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#2947 of 3071 Re: Escape Purchase Suggestions [mkliethe]
Sep 02, 2010 (12:50 pm)
With your budget of $12k, you have lots of choices in a small SUV not just a Ford Escape. However, if you like the Escape I would go with the 2006 model year. 2005 was the first year that the Escape came out with the "intelligent 4WD system" that is a little different then the old 2004 and earlier model system. First year anything usually tend to have a little more bugs that need to get worked out. Just my $0.02
#2948 of 3071 Re: Escape Purchase Suggestions [davicho]
Sep 02, 2010 (1:17 pm)
My 2005 awd Escape was great, better than my 2010 Escape. It had rear disk brakes, a full size spare mounted on an alloy wheel.
The awd system was the equal of the old system on my 2001 Tribute.
Threw on some Goodyear triple treds and it was better than both the tribute and the 2010 in the snow and rainy conditions. Besides there were a few times that I forgot to shut off the switchable awd button, not good!
#2949 of 3071 Re: Escape Purchase Suggestions [mkliethe]
Sep 02, 2010 (2:22 pm)
Thank you for your input. I was told early on that you should never purchase a brand new brand of vehicle because the bugs need to be worked out. My gut for 4WD was the same. I found a 2007 with a bit more miles and the same price as the other two. At least it gives me options.
What about the 'rough ride'. Is that something totally attributable to the brand of tires or is there a base 'roughness' because this is closer to a truck than a car?
#2950 of 3071 Re: Escape Purchase Suggestions [bj02176]
Sep 02, 2010 (3:27 pm)
OK, let me clarify a little bit. 2001-2004 Escape and 2005-2007 Escape have essentially the same 4WD system. Except that on 2001-2004 model years you had the freedom of turning on 4x4 through a electronic switch on the dash. 2005 and newer Escapes (even current Escapes) do not have the switch and 4WD only turns on when the computer decides it is nessesary. If 4WD is not a big deal to you then either 2005 or 2006 or even 2007 model year will be fine. My wife and I personally wanted a little more control over our 4WD system and we bought a 2004 MY Escape even though the 2005 MY Escapes were available when we bought ours.
On the rough ride...even though is not a body on frame SUV its also not a car based SUV, so it will ride a bit hard and rough ( alittle trucklike if you will). Also a point to note...Escapes (2001-2007) are not very quiet plush rides. They are very wind noisy and road noisy, specially when tires are at least 50% worn and it only gets worse as tires wear. I do hear that 2008 and newer Escapes are a little bit better as far as road noise, but I don't know if your budget can afford a current generation Escape.
Hope this helps!
#2951 of 3071 Re: Escape Purchase Suggestions [davicho]
Sep 02, 2010 (3:56 pm)
This helps more that you will ever know.
Great information and I thank you very much.
Very well said by the way....
#2952 of 3071 PCM recall
Sep 03, 2010 (10:18 am)
Hello all, I have a 2010 Escape that was recalled for the powertrain control module recalibration. The dealer had the car for the day and told me they recalibrated whatever needed to be done. Problem is, the tranny still slips. I am going to take it back to them, but wanted to know if anyone had similar issues. thanks
#2953 of 3071 Re: PCM recall [ski11]
Sep 03, 2010 (1:40 pm)
I also had it done, transmision is fine, it was fine before, except for a few rough shifts when going into gear, they seem to have disappeared. Gas mileage seems to be a bit lower though.
Do you have the rear "hoot" noise when accerating from a stop, I do.
#2954 of 3071 Re: PCM recall [bj02176]
Sep 07, 2010 (5:14 pm)
I don't have any strange noises, it just slips occasionally, sometimes hesitates, I miss the days when cars were actually mechanical.....
#2955 of 3071 When is the best time to sell my Escape?
Sep 08, 2010 (11:07 am)
I have a 2009 XLT 4WD, it was a gift given to me for my college graduation. I have always wanted to own a bmw 3 series, when I could afford it on my own. My escape is a year old and only has 7500 miles on it. I wanted to know when would be the best time to sell my escape, now or later?
#2956 of 3071 Re: When is the best time to sell my Escape? [mjm87]
Sep 08, 2010 (11:24 am)
It depends on if you owe money (making payments) on it or not. If you don't owe money then now is better then later because time only depreciates the value of your Escape. However, if you owe money on it, then depending on how much you owe, it may be better to wait to at least get what you owe on it and don't go upside down on it.