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2003 Ford Escape

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By xavionj
on

Vehicle

2003 Ford Escape XLT Premium 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I stumbled onto the Novato Ford lot to
rule out purchasing the vehicle and 2
hours later I owned it. The dealership
was exceptional and the Escape the
brought me to test drive screamed at me
to purchase it. I'm sure it was one of
the best purchases I've ever made and
every day I own it I think how lucky I
am.

Coming cross country was such a blast.
I experienced all the usual weather
patterns for the summer and the vehicle
never even flinched. It handles so
much like a car on the street and I
find it comforting to know that I can
take it off road when necessary.

So now I'm a Ford man and very happy.


Best Features

The drive. It handles so much like a car and thats a big plus to me.


Worst Features

The gear shift should not be on the column but on the floor. It interfers w/ the radio controls. (I understand that to be a change in future models).


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escape in a escape
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By lynnduncan
on

Vehicle

2003 Ford Escape XLT Popular 2 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I love my '03 Escape. It is just
enough for me and my little family.
Plus, those of us with a baby to
change, you can take out the stroller,
and lay the baby in the back to change
the diaper. I LOVE THAT!!!!


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clock problems?
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By eshanks5
on

Vehicle

2003 Ford Escape Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I can't seem to get an answer as to why
my clock does not automatically come
on. Why must I push the clock button
every time i drive the car? I got
nowhere with asking the service dept.
One guy told me I must not have gotten
that option!! It is just plain
annoying!!


Worst Features

Put a working clock in the car along side what radio station you are listening to.I also miss my thermometer and compass.


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A great value and very fun to drive
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By Bid
on

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2003 Ford Escape XLS Popular 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my Escape just before we had a
winter with 28 inches of snowfall. No
problem for the Escape. We live on a
steep hill and our side street never
gets plowed, I had no problems with the
4 wheel drive system, even without low
range.
During the spring and summer it handles
very well, good steering response and
turn in. Plenty of room in the rear
seats too(more that the CRV).
A very balanced suspension, well
designed automatic 4 wheel drive system
and peppy V6 make it an all around
great value.


Best Features

Acceleration, handling, interior room and ability to tolerate snow conditions well.


Worst Features

Better tire choice. My Escape came with Ameritrac SUV tires with minimal tread depth for snow and light all terrain usage. The front seats could use some additional padding for the rump.


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fun driving
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By purple
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Vehicle

2003 Ford Escape XLT Popular 2 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I have had my Escape for 3 months now.
So far I love it. Handling and ride is
very nice. It is comfortable and roomy
for everyone and everything I have
hauled. The gear lever in the way I had
read about in previous reviews is not
an issue with my 2003. The stick moves
towards the dash after I shift into
Drive. I had test driven a CRV first as
I am a former Honda civic owner of nine
years. CRV was okay, but it did not
have the build quality of the older
Honda's as far as I was concerned.


Best Features

A very comfortable vehicle. I like the six disc CD changer and roomy interior.


Worst Features

The air conditioner works great. But it would be nice to have a selection that will move around internal air without the air conditioner having to be on. Use better break pads to reduce the break dust on the front rims.


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