Great Value for a cheap second hand 4wd
Purchased mine off an Ebay auction for $900 and it had obviously been sitting for a while, did most of the work myself (ex apprentice mechanic), and got her going again, small hiccups but she's all sorted now and running strong with just over 200,000kms on the clock.
Word of advice if buying second hand, make sure it has been serviced regularly and has had the spark plugs and coils replaced, mine was running like as sick dog till I did the coils and plugs, another benefit of that has been fuel economy which everyone with the 3.0 V6 complain...s about, also pays to replace all fluids and throw in some HD brake pads. Also keep in mind these are the same as the Mazda Tribute so parts are interchangeable and cheap, plus many of the bits are Japanese. So far I'm happy with mine, it's great for towing my motorbikes (has a 1600kg rated tow bar on mine), and good for going off-road on gravel tracks and I will keep maintaining it and driving it til the wheels fall off the thing!
I picked up our demo model diesel Escape Trend a couple of days ago so this review is just first impressions. As a trade in we had 2013 ASX diesel which I have reviewed previously, the Escape has mighty big shoes to fill as the ASX was one of the better vehicles I've owned.
On paper the Escape has loads of torque, 400nm to be precise, it also has an 1800 kg tow rating with a 180 kg TDL; so, this vehicle works perfect for us as the vehicle will be used to tow our Jayco penguin CT. The 400nm of torque is certainly evident as soon as you...drive off, the Escape has loads of power. Steering is somewhat lighter than the ASX, the seats are firm but comfortable and with lumbar support for the driver should prove excellent for longish drives. Gear selection is via a push button knob, a little annoying at first but you quickly get used to it. Paddle shifters on the wheel are a great addition making gear changes, when needed, easier than having to fool with the gear knob. Gears are spaced out well and changes occur at fairly low revs meaning the escape 'should' return good fuel consumption figures, the dash readout indicating 7.7 LP100 and 750 odd klm per tank. These figures are nowhere near Fords figures, but that's a given from vehicle manufacturers. I would expect better figures than this, we haven't quite finished off a tank yet, so time will tell. Road and engine noise are very low making the cabin a pleasant place to be, the radio volume can be kept down and neither harsh road surfaces nor spirited driving drown out the radio. The on board computer systems are quite complex allowing controls for most everything to be adjusted, so that's a plus. What's not a plus is the owners manual, many instructions for adjustments simply aren't available and I had to search on my PC for the answers. For example turning on voice guidance for navigation can only be done by voice, and when using voice guidance for the GPS, it simply doesn't understand a lot of words. As with many GPS systems, it seems to operate better with female voices. Still learning here so I'm sure there are plenty more surprises to come. Luggage space behind the rear seats is surprisingly limited for a car of this size, despite being quite a bit larger than our previous ASX it has the same floor space, only the depth of the space is greater. There is a space under the floor beneath the drivers seat which holds the car's manuals nicely, the centre console is quite deep and has a removable bin as well as twin USB ports - great for charging mobiles or playing recorded music. Directly in front resides two cup holders, a cover is provided to slide over the top making it a reasonable size, flat, usable space. The gear lever occupies all the space between there and the dash with just a handbrake switch, coin dish and DC socket in front. All four doors have pockets with detents for drink containers and the glove box is a deep rather shallow affair. On the road the Escape didn't disapoint, it is well mannered, very receptive to both acceleration and braking. All controls fall easily to hand, including cruise, radio and instrument controls on the steering wheel.
The vehicles suspension is so soft and seems like the power of the engine is so little. The sound deadening of the vehicle was good but still the ride comfort was not too good i hope they make a better suspension on the next model so people would feel safe riding on the newer model
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.
Ano t her useless and costly vehicle to mai tain. Far from being a 4 wheel drive.
One costlly unreliable SUV. Another dud frFprd. Fordneeds to come up with a cheap and reliable hybrid car. It is hard to ac ess the spark plugs at the rear ofthe engine the manifold hastocome off whichis an expensive affair. Fueleconomy is poor. Parts are expensive and hard to get. Avoid buying them escapes.
Would be a good car if it was reliable
My review after owning this vehicle (now sitting in some paddock somewhere after a lot of major components breaking)
- 3.0L V6 has some balls too it. Nearly as much power as a 3.8L Commodore at 150Kw ;). Automatic gearbox holds it back heaps though.
- As its a petrol SUV it chews through fuel (~12L/100km in town)
- Lots of room in cabin
- Auto Gearbox is extremely clunky and unreliable. They break often. The transmission in mine needed replacement at ~165 000km and is the main reason its now sitting in that paddock.
Great hire car... Not one issue. 1500km.
Great small 4WD for the outback trip, the escape didn't miss a beat. Not one issue. Decent interior, felt of good enough quality, and so did the exterior. Enough room in the back, and a good drive, however not the most comfortable on gravel, maybe this had something to do with the tires. Would recommend.
Happy that I've Owned One
Thirsty on fuel, not very good on fuel consumption.
I've got 2006 model 2.3L 4cyl XLT ZC
I recommend you do a major service at 100,000 klm.
Reliable vehicle, I had no minor or major issues.
No regrets at all. Yes, I would buy one again, new 2017 model onwards.
Don't touch it. Never driven in diff lock mode or offroad yet gone thorugh 2 gear boxes, 5 alternators and replaced the exhaust mainfold. Dealer's charge $5K+ for a new g/b, but have found out that if you take it a spealist they can repair it for $2200. Am about to buy a Rav4 to get away from this horror
unreliable, very thirsty
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,
Very Good car
Have had our escape since new 2004 Wife drives on dirt road everyday The only problem we have is replace tie rod ends and warped manifold (driving in water) and getting hit by Kangaroos We also have put camber adjusting bolts on to correct camber . Wife loves the car even with column shift.
Tip when going up hills take out of overdrive Much better for gearbox and motor
Plenty of Grunt Plenty of ground Clearance
Dont use internal accessory wiring for fridge Get higher resistance wire put in Easy takes about an hour
- Escape BA/ZB
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Perfect mum car
I call this beast my toy-wheel-drive. She's black, she looks fierce and she gets the attention at the family get togethers.
I like sitting up high, the ride is smooth, the cabin is quiet until you hit the highway. If the roof racks are off it's more quiet. There's heaps of room for shopping bags, kids stuff, leg room in the back.
She's almost ten years old now and starting to age, sadly. There's only minor issues starting to show, the only major one was the alternator dying. It will be sad when it comes to trading her in but I'm going...to replace her with the latest Escape model. I just hope the new 4 cylinders are as good. The car feels safe and in a world of ever changing car bodies, the Escape seems to hold it's own. I bought this car having seen the exact one in the car park at a kids play gym. It was love at first sight and I asked the mother who was piling up the kids and prams etc into it all about the car. Funny enough, just this year, I was approached by a female outside my kids school asking about the car. So as I said, it seems to be a timeless machine. I haven't seen too many on the second hand market which I've been told is good.
had my brand new hot red escape for 3 weeks. goes well on highway & off road. everyone who sees it say it looks so good!!!!
i compared all the small suvs on the market & for the 28k that i paid i have an absolute bargain!
the only feature it has not got is the esc but having just returned from holiday, it handled beautifully on all types of roads
price,looks, features, finish
I sadly drowned mine...
I upgraded from an echo as i was mving to outback qld for work, so I bought my escape second hand three months ago with just over 105000kms on it, I drove from Vic to Qld, drove really well, and I loved it. A bit undecided about what gear to be in when the cruise control was on but over all really easy to drive, and to park, even in crazy NSW with reverse angle parking!
But I drove through a patch of water over the road after some heavy rains in the way home from work and before I knew it the engine had stalled and that was that. A bit if ...
Very good. The only new car we have ever bought with minor faults
Had the escape xlt v6 for 10 years since new and it has been great to own with no major problems.it is really a highway vehicle not really a good 4wd.do not rely on your ford dealer for fair prices on service or parts get parts on line and try to service it yourself.checking on the net after the engine light came on at 55,000 kms it is a common problem around the world especially in the usa where they have a lot more of them on the road.it is easily and cheaply fixed but not at the ford dealers who charge like wounded bulls.i bought an error co...de reader from amazon in the usa for $58.00 dollars and it hooks up to every type of motor car computer and tells you what the problem is. I fixed the problem for $178 and not as ford quoted $985.it was only a sensor for anti pollution egr valve. Reliable Very expensive to service if you rely on the ford dealers
My husband and I have a 2003 XLS and recently sold it as he got a company car. We took this car on the beach on several occassions and it was fantastic. It was easy to drive around the city and not too big for day to day use. A great size for a small family. We lost alot of money on this car when we sold it, Fords dont hold their value well. Probably a great car to pick up second hand!
Great sized 4x4, great on the beach, easy to drive.
decline in value quickly
This is the best little /big car I have had in the past 20 years, considering we were used to having a new car every 6 months. While it is not the most powerful car I have ever had (it is just a 4 cyl car after all) it is a perfect fit for our needs. The dual airbags were a selling feature for me and I feel happy about driving my family around in it. Having the option of switching from 2WD to 4WD means that it is unlikely that I will ever get stuck in the mud again. This car has a good image and we are pleased to be seen driving it around.
Is quite a functional car, but simply not worth the price
Handling is excellent, plenty of space internally
unattractive externally, low fuel usage, hard to accelerate
Great vehicle to drive Good value for money Can park under carparks with roof racks on Big functional rear storage area
Escape XLT: Nicely appointed roomy interior,great exterior finish,smooth driving expierence
brake rotors have deep grooves at 3000km ( only driven on tar )
cruise control intermittentlt turns off
motor hesitates at low speed when accelerating
I have a 2004 Escape Limited, and its been a terrific vehicle. I bought it in August 2004, and it hasn't caused me any issues or problems - have never needed to make a call on the warranty. Its definitely a well built quality all-rounder.
Its got simple to use controls (ie..you dont have to be a brain surgeon or electronic engineer to work it out ..), which are in easy reach of the driver and front passenger. The gear stalk mounted on the steering column isn't so bad once you get used to it - and it actually saves space from the centre consol....
Questions & Answers
does the Ford Escape 2009 have a clock on the dashboard or on the radio I can't find one
2016 Ford Escape: 45,000 km.
Muffler needs to be replaced. Just over 3 years old. Out of warranty for exhaust system. Will cost $700 to $1,000 to replace.
Anyone have problems with muffler so early on Escapes?
Has anyone experienced one or more cracked windscreens in the Escape?
My escape was 3 weeks old. I have had 2 massive cracks in a matter of weeks. The first one occured and there were no windscreens in the country. When I was driving back from it finally being replaced i got another small chip that turned into a 50cm crack across my windscreen.
I have had 2 cars previous with not one chip now two stone chips turning into cracks across my windscreen in a matter of days. So very interested to see if someone else has the same problem?
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