Not what I signed up for
By SMIverson on
2001 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car recently because it looked good - inside and out - and thought it would make for a reliable second car. Not hardly, and I only have myself to blame, because I didn't have it inspected before handing over my money. The vehicle leaks oil and the transmission is definitely on its way out. The fog lights didn't work when I took delivery and all four tires leak like it's the middle of January! Truth be told, I probably just got a bad one because I did read good things about this vehicle prior to my purchase decision. It doesn't ease my trepidation, but suffice it to say I won't be keeping this car long; someone else can foot the bill to keep it running.
Ride quality. That's it. Oh, it's a a decent looking vehicle, too.
Build a better engine and transmission, Ford! Fuel economy is horrible, too, considering it is such a small SUV. I'm averaging only 16 mpg.