2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Duratec from North America

Summary:

Not an import.. But you'll be content

Faults:

Occasional long starts (always had Hondas and I knew what it would do).

Cold weather makes the gas station pumps confused, because the nozzle clicks and clicks and clicks... Warmer weather no prob...

A coil pack failed in the truck, causing the truck to buck and shutter, was repaired and no return..

That's the worst I have to report really.

There are some minor things that have nothing to do with the truck's reliability, like seats wearing (I can see the seat frame through the seat fabric) and mouldings around the door frames have to be tucked back into place every so often.

General Comments:

Seriously, I love it. The 3L Duratec is peppy, but it comes at a price.. It will be thirsty if you are aggressive, but that 6cyl will do more excitement than a 4 cyl comparable of its class. I am sure that a CR-V or a RAV-4 is a better choice when it comes to durability and fit and finish, however I do enjoy merging without embarrassment.

I think the Escape is the right size. I bought it used, so therefore the price was very attractive. The auto 4x4 works quite well, probably similar to the real time on the Honda, but the 6 is nice on the highway.

Another thing to get used to LOL, call me nuts. I have a Canadian one, so the speedo is in km/h. My tach is 0-2-4-6-8 and the speedo is 0-40-80-120-160...

Anyhow... The price was right, so was the equipment, yes I would buy it again..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2010

2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0 Duratec V6 from North America

Summary:

OK, but would rather have something different

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Steering wheel sits too low, and doesn't tilt only 2 inches from top to bottom. It's because the pivot point is down lower in the steering column, instead of it being near the steering wheel itself.

Also the throttle is touchy when taking off.

Other than that, it's transportation.

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

Review Date: 7th February, 2010

2005 Ford Escape 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Super value, perfect reliability for 100,000 miles

Faults:

It has had absolutely no repairs over 101,000 miles.

May now need wheel bearings. Replaced original tires at 101,000 miles. The most reliable car I have ever owned.

General Comments:

Incredibly reliable, and excellent highway mileage; over 30 mpg with typical 75 mph speed. The car is not fancy, but suits my height (6'4") well, and performs well in Illinois weather and road conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2008

2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L from North America

Summary:

A pleasant surprise - Help me radio volume, Please!

Faults:

Driver's side door ajar warning light came on after its first bath; stayed on for 3 hours then just disappeared...

The radio base/volume/treble keeping drifting in and out, producing the most annoying sound to any CD played on it...AS MY ONLY PERSONAL SENSE OF FREEDOM is encountered when I am driving, can anyone please offer a resolution to the sound problem - PLEASE !!!!!

The front end sounds like the brake shoes are on too tight, and continuously wearing away at the rotors...

Produces enough brake dust on the front tires to totally cover the whitewall lettering on the tires.....gave up on attempting to keep them clean....

After 1 month of ownership, I had to replace the Alternator; with less than 75,000 km....

Makes a grinding sound when shifted into reverse....really scared about that....

General Comments:

I went from a 1999 Jeep TJ in above average, excellent condition, to the Ford Escape. Although I regretted selling my trouble-free, mint Jeep, I was pleasantly surprised to jump into this roomier, quieter, more comfortable SUV.

That being said, I am still nervous driving a Ford product, as I once owned a Mustang that developed transmission problems after 75,000 km; so I'm treating this vehicle like I treated my Jeep. I'm hopeful it will return the loyalty.

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

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

8th Nov 2009, 22:38

Hey... I know all about it. I have the same issue with my 05 XLT... Here is the solution. I found the "MACH" 6 disc from a limited Escape at my local salvage yard, the stereo shop around the corner will know how to hook it up... Just change the stereo.

3rd Nov 2012, 11:48

I replaced the stereo with an aftermarket one. Made the world of a difference. It is louder, clearer, and in my opinion, it looks better.