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Cons: Transmission Lever
Advice: Get the Limited 4x4, you will love itI just bought mine the end of February of 03 and I have loved it with the first test drive. I've always purchased Toyota's and still remain a loyal toyota buyer but I was impressed with this sport ute and love the V-6 Power. The wind noise could be dampened and the transmission lever moved but other than that I'm really impressed with this ford and love it.
Cons: Interrior configuration of headrest on back seat.
Advice: Test drive them all in this class before settling for a ho-hum Japanese entry.Of the vehicles in this class, I found the drive in the escape to be fun. The rest with four cylinder engines lacke any sort of excitement. The cars in this class are so close and competitve Ford balanced gas milage with fun!
Pros: Power assisted drivers seat
Cons: location of the ignition is too low on the steering column
Advice: Spend a little more and get the XLT over the XLSI've only had my Escape XLT for a couple of weeks and so far I am very happy with it. It looks great and the 3.0 V6 cyl has more power than I thought it would. With 16' OWL tires and cast aluminum wheels, fog lamps, privacy glass, roof rack, rear cargo cover, etc, the XLT is a very good buy.
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.
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.
Pros: Mach 1 stereo system
Cons: No passenger side electric seat adjustment
Advice: Look for one with everything you want in it and you will not regret it.The test drive was everything I expected and more. Easy steering and control comfort and overall excellent performance.
Cons: Wind noise
Advice: Ask about the stalling problem and how the dealership will correct the problemI 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.