2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Duratec from North America
Not an import.. But you'll be content
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.
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