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#9 of 29 Wanted to buy Ford Escape
Jul 26, 2009 (12:08 pm)
We tried to buy a 2009 Ford Escape XLT with the V-6 and front wheel drive. We liked the smaller size. It was a fast vehicle and got good gas mileage for the horsepower and had a smooth highway ride. We also appreciated the 1,000 pound payload. We also test drove the Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner. We did several test drives and kept the Escape over the weekend. The XLT had the options we wanted without having to buy options we didnít.
The seats were uncomfortable, shaped wrong and hard. The XLT fabric was rough and hard. The leather seats had the same uncomfortable, hard seats underneath the leather.
Heading north in the early mid-summer afternoon, there is a blinding glare on both sides of the glass in front of the instruments on the instrument panel. This is because the shade over the instruments is round when it should be rectangular and wider (like earlier models). The slant of the glass in front of the instruments may also have something to do with the glare. The silver trim ring that goes around the radio and up on the dash glares in the windshield. After all these years, Ford should know not to put bright trim on top of the dashboard. We didnít like the modular dashboard either. It looked too patchwork.
The glove box is barely bigger than the ownerís manual and there isnít much storage space elsewhere. The headrests on the backseat are removable, but block visibility if not removed. The bottom of the rear window needs to be lower to improve visibility. Itís hard to see out of the rear at night because of the dark, tinted windows.
If you push on the Ford emblem in the middle of the grill, the entire front endógrill, bumper and everything else flops around like a big piece of loose cardboard. The skirt under the rear bumper does the same thing. Although this doesnít affect the performance, it doesnít give the impression of being a quality vehicle.
We didnít like the flip & fold rear seats. We would prefer that they fold completely flat like the rest of the competition. A selling point for us would have been for the front passenger seat to fold down flat to haul long objects.
We would prefer disc brakes instead of drum brakes on the rear like most of the competition.
We told the car salesman what we didnít like about this vehicle, but Iím sure this information didnít go any further. The salesmen we talked to knew their products and were polite & nice, but they wanted to sell cars and they can only sell the cars Ford makes. So, thereís not anything they can do about the problems. Unfortunately, car dealers try to sell the cars they want to sell, not the cars the public wants.
My first impression was that Ford had not test driven this line of SUVs before selling it to the public, but the Escape has been around for about 10 years. Solving the problems with this vehicle would not take a model change and the problems are fairly simple and incredibly obvious.
We really wanted to buy a Ford Escape. The salesman really wanted to sell us a Ford Escape. The government is trying to help Ford sell cars with their ďcash for clunkersĒ program. The Ford employees at the assembly plant installed everything the way it was designed to be installed. The people at Ford that got 40 more horsepower out of their V6 with the same gas mileage and a smooth highway ride were trying to sell us a car. The person at Ford in charge of approving the interior design of the Escape let Ford down. Ford let us down and Ford has also let the United States down when they let poor design go out the factory door. And I am very mad at Ford for spoiling an otherwise good SUV with its poor interior design.
Our list of issues may not seem so major, but they were deciding factors for us. It was a relief to sit in a Hyundai Santa Fe SEís comfortable seats, without glare, with good visibility, a well designed interior and a much better warranty for the same price. Such a relief that we bought it!
#10 of 29 Re: Wanted to buy Ford Escape [dave251]
Jul 27, 2009 (6:34 am)
We have had our 2009 Escape Limited V6 since Sept. 08. Overall we find this a very satisfying vehicle. Something must have been missing from the grill on your test vehicle. Ours is solid. Our seats are leather and are quite comfortable, much better than the 07 Escape we owned. Two complaints: The instruments are difficult to read under certain lighting conditions and I wish there was a manual pick up for 2nd and 3rd gears on the transmission.
The vehicle is annoying when going up grades, It always wants to default to the most economical gear, almost lugging the engine. The only way to overcome this is to give it more gas. It will change back and forth many times on a grade.
Hope Ford rectifies this in 2010.
However, I tested a lot of SUVs before buying and the Escape was the best overall fit for us.
Hope your new purchase works out for you in the years to come.
#11 of 29 Re: Highly Recommended [secutanudu]
Aug 02, 2009 (1:10 pm)
Manhattan Ford Lincoln Mercury
#13 of 29 Considering buying a 2004 Escape Limited Edition with 107,000 Mi
Sep 08, 2010 (5:05 pm)
I am new to this forum. I am considering buying a 2004 Escape, Limited Edition. It is is excellent condition, but I am worried if the motor and transmission will last. Does anyone own a high mileage Escape and how does it run?
#15 of 29 I wouldn't purchase an Escape for any reason
Sep 22, 2010 (9:35 am)
I wouldn't purchase a Ford Escape if it was the only way to reach the promised land after the Tribulation.
I come from a family of Ford Fanatics. My first "car" was a Ford F-150 Lariat that my Daddy bought me for graduation. Mustangs, Escorts, Explorers and Expeditions were what my family drove.
My husband (at my insistence) bought a 2001 Escape XLT off the lot.
My best friend bought a 2007 Escape (I didn't know or I would have performed an intervention)
My brother had a 2005 Escape for about 2 weeks, new off the lot. Thank goodness for Lemon Laws.
Friends from work own and hate their Escapes years 2005-2010. Hybrids included.
I will tell you that I know of no one who has bought an Escape who has not come to hate the car and rue the day they purchased it.
Our Escape became an Albatross around our necks - electrical problems, the brakes, leaking oil, more electrical problems, more brake problems, alarms that reset for no reason, stalls for no reason. If you do a search online for problems you'll find people complaining of electrical failures after it rained - that is not an exaggeration.
My friend who is a single mother working 2 jobs to make ends meet is currently riding the bus to and from her jobs because she can't afford the latest round of repairs to the death trap. We are going to do a fund raiser for her at our High School Reunion to get her another car because her situation is just heart breaking.
I realize that this sounds overly dramatic... and I apologize for the melodrama but I can't actually think of a non-dramatic means of expressing exactly how horrifying the cars are and my view that anything is better. Oh wait... I can.
I now drive a Mini Cooper S
My husband drives an Acura Crossover
My brother drives a Nissan
My Father tows his boat with a Toyota Tundra
My niece just purchased and LOVES her Chevy Blazer
I will never purchase another Ford Vehicle again and actually make it a point to send friends who are in the market reviews and safety information on Fords and alternatives.
#16 of 29 Re: I wouldn't purchase an Escape for any reason [mdross1]
Sep 22, 2010 (4:52 pm)
We have had two Escapes, both Limited models, V6 AWD. They were both excellent vehicles and we would recommend them to anyone. It seems that all manufacturers make good and on occasion poor vehicles. Toyota and Honda have had their share of problems as well.
#17 of 29 Re: I wouldn't purchase an Escape for any reason [bdyment]
Sep 23, 2010 (6:48 am)
(Knocking on wood)...
Our 2004 Escape Limited V6 4WD...after 6 years and 75,000 miles later, not once have I had to go back to the dealership for any problems besides regular maintenance.
Oct 08, 2010 (9:42 am)
Overall, I can recommend also. We had an Escape go 107,000 miles with no issues. Just good maintenance. Now own a 2010 I4 XLT automatic 4WD. So far so good with about 8,000 miles...