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By adgrrl1
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2003 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Over all, I have enjoyed leasing this vehicle for the past year. It has a V6, so there is good pick up. It's large enough to haul stuff, the back seat folds down flat. I carried four 6 foot tables and 10 folding chairs in it! Yet, I can still easily parellel park it! I can cart my Golden Retriever in comfort.


Favorite Features

I really like the interior size, it's perfect. I also like the dual outlets for phone and cigarette lighter.


Suggested Improvements

The stereo for sure, it's VERY basic. Also, it has no running lights which I like in rain/fog. Lighted visor for the driver would be nice too.


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Excellent Car
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By Luke28900
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2003 Ford Escape XLT Popular 2 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I was so impressed by this car. It never lets you down.


Favorite Features

4WD


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Transmission Problem
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By LED
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2003 Ford Escape Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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We have driven this car approximately 3000 miles, with no problems. It is a pleasure to drive in the snow and ice, and has a lot of nice features. However, at 10,000 miles the transmission went out. Three different Ford service departments have told me that the problem is that a transmission cooler is installed on the Escapes that causes the fluid to "gel" in cold weather, and "Ford is working on the problem". Since then I have talked to two other owners who have experienced the same problem.I would not recommend buying this car until they fix this problem.


Favorite Features

Leather, heated seats, backup sensors, CD player, snow and ice driveability.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the transmission/oil cooler problem.


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No regrets here
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By Melissainva
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2003 Ford Escape XLT Popular 2 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I conducted a lot of research before committing to purchase the Escape. I drove all the comparable vehicles (Liberty, Saturn, Santa Fe, etc.) and the Ford had the best handling response, most fun to drive and met all my needs - V6, cargo space, appearance, mileage, 4WD, and so on. If anyone is interested in the compact SUVs, I would highly recommend the Ford Escape be considered. After test driving, I think you'll find yourself wanting to make a purchase.


Favorite Features

Space, lots of power, smooth ride, 6 CD changer.


Suggested Improvements

Gear shift obstructs my reach to the radio controls.


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I wouldn't choose it again
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By cschaeffer
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2003 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Pros - Easy to handle, good gas milage, and good stereo system. Cons - Noisy when driving, rides rough, accelerator sticks, cheap interior, doors don't shut all the way unless you practically slam them.


Favorite Features

The way it handles.


Suggested Improvements

Better suspension and more comfortable interior.


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Love this one, will never buy any other
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By sistrkate
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2003 Ford Escape Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I looked around quite a bit and drove several of the smaller SUV's, and narrowed it down to the Jeep Liberty and Escape. For interior room and exterior looks, the Escape won hands- down. I love this SUV and would do it all over again. Very little to complain about except it seems to drain the gas tank all too often. V6 engine is more than adequate and stereo is great too!


Favorite Features

For the money, the standard features are an excellent buy. Absolute favorite option is the moonroof, followed closely by 6-disc CD changer and excellent stereo sound.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage is poor for a small SUV. I'm lucky to get 18 mpg, more often it's 16-17. Car is so fun to drive that refueling is constant. Also - powered passenger seat, like driver.


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Problems, Problems
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By bizmark
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2003 Ford Escape XLT Popular Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this vehicle brand new, right off the lot at a dealership 50 miles from home. Within two days there was a problem--the vehicle had a hole in the radiator right off the lot! With less than 10,000 miles a front wheel bearing went out. And now the thing kills sometimes if your foot is off the gas. I have to drive it with my right foot on the gas and my left on the brake when it is acting this way because every time you take your foot off the gas--even if moving in traffic--it will kill the engine. I had similar problems with a Ford in the past and now I think I won't ever own another one.


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Not too bad
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By mollic
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2003 Ford Escape XLS Popular 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my Escape because it was the first SUV I drove that was fun to drive. But, there's little things I would change. The V6 isn't as powerful as I would have hoped. My 1993 GMC Jimmy had MUCH more power in it's engine. The fuel economy doesn't seem to be as good in practice as on paper, and I'm anxiously waiting the Hybrid. Interior design could use a spruce up, too.


Favorite Features

It's still fun to drive. The size of the vehicle fits my lifestyle, and I don't feel like I'm driving an SUV or a truck when I'm behind the wheel. INCREDIBLE amount of room when the seats go down, too.


Suggested Improvements

The interior should be more comfortable. The armrests on the drivers side door are made of hard plastic, and very uncomfortable. Aside from the dash, the inside is colorless. Some metallic highlights, for example, would go a long way toward improving it.


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Accelerator sticks
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By Esther Boyer
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2003 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The accelerator is too hard to push, not smooth, always jerky. Dealership says they have this complaint all the time.


Suggested Improvements

Make acceleration smoother...


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#1 Small SUV!
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By Madelyn
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2003 Ford Escape XLT Popular Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This is a great vehicle that was built by Ford. As my dad worked for Ford for 38 years I will always drive a Ford. Before we bought the Escape I thought that it would be to small but it has enough room for us. The small suv has a lot of hp rated at 201 which is more than enough for an suv. This vehicle is only about two years old and should be a great seller for many years to come. And also farwell to the great selling Taurus.


Favorite Features

My color interior horsepower tinted windows 6 cd player power sunroof white face gauges 60/40 split seats


Suggested Improvements

At the time I can not think of any improvements.


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