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What a disappointment!
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By LazyGecko
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2001 Ford Escape SUV XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have been a long time Ford owner and when my wife wanted an SUV, I thought the Escape made a good choice. Reasonable price, nice styling and a manageable size. I figured the Ford quality would go along with it. At 80k miles, I have replaced the transmission (!) and several suspension components. The ABS and brake light has come on, and the master cylinder leaks brake fluid. Worse yet; my 170k mile Taurus is 200% better in the Wisconsin snow falls than this piece of junk! The ride is awful. The seats are almost as uncomfortable as the vinyl wrapped plywood found in 1950's Cessna 152. Also, the seats stain with spilled WATER!


Best Features

Styling is nice and it is roomy for its compact size.


Worst Features

Give it back to Mazda and put the Ford logo back on a real truck or SUV.


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By buckeyebic
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2001 Ford Escape SUV XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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With 47555 miles, the V6 4WD has lost the torque converter says the dealer. Also the sun roof quit working and the dealer quoted over $1600 to fix it because the factory sun roof is the only option available. The left front wheel bearing is gone and the front right idler arm needs replaced. Seems too soon for these types of failures for a SUV that has never been off road and used on the freeway mostly.


Best Features

Power, comfort, ability in snow, stereo, and utility.


Worst Features

Use a better 5 speed transmission to improve gas mileage and better parts or assembly methods. I got 19.6 mpg on the last 500 mile trip on the freeway 100%. It was with 3 people fully loaded


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Wish I had 2 of them....
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By Dave B.
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2001 Ford Escape SUV XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This vehicle is fun to drive and is ideal for "running the beaches." It is also extraordinarily sure-footed in the snow. Handles well on the highway as well as the city and the V-6 has power to spare. Wish I had bought 2 of them!


Best Features

Exterior design, roomy interior, powerful and smooth running V-6 engine.


Worst Features

Fuel economy suffers a bit with the V-6, brake dust on alloy wheels is excessive. Needs a 12 volt power outlet in the rear of the vehicle, but there are 2 in the front.


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My 2001 is so fun!
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By Marci
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2001 Ford Escape SUV XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased my Escape and haven't looked back. It has enough power for me (got the V6)and my husband. He also loves it. It only had 47,000 miles on it and talked the dealership down to a great deal (after 2 days!). We live in northern California and already drove it down to southern California and it drove like a dream (I would've liked a little better gas mileage though). It's perfect for someone going from a car to an SUV. It's not too big and yet has PLENTY of room. You also have a good seeing height. Recommend it. Love it!


Best Features

The zippy V6. It's really comfortable and roomy for long distances and, for the women, cute too (inside and out)!


Worst Features

The shifter does get in the way of the stereo knobs (they fixed it in '05 model) and there is a consistent noise in the the rear door hatch; can't pinpoint exactly what it is to stop it yet.


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the winner
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By Aaron cis
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2001 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this cute SUV for my family needs and don't regret it at all. One of the best compact SUVs in the market with plenty of interior space. The reliability is outstanding despite the high mileage i got. Not a single complaint to make. Wife and kids love it. So why buy RAV4 or CR-V when you got the Escape?


Best Features

6 CD changer, side airbags, moon roof, running board, Duratec engine, V6 24 valves.


Worst Features

More interior light, improve fuel economy; mine gets 13 mpg around town.


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