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2006 Ford Escape SUV

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By disneychick8
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2006 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought a 2006 Ford Escape brand new which is now paid off and I now have spent an additional almost 1/3 of the purchase price on repairs. At first, it ran great other than loud road noise when driving down the highway (like air was leaking in somewhere) At 38,000 miles (yep, just off warranty) the #6 piston fell apart in the engine, At around 50,000 miles, the Throttle Body needed to be replaced due to the gas pedal was sticking. Now at 68,000 miles, just this morning, I lost my brakes after dropping my kids at school. One brake line busted and two more are leaking. On the interior, the tubing seal around the passenger side door is falling off and the truck is starting to rust.


Suggested Improvements

Higher Quality brake lines


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A nice small SUV
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By mjs
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2006 Ford Escape SUV XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought used with 40k on the clock and have put 30k trouble free miles on it so far. Get 25 mpg in every day driving with the 4 cyl. I owned an '03 6 cyl and could only manage 19 mpg. Tires do not wear well and get very noisy. Rotate them often! Seat fabric is awful and stains easily. But it drives nice and is very versatile.


Favorite Features

Light and nimble SUV with great gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Tire wear and seat fabric.


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Ford Escape 2006 Sad Situation
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By lisa
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2006 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Buy one as long as you don't mind putting up 4k for a new transmission at 40k miles over the 36/36m and out of warranty. No help from Ford Motor and the dealer orig purchased from is closed.. so out of luck? sad situation Always loved and took good care of the car then in the high speed lane Boston traffic. just died and now have a 4k in repair bill thanks Ford!


Favorite Features

loved the car, hate the bill after a short ride.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission warranty


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By Luke
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2006 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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First off, this car was a mistake. Many problems, and they just reoccurred over and over again. Not worth the Money. It lost half its value since i bought it. let me start with the problems. 1. The radio has gone bad 3 times. 2. The windows make a horrible racket. 3. The Engine Dry starts. (had normal maintenance.)4. The transmissions are junk. After talking to my mechanic, he said that he has replaced a ton of them. they go bad very quickly, and the starting price for a rebuilt one if 3k. so now i have a money pit, sitting in another state, worth half what i owe, and i cannot even fix it. Great Idea Ford. I DO NOT recommend this vehicle unless u pay 5k or less for it.


Favorite Features

The sound system when it worked sounded great, 6 disc changer, nice speakers also. Ride comfort is so-so. If you buy this car, make it a later model, i guess they tried to fix the tranny, but it still breaks, just not as often.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the Radio, Transmission, Engine, Windows, Lower Ball joints and Bushings(Have to buy the whole lower control arm), And you would have a descent car. Gas mileage is about 20mpg, i've seen better.


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An OK buy..
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By cappecan
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2006 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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The only reason I bought the Escape is because the Escape is one of the best selling mid-sized SUV's on the market. There are many differnt models to choose from, including an AWD hybrid model which is amazing if you ask me. If I am correct, Ford holds the title of introducing the first AWD hybrid model, and they have done a good job of upholding that title. The Escape is perfect for throwing all kinds of stuff into it from 5 average adults, to ski and snowboards on the roof racks, and a few kids inside. The only bad thing I can say about this SUV is the build quality. The parts are cheaply made and break quickly over time. Ford needs to fix this, or the Escape will die off as we know it.


Favorite Features

The intelligent AWD system is actually much better than I expected. The Escape handles very well in the snow, and isn't too big like the traditional SUV. Kudos to Ford for incorporating 4 wheel independant suspension. This feature is good for more comort in driving, and off road use. However ground clearance is lower due to the size of the Escape, so don't go crawling rocks with it. But overall, the Escape is a very good investment.


Suggested Improvements

If Ford is building their 2013-2014 line-up with the same universal generic parts, they have a hard road ahead of them. The Escape needs much more comfortable seats, and the AWD model should also be avilable in on-demand 4WD. The seats are as hard as rock. The lumbard support is terrible, and after a short time, driving it is very uncomfortable. Since the newer models have full painted bodies, I don't need to mention the plastic body panels. Over time they crack and fall apart. Replacements are very pricy, and are difficult to remove. Have an AUX jack standard as well as bluetooth.


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