2002 Ford Escape XLS Sport 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Had it since 2002. Yes, I've had some major repairs. The engine went at 96K miles, so it cost us $7k to fix that. It cost me $4k to fix all 3 converters, and yes I had to pay to fix 3 of six coils. They said driving of fast accelerating and sudden stops could contributed to it, and we also drove it in England for 3 years, so that didn't help either. But it's always been there for us through the worse of times. Blizzards are no problem for me. I have better traction than most newer SUV's and trucks, including your MB's and Lexus. It does make squeaky sounds in the interior, but it's older. Not much you can do. With all the accidents, it's always gotten lesser damage and held up the most!
This vehicle saved my life! One bad rainy night on 295 headed South, I was in the 3rd from right lane, and the Charger was in 4th. Went to cut me off, but not clear of me AT ALL yet. Instead of getting rear ended I chose to move a lane over. I ended up hitting a jeep at an angle, and spun 360 across
Continued favorite: 295 onto a grassy hill. I saw all the headlights in front of me while still spinning. The Escape should have flipped, but it stood strong with me just pressing the brake hard. Only damage we got besides the jeep's grill was my back passenger door. That's It! No suggested redone