2001 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Fun to drive! But not exactly

2001 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive! But not exactly the best built
By candybandy on


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


I love to drive our fun Escape! I love it sooo much! The problem is, it hasnt even reached 150K and it's already causing more problems more than it's worth. Around 70k one of the back door locks broke, and ever since then it's been a downhill of brakes, tires, lights going out, fan belts, you name it. Right now our transmission is going out and I'm very sad. It's parts act like it's well over 200k but it looks almost brand new! I love the smooth ride of this and the quick turns it does. It's a great small SUV. Since this is a first year, I think if you bought a later model you would be better because they probably would have all the kinks out.

Best Features

Sound is AMAZING, good hatchback trunk area

Worst Features

Higher tilt on the wheel. I'm 6' and it's pretty low.
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