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#1 of 21 2001 Escape mileage/longevity
Sep 25, 2007 (9:45 am)
I've got a 2001 Ford Escape, which I love. It just turned over 100,000. I'd like to hang on to the car for another two years. But I haven't found any reliable information about what the average "life expectancy" (or should that be "mileage expectancy"?) for my this model year.
So, if you've got a Ford Escape, please share your model year and current mileage. Thanks!
#2 of 21 Re: 2001 Escape mileage/longevity [picklespoon]
Sep 27, 2007 (7:19 am)
Although you pose a dificult question,the answer to which will vary based on how you have maintained the little bugger, I can give you the results of my experiences w/2001 Escapes which were/are still in use and running all over the mountains,forests and strip mines in PA. Having worked as a public servant for many years(retired '05),and having been supplied with Jeep Cherokees as the vehicle of choice for mountain and mine rambling, we were provided new Escapes in 2001, amidst loud objections all around. Noone wanted these little sissy car-utes with the strange links hanging low off the rear axle. Some were sure the vehicle wouldn't last beyond the initial foray offroad. Well, long long story short, it's now fall 2007,and six years later none of the Escapes is out of service, some have well over 100,000 miles. These miles are HARD miles with a lot of idling,spinning,slogging through mud and rocks,climbing ridiculous grades,you name it. Of course, maintenance was good to excellent, and there were a few problems with wear items,but I can't think of a tougher trial for these vehicles. You should have no problem with 200,000 miles IF you keep up with fluid changes and Take it to a mechanic for a going over every 25,000. Hope this little story helps you make up your mind. Sounds like you got the new-car bug. Look at it this way- even if you'd have to replace the trans or replace a suspension part,it'll still be way cheaper than payments for 2 years on a new one. Squash that new-car bug...You could get a lemon.
#3 of 21 Re: 2001 Escape mileage/longevity [picklespoon]
Sep 27, 2007 (7:43 am)
By the way,I forgot to tell you that upon my long overdue retirement from the Government Meatgrinder, My family and I (mostly I) traded both our cars- a Dodge Durango and a Dodge Neon- for two Ford Escapes. Not a sorry minute so far. Good Luck with yours.
#4 of 21 Re: 2001 Escape mileage/longevity [olcrank]
Sep 28, 2007 (2:34 pm)
Olcrank: Thanks so much for the reply. My Escape has been maintained pretty well (regular oil changes, filters, etc.), though I would not say the maintenance has been on par with the Escapes you have in the fleet you mention. Most of its wear is city/highway commute to work (not too stressful). My only concern is that we use the Escape for family trips (two boys) and sometimes tow a camper (very small/light), and I just hate the idea of getting stuck somewhere in the middle of the night or in the middle of no where. But I guess a new car doesn't guarantee that either! The new car bug has bit me, but I'm fighting it because we're contemplating a huge expense soon (my husband's MBA), and I'd rather NOT have a car payment in addition to tuition. Thanks, again, for the story, which is helpful!
#5 of 21 My 2001 Escape
Oct 12, 2007 (6:27 pm)
Well, I just had to say good-bye to my 2001 Escape. She had 114,000 miles on her and still looked new. My neighbor just came up to me thinking I got a new truck. But my Escape is no more. It was struck by another car that ran a red light. I couldn't stop in time and well, the Escape collided pretty hard with a Neon. The driver of the other car was very lucky since I hit the front part of their car. My air bags deployed and with the damage to the front end, the insurance company declared the truck totalled.
I had the problems of the early models, it stalled on me three times but I took the truck back the dealer and they fixed the stalling issue and it never stalled again. I changed my rotors every 40,000 miles. Considering my Mom had to change her Honda's rotors every 20,000, the 40,000 didn't seem so bad. I had the left front control arm replaced a while back. The chook control motor was replaced a couple of months ago. Other than regular maintenance, my Escape was pretty dependable.
I will definitely miss the ride of the truck. I was going to replace her with an 08 but went with a larger Taurus X.
Good luck everyone with their 2001 Escapes. And farwell to my old friend as well...
#6 of 21 Re: 2001 Escape mileage/longevity [picklespoon]
Oct 14, 2007 (8:48 am)
I have a 2001 Ford Escape and I have about 85,000 miles on it, and I have had a terrible time with my Escape for the past 7 months. I just paid it off and was hoping to hold on to it for a couple more years, but it looks like that's not going to happen. My car goes in to the shop about once a month, gets "fixed" and then 2 weeks later, something else is wrong with it. The Ford Dealer tells me they can't see anything wrong that is affecting the drivability of my vehicle- yet just last night, we were driving down the street and the car lost total power and died. We eventually got it restarted and made it home, but it keeps leaving me in dangerous posititions. We figured if we have to keep spending $500 a month to repair it, we may as well pay half that for a new vehicle that won't leave us stranded. I hope you have better luck with your Escape then I'm having with mine.
#7 of 21 Re: 2001 Escape mileage/longevity [junebugg]
Oct 25, 2007 (10:21 am)
My 2001 has 100+ but has had it share of problems. Mother boards, master cylinders, switches (constant switch problems, even now)...but over all..I love my pod and hope to hang on to it for a while longer. Most of my issues were covered under warranty (issues started early) or recall, so I've always felt like with all that has been fixed, it was a new vehicle all over again
#8 of 21 Re: 2001 Escape mileage/longevity [picklespoon]
Nov 15, 2007 (7:36 am)
I own a 2002 Escape XLS with 160,400 miles. Only in the last month have I had any engine or driveability issues.
#9 of 21 Steering noise
Jan 25, 2008 (9:18 pm)
I have a 2001 Escape with 74,000 miles. When I turn the steering wheel I can hear a noise like it needs to be lubricatedl. Where do I lubricate it or what can I do to correct this problem.
#10 of 21 Steering Noise
Jan 25, 2008 (9:43 pm)
I have a 2001 Escape with 74,000 miles and I am hearing noise from inside when I turn the steering wheel at slow speeds or in a parking lot. Are there any lubrication points I need to apply oil or grease.