My younger sister has a 2001 Escape (V-6, 2WD). Generally
she has been very happy. Only problems I am aware of were:
Coolant Level Sensor failed - warranty item
Cruise Control Cable connector would not stay attached - $13
(I installed a new cable)
Radio Display was intermittent (common for some Ford Radios
of that vintage) - $75 (I installed a part you can buy off
The vehicle is now almost 4 years old and still looks good
inside and out and drives nicely. I'd say it was at least as
good as my older Sister's Honda Civic in terms of reliabilty
and far ahead in terms of comfort and ease of use (at least
for me). I almost bought myself an Escape last year, but
decided to get a aturn Vue instead. The Vue was cheaper and
"different" (mine is an AWD four cylinder Vue, with the now
infamous VTi transmission). My Vue does get slightly better
gas mileage than my Sister's escape. It also feels more
open, but not as "tight." If I was buying again today, I'd
either go for the Escape or the Civic CRV. I don't mean to
knock the Vue. And if you like Hondas, you might want to
check out the V-6 Vue. It uses a Honda V-6 engine and Honda
Automatic transmission (basically the same engine as in the
Thanks a lot. I appreciate it. I did look at a CRV as well... only thing
is that there is no ondemand 4x4 (like the Escape). Also considering a
Tribute... I understad that the Tribute and Escape come off the same line.
I'll also take a look at the Vue. Thanks.
The 2001 XLT we own has had several issues.
These are all detailed in ford truck enthusiast.com
We had defective windshield wiper, defective seat belt restraint,
reprogrammed PCM and the final blow...a new transmission for $3.5K.
These issues were common in the 2001 apparently.
Others have said the newer models are much better.
My wife has a 2004 Limited. It has been flawless, however only has 14K miles.
I have had great luck with Ford products. Currently have the '04 Escape, an
'04 Lincoln LS and a '98 Mercury Mountaineer that looks and runs like new.
We have a 2005 Ford Escape 3.0L 4x4 I love the Vehical It offroads better
than most people think I had it forge water that was 6 inches below the
windows and had it with one wheel off the ground more times than I can
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