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Great little SUV
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Kelly Lelito
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2004 Ford Escape XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This is the best car I have owned to date- I loved it.


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Good to go
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By David M Decker
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2004 Ford Escape XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought this sweet heart with 120k and have put another 50K on in the last 2 years. 4x4 easy to handle and shift. We live in Alaska atop the hillside in Anchorage. and have some pretty icy roads and rough weather. I can leave town and trust my bride, daughter and her baby will be safe in our trusted little rig. Tracks and climbs like one of the big boys, pretty reasonable on the fuel, though if your not towing anything and don't live at altitude you might consider the 4 cyl. The 6 is good but not needed most of the time. A delight to drive. Lost the Transmission and had to replace it, but found on out of a wreck, (crap shoot I know but 20K miles later it's doing fine.) Keep those fluids changed and topped off or you'll pay the same price, these rigs like to eat their trannys if you don't keep up the service. One of the most popular and trusted rigs in Alaska for family and general cross state travel.


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Not bad but not great
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By johnny127
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2004 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Only have about 98K, but the body is starting to rust out. I've seen Escapes much newer than mine with similar corrosion problems. Engine has been reliable (aside from several coil packs requiring replacement), but it gulps fuel. Transmission has been reliable and shifts well. If we drove longer distances, we would add a separate transmission cooler due to problems others have reported. Car is peppy and feels sporty. Well weighted steering. Upholstery shows stains like there's no tomorrow. The 4 wheel drive is not the best, even when the part time 4x4 mode is selected.


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If you don't live in the rust belt, aren't that concerned about gas mileage or 4x4 prowess (forget driving in deep snow),, get it.


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Repaced a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Cherokee
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By kz4zzz
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2004 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Had the 2001 Jeep since 2003 and I really liked it ! Drove that Jeep for 10 years... Found the 2004 Escape a great replacement. New jeeps are now junk and are over priced. The 2004 Escape looks a tad smaller and has a few features the Jeep should have had. The 2004 Escape I found was solid and very quiet and had only 52,000 miles and was garage kept. New 16" tires, new battery, very well maintained. it was better than new! He got the new car bugs out of it for me and I paid $15,000 less than his retail price.


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16 wheels/tires, tinted glass, hidden spare tire, shorter wheel base, split rear seat for loading long items and still having 3rd person sitting in rear


Worst Features

Larger gas tank, key entry on Passengers door, and in the rear entry.


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Catalytic Converter Fail
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By daveinvirginia
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2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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At 90,000 miles, all THREE catalytic converters failed.
Happened to be when the auto companies were having probs so parts makers were scaling down causing us to have to wait 3 months for one of the parts.
Three months in the shop and $3,600 to get it fixed.
During this, our parts guy was told by Ford that it's normal for the CC's to fail at about 90K miles.
Of course this also happened a month before we were planning on taking a camping trip with a couple of friends.
Wound up using our Ranger w/trailer and friends bringing their car instead of all of us fitting in the Escape plus trailer.


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