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Lease be gone..yee haw!
By marsan5 on 09/28/08 20:08 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

We just finished our lease on this SUV. Pro's are lots of cargo space, zippy around town and easy to drive. Con's are brakes not designed well for rural use, rotors and brakes non stop getting fixed, AWD got locked on one day on pavement. Bit of a gas pig. We had cloth seats and they stained if you looked at them! Three kids in the back is too crammed up. The door sills are too high, trapping mud and snow in like crazy. Cheap interior. The nerf bars stink in snow as they bottom you out, and when driving AWD when you get stuck, you are stuck!
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Practical Car
By Adam Grey on 09/23/08 09:10 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Even though I would have liked to get something a little sexier, this car is as practical of car you can get. Having it be a stick shift helped make the car fun to drive and also allowed for better acceleration than most standard V6 cars. Never did I have one mechanical issue in the 68,000 miles that I drove it and it really does excellent on gas being it is a 4 banger. I think if you buy this car you will get a bargain as if this had a Toyota symbol on it it would be $5,000 more! I believe this car is a smart buy for those who are concerned about fuel economy, cargo space, and price.
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Stay Away From 2005 Ford Escape
By txm on 09/16/08 08:07 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

The 4 cylinder engine in this car is extremely underpowered. It's especially worse in the summer when the air conditioning is on, then it becomes unsafe to drive, because when you need to accelerate, it just doesn't do anything for about 3-4 seconds and trying to accelerate when necessary would probably kill you in this vehicle. Also, the engine is very noisy, sounds like diesel engine. I have 60,000 miles on it. The fuel economy is terrible. I can't get any more than 20 mpg, not matter what I do. Stay away from this car.
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Love it
By erica27 on 07/17/08 18:56 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I have had my Escape for almost a year and a half and I absolutely love it! I am a senior in college and it's everything and more I could want in a car! My previous vehicles were sedans and the Escape drives like a car, but I love sitting higher in traffic and would not trade this car for anything! I hit a deer a few months ago and I know that I would have been injured if I were in a sedan. It is so spacious. I am now the designated driver on road trips, but it's well worth it because all my friends love the car too and we all fit comfortably! I plan on graduating college and heading off into the real world in this vehicle!
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Almost the best car I have ever had
By Lefthandedlex on 07/17/08 14:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Retirement age is in sight so I have had quite a few cars to compare to. In 3 years I put almost 62000 miles. It is an automatic 4 cyl AWD. It is peppy I have gotten 31 mpg on rare occasions but usually 28 on avg. Except for normal maint it has only seen the dealership once for a very minor issue. Took a long weekend trip almost 5 hours one way with 4 adults and the roof rack stuffed to the gills and still got 25 mpg. Only thing I miss is leather seats. The cloth seats stain easy but so far nothing that I could not get out. Looking forward to another 60000 at least.
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Not bad
By acceptable on 07/07/08 06:31 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Bought this vehicle Jan 06 after having a base Taurus. I like the zippyness I get from this 4cyl 5 speed. Gas mileage is great for an SUV at 27 hwy summer and 24 hwy winter here in MN. As read in other reviews can't stand the poor quality paint but to go along with design we do travel on some gravel roads and when wet or muddy the doors in the rear will get mud and dirt between them and the inside - my other vehicles never had this and I think this is terrible. I am quite conscious of this so I make sure to clean this area afterward because I don't want it to rust out before its time
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Fun combined with economy
By JP on 07/02/08 23:22 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

We purchased this Escape wanting enough room for 4 adults, cargo room and good gas mileage. Bingo! Our Escape seems to be stuck at 27 + miles to a gallon! even with more than half city driving. We packed it full to travel to an out of state wedding , left one side of the rear seat up for our grandson and had room to spare. Its great fun to drive, responsive and handles well. In fairness there is a whistling noise ( maybe roof racks) when traveling on the freeway, and the running boards are not only useless but an actual pain since you cant use them to get in- you have to crawl over them muddying your jeans as you straddle them.
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The Great Escape
By JaLester on 05/28/08 06:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

We really love our Escape. It has been nothing short of amazing, and I am so glad we didn't buy something else. The Escape is very reliable, handles great and looks good.
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Good portability
By mike on 03/21/08 14:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought the Escape in 06 to replace my 04 full size Sierra. Hoping to save on gas. Well I do a little bit but not as much as they claimed I would. Being a carpenter I needed something I can pack full of tools. I can do that pretty easliy with the Escape. I love how I can basically eliminate the rear seats altogther to create that flat bed back there. I don't like the cheap plastic bumper that dosn't hold up well to cold weather or minor bumps. At 63,000 miles its is now making a "drive line whine" is what the dealers say it is and it's nothing to worry about. So that's kinda annoying. The gas tank is very annoying as well as I find myself having to hold the pump the entire time.
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Trading in
By Trading in on 01/16/08 07:55 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

We bought a 2005 XLD AWD Escape used in March '05 with 17,000 miles on it. As others have written, we have had problems filling up the gas tank. Gas nozzle keeps shutting off which drives my husband nuts. Started having problems with the brakes at about 50K. Mechanic replaced tires, rotated tires and put on new brake pads which solved the problem for only a little while. It probably needs new rotors, but at only 2 yrs old with 57K miles on it and 3 years left on the loan, we decided to trade it in for an older car with less miles that we could pay off sooner at $100 less/month. Overall though, this was a good car, preformed very well in the snow with the smart AWD but hard on gas.
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