2003 Ford Escape XLT 3.0 liter V6 from North America


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


Great performance and value for the price


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.

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.

General Comments:

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

2003 Ford Escape XLS V6 from North America


I purchased a 2003 Escape in June 2003. It is one of the gold colored ones. It has only 17,000 miles on it.

The paint has just begun to peel off of the rear tailgate close to the window. There is no primer below, just metal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th August, 2007

13th Mar 2011, 20:34

The same thing happened with mine. Same color of paint. Chipping started in back by hatch, passenger side. Now is peeling in sheets off of the top, no primer underneath. Awful! I have seen this on several others in the same year.

I called Ford, they told me it was the harsh environmental conditions in my area that was causing the paint to peel (I live in Missouri). I took it to a paint shop and was told that it was definitely a factory defect.