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2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
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.
Smart AWD, cargo area in back - perfect for our dog, roof rack, 6-disc in dash CD changer, feels solid and safe to drive. Will definitely miss the versatility of an SUV.
Filling up the gas tank takes forever and is frustrating, doesn't get the greatest gas mileage, not very comfortable on long trips over 2 hours.