2003 Ford Escape XLS 3.0 from North America
Failed to start in extreme cold weather. 2 occasions (Despite block heater... dealer could not diagnose problem, says it was not plugged in. It was!)
Radio reception poor. (Replaced)
Bottle of water leaked on front seat and left huge stain. (1 month old)
Both glass support struts on rear lift gate fell off. (1st @ 2 weeks, 2nd @ 15 months.)
Exterior molding at base of wheel well fell off.
Water leaks into vehicle through rear glass liftgate.
Rattles over rough road. Dealer can't find problem.
Lots of power.
Handles well on dry pavement.
Sharp looking SUV
If our vehicle is any indication, there are serious fit/finish quality control issues.
Rear seat fold-down design is awkward.
With 2WD version, driving on rutted snow packed roads is flat out dangerous. The vehicle has a tendency do random 180 degree spins while traveling at low speed. (<30kph)
We don't plan to hold onto this vehicle beyond it's warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd March, 2004
15th Jun 2005, 02:43
My Escape leaks through the rear glass tailgate too, probably need some new seals.
16th Jun 2005, 05:10
Sounds like your having troubles with your Vehicle however I don't see a water stain on the seat to be a defect most cars will stain if water is spilt on it.
18th Jan 2006, 11:46
I have a 2003 ford escape xls. It has 70000 miles on it. It has ran very good its whole life, and has more than enough power. Best handling SUV around. It is AWD 4x4 and gets 25 in city. It's not a hybrid. It looks good and drives good.
12th Nov 2010, 10:39
Random spins? Are you kidding me? So, you could just be driving on a regular road on a regular day.. then... it just spins out of control! WOW.. Is that an issue with the vehicle or the driver!?!?
A water stain on the seat.. oh no.. I really should look out for that.