2002 Ford Escape XLT Choice 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
One of the biggest points on me buying the Escape was the "supposed" reliability of the Duratec 3.0 V6. I had this engine in my 96 Taurus for 175,000 trouble free miles.
At 1400 miles, I changed oil and checked all fluids personally. At 2450 miles, I had an 1/8 inch oil slick in my antifreeze reservoir.
Dealer is replacing the motor with a new one.
I love the Mach1 audio, smooth shifting transmission, good general road feel for a SUV