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#2799 of 3071 90K+ Miles 2001 '01 Ford Escape XLT V6
Apr 26, 2006 (5:09 am)
Currently have 90K+ miles on the '01 Escape. Both engine and transmission seem to be holding up well. Admittedly, I haven't towed any trailers, boats, jet-skis, etc. with the Escape. I will probably start looking into purchasing another vehicle later this year. I am fluctuating on 2006 new(er) Escape, Tribute, Mariner models, or waiting until the '08 revemaped model(s) are brought-out with more powerful drivetrains. Not sure on this purchase if I want to go straight mileage or a mix of mileage and power. An E85 capable vehicle would be considered, but don't think I want to go hybrid yet though.
I'm waiting on the introduction of the '07 Chevy Trucks to see what kind of mileage they get with DoD. Currently getting about 17-City and 22-25 Hwy. on the Escape, not bad, but the mileage for the 3.0 V6 has never been anything great. On the Freestyle 3.0 mileage is better, but I thnk the tranny is geared differently for better overall mileage.
#2800 of 3071 CVT on Freestyle
Apr 26, 2006 (5:26 am)
I just realized that the Freestyle has a CVT instead of a geared tranny. It would get better mileage because CVT's are designed for efficiency and mileage improvement over regular transmissions. Teamed with the 3.0 V6 it would gain about 2-3 mpg either way and this is what the numbers show.
#2801 of 3071 Re: CVT on Freestyle [escapenut]
Apr 26, 2006 (10:14 am)
I'm getting a solid 25mpg hwy mileage at 75mph on cruise, with my highest at 27mpg when driving 65-70mph on my Freestyle.
#2802 of 3071 05 XLT - Jerky Transmission
Apr 27, 2006 (9:38 am)
Hi there ... I have a 2005 XLT 4WD. I love the truck and for the most part haven't had any major problems (yet). But it's making some weird jerky movements that I'm not certain if I should be concerned about.
When first starting the truck and moving from Park to Drive it takes what seems to me to be a long time to shift into Drive - and the truck jerks when the shift happens.
Then, once driving the truck jerks again when I step on the gas pedal. This usually occurs when driving more than 100km/h. It's almost like the truck's automatic shifting isn't keeping up with my use of the gas pedal. I keep thinking I could do a better job if it were a manual.
This could be perfectly normal - but I don't recall either of these things happening on my previous car.
Any help/advice would be appreciated!
#2803 of 3071 Re: 05 XLT - Jerky Transmission [alicia5]
Apr 27, 2006 (5:58 pm)
I have to say the delay and then a jerk from Park to drive is not normal. I would take it in. Have you checked your transmission fluid level? You may just be low on fluid..
#2804 of 3071 Re: 05 XLT - Jerky Transmission [scape2]
Apr 28, 2006 (6:46 am)
Thanks for your help!
No, I haven't checked the transmission fluid. I can try that - I hope it's that simple! However, it's been like this since I brought it home the first time and I would have expected fluid levels to be things they'd check when they first gave me the truck. (Possible wishful thinking.)
If that's not the problem, I'll bring it in.
May 14, 2006 (2:59 pm)
thinking about getting a front wheel drive escape with the 4 cylinder. I heard its a great engine. The duratec 4 cylinders are, in my oppinion, some of the smoother running fours around. I have driven a few in the focuses. Can someone tell me what i can expect as far as mpg, nvh, (in comparison to the focus or fusion) and is it going to feel peppy, again in comparison to the focus and fusion. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
May 15, 2006 (5:48 pm)
The 2.3 is made by Mazda, and yes, it is a great little engine. Far superior to the 2.0 Zetec first introduced into the Escape. It really depends on what you are going to use the vehicle for? Just a commuter? 4cyl automatic is a great choice. Sorry cannot tell you about how peppy it is, go take a test drive its free! Then let us all know what you thought...
#2807 of 3071 4 cylinder 2.3 FWD
May 16, 2006 (7:25 am)
I find the FWD 4 cylinder to be adequate but just barely. The 4 cylinder 4x4 is a total DOG.
The 6 is very peppy.
May 16, 2006 (6:20 pm)
it would probably be 4x2 auto. I will check it out this week.