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.
Leather interior, power seats, windows and roof.
Gas mileage is horrible. I'm lucky if I get 15 miles to the gallon. "AWD all the time".