I would appreciate any information, either from this group or, if someone
can advise, where else I may look. I am interested in the new ('05) Escape.
New this year is "intelligent" 4wd. Previous models had a switch that would
lock or unlock 4wd. Ford salespeople state the new system is better (duh!),
but the lack of a locking mechanism that one can "turn on and turn off"
doesn't compute as ''better'' to me. I'd like to try to understand the
differences between the former system and the new one. I haven't found any
useful / knowledgeable information at either the Ford website or at a
Anyone able to help? Thanking in advance.
Sort of like what Subaru has been selling for about fifty years,
but in a bigger vehicle, that costs less money, and has a more
powerful V6 engine that uses regular gas rather than a high
winding 4 cy that requires premium fuel. Power goes to the
wheels with the most traction, primarily to the rear, except when
need in the front.
Brad Alden wrote:
Too bad. I was kind of hoping they would change it to RWD. I have a 2002
Escape 2WD and the traction is not the greatest taking off from a stop on
wet or sandy surfaces. Great vehicle otherwise. I've had no problems with
it, mileage is pretty good for that size SUV, and the power and handling are
great. Just have to be careful from a dead stop.
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