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.
I have a 2004 Escape with about 87,000 miles on it.
It has always been a good car for me and its going on 9 years.
I had to replace the front axil due to the gear that drives the anti lock brakes cracking.
This repair was $350 which was not bad in my eyes.
I do routine oil changes and have had all the other fluids changed once, including the brake fluid.
I am a firm believer that if you want a car to last you need to put some money into them.
I expect I will need to replace the spark plugs and serpentine belts in about a year.
I drain the transimission fluid from the drian plag every couple of years and so far so good with the tranny.
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.
My 2004 Escape WAS a trooper even with 2WD and without ABS it drove well all through the year.
The V6 powers the car well and the RPMs can really rev up to give you a big boost past 70mph for 2-lane and highway passing.
5 hour drives were no problem, AC/Heater worked well always.
I paid $9000 for it in 2007 with 60K on the engine, I put on another 70K and began having engine issues.
An airhose needed to be replaced but even after that was done the RPMs would drop to 500 and it would feel close to stalling out, sometimes it did.
Even with normal maintenance the rod and bearings seized meaning I needed a new engine.
This, after $700 for new front suspension (at 131K not bad).
Bought this vehicle new in Oct. 2003. No trade in got a good deal from the dealership. Car has been one of the best we ever had for the money. 202,000 miles and still running strong. I change my own oil, every 5,000 miles w/Motorcraft oil and filter and the 3.0 V-6 never uses any oil, average 1/2 qt. in 5,000 miles. Very happy with the car. Went out and bought another new one hope it is as good as the 2004 has been. Got 26MPG highway with Continental tires, went on the cheap with Cooper tires last set never again. Tires are loud, ride rough had them balanced twice, plus MPG DROPPED 2 MPG stay away from Cooper tires.