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Mixed bag
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By Bassic Steve
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2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my Escape new and have taken meticulous care of it. The transmission failed me last year at 60K miles - $1K for new solenoid and fluid change. A year later, the transmission is misbehaving the same way again: near 45 mph, skips 2 gears into OD then stutters when you touch the gas to re-awaken the engine. If I want to keep it, I'm facing another $1K repair, with no guarantee that I won't be out another $1K next year. I've enjoyed driving the Escape. However, this issue and other quality defects (window gets stuck open at times, center console vinyl cracked when leaned upon, radiator leak required patch, etc) have turned me back toward a Toyota Highlander.


Best Features

.Car-like feel when driving .Responsive, smooth-running engine


Worst Features

.Heater and A/C controls clunky and resist adjustment .Poor electric window reliability .Replace unreliable transmission design .Talk about "Ford quality" rivaling Honda's & Toyota's is both cheap and ridiculous. Prove it or continue to lose customers like me


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By Escape 04
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2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

6 months after I bought my escape the transmission went out of it. There was no warranty on it and a new one was going to run me $3,000. I argued with the dealership and ended up only paying $500. But I shouldn't have had to pay anything! Since then it has been a great vehicle.


Best Features

Sunroof, 6 disc cd player


Worst Features

obviously the transmission stinkks. and the gas mileage isn't so great either.


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My Ford Escape
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By frosty
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2004 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I love my car!! I bought my Escape with 150,000. miles I now have 215,000 and i'm still driving. i have only had scheduled maintenance, tires, and one alternator put on . She's been AWESOME** Ford did great with this one.


Best Features

6 disc CD and Size.


Worst Features

Road Noise


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Have Loved It
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By EMTMIKE
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Vehicle

2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my escape in 2004 brand new. It has plenty of power and has never let me down. Gas mileage isnt great with my average being 20mpg. Odometer is now at 55,000 miles. At this point these are my only complaints...the center console cover was too weak...I put my arm on it in the winter and it cracked..dash vents produce debris (black crumbs) that are noticeable. Gear shift gets in the way of stereo control. Thats it. Plenty of cargo room and great in the snow.


Best Features

Leather seats are very comfortable. Powerful engine when I need to pass on 2 lane roads. Great handling.


Worst Features

eliminate need to remove headrests to put rear seats down for cargo. strengthen the center console cover. Improve fuel economy.


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ford should look into this
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By NOT SO SURE
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2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I have owned 2 escapes and I am a little disappointed in them.At first when they are new they are wonderful vehicles. They are fun to drive and very reliable. I am an avid outdoorsman and need my escape to haul a small trailer under 1500 lbs. I am anal about taking care of my vehicles, but around 50000 I had to replace all 4 wheel bearings on both vehicles. Also this year while parked in a lot to watch a sporting event we returned to find the rear window had blown out. I have friends who have stated that this has happened while driving the vehicle I am somewhat dissapointed in this design flaw. Ford should look into this. As the vehicle gets some milage on it it starts to nickle and dime.


Best Features

Driving in snow, and power for towing small trailers. sound system,


Worst Features

check out rear window blowouts. chassis could use and improvement. Wheel bearings are bad. rear wiper is built into window bad design. intierior could improve


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