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Overall a nice little SUV
By Gpowers on 11/25/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

This is the wife's car, not mine. We had it since new. Dislikes, no power passenger seat, no compass or outside temp display, Uncomfortable seats everywhere except driver. Bad design on heated seats switch placement and function (can't see light, no temperature control, turns on accidentally) , poor placement of cruise on switch(on steering wheel, accidentally gets turned off), noisy tires at road speed. V6 gets buzzy when in second and delivers less than stellar mileage (19 City, 21 Hwy). Great vehicle in snow and reliable as a rock. Wife loves it. I'm not as impressed. I hope Ford addressed these issues in future versions. Only problem was front brakes at 39K which is maintenance.
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6 of 8 people found this review helpful
Don't bother with the base 4 cylinder
By bsumorgan on 11/09/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I got a job where I needed to carry stuff for work and I also needed to haul our small family around in the winter. The ford escape seemed like a perfect fit. It drove well enough, but the 4 cylinder is just plain lethargic. At low gears it's all right, but in second and third, well, you had better not be making emergency maneuvers. The arm rests are hard and unforgiving. I didn't like the position of the seats relative to the floor. The 4WD, however, was FANTASTIC! I could drive like a complete idiot on snow and ice, and it didn't matter. Ford AWD is much better than the AWD that I had in the Saturn Vue I bought after owning this. My advice: get the nicer trim level with the 6 cyl and 4wd.
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Nice truck
By SUVguy on 06/03/10 10:30 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my escape in October of 04 with 13,000 miles on it. Thus far only one major repair which was the ignition module around 40,000 miles. Other than that just normal wear and tear (water pump, serpentine belt etc). Overall very pleased with the performance and reliability. Just hit the 110,000 mile mark.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Bad Plugs
By Bill on 05/08/10 18:21 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

For the first five years car has been great. Not happy with interior. Upholstery wearing out much to soon. What really steams me is that at 38000 miles the plugs, coils and power module have just gone out. With this mileage I can't believe it. I have been a loyal Ford BUT!
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Very Dependable!
By Fred Reno on 01/29/10 20:14 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

165,600 miles with original brakes, shocks, clutch, and battery. This has been the most dependable car I have ever owned.....it drives as good as the day I bought it.
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Time to get rid of
By ejbjb on 01/18/10 21:25 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Love my Escape. 2 problems...brake routers warp and need turning or replacement frequently. 121000km and the engine has died. Will replace with a newer Escape. Reliable, great cargo hauling, good basic transportation.
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9 months in on 2005 V6 2wd
By invictarocks on 01/03/10 18:27 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I bought this car after a lot of research on Subaru Forrester, RAV4, Honda CRV and the Escape. I did some test drives, and the Forrester was the fastest and funnest, but a little small, and my buying decision came right after a bad experience with a Subaru dealership. The RAV4 seat was unbearable in the "fold down, kicking back" position, and sitting on the back with the hatch up was designed OUT of the model years I was looking at. I didn't like the way the RAV4 looked driving down the road from behind, as the rear suspension didn't inspire much confidence. I LOVE my Escape, and it's styling. The gas mileage was a little disappointing at 20.
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great so far....just got it a month ago
By lotekgirl on 12/14/09 10:59 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I just traded in my '01 Intrepid for this '05 Escape. So far my husband and I are very pleased with it. This vehicle is great if you are looking to step up to your first SUV from a car. The Escape is very responsive; it drives and handles great. I agree with other reviewers about filling the gas tank: it is annoying because you can't just put the nozzle in, lock it in place and walk away. It always clicks off a few seconds later so I have to stand there and hold it, which I never had to do with my car. The gas mileage on the v6 isn't that great. I'm constantly filling my gas tank (city driving about 90% of the time). the ignition could have been more well placed (odd spot, have to search).
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Keeps Working Hard
By WNYFordGuy on 10/28/09 13:13 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought new Apr 05, this is my wife's daily driver. It has 70k miles, and runs like new again after repairing damage to the front susp (wheel bearings and sway bar links) caused by the harsh upstate WNY roads at 58k. I was disappointed that the Uni joints failed shortly afterwards (61k), along w/ the rear wiper (63k), and ABS sensors and rear shocks (67k) - $$$! But it's great in the snow, and gets pretty good gas mileage w/ the 2.3L 4 cyl 5-spd manual. Replaced the orig General tires w/ Goodyear Fortera SilentArmors at 41k, though I probably could have gotten 4k-10k more out of the Generals (which weren't anywhere near as bad/noisy as the reviewers claim the Continental Contitracs are)
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A Welcome Escape
By Rod Minnesota on 10/15/09 17:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

As of October 2009, my wife has 153,000 miles on her 2005 Escape. She loves the vehicle and I appreciate its relatively low cost of ownership. Only repair that we have had has been two door latches replaced - not sure why they are plastic.
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