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Update... After owning this SUV for 5 years, I would buy another in a minute! I have the oil and other services done as recommended in the manual, and have had NO service issues. Got 67,000 miles out of the OEM General tires, and other than replacing the battery at 36 months, and both taillights after my wife and I "customized" them by backing into things we shouldn't have, I haven't had to spend a dime (now 75,000 miles) on repairs. Brakes still work fine (we do a lot of highway driving, so the brakes don't get too much of a workout). Interior for the most part is still fine (but the radio won't play .mp3's any more - just regular .cda audio discs). Transmission, cruise control, lights, windows, locks, A/C, heater all still work fine. But the best part is: this thing is a MISSLE! I regularly use an additive with every fill-up (fuel injector cleaner or octane booster from the dollar store) and good regular-grade gas from the corner gas station. If you slowly roll into the gas pedal when leaving a dead stop, the 2.3L 4-cylinder engine will reward me with ludicrous accelleration every time! In addition to the visits from Our Blessed Mother Of Accelleration, it gets a steady 25 MPG (25 city, 25 hwy @ 70 MPH) if not driven in Rally mode. So - the key to happiness with a Ford Escape? Do the recommended maintenance, when recommended, and ignore what Ford says in the owner's manual, and use Gumout or some other fuel system cleaner regularly.Report it
Still Lovin' It. Over seven years into owning my Escape, and it's still a GREAT vehicle. Almost through the second set of tires (Bridgestone SE200's), and all I've had to replace is the rear shocks (done in my garage with some help from my friends), and at 103,000 miles, the timing belt, water pump, and belt tensioner pulley (motor threw the belt because the water pump had play in the drive shaft, and pulley had rounded over the edges, making it easier for the belt to slip off. Replaced battery again, in warranty so it was about half-price.I do regular oil changes and maint., get 25 MPG on highway. Original brakes still good. Air cond. still blows cold, but may need service sometime this year (takes a while to get cold). Soon it will need new spark plugs, timing belt, brakes, and power steering and transmission services. Bad? Radio had to go - eventually wouldn't even play audio CD's. Much happier with aftermarket replacement. Bottom line? These would make a great used car as long as the previous owner kept up with maintenance.Report it
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