2005 Ford Escape V6 from North America


Best Vehicle I Ever Owned


I've never had a single problem with this car.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I've ever owned. It has a powerful 6-cylinder engine and a smooth ride. I've taken it on a number of long-distance trips, hundred of miles at a time, and its performance has always impressed me. Get the dealer's extended warranty package and if possible a service package. I got all of the recommended servicings done on time, and never came out of pocket for issues that cropped up. I would buy this car again and again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2007

2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3L Duratec I-4 from North America


Good value, simple, no frills, but with some annoying details


Gas Pedal gets stuck at closed throttle position occasionally. Its not totally jammed, but does not depress at lighter inputs. Took into the dealer once, they oiled it. Problem came back about a week or so later.

-VERY annoying. I see it almost as a safety problem. I'm going again to the dealership soon to have them look deeper in to this.

Hand brake, loosens. Taken into dealer twice. Both times the brake went from going about 6 inches up to about 3. Then after use, it would slowly creep back up.

General Comments:

This is our family daily runner car. It was bought to replace a totalled 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I believe it was a dealer demo car left over from the previous model year and we got it for several thousands under MSRP. The This is almost the 'bare bones' version, excluding auto tranny, cruise control. The exterior is honestly not half bad, in IMHO, looks better than most of the compact SUVs out there, and is the best looking out of the Escape/Tribute/Mariner family. The cabin is not disappointing, however for plastic nuts, it may be too cheap. There is also some poor fits between the panels and the most glaring one is the uneven fit of the Ford logo in the steering wheel.

The oil changes are relatively easy to do personally, so we do all of this at home... This is a lot cheaper than the dealerships.

The engine is the 2.3 litre Duratec, the same one used in the Focus and Mazda 3. Its perfectly fine in the city, and for normal highway conditions, but lacks the torque, especially with the sloggy auto box to make smooth passings, and feels sluggish in mountain roads. (I drove it through the I-5 corridor in South Oregon/Northern California.) I personally don't enjoy the horrid noise it makes when reving at more than 4k. But it may not be a problem for others.

The steering feels decent, and actually quite responsive. Handling is OK for a SUV, but body roll and rattles/creaking is apparent when going through a turn a tad faster than 'sedate.' On a run from Portland, OR to Los Angeles County, the long distances proved that the seats were a bit stiff and more than one rear end was sore at each rest stop. Wind noise is noticeable and drowns out most radio at highway speeds. The automatic cabin lights are a nice touch, and the utility of this car is great.

The dealerships in our area are generally good about handling little things like the accelerator, and recalls. We also had good experiences with them and our 2000 Expedition.

We don't pay that much attention to gas mileage, so I don't have information on that...

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

Review Date: 21st April, 2007

27th Jan 2009, 19:12

I have had my Escape for almost two years. I like it so far, except that the gas pedal gets stuck a little sometimes; no big deal. Love it so far.

2005 Ford Escape from North America


It's a lemon


Gas pedal... stuck on tipping point 2 weeks after I bought the car. Transmision just went at 29,500 miles... thank God I got the extended warranty. I'm thinking about selling the car, though. I don't want a problem car like this.

General Comments:

Do not buy a Ford. They are not reliable.

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

Review Date: 8th March, 2007

20th Dec 2013, 16:14

Your statement "Don't buy a Ford" makes no sense. You are basing your statement it seems on one problem with one vehicle it appears. That is definitely not a fair assessment or sample. Most of the other reviews are positive about the car company and the Escape itself, as is Consumer Reports. Judging upon one car and one experience does not make sense.