2003 Ford Escape XLS
Might have been great when new
Too many repairs to name. I spent 3 times what I paid for it in repairs. Just to name a few:
Hatch lock, had to disable the daytime running lights because the wiring went bad, struts, brakes, engine has been leaking oil despite changing 3 different seals in an attempt to fix it, transmission has a slow leak which I was advised to leave alone lest I open up Pandora's box, and, as of today, the frame is now cracked in half despite bringing it in 2 years ago for a recall and supposed fix to prevent exactly that problem.
Good job Ford.
I bought this used, so who knows what the original owner did or did not do to it. Every oil change came with an additional repair.
It handles amazingly well for a SUV, and turns as sharply as any car. The ride's a little rough, but typical of a SUV.
Gas mileage was about what I expected at about 5-600kms/tank, on the highway. Winter tires noticeably tank this mileage.
It was rusting when I got it, but it was pretty solid overall, especially for its age. I travel 1400km round trips a few times a year and have bad shoulders etc., so I can say with confidence that this is actually a pretty comfortable vehicle. Lots of head and leg room, and the seats aren't too hard.
Lots of storage in the center console, too. The cargo area at the back is pretty pathetic. My old Corolla had just as much room in the trunk. I'd expect a SUV to do better than a car for storage, but this failed. The bench seat doesn't fold all the way down and only kind of bends. That is super annoying when you have a long object that you don't want aimed at your head all the way home.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th June, 2017