2004 Ford Escape from North America
Great car, terrible transmission and bad service quality
Transmission dies at 40k miles.
I loved my ford Escape... for the first 40k miles. Then the transmission died. Despite the fact that it was under the 3-year waranty, and just above the warranty on miles, Ford made no effort to help with the costs. They would not repair the transmission, only replace it with a "factory refurbished" transmission at a cost of $3700. I have only owned Fords for the last 25 years. I'll never buy another one, and am trading this one in for a BMW as soon as it's repaired.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th February, 2007
3rd Feb 2009, 10:00
BMW is a nightmare for parts and labour. As you will find out if you do trade. Get a Toyota or a Honda and save yourself the grief.
11th Mar 2009, 10:05
Lol, yeah if you're worried about parts and labor on a FORD, then you're in for a real treat when you purchase your BMW.
17th Jun 2010, 22:00
Buy a Honda or Toyota, hello people - let's get it together and start buying American cars instead of these terrible imports. And for the record, the reliability is no better on the imports, ever.
22nd Oct 2010, 10:43
I own a Honda that was built in Marysville, Ohio and a Toyota Tacoma pickup that was built in Normal, Illinois. They are American vehicles.
8th Nov 2010, 17:50
Last time I checked, Honda and Toyota are not based in the United states the money goes overseas. Those are foreign cars.
10th Sep 2011, 22:54
My 04 Ford Escape has gone 435k with no problems with the power train or transmission. My last vehicle was a Voyager, which needed 4 transmissions (I drove it 450k). The Escape has been the best vehicle I've ever owned... and I plan to buy a new one.
29th Jul 2018, 13:58
Did you ever check your trans fluid level? Most don’t as they have a sealed plug under the vehicle. If you went to a fast lube as an example, they don’t check it as they said it was sealed. I went to the dealer and had checked and topped up when necessary. I had one trans flush in 204,000 miles in a Ford Edge 6 cylinder (similar with more HP). My fluid was black still, no issues, but glad I caught in time. I do not like sealed plug trans and really the dipstick. If you think you will save money on a newer BMW on repairs, think again.