2002 Ford Escape Ratings

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Ford Escape 2002
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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice 2 (310A) FWD

    Pros: A/c

    Cons: Very bad ride

    Advice: stay away

    Not a very good suv lacking all the way around.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice (300A) FWD

    Pros: looks

    Cons: engine suicide

    Advice: you're rolling the dice once the warranty runs out

    I loved this car until the engine threw a rod and self-destructed at 45000 miles. And this after religiously changing the oil every 3k miles. Also had several warranty repairs, which I can tolerate. But I buy new cars for reliability, not to leave me stranded on I-40 at night 200 miles from home and with a HUGE repair bill (replace engine). It's fun to drive and has nice features, but it's just not reliable. Ford Customer Service said it was my problem since the warranty had expired.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice 2 (310A) FWD

    Pros: comfort and size

    Cons: taking it to the shop

    Advice: You'll like the price and the test drive - but use a good dealership for service

    Fun to drive in the city. Small enough to park easily but roomy enough for 3 kids in back seat. Fold down seats are great for trips to the Home Store. We had the first one a week and it died. Ford replaced it because they couldn't figure out what went wrong. The replacement has been in the shop twice with engine lights on, low idle problems and sputtering. We have agreat dealership, easy to deal with. It will be a trade in though if there is one more trip to the service department.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Premium (420A) 4x4

    Pros: Engine

    Cons: Seating position

    Advice: Don't waste time with the 2 wd model.

    I purchased my Escape in July '02. I am not a fan of SUVs, preferring road hugging sedans or sports cars. My wife wanted to go the SUV route…guess who won! We’ve driven the truck about 9,000 miles since purchase. I have owned many Ford products, including Mustangs and pickups. Here are the positives, based on experience to date: Reliability – Excellent. Only one problem so far. The headlight lense seal failed, allowing water to leak in. The dealer promptly repaired it. Fit and Finish – Excellent. This is not a BMW… you get what you pay for, but this vehicle is well built. No squeaks or rattles. Ride – Excellent. The ride is firm, yet easy on the bones! An overall tight feeling. Good on the highway, good on bumpy roads. Significant improvement over my Ranger 4x4. Space – I know this is not an Expedition, but folding down the rear seats creates ample room for my needs. Much more room than a typical station wagon. Engine – my primary reason for purchasing the Escape is the 24 valve 3.0 liter engine. My ’98 Taurus has the same engine. It’s powerful, smooth, reliable and quiet. I understand this same engine is used in the Lincoln LS. Here are my “Negatives”: Seating position – awkward at best. The seat seems to sit too high. I’m under 6 foot, but my knees hit the steering column. The 6 way power seat helps a little. Ignition switch – It must be that awkwardly positioned steering column again. I have difficulty finding the switch to insert the key. Interior materials – how do you say Ford Fairmont? I know this is a truck, but the abundance of cheap plastic is disappointing. The dash is hard plastic, as are the door panels. The center console and storage compartments are well designed, but I’ve seen better interiors in less expensive cars.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice (400A) 4x4

    Pros: Style & Power

    Cons: Undersized gas tank.

    Advice: Just drive it...

    I did tons of research and tons of test driving. There was just no equal.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice (400A) 4x4

    Pros: Acceleration

    Cons: Wind noise

    Advice: Ask about the stalling problem and how the dealership will correct the problem

    I had my 2002 Escape for less than 100 miles when the stalling problem started. I took it back to the dealer each time it stalled on me, usually slowing down is when mine would stall. On the third time in they fixed the problem. The stalling problem is a very easy problem to fix. DON'T let your dealer tell you otherwise!! Be very persistant!! My car now has over 5,000 miles and no more stalling problem. The only other complaint is the wind noise in the doors, quite noisy, but my 2000 Expedition had the same problem only worse. It must be a Ford thing. I really do like this car, the gas mileage is good for a SUV. My husband, who is over 6', finds the car very comfortable also.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Premium (320A) FWD

    Pros: Size

    Cons: Arm Rest to far away from driver passenger

    Advice: Get the V10 unless you are just using it for light duty

    Has good performance empty. Vehicle driven came with 5.4l V8. Very stable on the city roads and much larger then other SUVs on the road. Very roomy and comfortable.