Its very reliable I can say damn good on gas I've grown to love my escape and I don't want another vehicle out there! I replaced the transmission in 2014 which cost me $2000... I was told that the 06 ford escape was the best engine ford has built and yep 5 years strong soon to be 10years old at almost 170,000 miles miner repairs here and there I've learned how to do them myself!
2006 Ford Escape SUV XLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
My goodness people, I won't ever get rid of this SUV. Cali and the Mojave desert several times, 206,000 miles and still strong. I feel like its a member of my family. You cannot go wrong. Meat and potatoes, but so reliable you just cannot go wrong. I do not want a new one. Ill just get a factory engine and transmission replacement.....if it ever so happens I need it. It will probably outlast my body. lol.
I absolutely love my Escape! I Bought it a year ago with 140k and it has honestly been the most reliable car I've ever had! It now has 175k and is a champ, the 3.0L engine really sips gas for a V6! It runs like it's brand new still.
The V6 engine is very peppy! It gets up and goes when you need it to! Don't let the FWD fool ya either, It's pulled out of mud ruts with no issues! Right now I use it for commuting back and fourth to college and I honestly could not of made a better choice.
I know the Escape has a lot of bad reviews...it's basic maintenance and you will be fine. I use synthetic oil every 3k, I get my transmission fluid changed every 20k because of its age. Love my Escape!!!
The 6 disc CD changer is amazing, not to mention the speakers. I love the fact that it's amazing on gas, because no 4X4. Fog lights make for amazing vision! I also really like the tire pressure light. Saved my life several times! The rims are amazing quality and shine up like new everytime. The flat folding seats are also a really handy feature!
The only thing I can complain about is the ABS Tone Rings....they are junk and are a complete waste of money to fix. My breaks work just fine without them, if not better! I have to deal with the ABS light but no big deal. The black bumpers can be annoying to keep from fading, plus the wheel well is known for rust so cover your wheel wells with the matching black trim! Call Ford, or eBay has them really cheap too (for a budget) :)
2006 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I bought a used Escape with just under 70000 KM on it.
In two and a half years the vehicle required 5 brake calipers, one O2 sensor, a front flex pipe, 2 emergency brake cables, 2 wheel hubs, 6 rotors, 12 brake pads, 3 oil seals, 2 U-joints, 3 lower control arms, 2 sway bar links, 1 serpentine belt, 1 battery, 2 half-shafts and 2 sway bar bushings.
When it worked it was great, but 95% of the time there was something wrong with it. It cost me about as much in repairs and parts as it did to buy it in the first place.
I took a huge loss to get rid of it but it was worth it.
It has been replaced by a 2009 Santa Fe which is a far, far superior vehicle.
The rear end of the vehicle...
Seeing it drive away after I sold it.
The engine was pretty smooth and reasonably powerful, though.
It was about the only part of the vehicle that had no major issues.
Durability should have been better.
The vehicle aged terribly and rusted like it was nobody's business.
Harsh transmission as well.
This car is amazing. I've driven a few SUVs, but this one takes the cake. I love it. It has been a very reliable car for me and my family for the last 5 years, and it's still going.
Gas is OK for an SUV, but it's an SUV...I wouldnt expect amazing mileage. I've had no problems with it, no repairs needed other than a turn signal bulb. It has 123K miles on it. Spark plugs are due but that's it. It is very solid, very nicely designed, no complaints at all.
As far as the negative reviews go, there can be a lot of situations leading to the problems (Previous rental, poor care, etc.) I have had none of these problems, inspect your car before you buy.
Thank you Ford!