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I must have bought a lemon
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By Mark
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2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my 2005 Escape XLT 3 years ago and it has cost me more money in repairs than any vehicle I have ever owned. Since I have owned it I have had to replace the alternator, (the car just died while I was at a stop light), tie rods, ball joints, brakes (normal wear though), and the latest is my back end went totally out. This means I have had to replace the rear axle, differential, and trailer bushings (whatever those are). All to the tune of $2,300.00 which brings my total repairs total to about $6,000.00 not including oil changes. I really like to vehicle but I have to get rid of it.


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Best Car I've Ever Had
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Claire Kuhn
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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Over 222000 miles and 12 years old,...and could do more. I could have better combined mileage if I didn't drive fast on the highway. I think I still get around 32-34 in the city, but if you do 80 on the highway it more like 10-13 mpg. Have some rust though and it's getting to that point when I think I'd like a new car. Unfortunately, I haven't been impressed with what's out there now and so I just bought same car only with only 90k miles. My old car was just as smooth as new ones after all these years and gets better gas mileage!


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RUST! RUST! RUST!
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By Lee
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2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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This model of Ford the escape was not sealed properly on the rear passenger side. At 100,000 miles the rear wheel well and shock mount was rusted through to the interior!! If buying this vehicle have that thoroughly inspected and put a rust sealant on the bottom of the vehicle, the wheel wells and hinder good of car as my good also has a huge use HOLE in it. Repairs were $1,100-$5,000. Not worth the risk of you're depending on this vehicle to last you at least five years. Invest in a newer model where they have fixed this issue. Or stray away from Ford all together!!!


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Rusty SUV, But Good
57 of 58 people found this review helpful
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By jfohl
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2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this SUV last winter with 100k miles on it. Took it to my mechanic to get all the filters, fluids changed, who found rust holes in rear passenger inner wheelwell that compromised the strut and safety of vehicle. Fixed that, and took all the plastic cladding off exposing more rust than I've ever seen. Driven 20k miles and no real mechanical problems except the exhaust needs replaced. Very simple interior compared to new vehicles. AWD system is excellent. I get 20mpg. 3.0 engine may have been powerful 10 years ago, but its relatively slow compared to today's SUV standards. These are great deals if you are looking for an AWD vehicle.


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I like the box styling and simple interior layout. The leather interior cleans up nicely. It drives like a car but you feel like you're in a truck. The AWD is automatic and gave me no problems driving through several snowstorms. Its pretty compact and easy to park. Mechanics are familiar with them so repairs are cheaper compared to other makes.


Worst Features

Address the rust issues. Its everywhere on these vehicles. If you ignore the rust, you will have huge problems. The rear seats are a pain to fold down and back up. If I was buying a used Escape again I would avoid 2005 models because of the known wheel well defect. If its not fixed early, it can be a very expensive fix.


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Rust Issues
27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By alexm80
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2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought a 2005 Ford Escape off of craigslist knowing full well that it came with rust issues. At the time we bought it, the rust looked to be only cosmetic. But about after about 10 months, the rear right wheel well began to rust through and then rust away. Some of inner portion of the wheel well was gone and you could see the material used to line the inside of the vehicle. As a result, the rear right shock was barely hanging on and every time you hit a bump just right, there was a very loud popping sound coming from the area. Quotes to fix it were between $700 and $1600.


Best Features

Previous owners installed a DVD player, but it kinda messed up the electrical system and the lights the were supposed to light up when the headlights were turned on, no longer did.


Worst Features

Rust was an issue, so I suggest a material/treatment that can with stand tough Wisconsin winters and salted roads.


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