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Ford Escape, SUV
#34 of 71 Re: New Escape Limited 4WD making a "squeak" noise [normkol]
Feb 15, 2010 (5:40 pm)
See post 34
#35 of 71 2010 Ford Escape Transmission D to L only?
Feb 20, 2010 (4:51 pm)
The 2010 6 speed auto has Drive and Low only. I drive in the mountains a lot where I traditionally shift in my Highlander (which had Drive, 3, 2 and Low) between 3 and 2 on these hills especially downhill in the snow.
The dealer said by disengaging the overdrive it will downshift from 6 to 4. This still concerns me - so now I can go from 4 to Low only?
Do you think this is a dealbreaker? My other option is the 2010 Subaru Outback which I think is a better car. However, as a single 30's guy, it scares me a bit since the 2009 and before were pure stationwagons.
#36 of 71 Re: 2010 Ford Escape Transmission D to L only? [dtrain5]
Feb 21, 2010 (1:55 pm)
We have a 2009 V6 with the six speed auto. I wouldn't think it would be a deal breaker, but on occasion I have wished I had more control of the transmission. At least an intermediate gear between 4 and 1 would be appreciated. The rest of Escape has been excellent.
Feb 23, 2010 (9:26 am)
Since the Escape switched to rear drum brakes for 2010 has any body noticed a greater stopping distance? I read that this was a cost cutting measure which resulted in a major safety defect.
I consider this to be a backward move from Ford.
#38 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [fnamowicz]
Feb 23, 2010 (11:04 am)
They switched to rear drum before 2010. We have a 2009 V6 and it has drum brakes on the rear. Our 2007 had disc brakes all around. I was somewhat concerned about the switch as well, however, our 2010 brakes fine--smooth, no pulling and excellent pedal feel. The front brakes do most of the stopping. I suppose if I was driving in the Alps I might notice a difference, but as far as I can make out they are the equal to the all disc brakes on our 2007.
#39 of 71 Re: 2010 Ford Escape Transmission D to L only? [dtrain5]
Mar 01, 2010 (5:35 pm)
it's an automatic transmission. why not let it figure out what gear it needs to be in?
#40 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [fnamowicz]
Mar 01, 2010 (5:39 pm)
our 2004 has about 80k on it and has rear drums. they have been cleaned a few times, but original pads, still in the 'green' according to the last inspection report.
80% of braking is the job of the front brakes.
our 09 also has rear drums. they seem to work perfectly well.
#41 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [explorerx4]
Mar 10, 2010 (9:05 am)
Yes they will work but I was told that the stopping distance on the Escape is longer than any SUV that has 4 wheel discs.
This seems to be a major complaint of rating companies like
Consumer Reports etc.
#42 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [fnamowicz]
Mar 10, 2010 (10:54 am)
Consumer Reports has complained about the brakes in the past, but they say the 2010 model is much improved.
That said, I think it was crazy for Ford to use this as a cost cutter. Almost any suv you buy today has 4 wheel discs. This was poor judgement, in my opinion.
Almost as bad as removing the grab handles over the driver's door. There is only one left, on the A-pillar of the passenger side. I have a bad back and bad knees, and I used them often on my 2002 Tribute.
This was almost a deal breaker for me, but I still bought a 2010 Mariner.
#43 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [normkol]
Mar 11, 2010 (1:06 pm)
Why would you buy a SUV that has the longest stopping distance than any other SUV on the market today?
I am holding off on my purchase for now.