2001 Ford Escape XLS 2.0 4 cylinder Mazda from North America
Pleasantly surprised by this Mazda built Ford
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I was not sure what I wanted when I started searching for a used car.
My options were a Toyota FJ Cruiser, 4runner, Dodge Dakota, Ram, Challenger, Chevy Shortbox, Subaru Impreza, or a Ford Ranger.
I had not even considered an Escape at first.
After 3 or 4 weeks of searching I came across my 01 Escape. With the Mazda built, made in Japan, 4 cylinder 5 speed drivetrain it caught my attention.
I had a B2200 years ago and a 626 years before that.
I stopped buying Mazda vehicles after Ford took them over in 1994. I found out the 4cyl Ford Escape had a Japanese made engine and that helped me decide to buy it.
My previous car, which I still have, is a 97 Honda Civic Hatchback. I tend to stick with cars that I can drive cheaply as far as fuel mileage.
My 01 Escape only costs me about $5 more per week to get to work Mon-Fri. My Civic costs $20 per week and my Escape costs $25 per week. I didn't realize they even made an economical SUV anymore. The Escape is even better on fuel than either my old 89 4runner or 92 4runner, both of which had the 22re / 5 speed. I never really thought my 22re 4runners were that great on fuel. The only other option I knew about was the Suzuki Tracker or Samurai. Which have no room and are more suited to use as a street legal ATV and not as a daily driver.
This 01 Ford Escape has surpassed all expectations. It is better on fuel than a 22re 4runner and has as much room as anything this cheap to drive.
I am not a Ford fan, but this is actually Japanese built where it counts. That is my opinion. I was a mechanic by trade for over 12 years and I avoid badly designed cars completely. I drive a front end loader garbage truck now as mechanics is something I enjoy on projects more. Doing the same brake jobs and computer scans over and over is just not the same as working on a weekend project for enjoyment.
I'm happily surprised by the 4cyl/5spd 2wd Ford Escape. I am thankful I did not skip over it just because it has Ford badges. I have only had 3 Ford trucks in the past. A 88 ext cab F150 4x4, a 1974 ext cab longbox 2wd, and a 1972 reg cab dump box. All of which I was not as happy with as I have been with other vehicles I have owned.
This 01 Escape has changed my mind about my experiences with Fords. It's great!
Probably has a lot to do with the fact it is actually a Mazda underneath. Although even the Ford built parts of the vehicle are quite nice. It was always the drivetrain I didn't like in the past on other Fords I owned.
I also had a 79 fullsize Bronco 4x4 on my acreage, but it constantly was breaking down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th April, 2016