By buckeyebic on
2001 Ford Escape XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
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.
Power, comfort, ability in snow, stereo, and utility.
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