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DW has an 03 Escape. Generrally like it but Ford bought her a transmission at 28,00Km. Hoping if another goes it's before the warranty dies at 60K.

Get almost the same mileage at my 05 Mustang GT.
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Re: Thinking of Getting a Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute
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DW has an 03 Escape.* Generrally like it but Ford bought her a transmission at 28,00Km.* Hoping if another goes it's before the warranty dies at 60K.

Get almost the same mileage at my 05 Mustang GT.
If you purchased a Ford warranty and your car is still under 36 months and 36K you can upgrade your policy.* The max is 7 yrs with mileage up to 100K.
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Check out the Ford Freestyle as a possible alternative to an Escape. Volvo underpinings and safety, better gas mileage, and much roomier inside as well. It's the best kept secret on any Ford dealers lot.
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Check out the Ford Freestyle as a possible alternative to an Escape. Volvo underpinings and safety, better gas mileage, and much roomier inside as well. It's the best kept secret on any Ford dealers lot.
Uhuh, and absolutely terrible reliability thus far. No thanks.
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Check out the Ford Freestyle as a possible alternative to an Escape. Volvo underpinings and safety, better gas mileage, and much roomier inside as well. It's the best kept secret on any Ford dealers lot.
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A secret?* That may be true because no one is buying them.* I think they will continue to stay on the dealers lot.

It's already discontinued and being replaced at the end of this year by the Edge.


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To cover the performance point more objectively I found this. My original point was that when shopping in this class of vehicle I got pretty hung up on some of them having a v6 and my perception they'd perform a lot better. What I had found was that wasnt really always the case and that broadened my choices.

In performance rank order, 0-60 acceleration; generally a full seconds difference can be 'felt':

7.8 - Ford Escape v6
8.3 - Subaru Forrester 4
8.4 - Toyota Rav4 4
8.6 - Hyundai Santa Fe v6 (another good choice if you plan to keep it, hard to sell)
8.66 - Compact SUV average
8.9 - Ford Escape 4 cyl
8.9 - Honda CRV 4 cyl

And just for fun
4.1 - Chevrolet Corvette
6.5 - Honda S-2000
7.19 - "Sporty Car" average
8.4 - Mazda Miata (2005)

In my initial look-see, I had winnowed out the 4 cyl vehicles in favor of the escape, santa fe and the highlander. The highlander seemed too expensive for what you got. The Santa Fe was a great little SUV and has great reviews, good price for what you get, but the resale on them stinks and they're hard to sell. So I was leaning somewhat towards the escape until I actually drove the 4cyl rav4 and crv and found the punch perfectly satisfactory. Nothing to write home about, but with the A/C on and climbing a hill, there was still something there at the pedal.
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Have you considered a used Nissan Pathfinder? *You can get 2001-2002ís fairly cheap with the 3.5L V6. *A bit hard on gas, but built in Japan and very reliable.

We bought a 1996 Pathfinder with the previous 3.3 V6 engine with 112,000 km on it as a winter beater/cottage truck a few years back. *Currently at 170,000 km. *Aside from some regular maintenance (muffler replaced, ball joints) the truck has been ultra-reliable. *With the optional towing package they are rated to tow 5000 lbs.

To boot, with some cheap snow tires it is virtually unstoppable in the snow in 4WD. *It even has an honest to God transfer case with 4Low. *
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* Nothing to write home about, but with the A/C on and climbing a hill, there was still something there at the pedal.
Personally, I think perceptions of how much HP and torque are "enough" have become pretty distorted in recent years. *25 years ago a car that had 150HP was pretty sporty. *Now it is pedestrian. *Check out the 0 to 60 time on the original Nissan/Datsun Z.

160-something horses in my subaru is more than adequate. *More than that is frippery and luxury. *Fine if you want to pay for it, but it shouldn't be considered "the norm".
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The 1960's era VW Beetles had ~35 hosepower.

All that extra power just gets you in trouble !
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The 1960's era VW Beetles had ~35 hosepower.

All that extra power just gets you in trouble !
35HP seems excessive
Fiat 126 my parents bought in '84 had 21 horsepower on a good day (also air-cooled btw)


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Well I looked up classic VW Beetle horsepower specs

I guess I under-rated the 60's hosepower by 5 or so. Note that the original 34 Beetle only had 22 horsepower. In spite of that those cars are worth the big bucks as collector cars.

Beetle Stock Engine Specs
Year Size (cc's) HP (SAE) BxS C.R. lbs
1934 1000 984 22 70x64 5.8:1 -
1936 1000 985 22 70x64 5.8:1 -
1943 1100 1131 25 75x64 5.8:1 -
1954 1200 1192 30 77x64 6.1:1 237
1954 1200 1192 36 77x64 6.6:1 237
1961 1200 1192 40 77x64 7:1 237
1966 1300 1285 50 77x69 7.3:1 244
1967 1500 1493 53 83x69 7.5:1 250
1970 1600 1584 57 85.5x69 7.5:1 265
1971 1600 1584 60 85.5x69 7.5:1 265
1972 1600 1584 58 85.5x69 7.5:1 265
1973 1600 1584 53 85.5x69 - 265
1974 1600 1584 50 85.5x69 - 265
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I had a 1957 Beetle, damn thing was so reliable,e xcept in wet weather, just would not start.

No Gas gauge, just a lever you kicked when you ran out, gave you another gallon.

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Thanks all for all your great input. I am still trying to find someone who has owned or at least driven a 5 speed 2.3l. Escape or Tribute. Not the automatic. Normally the Automatic transmission absorbs a percentage of power, due to it's reduced efficiency. Hence all the compaints about 2.3l low power on the Auto. Well you cannot get the V6 in a manual. I am of the old school where I like manual transmissions. Sorry, but being a sports car buff, I have NEVER owned an automatic sports car. I do not believe there is a point to a high performance Automatic. MHO of course. Who would want a Porsche TT Auto? Not I at least.

So, anyone got any input on the 5 speed 2.3l 4 banger from a performance and power perspective. Also the 2 wheel versus the all wheel drive opinions would be good.

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The 0-60 times for the 4 cyl appear to be the same with a manual or automatic...8.9 sec. Going from 2 to 4wd adds .1 second. The v6 manages 7.8/8.0 for 2/4wd.

Reviewers say the 4wd/manual is 'snappy enough' up to 60mph where it loses its guts.

My extensive heavy snow driving tells me that ground clearance and tires are as important as how many wheels are moving you. Unless you're in deep drifting snow on a regular basis, a good 2wd suv with decent snow tires and front wheel drive is at least 75% as good as a similar 4wd, and better than a 4wd with "all weather tires". The 4wd piece costs more and creates more potential reliability issues.

I also never cared much for a stick shift when driving in the snow...other than helping you moderate torque to the wheels when you're stuck, it just takes one of your hands off the wheel when you least need that. Never cared for a stick when towing either, unless you've got one hell of an emergency brake.
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CFB Please change your avatar (or send me her phone number) as it puts me off writing anything sensible while it is in my field of vision. Thankfully I cannot see it while writing this reply.

OK Back to the cars.

I test drove many light SUVs yesterday. I am sorry to say The Escape just did not cut it. It is noisy in all forms, sluggish IMHO both the 2.3 and the V6. And it seems to me unless you get the limited Edition, cheaply made.

I also looked at the Nissan Xterra, Masda Tribute (Same as Escape) Kia Sportage, Toyota 4 Runner & Rav 4, Honda CRV, Honda Element (Look Like a Postal Truck!!), and one other I forgot already, and all did not really turn my crank, anything like CFB's Avatar.

HOWEVER, While at KIA I did stumbled on a little GEM called the Sorento. A Mid Size SUV with Lots of power both in the Manual and the TIPTRONIC Auto. Yes it has a paddle style shifter gearstick if you want to use it. It comes in an LX and EX version, 3.5L V6 DOHC Manual or Auto, 4x2 or 4X4 with ABS and a few other comfort toys. The EX comes with silly plastic body mouldings but hey....

I must say it is 10 times the car the Excape is or can ever espire to be. Now this surprises me no end, as I would never think I would even consider giving a Korean or Chinese car manufacturer my busines. But, I was wrong! It is a very well built car, goes like hell, is quiet and fun to drive. Oh did I mention a 10 Year 100k warranty? In fact I just read this morning that the chassis of the Sorneto is the same Lexus uses for their SUV, they do put a different drive train in it. So now it is only down to China I will boycot from a car perspective. And seeing as I kept my last SUV 18 years, my mind could be swayed by the year 2022.

So I think the decision is made. I need to decide what options, LX vs EX, Manual vs Auto, 4x2 with ABS vs 4X4, etc. I also need to run the numbers and try to get a deal locally where I do not have to interface with a salesperson. I will mull the numbers from KBB, Edmunds, MSRP vs Invoice vs rebates versus financing vs all the other dealer shafting charges they try to convince you to pay and see if I can get a good deal.

Thanks for all your Escape comments.

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SWR, I have looked at KIA etc, but local service is important, you don't want to have to drive miles for warranty work.

15 inches of snow today, my CRV with 4 Blizzaks, No problem.

My one criticism of the CRV is that it is a little underpowered, climbing some of the hills around here, you need to keep increasing the gas.
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Lots of Kia dealers here in Florida and no snow.
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I'll echo a suggestion that I think Marshac put out; go to www.carsdirect.com and see what price they kick out. If they dont work for you in your zip code (as was the case with me), pick a zip code of a large city or metro area very near you and use that zip. I finally 'fooled' it into giving me a price which was pretty dang close to the very good price I negotiated for myself.

Option out the car, print out the sheet and take that with you to the dealer, or if they do "work" in your area, give it your name and other info and some droid will call you with a dealer name, salesmans name and they will have already agreed to the price.

If you're going to check out korean, drop by the Hyundai dealership. They have a very competent couple of SUV's. Like the Kia, you will get shiat for resale, so hope you keep this one a long time too...
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