2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5 from North America
Cheap SUV; but that cheapness will become apparent after around 50,000km
Front tie bars had to be replaced at 47000km.
Front anti sway bars had to be replaced at 50,000km.
Front brake discs & pads replaced at 50,000km.
Well equipped SUV for the price, and optional Microsoft based SYNC system was great. Heated leather seats, sunroof, keyless entry, alloy wheels etc, though to me as a European, it made no sense whatsoever to have all that expensive kit on it and put brake drums on the rear. I haven't seen a new car with brake drums in Europe for 15-20 years, yet here in N. America they're still used. WHY???
Luckily for me, the Escape was a company vehicle so repairs didn't cost be a bean, but I would have been extremely unhappy to have to replace the worn out tie bars & anti sway bars etc after such a short distance, and Ford refused to cover them under warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd December, 2010