Mazda dealer to Portland or Vancouver.  CONTINENTAL TIRE NORTH AMERICA, INC. AND CONTINENTAL TIRE CANADA, INC.  LIMITED WARRANTY AND ADJUSTMENT POLICY FOR ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT PASSENGER CAR AND LIGHT TRUCK.  TIRES (Including Temporary Spare Tires) This Limited Warranty (“Limited Warranty”) and Adjustment Policy
(“Policy”) is issued by Continental Tire North America, Inc. and Continental Tire Canada, Inc. (“Continental Tire”) and is applicable for Continental/General Tire brand new vehicle original equipment tires and is a promise of replacement under certain specified conditions. This Limited Warranty and Policy applies to tires in normal service displaying adjustable conditions (see Section 4) and does not require the existence of a workmanship-or-material-related condition in order to qualify for adjustment.  THIS LIMITED WARRANTY AND POLICY IS NOT A WARRANTY THAT YOUR TIRE WILL NOT FAIL OR BECOME UNSERVICEABLE IF NEGLECTED OR MISTREATED.  Continental Tire recommends that you carefully review this guide, which contains important Limited Warranty and Policy information. Continental Tire encourages you to also read the important safety and maintenance information included in this guide.


This Limited Warranty and Policy applies to the original owner of new Continental/General Tire brand passenger car, light truck (“LT”) and Temporary Spare tires that are the new vehicle original equipment tires
bearing the Continental/General Tire brand name and D.O.T. Tire Identification Number, operated in normal service, and equipped on your vehicle on which they were originally installed according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations (“Eligible Tires”). 

Eligible Tires are covered by this Limited Warranty and Policy for a maximum of 72 months from the date of purchase determined by the new vehicle registration date or new vehicle sales invoice showing date of purchase. If an eligible Continental/General Tire brand passenger, light truck, or Temporary Spare tire used in normal service, becomes unserviceable from a condition other than those listed under Section 4 during the time or treadwear periods shown below, it will be replaced with a comparable new Continental/General Tire brand tire according to the following paragraphs (1) and (2).  (1) Free Replacement Policy Time Treadwear
Passenger and Light Truck Tires  First 12 Months or First 2/32nds (1.6 mm) (Whichever comes first). 
Mounting and balancing included free of charge.  The discount Gresham Ford tire specialists will do all they can to ensure that you receive the tires that are right for you and how you use your vehicle.  Gresham Ford is a proud Oregon Ford Dealership that specializes in Brakes, Batteries and Tire discounts.  When you purchase tires Owner pays all applicable taxes, excluding F.E.T. if in the U.S. Temporary Spare Tire 72 Months or First 1/32nd (0.8 mm) (Whichever comes first) Mounting and balancing included free of charge.
Owner pays all applicable taxes.  (2) ‘‘Pro Rata Replacement Policy’’  After the free replacement period expires, Continental/General Tire brand passenger and light truck tires still may be eligible for a pro rata
replacement for 72 months from date of original purchase as follows: you may purchase a new, comparable Continental/General Tire brand replacement tire on a pro rata basis until the tread is worn down to the
treadwear indicators (2/32nds of an inch or 1.6 mm of tread remaining); the tire tread is worn out at this point and the Basic Coverage of this Limited Warranty and Policy ends, regardless of the time period
remaining. Owner pays all applicable taxes including, if in the U.S., F.E.T., mounting and balancing charges.  TEMPORARY SPARE TIRES. 


Continental/General Tire brand Temporary Spare tires are covered by this Limited Warranty and Policy for a maximum of 72 months from date of purchase.  If a Continental/General Tire brand Temporary Spare tire used in normal service becomes unserviceable from a condition other than those listed in Section 4 within the first 1/32nds of an inch (0.8 mm) of treadwear, the tire will be replaced with a new Continental/General Tire brand Temporary Spare free of charge, including mounting and balancing.  Owner pays all applicable taxes. After the first 1/32nd of an inch (0.8 mm) of treadwear, the Limited Warranty and Policy coverage expires, no adjustments will be made.  3. HOW A PRO RATA PRICE IS CALCULATED The replacement tire price will be determined by multiplying the percentage of the useable tread worn by the Dealers Selling Price (excluding all applicable taxes) at the time of the adjustment or the Continental/General Tire brand current published Adjustment Base Price, whichever is lower. The usable tread is the original tread down to the
treadwear indicators (2/32nds of an inch or 1.6 mm of tread remaining).  The Adjustment Base Price is intended to fairly represent a Dealers Selling Price for the same or comparable tire.  4. WHAT IS NOT COVERED BY THE ADJUSTMENT POLICY  A. THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE NOT COVERED:  Repairs: If a tire is returned under complaint and the reason for the tire’s disablement is any way associated with a repair or with the situation that led to the repair, the manufacturer’s warranty is invalidated.  Road Hazard: Any tire with road hazard damage, except for those conditions and certain tire lines that fall within the terms of coverage of the Road Hazard Coverage set forth in Section 4. This includes, but is not limited to: cuts, snags, punctures, bruises, and impact breaks.  Ride/Vibration: Any ride/vibration complaint after the first 2/32nds (1.6 mm) of an inch of treadwear or 12 months of service, whichever
comes first.  Improper operation or maintenance:  This includes, but is not limited to, effects caused by:  Improper tire inflation and/or improper load/speed practices: These practices can cause excessive operational temperatures and stresses that exceed the tire’s capabilites.  Improper or insufficient tire rotation: Any tire with premature or irregular wear caused by failing to follow the recommended tire rotation pattern and/or mileage intervals.  Damage due to: Rim irregularities or rim damage, Snow chains, Vehicle mechanical problems, including brake problems and vehicle wheel alignment, Extreme temperature exposure.  Negligent and abusive driving such as tire spinning, Improper tire storage, Automotive accident, Chemical corrosion or fire, Misuse or misapplication, Improper Mounting or Demounting.  Gresham Ford also follows Ford Motor Company warranty policy which includes Alterations: such as adding a white inlay on blackwall, tread regrooving, tire truing or siping, or adding sealant materials to the tire.  Weather checking/cracking: not covered after 48 months from the date of manufacture.  General Exclusions includeTire(s) submitted for an adjustment as covered in the Basic Coverage of Section 2A in service for longer than 72 months from date of purchase.  Tire(s) on any vehicle registered and normally operated outside the United States and Canada. For tires on vehicles normally operated outside the United States and Canada, see the nearest  Continental/General Tire brand tire dealer or distributor for local coverage.  In this case the local discount tire dealer for Portland and Vancouver would be Gresham Ford who serves Portland, Beaverton and Vancouver.  Tire(s) transferred from the vehicle on which they were originally installed are not covered. 
make any warranty, representation, promise or agreement on behalf of Continental Tire except as expressly written in this Limited Warranty and Policy.  TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW,  CONTINENTAL TIRE DISCLAIMS LlABILITY FOR ALL CONSEQUENTIAL AND
In observance of U.S. Federal Law, this warranty and policy has been designated a “Limited Warranty”. Continental Tire does not intend to represent through this Limited Warranty and Policy that tire failures can not happen. CONTINENTAL TIRE’S OBLIGATIONS Replacement of Eligible Tires will be made by any Continental/General Tire brand authorized dealer or vehicle dealer authorized to handle Continental/General Tire brand tire adjustments (“Authorized Dealer”).  Continental Tire will replace the tire pursuant to the terms of this Limited Warranty and Policy. Tires that are replaced under an adjustment basis under this Limited Warranty and Policy become the property of Continental Tire.
The OWNER’S OBLIGATIONS are to make an eligible claim under this Limited Warranty and Policy, the owner must present a claim with the tire(s) to an Authorized Dealer. For the nearest Authorized Dealer, consult the Yellow Pages, the Continental/General Tire brand internet address, or the 800 numbers
 shown in Section 7. Owner must present new vehicle registration form or new vehicle sales invoice indicating the date of purchase. Owner will be required to sign the Continental Tire Limited Warranty Claim Form or
dealer replacement sales receipt. Owner is responsible for paying all applicable taxes set forth under this Limited Warranty and Policy. Owner is also responsible for paying local tire-disposal fees where applicable and any parts or service regardless of mileage or months of service. This includes payment for tire rotation,
alignment, towing, road service, valve stems and tire repairs. Owner is responsible for maintaining proper tire air pressure and for proper maintenance of the tire.  At the time of making a claim, owner is required to present the tire(s) and new vehicle registration form or new vehicle sales invoice showing date of purchase. If satisfactory proof-of-purchase date is not provided, the D.O.T. (Tire Identification Number) date of manufacture will be used.  A “comparable” new Continental/General Tire brand tire may be either the same tire line or the same basic construction but with a different sidewall or tread configuration. If the customer accepts a higher-priced replacement tire, the customer will pay the difference in price. Any tire replaced under this Limited Warranty and Policy will be covered by the current Continental/General Tire brand Limited Warranty and Policy.FOR SERVICE ASSISTANCE OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
For the nearest Continental/General Tire brand tire dealer, consult the Yellow Pages or, if for any reason local service or information is not available, call Continental/General Tire brand toll-free Customer Relations
number. In the United States, call: 1-800-847-3349. In Canada, call: 1-800-461-1776 or use the Continental or General brand Internet Address:  or  Continental Tire
North America, Inc.
1800 Continental Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
Continental Tire Canada, Inc.
215 Rowntree Dairy Road
Woodbridge, Ontario

NOTICE TO UTILITY VEHICLE AND TRUCK OWNERS - Utility vehicles and trucks handle
differently than passenger cars in the various driving conditions that are encountered on streets, highways and off-road. Utility vehicles and trucks are not designed for cornering at speeds as high as passenger cars any more than low-slung sports cars are designed to perform satisfactorily under off-road conditions. WARNING: Utility vehicles have a significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. To reduce the risk of serious injury or death from a rollover or other crash you must: Avoid sharp turns and abrupt maneuvers; Drive at safe speeds for the conditions; Keep tires properly inflated; Never overload or improperly load your vehicle; and Make sure every passenger is properly restrained.  WARNING: In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt.  All occupants must wear seat belts and children/infants must use appropriate restraints to minimize the risk of injury or ejection.  Study your Owner’s Guide and any supplements for specific information about equipment features, instructions for safe driving and additional precautions to reduce the risk of an accident or serious injury.  VEHICLE CHARACTERISTICS 4WD and AWD Systems (if equipped) A vehicle equipped with AWD or 4WD (when selected) has the ability to use all four wheels to power itself. This increases traction which may enable you to safely drive over terrain and road.  The Gresham Ford Family is proud to be your Oregon Ford Dealer of choice and serves the Portland area.  If you were looking for a Vancouver Discount tire store we can also help you and are just minutes away. 

Gresham Ford

1940 East Powell Blvd

Gresham, OR 97080


Awarded the 2009 Presidents Award

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gresham Ford hosts the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce AM Meeting tomorrow

Our AM this Wednesday will be at 7:30 at Gresham Ford 1940 E Powell in Gresham. As part of Wednesdays AM, we are invited to bring school supplies for needy students in our area. Thank you to last weeks hosts, the staff of The Design Center. Please come network and bring someone with you who you would like to see join the chamber.

We are in need of businesses to host the AM’s. Please let me know what date works best for you.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the welcome packets for new businesses coming to our area. If you bought an ad and have not paid yet, please get you payment in to the chamber office. Also if you have discount coupons or specials you are running, this is your last chance to get them included in the welcome packet. We will be stuffing and distributing these packets this week.

Mark you calendar for Saturday August 28th for Fairview on the Green in Fairview Community Park. For more information please call Devree Leymaster 503-674-6202 Registration

The chamber will be having a team competing in the chili cook off if you are interested in participating.

Also mark your calendar for Hot Rods & Harleys on Saturday September 18th from 11-4 at Frontier Missions 3302 NW Marine Dr in Troutdale. This event is free admission with activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Check out the calendar on our website for events coming up in the area over the next months.

John Leamy

Operations Director/Visitor Services

West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

P-503-669-7473 F-503-492-3613

Monday, August 16, 2010


I went to a class at Mt. Hood Community College this past week. One of the topics of the class was on communication. Here is an interesting fact: 55% of the communication we do is with body language, 38% with tone of voice, and just 7% with the words we say.  So the old adage “it is not what you say, but how you say it” is so true.  So here in the newspaper I only get to use printed words. Does that mean only 7% of you ever hear what I say? Well, we will find out. As I wrote last week we are celebrating several recent awards from Ford Motor Company with a “Customer Appreciation Luncheon” on Friday, August 20th (didn’t seem right to do it on the 13th) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. While we want to express our appreciation to all of our customers, we really want to meet as many of you as possible.  And at 12:30 p.m. Employees from Ford Motor Company will officially present us with Ford Motor Company’s President’s Award!  Then we will have a conversation where we can use 100% of our communication skills to make
you feel welcome. Annette and Laurie are going to be putting a great lunch together! Cher has some
prizes for everyone! Bob & Preston have a smile for each of you!  And I can’t wait to meet more
than 7% of you!! See you on Friday for Lunch!!