I was given an Escape as a company vehicle, this way the maintenance problems do not affect my wallet directly. I would never contemplate buying a vehicle like this for myself. See the Pro's/Contra's below. During the first 30K the following had gone wrong: - Some electrical problem that they wouldn't disclose to me ... it manifested itself in battery discharging unexpectedly - One of the struts, supporting the tailgate, broke in half - The brake disks had to be re-machined - Another funny electrical problem (interior lights wouldn't go off automatically) - 12V outlet fell out of the console!
Fairly powerful engine. Smooth ride. High driver's position. No powertrain problems in 85K miles (touch wood). Relatively quiet interior.
What is a 4-speed gearbox doing in 21st century? In places, workmanship is from the "Found On the Road Dead" (aka "Fix Or Repair Daily") jokes. The exterior is really bland, un-elegant and old- fashioned. The upholstery quality is below expectations, never mind the color.
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