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#2834 of 3071 2006 Escape Seats
Aug 21, 2006 (7:47 pm)
I have recently purchased a 2006 Escape XLT and I like everything about it except the seats. I am not a large person (5' 7" and 160 Lbs) but the driver's seat is very uncomfortable. Kind of like sitting in a vise. I traded a 2001 Mustang GT for the Escape and also am driving a 2004 Ford Focus at this time. I've never encountered car seats quite like the seats on this Escape. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I don't have 500 miles on this thing and I am thinking about getting seat cushions for it.
#2835 of 3071 All Blue Oval vehicles run on 87, regular gas
Aug 22, 2006 (10:58 am)
Yes, even the Ford GT is tuned to run on regular.
(some lincolns are tuned for premium.)
#2836 of 3071 Re: rear shocks and gas questions [xingxingliang]
Aug 23, 2006 (7:13 am)
Regular gas should be just fine in the '02 Escape. It's worked fine for me for 5+ yrs. and 96.5K miles. However, I do add a high-quality fuel system cleaner/additive every 6-8K miles. No need for premium-fuel unless you want to pay 20-30 cents more per gallon.
If your Escape has over 60-70K miles and the rear shocks have not been changed, then, they probably need to be changed-out. Same with the front struts, but you may be able to get a few thousand more miles from them. I changed my struts and shocks at about 70K miles and it has helped. I went with Monroe Sensa-Trac for the struts up front and the shocks at the rear. I don't know how 'typical' it is on Escapes as opposed to other vehicles, but all vehicles struts and shocks will have to be replaced if one plans to keep a vehicle past 100K miles. It definitely improves driveability and handling. Typically it will cost about $400.00 - $600.00 to have them replaced depending on your own ability. I changed the rears out myself (it was kind-of a hassle, but did it in ~3-hours. Make sure you have all the right tools (sockets, wrenches, etc.) before you start. I believe the rear shocks were about $40.00 a piece, with the front struts running $75.00 a piece. I had a mechanic friend help with the struts, but the labor charge would be about $300.00 for the front struts alone, plus the front-end needs an alignment once the new struts are in. All-in-all in could be as high as $700.00, but probably cheaper if you buy the parts yourself and take them to a shop. Some shops will do this and not warranty the parts, just the labor. Typically shops get the parts just above cost and add 10-20%+ for their profit for the part. This is totally legal and legit as they are in effect guaranteeing the part for you. It may come out in the wash, as consumers don't get the same pricing a shops for auto-parts.
#2837 of 3071 Re: 2006 Escape Seats [yucaipa]
Aug 25, 2006 (11:27 am)
When I got my 2002 Tribute w/leather seats, I hated them. Took a few months and they broke in, now I have taken several long trips and have no problems.
If your seats are leather, use a leather conditioner to softem them a bit.
#2838 of 3071 Gas questions.
Aug 27, 2006 (7:46 am)
Visit this web site for some food for thought about gas.
#2839 of 3071 Re: 2006 Escape Seats [normkol]
Sep 02, 2006 (2:18 am)
My seats are just regular Escape XLT cloth variety. I keep fooling with the adjustment in hopes that there is a secret comfort zone for bandy legged dwarves. So far it seems that maximum tilt forward and down gets close to tolerable. There's a lot to like about this Ford Escape but I'm really glad that my drives in it are limited to a 25 mile commute.
#2840 of 3071 We need your help!
Oct 15, 2006 (11:19 pm)
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#2841 of 3071 Transmission Ratios
Oct 16, 2006 (4:27 am)
We pick up our new 2007 Escape Limited today or early tomorrow. Does anyone know the transmission ratios for the automatic in this vehicle? Haven't been able to find the ratios as yet.
#2842 of 3071 Re: Transmission Ratios [bdyment]
Oct 16, 2006 (3:59 pm)
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SPECIFICATIONS
Make/Type Ford (4-Speed Automatic Overdrive) (CD4E)(1)
Ratios (to 1):
4th — OD 0.698
Lubricant Capacity (pt.) 18.5 (12.3 Without Torque Converter)
Helical Gears All
Converter Size & Type 9.25″ Lockup
1. Includes auxiliary oil cooler.
#2843 of 3071 Re: Transmission Ratios [mschmal]
Oct 16, 2006 (6:37 pm)
Thanks. Just what I needed.