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2004 Ford Escape SUV

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By Jim in MD
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2004 Ford Escape SUV XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Very nice vehicle overall. I went from a compact sedan to the Escape. Overall driving experience took a bit of getting used to. But I think this is a good choice for anyone looking for something that's "larger than normal" but not a road tank. The individual who compared this FWD Escape with the Jeep Liberty doesn't understand that FWD does not = 4WD. There IS a 4WD version available. So if that's what you need then maybe you should have asked your company to purcase that. And I can report that my doors have not fallen off, contrary to another reviewer's statements. Indeed, I've had no build defect/service issues at all.


Favorite Features

Better storage than most other vehicles in its class. Highway & city handling is good. Have not, and will not, take off road. If you're looking at a day-to-day run- about for 4-5 people that's not aircraft carrier sized, check out this small, but relatively roomy SU


Suggested Improvements

Ventilation/AC is confusing and/or poorly designed. Steering-column gear shift took some to get used to, but was not a serious issue. Would prefer a center console- type gear shift. Seats bit stiff and unyielding. Overall interior design is nothing exciting.


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Could be better
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By martilk
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2004 Ford Escape SUV XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Seems reliable and comfortable enough, but has a horrid turing radius and a puny gas tank. The leather seats seem like naughahyde.


Favorite Features

Cool sunroof....


Suggested Improvements

Better gas mileage. Bigger gas tank. Better turning radius.


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


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We previously had a 1994 Ford Explorer and decided to try the smaller version, so we got an Escape this time. The gas mileage is so much better. We really love our Escape!!!!


Favorite Features

Gas Mileage, Stereo/CD Player, Moon Roof


Suggested Improvements

Enlarge the back a little bit, if possible


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Liberty vs Escape-no comparison
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By LJAS
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2004 Ford Escape SUV XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I received an Escape XLT as a company vehicle and was highly disappointed! It is more like a minivan than an SUV! The vehicle has a weak 4WD, boring and cheap looking interior, and does not seem sturdy. My new Jeep Liberty Limited on the other hand, has a nice looking leather and chrome interior, sturdy ride with a strong 4WD and is a pleasure to drive. There is absolutely NO COMPARISON! I dont know why the Escape is getting good reviews? It is a minivan with 4WD!


Favorite Features

peppy engine is the only good feature.


Suggested Improvements

stronger body and 4WD, more luxurious interior and sharper exterior features.


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


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This is a great vehicle. Perfect for small families that need reliable transportation. It is very comfortable and spacious, with lots of cargo room. But its also very fun to drive, and surprisingly powerful.


Favorite Features

The V-6 engine, the spacious interior, and the Latch system.


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