2003 Ford Escape XLT 6 cylinder from North America
Economical and functional vehicle for varying climate and terrain
Paint peeling on lift-gate at glass corners and on rear quarter panels where bottom edge of cargo glass meets body panel.
Paint began peeling several weeks prior to scheduled appointment for annual inspection (at time of appointment paint was only peeling on lift-gate - has since spread to side panels). We requested the service department examine the paint problem and advise on warranty and/or Ford's position on repair. We were informed the peeling paint is not covered under warranty and not covered by Ford. The estimate to repaint the lift-gate only was just shy of $500.00 USD.
Excellent vehicle for varied terrain and climate prone to weather with snow and ice, i.e. Central Pennsylvania. Definitely not an "SUV" or off-road vehicle though.
Excellent fuel economy and agile - drives and handles like a car/vehicle with lower center of gravity.
Very poor materials both interior and exterior.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th October, 2007