Friday, February 25, 2011

On March 2nd Give your day a boost with an eco-boost!

Put this on your calendar – March

2nd, 4:00-7:30 p.m. come to Gresham

Ford to Drive the NEW 2011 Ford F-150

Ecoboost™. There will be snacks and

prizes, but more importantly when you

take a test drive, Ford Motor Company

will make a donation of $10 to either

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Juvenile

Diabetes Research or Future Farmers of

America. Take a no-pressure test drive

and a donation is made to one of these

fine organizations. Now that is a

win-win-win! We all have someone who

has been touched by one of these fine


There has been a lot of buzz in the

market place about electric cars, but

electric cars cannot pull a horse trailer,

haul a load of lumber, haul hay…well

you get the idea. Ford Motor Co. has

been working on an answer! In short, it

has a V-8 powered engine with the gas

mileage many of you are getting in your

current sedans. You’ve got to drive it!

Here are a few of the facts:





• Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost™

engine technology highlights the

most extensive engine makeover

in Ford F-Series history.

• The 3.5 liter EcoBoost™ truck

engine will deliver an unbeatable

combination of best-in-class

towing of 11,300 pounds,

payload of 3,060 pounds, torque

of 420 lb.-ft. and the fuel

economy of a V6.

• Experts have stated “Truck

customers should think of the

EcoBoost™ truck engine as a

gas-powered engine with

diesel-type capability and

characteristics. The twin

turbochargers and direct

injection give it the broad, flat

torque curve that makes towing

with a diesel so effortless-and

hard acceleration so much fun.”

Please call 503-665-0101 and ask for

anyone in our Sales Department to make

a reservation for your test drive!

However, if you forget to call, please just

stop by. Remember, Wednesday, March

2nd, from 4:00-7:30

p.m. We will have the

truck warmed up just

for you and remember

it counts as a donation


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do you have 0.00% financing and 16/22MPG on your truck?

The F-150 EcoBoost to come to Gresham Ford on Wednesday, March 2nd from 4:00-7:30pm.
It’s your EXCLUSIVE chance to be among the first to DRIVE THE 2011 F-150 WITH the ALL NEW, TWIN-TURBOCHARGED EcoBoost engine PUMPING OUT 420 LB.-FT. of torque!




AGAIN - THE 2011 FORD F-150 WITH THE ALL-NEW ECOBOOST ENGINE IS AVAILABLE TO DRIVE AT Gresham Ford Wednesday March 2nd from 4:00pm to 7:30pm. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Gresham Ford has my business from here on out!

Gresham Ford - I couldn’t be happier with the purchase I made at Gresham Ford! It was by far the easiest, fairest and least pressured car purchase I have ever made. Not only do I love my new car, I enjoyed the service I was given throughout the purchase process and I feel good knowing that my purchase was made locally and with a business that does more than its fair share of giving back to its community. I applaud their Community Support Program, a program where Gresham Ford will donate $100 with the purchase of any new or used vehicle and 10% of all service work, parts and labor, in the customer’s name to the charity of the customer’s choice. As a result of this program, they have helped hundreds of different organizations throughout the region and the nation. I feel fabulous knowing that the charity I chose is $100 richer because of my purchase. Gresham Ford has my business from here on out. You guys are the best!


Perfect Car buying experience @ Gresham Ford!

Great customer service is how I would describe my car buying experience!
Purchased my Ford Focus at Gresham Ford and love my car. The salesman made
it so easy for me, I felt comfortable throughout the buying process everything was explained
to me throughly and they will even give $100 to the charity of your choice when you purchase a
vehicle there and I can also give 10% of my bill when I purchase parts or use their service dept.
I am so glad that I purchased my vehicle at Gresham Ford and will tell all my friends and family
what a great deal I got besides all the other great things that go along with purchasing a car @
Gresham Ford.


Friday, February 18, 2011

President's Weekend Sale at Gresham Ford

It's Simple - "Answer the Call..."

What is the saying “many hands make light work”? Well, the same is true about giving. So when the kids from Gresham Barlow School District call this coming week on behalf of the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation’s Phone-A-Thon, give what you can. Every little bit helps.

Seriously there will be thousands of phone calls made and if everyone just contributed $10 it would mean so much to the elementary reading programs in the district!!

For those that donate $40 or more you will receive some great “thank you” gifts for your generous giving:

• A DVD of the “The Tails of Abbygail”, now on CBS on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. Kids love this show. It
would be a great birthday gift for anyone under the age of 10 – and I would be happy getting one for my
birthday as I consider myself a kid at heart. Thank you Terri Lynn and Al! 
• A Children’s book courtesy of “Books 4 Giving”. Thank you Kellee and Raul!!
• A $20.00 Gift Certificate from Gresham Ford’s Service Department where we work on all makes and
models. Thank you Cher and team! Our children are our most precious resource and learning to read is more valuable than all the gold in Alaska.

Imagine a day where you could not read or living a life where it is a continual struggle. The 2011 Phone-A-Thon has pledged all the proceeds will fund reading programs for elementary students in the district. It is not
complicated just “Answer the Call…”  and do what you can because “reading matters”.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2012 Ford Police Interceptor is Bad News for the Bad Guys

Ford introduces two all-new, purpose-built Police Interceptors (PIs) for law enforcement — the Sedan PI and the Utility PI. Following in the footsteps of the Crown Victoria Police
Interceptors, this next generation of law enforcement vehicles demonstrates the best of Ford Engineering and Design. Based on law enforcement requirements, both of these new vehicles are built to extreme durability specifications, offer significant fuel economy improvements, are designed for pursuit handling and
include the latest technologies. To see more images and to learn more about their unique product attributes, go to

To learn more contact the Municipal Fleet Manager who holds the State of Oregon Contract for ALL Ford Vehicles - Annette Wetzel-Ramirez at 503-969-4184. 

2006 Ford Fusion For Sale

2006 Ford Fusion SELOur Price: $16,995

Special Price: $13,823

Mileage: 58,829

Engine: V6, 3.0L

Fuel: Gasoline

Transmission Automatic

Drivetrain FWD

Exterior Color: White

Interior Color: Dark Gray

VIN: 3FAHP08136R113578

Stock #: 1010038PW

This Fusion is Ford Factory Certified for 6 year 100,000 miles! Ask about available subvented rates especially for Certified Pre-Owned Ford vehicles.

4 Wheel Disc Brakes

Bucket Seats

Cruise Control

Power Steering


Remote Keyless Entry

Side Impact Airbags

Auto-Dim Rearview Mir.

Drivers Info Center

Lumbar Support Adj

Pass Depowered Air

Steering Wheel Radio

Alloy Wheels

Climate Control

Fold Down Rear Seat

Power Locks

Tilt/Telescope Steering

Rear Defroster

Dual Air Bags

Adjustable Headrests

Digital Compass

Heated Mirrors

Outside Temp Gauge

Power Seat(s)

Fog Lights

Anti-Lock Brakes

Cloth Seats

Power Brakes

Power Windows

Intermittent Wipers


12V Outlet(s)

Center Console

Fuel Injection

Multiple CD Changer

Power Mirrors

Temp Adj Steering



Gresham Ford

Annette Wetzel Ramirez
1940 E Powell Blvd.

Gresham, OR 97080

Call Us Now!


MSRP is for informational purposes only and does not reflect the actual selling price of the vehicle nor any rebates or discounts that apply. It also does not include any dealer added accessories that have been or are being installed. The price listed for this vehicle does not include charges such as: License, Title, Registration Fees, State or Local Taxes, Finance Charges, Optional Credit or Liability Insurance, Delivery Fee, and State Documentary Service Fees. I/O COM, Inc. and the Dealership make no representations, expressed or implied, to any actual or prospective purchaser or owner of this vehicle as to the existence, ownership, accuracy, description or condition of this vehicle's listed equipment, accessories, price or any warranties. Vehicle Pricing - Where permitted by law, all dealer fees and amounts must be disclosed in a clear, conspicuous and legible fashion. There are no exclusions. I/O COM, Inc and the Dealership are not responsible for typographical errors in price or equipment listed. Any and all differences must be addressed prior to the sale of this vehicle.

Spotlight On...

The 2007 Ford Fusion Wins in

Performance, Handling and Style

22 April/May 2007

“It’s the Kind of Car You Want to Drive”

Drivers liked the substantial feel of the Fusion. They were impressed with how well

Fusion hugged the curves compared to Accord and Camry. The All-Wheel

Drive System made a significant difference in driving performance. Time and

again drivers agreed that the Fusion is fun to drive.

• “I think the fact that the Fusion had the AWD was a really important safety feature”

• “I thought it was really fun to drive, really exciting, really smooth”

• “It was a better-performing car than I expected”

“Aces All Around on the Ford”

The Ford Fusion overwhelmingly exceeded the expectations of many of the

drivers at the Fusion Challenge. Several participants had come into the challenge

fully expecting the Accord and the Camry to perform better than the Ford

Fusion, but after driving all three, the drivers felt the Fusion definitely

outperformed the other two vehicles.

• “If you put the Ford up against the Honda and the Toyota, I would say the

Ford would be number one”

• “I didn’t have high expectations for the Fusion, and for it to come out as

the most fun to drive was a pleasant surprise”

• “In all instances, the Ford really shined”

The Fusion


First Fusion won them over in

D.C. ... then did it again in L.A.

Car and Driver magazine invited

drivers in the Washington D.C.

area to come out to compare

three vehicles in performance,

handling and style. Road and

Track then invited drivers in the

Los Angeles area to do the same.

On a closed course in both D.C.

and L.A., the consumers drove:

• 2007 Honda Accord EX-L V-6

• 2007 Toyota Camry XLE

• 2007 Ford Fusion SEL AWD V-6

They were asked to rate their

expectations before the drive,

and then rate the vehicles

again after.

The Result?

After the drive, the

participants rated Fusion

as the clear winner.

Here’s a sampling of what

they had to say about

the Fusion experience.

“I Was Impressed”

The interior styling was “a home run” with the consumers.

From the gauges and console to the contrasting stitching on the

leather-trimmed seats, Fusion’s roomy interior was a winner.

• “The interior of the Fusion was aesthetically pleasing and

had a lot of nice touches”

• “I love the Fusion’s gauges … they were clear, easy to read”

• “It felt comfortable. It was easy to get a good position

behind the wheel”

April/May 2007 23


“It Looks Very, Very Good”

Several drivers expressed the importance of

style and remarked that the Fusion definitely

is an impressive-looking vehicle. The design

of the grille was a big hit with the participants,

and Fusion’s bold look and aggressive styling

made a great first impression.

• “Of the three, I think it’s the best looking”

• “The Ford Fusion had a new, modern,

different look which was really attractive”

• “The stance is aggressive. When you

look at it just parked, it looks nice”


Why was the Fusion SEL AWD V-6 compared to the Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD)

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry? Very simple ... a comparably equipped

Fusion AWD is priced lower than the FWD, import competitors. This is a class

exclusive for Fusion ... and a value for your customers.

Additional Resources

• See the video commentary for yourself at

• Get detailed information on the 2007 Ford Fusion on eSourceBook at

• To view animation demonstrating Fusion’s AWD system, be sure to visit the

2007 Fusion home page on eSourceBook

• Sales Managers, be sure to visit Sales Manager Assistant to view the Competitive Comparison

meeting that features the Fusion Challenge

Your Own Fusion Challenge

In the Fusion Challenge, drivers came to the table with a preconceived

preference for the Accord or Camry. After driving Fusion, they changed

their minds. This impressive AWD system is available to test drive.

Friday, February 11, 2011

It's A Dog's Life but a Cat's World

Question: How many dogs does

it take to change a light bulb?

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining,

the day is young, we’ve got our whole

lives ahead of us, and your inside

worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

Border Collie: Just one. And then I’ll

replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

Dachshund: You know I can’t reach

that stupid lamp!

Rottweiler: Make me.

Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with

my squeaky toys in the dark.

Lab: Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let

me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I?

Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeze,

please, please, please!!!

German Shepherd: I’ll change it as

soon as I’ve led these people from the

dark, check to make sure I haven’t

missed any and make just one more

perimeter patrol to see that no one has

tried to take advantage of the situation.

Jack Russell Terrier: I’ll just pop in

while I’m bouncing of the walls and


Old English Sheep Dog: Light Bulb?

I’m sorry I don’t see a light bulb.

Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who


New Zealand Sheep Dog: First, I’ll put

all the light bulbs in a little circle…

The Cat’s Answer: “Dogs do not

change light bulbs, people change light

bulbs. So, the real question is: How long

will it be before I can expect some light,

some dinner, and a massage?” All of

which proves, once again, that while dogs

have masters, cats have staff.

In closing, be sure to visit Jazzy Bagels

and thank Kevin for his continued

support of the Oregon Humane Society

and their good work! And, don’t forget to

watch the “Tails of Abbygail” on KOIN 6,

Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. (yes you

can DVR it!).

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Where Credit Is Due

We get lots of letters from folks

complimenting our great staff.

This is one I just had to share

with you as the credit goes to Annette

Wetzel-Ramirez; she is the member of

our staff that brought this need and

opportunity to light. Her partners in this

continuing good deed are Laurie

Schwarzkopf, John Amato from Gresham

Ford and John Eisel from Gresham


This is an excerpt from the related

recent letter:

“On behalf of Cell Phones for Soldiers

and the troops that benefit from your

generous donation, thank you. Each

donated used mobile phone allows Cell

Phones for Soldiers to fulfill the mission

of providing service men and women with

the opportunity to communicate with

loved ones for free. Las month, we

received 40 phones from your

organization (Gresham Ford), which

generated 2400 minutes of calling time

for troops.

Thanks to kind people like you, we can

provide enriching experiences to soldiers

overseas who cannot talk to their families

often. One phone call can truly make a


To date, Cell Phones for Soldiers has

raised more than $7 million and

provided more than 90 million minutes

of free talk time. Due to the mobile

phone recycling program, more than 7.5

million cell phones have been recycled

since 2004, thus reducing the impact on


As an advocate for Cell Phones for

Soldiers, please encourage family and

friends to support our troops by making

cash contribution today or donating a

mobile device to the program.”

If you would like more information

about the program go to

Another option, drop off your used cell

phone at Gresham Ford and we will pay

the shipping to get it to this worthwhile


The Gresham Barlow Education Foundation is Helping to Ensure Tomorrow's Workforce is Ready

It's a skill sometimes taken for granted, but business owners know employees from all walks of life need it to be sucessful.  From the kitchen helper who reads the safety precautions relating to fire hazards in the kitchen , to the court clerk who selects information from carious statutes to provide assistance in cases where clarity of jurisprudence is required, the ability to read and understand text is critical for today's workforce. 

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation is dedicated to improving the skills of struggling readers in our schools - students who will be tomorrow's workers!  Each year, the GBEF's Phon-A-Thon raises money for the Learn to Read program.  Through the program, under-performing readers in all eleven elementary schools are identified in kindergarten or first frade and provided extra support to improve reading ability.  Our efforts are paying off!  Nine out of ten students served in the first year of the program showed documented growth in reading levels ranging from one to three levels.

The Foundation will hold its 2011 Phon-A-Thon February 21st thru 24th.  Over the course of four evenings, student volunteers will phone parents of students in the district and other community members to ask them for a cash donation in support of the Learning to Read Campaign. 

During the Phon-A-Thon, the Foundation is once again partnering with Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce member Gresham Ford.  Contributors who donate $40 or more will receive a $20 gift certificate toward service through the Gresham Ford Quick Lane (they provide maintenance work on All Makes and All Models) as well as a FREE DVD of the Tails of Abbygail Volume One and will have the opportunity to choose one book per child thanks to Books 4 Giving

Last year's Phon-A-Thon raised funds for the Learning ro Read program with all of the funds going to the students.  However there is still much more to be done.  If you would like to make a donation, or become involved in the project, call the Foundation Office at 503-766-0008 for more information or simply visit to make a pledge. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ford Transit Connect Electric Vehicle is now Available in Oregon

• Ford is working with Azure Dynamics to deliver an all-electric Ford Transit Connect van.  Azure Dynamics will integrate its Force Drive™ battery electric drivetrain in the Ford Transit Connect Electric.  Force Drive components have been used in more than 40 vehicle integrations and have more than 25 million miles of on-the-road experience.  Azure Dynamics has been designing and developing electric drive systems for more than 20 years, providing customers with zero-emission transportation solutions.

Ford is delivering an all-electric version of the Transit Connect light-duty commercial vehicle in 2010.  Ford is collaborating with Azure Dynamics, a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric commercial vehicles.  Leveraging its ONE Ford strategy, Ford has committed to delivering all-electric power for commercial applications on a global platform.  With Oregon and more specifically Portland being one of the greenest cities in America it makes sense for Gresham Ford, the greenest auto dealership in Gresham, to offer the Electric Version of the Ford Transit Connect.  This will be the first commercial use electric vehicle.  Can you imagine trying to carry flower arrangements, boxed lunches, or plumbing equipment in the Nissan Leaf?  The Ford Transit provides the space and payload while utilizing the electric technology. 

Transit Connect Electric is the initial offering in Ford’s aggressive new vehicle electrification strategy.  During the next three years, Ford will also introduce in North America: A new Ford Focus Electric car in 2011.  Next-generation hybrid vehicles, including a plug-in version, by 2012 will be in production and offered for sale by all Oregon Ford Dealerships including Gresham Ford.  The use of a global commercial vehicle platform showcases Ford’s ability to deliver products with worldwide marketing opportunities also exist.  Strategic partnerships with suppliers are a key element of Ford’s electrification strategy. 

Its unique combination of driving dynamics, cargo capacity, accessibility and low costs of operation makes Transit Connect an ideal platform for all-electric power.  Commercial users travel predictable, shortrange
routes with lots of stop-and-go in urban and suburban environments – Transit Connect Electric can help them deliver in an environmentally friendly way.

The all-electric version has a range of up to 80 miles, making it a useful hauler, with reduced operation and maintenance costs over the long haul.  Transit Connect is designed, engineered and manufactured by Ford on a dedicated global commercial vehicle platform to tough, small commercial vehicle durability standards.

For more information about converting your fleet to electric or other alternative fuels contact the Gresham Ford Fleet Department or Annette Wetzel-Ramirez specifically with your questions.  To see the Gresham Ford on-line inventory of Ford cars and trucks for sale in Portland Oregon visit their website or email with your request. 

Answer the Call of the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation

The letter below was submitted to the Editor, Mark Garber, of the Gresham Outlook

Dear Editor,

Every year for the past number of years busy high school kids have given up their evenings for a week in February to help raise money to support reading programs in our schools. Kids who read well are better students, better students get to college. College graduates make for a better work force and community. Kids who read well become adults who help build strong communities.

My wife and I have raised five children and they all attended Schools in the Gresham District. We have good teachers, but they can’t do it one their own, We need to support our teachers and students. As a business man, and as a person who can see that the future of our community rests in the hands of these kids, I want to do everything I can to make sure our students are successful readers. I’m behind the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation’s Phone-a-thon and you can be sure that I’ll be happy to “Answer the Call” February 21st – 24th.

Bob & Jacki Lilly