2006 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
We purchased our 2006 Ford escape XLT V6 as my 1st car. Everyone knows how your 1st car is under layers of rose colored shades, i was like that for the 1st year. about 5 months of driving it one of the rear shock absorbers split, so we repaired that, no biggie. In the beginning of 2016, i felt a loss of power in my escape and it was making funny noises, turns out the 3 catalytic converters got clogged. I don't know if that is an issue a lot of these older fords have but it sure was an issue with my car. so we fixed her and leaving the repair shop, i felt like she didn't have any power, and struggled to get over 45mph. I didn't want to complain about this since we had just spent a butt ton of money on the car, and i was not in the mood to throw more money at this car. well turns out after getting my brother to inspect it, my exhaust was screwed up and had a leak. When we got the car, it was straight piped, but we bought a stock exhaust system because even though it made a beautiful sound, it was very loud and above the sound laws in our city. so to hear my new system was busted was the turning point of my love for this car. While in the shop, it turns out my transmission gave out, so we had to purchase a re-build tranny. Just a reminder this was all in a 2-3 month span. after o got the car back she was like brand new. it was amazing. she accelerated perfectly, the shifts were smooth and flawless. Sure, the MPG was horrendous, but i had nothing else to do but wait for the right time to buy a new car. around the middle of July i started hearing a rattle in my engine. At this point i was just tired of repairs and was planning on buying a new car in the middle of august. So why am i writing this review? I decided on sharing to the world the complete unreliability of this product of ford to the world after last night, August 15th, 2016. I was driving home, and the route to my house has a huge hill. I noticed i lost a bit of power, so i pulled over to check everything. I pondered if i should try to drive home, or camp out where i was. I decided to try and head home. It made some of the worst sounds i have ever heard any car make. I eventually made it home. we are fixing, and then selling this escape as soon as possible. I am never buying a ford ever again.
3.0 liter V-6 engine is underpowered on hills and when loaded on hills. The 3.0 liter V-6 is known to fail; keep oil full and do not let it overheat. Rides rough, a good mark of a FWD, rides smooth when fully loaded, but then tends to feel top heavy. I love mine, warts and all.
Its very reliable I can say damn good on gas I've grown to love my escape and I don't want another vehicle out there! I replaced the transmission in 2014 which cost me $2000... I was told that the 06 ford escape was the best engine ford has built and yep 5 years strong soon to be 10years old at almost 170,000 miles miner repairs here and there I've learned how to do them myself!