2005 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Ford Escape - Skip this one
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2005 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L V6 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Ford Escape - Skip this one
By gomar on

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

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Our Ford Escape is the least reliable new car we've ever owned (we've bought plenty new). It has been back at the dealer at least once a month on average since we bought it. It is been repaired more often than my old Subaru. Not all of it is Ford's fault - it started with the Firestone tire fiasco. There have been no life threatening failures, but the car has continuous problems.

Best Features

The car is comfortable and drives pretty well. It's not fun to drive the way a Jeep is, but is similar to the newer wave of pseudo-SUVs that are out there. The AWD is ok, but not great. It takes a second to lock in if you start to slide. That's typical of most AWD systems though.

Worst Features

Quality improvement is the biggest thing needed - at least with ours. I would also like a stiffer ride to help improve handling.
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