2005 Ford Escape XLT 4WD 3.0 V6 from North America
4WD system worked flawlessly in NY snow and slush
1) Front brake rotors would warp every 75-85k miles.
2) Front sway bar mounts needed replacing at 120k miles.
3) Alternator died at 175k miles.
4) Motor mount replaced at 195k miles.
5) A/C died at 210k miles.
I had been transferred from the deep south to upstate NY. My new boss suggested I get an SUV with 4WD. Found a 2005 Ford Escape XLT with 7,500 miles (belonged to the dealer's girlfriend). The 4WD system worked flawlessly in the snow and slush, never got stuck!! Plenty of room for 5 persons and camping gear strapped to the top, and would climb mountain dirt roads with no issues.
Gas mileage of 20-21 MPG due to 4WD, automatic, and the V6 engine. Very reliable. Please note issues 3 thru 5 are due to age and high mileage, not quality issues.
The only reason I sold the car was I retired and moved back south. To fix the A/C was more than the car was worth at 220,000 miles. Also, the tin worm (rust) was coming to the surface due to the heavy use of salt on NY roads.
So impressed with vehicle, I bought a 2012 Ford Escape with V6 as a replacement.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st October, 2016