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2004 Ford Escape

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


Review

I have had virtually no problems with my Escape in the 4 years that I have owned it. It handles beautifully and has a powerful 4.0L V6 engine, just like new. Good brakes, fun to drive! My only complaint is the gas mileage I get 15 city 18 hwy, much less then what the sticker showed. My husband's 5.3L V8 gets 17 hwy, sad. The only problem I have had is that the airbag light came on just 3 days ago and it has been on since. If it doesn't go off soon I will take it in to the dealership to see what's going on. I love my Escape and plan to drive it for many years to come, might even buy another one some day. It has changed my outlook on Fords.


Favorite Features

Powerful engine, handles great, sharp looking exterior, love the interior, especially the seats, mine are two- toned black and grey. Large cargo area for hauling things, performs well in all types of terrain.


Suggested Improvements

Hydroplanes a little in wet weather, poor gas mileage!


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Ford Escape
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Fuel Economy
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By J. Jolly
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2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I purchased my Escape used in June 2007 with just over 44 K miles on it. I have put 20,000 problem free miles on it since then. It has just required regular maintance. I'm impressed with the overall quailty and versatility of this SUV. Powerful engine, carlike handling and brakes are selling points. Handles great in bad weather (snow, ice,and rain). I feel safe in this automobile. Mine is equipped with side airbags. I would highly recommend the Escape to anyone looking for a small SUV.


Favorite Features

Sunroof, leather seats, and 6-disc CD changer.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage, I get around 18 MPG in town and maybe 25 MPG highway. Stereo buttons on steering wheel would be a nice touch.


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Another Escape with transmission problem
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By Ruth
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2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I leased my 2004 Escape brand new from a dealer where I worked. All service work required on the SUV was performed. I like the fact I could get to work in bad weather and feel totally comfortable driving my Escape in the snow. At 60 years old, I take care of my cars, I don't off road, and I drive carefully. Had I known the transmissions in the Escape only last 50,000 miles, I would not have purchased my lease vehicle.


Favorite Features

Handling in snow. Interior space.


Suggested Improvements

Build the Escape with more reliable parts. When you compare the sell price of the Escape to its durability, you are not getting your moneys worth. My next vehilce will have a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, or I'll buy a Korean throw away car!


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Escape XLS 2.0 in TX
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By Dave
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2004 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Pros: Surprisingly good grip around curves, nice interior design, reliable, cruise control function and nice exterior visual appeal. Cons: The clutch is grippie cold and improves at warmup; doors speakers buzz; too much road noise, and stiff clutch action.


Favorite Features

Road handling, interior design and layout, attractive exterior, and sits up higher than cars.


Suggested Improvements

An improvement in road noise, mpg, clutch performance and door speakers are needed.


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It could be better for the money!
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By I Got Suckered!
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2004 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This was my first brand new car I bought for myself. The excitement of it all jaded my common sense. This is a very loud ride! Even with new tires, a new alignment job, new brakes, and new rotors. $400 later at 30k it's still loud and I have to blast my radio to hear it over the hummm. The interior is very cheap. My son sits on the seat and within the first month of owning it, the carpet where the seat and cushion meets was frayed and looked 4 yrs older. The sun/moon roof did not open & close properly from about 1 month in. The gas mileage is horrendous even with new airfilters and driving in overdrive! To top it off, I pay way more than I feel it's worth.


Favorite Features

Sun/Moon roof, six CD changer


Suggested Improvements

Enable MP3's, and Ipods to be played, fix the extermely loud wheel noise, improve the quality in the the interior fabric, and carpet (make it withstand a family!), make the ac have a recirculate option- having ac with skunk smell from outside stinks and the ac doesn't cool feet either!


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