2004 Ford Escape Consumer Review: A lemon right off the lot

2004 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L V6 4x4 4-speed Automatic)

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A lemon right off the lot
By John on


2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


I bought a new, left over 2004 Escape. Within two hours of leaving the dealer the accelerator would not release and I found myself going 85 mph on the highway with the speed increasing. I managed to put it into neutral and pull over to the side with the engine racing. A tow truck was called and took me and the car back to the dealer. I found out Ford Motor Company had recalled 2002 through 2004 Escapes to fix accelerator problems, but my dealer had failed to fix it before selling it to me. He is claiming ice build up was the problem, not the accelerator cable. Either way, a car that dangerous should not be on the road.

Best Features

I liked the exterior styling and interior color choices.

Worst Features

Make one that won't kill me.
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