- Escape ZD (2008-2012)
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Feels great to drive, looks amazing, a bit of a fuel guzzler, needs bluetooth
We bought this vehicle second hand in Oct 2017. It had 9100 kays on the clock and still had a new car smell. We were told that an elderly couple owned it and had just driven it to the shops and church. We had a 1.8L stationwagon previous and were really surprised at how much more fuel it uses. It's meant to run at 10.5c/L but can run at 12c/L if using aircon and cruise control. It does hit the 10.5c/L if country driving - def not around the city. Vehicle feels great to drive. We paid $1100 and installed a bluetooth Apple Car Play system. There ...was a basic stereo in there which really minimised the luxury feel of the car. Reasonable boot space but smaller than a wagon. We also got the windows tinted so it's quite a nice ride after our minimal upgrades. Oh, that's right, the rear left hand door keeps jamming. It wouldn't open from the inside or the outside so that mechanic had an interesting time in fixing it. This first happened two months into ownership. And again at 5 months. This is a safety hazard.
Ugly, cheap and reliable
The car is ugly and slightly under-powered as nearly all SUVs with 2.0-2.5L naturally aspirated engines.
I bought it new in 2011 for $27 000 which offset a 10 years old design. 4wd SUV developed by Mazda-Ford (they shared platforms in 1985-2005) for $27 000 was a good deal. Just remember that it was produced since 2000 and it was not a cheap car in 2001-2005 so the design is pretty rugged as it had to compete with RAV4 and CR-V in 2001-2006 and was a best selling small SUV in the USA for the first two years of production until Toyota and Ho...nda updated their range. Mine has done 85 000 km with zero problems, except a discharged battery which was mostly my fault, if you start the engine and the heater "forget" the last settings and blows a warm air on the windscreen - the battery is going to die, change it. The Ford Duratec / Mazda L4 engine is one of the most reliable in the industry and cheap to service, runs on any fuel, all you need is to change oil every 10 000 kms and replace spark plugs every 70 000 km. You can service engine yourself, nothing hard. I never heard this engine had excessive oil burning, mine doesn't require to top oil between changes. The weak point is the old 4 gears transmission. This is the old Mazda transmission you can find on Mazda 626. It probably develops some problems after 150 000 kms and is unlikely to survive beyond 250 000 kms.
my wife and i have owned this car for 4 mths,it does have some flaws but overall we r very happy.we just returned from a trip to dunns swamp and climbed up to gospers mountain,following a 2004 nissan x-trail.some of the climbs were very steep and rocky but the escape tackled every thing with ease with vertually no tyre spin. the x-xtrail even though fitted with real off road tyres,did do it tougher on the climbs but of course left the escape for dead in the wet clay.the owner of the x-trail had his doubts, but after seeing the escape climb hill...s he was very impressed especially considering the tyres.for the price it hard to go past the escape, u can get better but you will pay for it.the escape is one of the best suv`s in it`s price range on the market. Good on fuel,very comfortable inside,high equipment level as standard,great off road capabilities,high ground clearance,very affordable,handles ok on bituman. headlights lack penetration,foglamps should be yellow,slightly underpowered,the cars sills are vunerable to stonechips and lack proper protection(i fitted side steps),tyres offer zero traction on wet clay surfaces,
Questions & Answers
does the Ford Escape 2009 have a clock on the dashboard or on the radio I can't find one
Looking at a second hand 2010 model Escape. Was wondering if people who own one would recommend them.
Not sure what you're budget is, however from experience I can recommend the Subaru Forester over this Ford Escape. They are similar sized vehicles, however you will be pleased with the Foresters agility, safety and quality. They are fantastic and very popular SUVs.
Let me know your thoughts happy to help,
Hi Daniel. The one I'm looking at is about 11k on road with 54000 km. That's about my max budget.
I prefer the subaru, i own a Liberty, but to much for me for similar year and kilometers.
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