Provides above average utility and value
Brakes - replaced rear at 47000.
Heater blower/fan motor - mechanic showed me the Ford circular (not a recall) on water damage causing fan motor failure (shorting out). Fix requires a Ford manufactured shield to divert rain from fan motor. Apparently only 2001 model is affected. Fairly expensive (>$300) to repair.
Recall for potential front spring failure (I experienced no problem)
2001 incentive was free leather seats - nice, but slightly impractical for a "utility" car (dogs, kids, etc)
Traction control and ABS handle New England weather.
Decent gas mileage and performance.
Lots of wind noise over 80 mph.
Poor resale value - buy one to keep forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th March, 2005