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Would buy another one!
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By kwilliams
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2004 Ford Escape SUV Limited Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my Escape for convenience. My kids getting their own cars I didn't need a van anymore. Wanted to down size my car. This Escape was a one owner and seldom driven. I have had only usual stuff done. I have never had it to fail in starting or going where I need to go, either on the highway or in a hay field! Dependable and good on gas! 24 hwy and alittle less city. Good buy for me! Sun roof does hesitate to open or close sometime.


Best Features

Roomy, outside looks small compared to the inside! Can haul a lot of stuff! Fun to drive. Sun roof and 6 cd player.


Worst Features

Less noise inside and out. Button in front for hatch to open.


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My 2004 Ford Escape
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By Tracie
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2004 Ford Escape SUV XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I have had virtually no problems with my Escape in the 4 years that I have owned it. It handles beautifully and has a powerful 4.0L V6 engine, just like new. Good brakes, fun to drive! My only complaint is the gas mileage I get 15 city 18 hwy, much less then what the sticker showed. My husband's 5.3L V8 gets 17 hwy, sad. The only problem I have had is that the airbag light came on just 3 days ago and it has been on since. If it doesn't go off soon I will take it in to the dealership to see what's going on. I love my Escape and plan to drive it for many years to come, might even buy another one some day. It has changed my outlook on Fords.


Best Features

Powerful engine, handles great, sharp looking exterior, love the interior, especially the seats, mine are two- toned black and grey. Large cargo area for hauling things, performs well in all types of terrain.


Worst Features

Hydroplanes a little in wet weather, poor gas mileage!


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Ford Escape
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By J. Jolly
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2004 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I purchased my Escape used in June 2007 with just over 44 K miles on it. I have put 20,000 problem free miles on it since then. It has just required regular maintance. I'm impressed with the overall quailty and versatility of this SUV. Powerful engine, carlike handling and brakes are selling points. Handles great in bad weather (snow, ice,and rain). I feel safe in this automobile. Mine is equipped with side airbags. I would highly recommend the Escape to anyone looking for a small SUV.


Best Features

Sunroof, leather seats, and 6-disc CD changer.


Worst Features

Gas mileage, I get around 18 MPG in town and maybe 25 MPG highway. Stereo buttons on steering wheel would be a nice touch.


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Another Escape with transmission problem
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By Ruth
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2004 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I leased my 2004 Escape brand new from a dealer where I worked. All service work required on the SUV was performed. I like the fact I could get to work in bad weather and feel totally comfortable driving my Escape in the snow. At 60 years old, I take care of my cars, I don't off road, and I drive carefully. Had I known the transmissions in the Escape only last 50,000 miles, I would not have purchased my lease vehicle.


Best Features

Handling in snow. Interior space.


Worst Features

Build the Escape with more reliable parts. When you compare the sell price of the Escape to its durability, you are not getting your moneys worth. My next vehilce will have a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, or I'll buy a Korean throw away car!


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Escape XLS 2.0 in TX
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By Dave
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2004 Ford Escape SUV XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Pros: Surprisingly good grip around curves, nice interior design, reliable, cruise control function and nice exterior visual appeal. Cons: The clutch is grippie cold and improves at warmup; doors speakers buzz; too much road noise, and stiff clutch action.


Best Features

Road handling, interior design and layout, attractive exterior, and sits up higher than cars.


Worst Features

An improvement in road noise, mpg, clutch performance and door speakers are needed.


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