2003 Ford Escape Reviews

2003 Ford Escape XLT 3.0 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Get a Liberty only if you love poor stability, gas mileage, space, and ride for a higher price

Faults:

- Brake oil hose.

General Comments:

Why there are more of those blue pieces of junk called Liberty on the roads? The Ford is smoother, quieter, more spacious, better performing, much more reliable, and better looking, while being better on gas and cheaper as used!

- Good looking American SUV; it's hard to find that today!

- Reliable, quiet, smooth, good on gas, performs decently.

- Gets around 18 city and 30 highway. It's a FWD only though.

- Fully foldable back seats, great for carrying large furniture and profane activities :)

- Cheap American plastic dashboard, but it holds itself.

- Brakes are horrible and ABS kicks in with moderate braking. It's worse in FWD models because of the uneven weight distribution.

- More stable than a Jeep Liberty, but a shopping cart is more stable than a Liberty, so it doesn't count!

It does the perfect job for everyday uses, carrying lots of stuff, giving soccer moms a false feeling of security in an SUV, etc... while AWD models perform pretty good off-road and get better mileage than all Jeeps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2013

2nd Mar 2013, 07:07

Unclear just what this review is talking about, as it keeps referring to the Jeep Liberty (which has gone out of production anyway, to be replaced by the revived Jeep Cherokee).

2nd Apr 2013, 03:34

I was referring to the double priced Liberty by everyone over the Ford. I keep seeing those ugly looking pieces of junk on the road way more than the Ford. Mechanics know about them better and more stores have parts for them, because there are more on the road and they breakdown more often. Can't find a reason for the preference. Both cars have been replaced, regardless of the name change.

2nd Apr 2013, 17:28

The Ford Escape is, of course, a very well-built and reliable vehicle far ahead of the competition. That is a given. But I feel that the now-defunct Liberty is being judged a bit harshly. First off, it cost about the same as the Escape, not "twice as much". I test drove a new one a few years ago and it was actually cheaper than the Escape. My godson owned a Liberty, and though certainly no match for Ford, it was not a bad vehicle at all and very reliable.

2003 Ford Escape XLT 3.0 liter V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

This car has been well worth what I paid

General Comments:

This is a great little car and drives very smoothly - especially considering that I bought it used with over 90k miles.

Other than oil changes, and an air filter, this car has needed nothing!

It hauls my bass boat just fine - no need for anything bigger.

Great handling, nice acceleration, good brakes...

No complaints at all!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2010

2003 Ford Escape Limited AWD 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Previous carFord F250

Summary:

Great performance and value for the price

Faults:

Peeling gold paint on the roof. After owning the vehicle for 4 years and 11 months/66000 miles (well out of warranty), I took the Escape to my dealer, and they repainted the roof, with Ford covering 50% of the cost. While 100% would have been better, I am happy to have gotten the 50% considering that the vehicle is well out of warranty.

Creaking/squeaking back hatch - The dealer fixed.

Poorly designed garage door opener holder - The dealer could have fixed correctly, but didn't.

General Comments:

Great little SUV. Good gas mileage considering engine power, off road capabilities, decent amount of room on the inside, heated seats are great, tows my 19' boat well.

Ford could have done better on the inside (i.e. door panels, dash board vents, etc.

I went offroading with one of my friends, who has a '05 Jeep Wrangler (6 inches of lift and 33's). I went everywhere he did, including submerging the Escape to the middle of the headlights, then towed his Jeep offthe trail and back to his house. The Jeep has been in and out of the shop for warranty work, for the last 4 months (never spending more than 2 weeks between shop visits). The Escape suffered a bent front license plate, and some water/mud in the fog lights (and it was a pain to clean the underside). I only wish there were a low gear sytem available, and a decent lift kit available. My friends don't laugh at the escape being "not a true 4x4" anymore. The truth is that it is not a true 4x4, but it is durable and handles a lot of abuse well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2007

6th Feb 2013, 09:01

This vehicle is not a true 4x4, and I highly doubt that it would be able to pull a Wrangler out of water or mud. It is a grocery getting, AWD vehicle, like a Subaru.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 12 reviews