I have owned two 2009 4 cyl FWD Limited Escapes, traded one at 41K miles, last month,
and still own another with 43K miles. The only issues I have had with the vehicles is with the Fan motor, in which a resister went bad. Otherwise, I have had no issues with either vehicle. The vehicles offered me the features I wanted, with few I did not want. The acceleration, handling, braking were good enough for me. I was impressed with the gas mileages, I topped 32 MPG, door to door, with both vehicles on long trips, a number of times.
The gas mileage.
The Drum brakes in the rear are a concern to me, though I have not noticed any issues with normal braking. I would have paid the extra for disc brakes, given the choice.
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