2004 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
It is a fun vehicle on trips. I average 21-25 mpg on long trips. However at 92,000 the transmission went out. Quite an expense for a fairly new SUV. In early 2009 the torque converter and wheel bearings had to be replaced. The check engine light remains on (no one can find a problem). After less than an hour of driving the overdrive light starts flashing and the transmission starts shifting very hard (again no one can find a problem). Airbag light stays on now (sensors have been replaced). I am putting a daughter through college right now, otherwise it would have been traded. I have always been a Ford customer, but this has not been a great experience.
It is very roomy. Goes great in snow. Love the choice of going in or out of 4wd. Plenty of power.
Transmission is awful! Better warranty to cover constant repairs.