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Pros: the looks
Advice: get a good warrantyfront wheel bearings went bad in mine all ready
Pros: Comfort of interior.
Cons: Found nothing yet.
Advice: BUY IT. Its a great VehicleWhen we were looking for an SUV, this vehicle never came to mind. We were looking at the Mitsubishi. We started pricing the Montero Sport, when I saw an Escape in a dealership lot, I thought what the heck. We bought it that day. Cheaper than the Sport, yet we got many more features. I would suggest the XLT version. It has extremely good looks.
Pros: The whole car.
Cons: Seat Comfort
Advice: Get the V6 anything smaller is another bad car like the Honda or JeepLOVE THIS CAR...I can't say enough about drive it and compair you won't buy anything else...
Pros: Ride is quiet and smooth.
Cons: No full size spare tire.
Advice: Go with XLT package.The 2002 Ford Escape drives very precisely and responsively.Wind does not blow it around and contrary to some reports,the wind noise inside the vehicle is minimal. Also the gear shift lever is on the stearing wheel column and operates easily.The gear shift lever DOES NOT interfer with operation of the radio.Speaking of the radio,the Mach 6 system is awesome. Overall rating is 100%.No negatives.Buy one.
Pros: The outside appearance is cute
Advice: Do NOT buy this - check out the competition that SubaruDoesn't FORD stand for 'Fix Or Repair Daily'? I test drove a brand new Escape and upon parking the little guy at a convenience store in the spring, I returned to find the brakes had locked. It took me about 20 minutes to get going. It felt as though there were bricks wedged in behind all the tires so that I couldn't move (I checked, nothing was impeding the tires). Then when I did get the car moving it made noises and really didn't like moving until we got on the highway. Not what you'd expect from a vehicle with 30 miles logged on it. But probably what you'd expect from Ford. If you are offended at my Ford bashing or think the brake locking won't happen to you then consider the cheap looking interior - you can get a lot more from Subaru or Honda in this class. I'd run, not walk, away from this one. I bought a new Subaru Forester instead and once I got over the exterior body not being as cute as I'd like, I had no trouble enjoying the reliability, comfort, solid look and feel, roominess, price, gas mileage, safety, etc....
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.
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.