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Overall a nice little SUV
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Gpowers
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2005 Ford Escape SUV Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This is the wife's car, not mine. We had it since new. Dislikes, no power passenger seat, no compass or outside temp display, Uncomfortable seats everywhere except driver. Bad design on heated seats switch placement and function (can't see light, no temperature control, turns on accidentally) , poor placement of cruise on switch(on steering wheel, accidentally gets turned off), noisy tires at road speed. V6 gets buzzy when in second and delivers less than stellar mileage (19 City, 21 Hwy). Great vehicle in snow and reliable as a rock. Wife loves it. I'm not as impressed. I hope Ford addressed these issues in future versions. Only problem was front brakes at 39K which is maintenance.


Best Features

AWD, V6, nice optional stereo, air bags & curtains, high driving position, Great visibility, Excellent roadability other than noisy at speed.


Worst Features

Make heated seats temp adjustable and put switch on dash or in console. Fix noisy tires. Add power to passenger's seat. Make back seats more comfortable. Add the compass and outside temp gauge like any other SUV's top model


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Don't bother with the base 4 cylinder
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By bsumorgan
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2005 Ford Escape SUV XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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I got a job where I needed to carry stuff for work and I also needed to haul our small family around in the winter. The ford escape seemed like a perfect fit. It drove well enough, but the 4 cylinder is just plain lethargic. At low gears it's all right, but in second and third, well, you had better not be making emergency maneuvers. The arm rests are hard and unforgiving. I didn't like the position of the seats relative to the floor. The 4WD, however, was FANTASTIC! I could drive like a complete idiot on snow and ice, and it didn't matter. Ford AWD is much better than the AWD that I had in the Saturn Vue I bought after owning this. My advice: get the nicer trim level with the 6 cyl and 4wd.


Best Features

4wd


Worst Features

Sound system is pretty poor on the base model. Mileage was disappointing with the 4cyl. Why bother with it?


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Nice truck
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By SUVguy
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2005 Ford Escape SUV XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought my escape in October of 04 with 13,000 miles on it. Thus far only one major repair which was the ignition module around 40,000 miles. Other than that just normal wear and tear (water pump, serpentine belt etc). Overall very pleased with the performance and reliability. Just hit the 110,000 mile mark.


Best Features

Leather interior, power seats, windows and roof.


Worst Features

Gas mileage is horrible. I'm lucky if I get 15 miles to the gallon. "AWD all the time".


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Bad Plugs
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Bill
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2005 Ford Escape SUV XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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For the first five years car has been great. Not happy with interior. Upholstery wearing out much to soon. What really steams me is that at 38000 miles the plugs, coils and power module have just gone out. With this mileage I can't believe it. I have been a loyal Ford BUT!


Best Features

My wife drives it more than I. But when I do I like th turning radius and the ease when it comes to parking.


Worst Features

Better upholstery


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Very Dependable!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Fred Reno
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2005 Ford Escape SUV XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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165,600 miles with original brakes, shocks, clutch, and battery. This has been the most dependable car I have ever owned.....it drives as good as the day I bought it.


Best Features

Easy to remove back bottom seats. Nice clearance from the road. Generous back seat room. A very functional vehicle!


Worst Features

My only complaint is that the noise level is unpleasant at highway speeds. If you are on the highway very much you may want to consider ear plugs. Otherwise I love the my Escape!


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