2002 Ford Escape Ratings

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Ford Escape 2002
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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice (300A) FWD

    Pros: cd changer

    Cons: something breaks every couple of weeks

    Advice: don't buy it!!!

    I don't know if i just got a lemon or what, but i have had nothing but trouble since i bought it 3 months ago. I wouldn't buy one if i were you.

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

    Pros: Good looks, and a smooth ride for an SUV.

    Cons: The drivers seat is uncomfortabe for my 5'11' frame.

    Advice: Order one with the features you want for a few hunderd over invoice.

    Impressive quickness and low end torque that gets you off the line around town. Although the 'on ramp' acceleration was good, the downshift and corresponding high rpm feels a bit uncomfortable. The suspension is very comfortable compared to our older Jeep Cherokee or the Xterra and was a big selling point for us. The steering is light and a pleasure to park in 'small car only' spaces. The bright red with the side-step bars is sporty and the overall looks are a 10. Fit and finish are good although I wish the doors closed without having to slam them shut. My biggest complaint is that I can't get comfortable in the seat. The bottom cushion feels too short like I'm sitting on a bench. My wife's 5'4' frame must be just right for it though because she doesn't feel my pain.

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

    Pros: It has very good handling in traffic and on country roads

    Cons: Placement of the gear shift lever is awkward

    Advice: If you are looking for a 4 1/2 passenger smaller SUV with a lot of good features and good power and handling, this is a good choice.

    It has good handling on many different road surfaces and in traffic and on freeways as well as country roads. It has better window and mirror than on the other SUV's I sat in. I like its rugged looks, its versatility and its ample room as a small SUV.

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

    Pros: Mid-sized truck and power

    Cons: Sickening drivetrain quality

    Advice: Dodge the Dodge! Don't buy it!

    Initially, the truck was great. It's a mid-sized truck which means it's a narrow version of a full-sized truck. This is good in city conditions. Power is great, which was also a deciding factor. The rear differential had to be rebuilt (under warranty) at about 8,000 miles. The transferred case had to be rebuilt (not under warranty) at about 36,000 miles. The transmission gave out at 53,000. One might think that the drive train fell apart under abuse, but I've had GM vehicles go 200,000 to 300,000 miles with only expected maintenance. Unfortunately, Dodge has all the modern quality assurance practices of 1935. I will never again buy another Chrysler product!