2005 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Run away fast!

2005 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (2.3L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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2 of 5 people found this review helpful
Run away fast!
By Forditaboutit on


2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


I had this car for only two years. It developed a problem with the spark plugs that caused it to die (momentarily) when I hit 70. A thousand dollars later, that was fixed. Then the transmission went. Two thousand dollars later, that was fixed. Then, just last week, a piston rod broke free and destroyed the engine. This car was less than five years old, and had less than 100,000 miles on it. Never again. I am done trying to support the domestic auto industry. I don't expect much from a car. But I certainly expect more than the Escape provided.

Best Features

Everything about this vehicle is pretty well put together, except the engine. Too bad that is such an important part, as I loved the car.

Worst Features

Either provide a standard warranty that covers the bad workmanship of the engine, or FIX THE DESIGN OF THE ENGINE. The Ford mechanic who pronounced mine dead said that he saw one Escape throw a rod inside the first 500 miles on the road, and that wrecked engines under 50,000 were not too uncommon.
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