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Ford Escape Ratings

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    12/14/2001 12:22:59 PM

    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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    8/23/2001 1:15:14 PM

    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!