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2010 Ford Escape

howardpmhowardpm Posts: 28
edited March 2014 in Ford
Anyone got any reviews/comments on this one yet? I've been speccing them out and I'm really intrigued by the new Parking Assist coupled with the NAV system/Back up Camera.

For the amount of technology your getting for such a low price they seem like really good deals.


  • I am trying to decide between the Ford Escape Hybrid and other similar vehicles. Does anyone have experience with the AWD on this vehicle?
  • I bought an Escape XLS in Hackensack, NJ last Saturday. The salesman said I could pick up the car this Saturday when we closed the deal. But I just learned from him that the car won't be available for at least another week, maybe two weeks. Anybody has similar experience?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    He may have just "taken you out of the market" so you won't go shop elsewhere while the inventory is in route (or until he finds one on another dealer's lot to match your order).

    Salespeople sometimes get lied to by their sales manager, so it may not entirely be his fault. Seems like you deserve a good explanation though, and you haven't gotten one.
  • I bought mine last night and was told that mine might take a week also. The one I was looking for was not in my state, so I don't know. It's a popular vehicle so when you have certain criteria that you want it might have to be found someplace else.
  • Just posted my review on our 2010 XLT AWD. Although, expectations of 7-8 yrs for the vehicle, we were not interested in the Hybrid, just too much $$$. We do have AWD but probably will not experience AWD until inclimate weather this winter. Keep you posted......
  • I finally picked up a XLT this weekend. It is a AWD, but why there are no letters "AWD" or "4WD" on the back door of the vehicle? The salesperson says Ford stopped putting the letters on the back door since 2009 models. Is that so?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
    the awd will also help when the roads are wet.
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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
    our '09 had a '4wd' badge on the lower right of the rear hatch.
    just look underneath from behind the vehicle toward the front, if you see a round opening between the rear wheels, it is 2wd version.
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  • here in Canada I was told there's a long wait for a hybrid. The problem there is still the batteries, cost to replace, what happens with them, and if it's worth the extra cost at this time.
    I'm coming off lease from a subie legacy wagon, which subie dropped. I don't want the Outback, so I'm looking at other wagons. This was recommended by a friend. Lots of toys in if for the price, but it's more suv than I'm used to. I'll check it out though.
  • It is an AWD. I checked the window sticker and under the chassis. I just wonder why it does not come with a 4WD badge. The dealer said Ford did not put the badge on all their AWD/4WD vehicles. I just want to make sure.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
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  • budhbudh Posts: 109
    The 2010 Escape/Mariner can use E-85 fuel (mostly ethanol with about 15% gasoline) and the engine will adjust settings to allow this fuel to be used.

    But having checked and checked the gas mileage using gasoline and E-85 fuel, it is 20 mpg average using gasoline and 14 mpg average using E-85. A whopping 30% reduction in gas mileage! In my area, E-85 sells for about 10% less than gasoline, 15% less at the most.

    So why would anyone spend 10 to 15% less money per gallon on E-85 to get 30% worse gas mileage?

    I wish Ford spent their time perfecting this engine to use gasoline and only gasoline for better performance with gasoline and not spent time and effort on an engine that uses E-85.

    Bud H
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    So why would anyone spend 10 to 15% less money per gallon on E-85 to get 30% worse gas mileage?

    Using your numbers, it's not quite as bad if you look at the cost per mile. E-85 works out to being only 18% worse. ;)

    The "why" part of your question is a little harder and looks like multiple choice:

    (a) The farm lobby is more influential than the oil lobby. :D

    (b) Ethanol is federally subsidized. :blush:

    (c) It reduces oil imports by 85% :shades:

    (d) Less oil usage is good for the planet. :surprise:

    (e) What else would you spend the money on? :confuse:

    In any case, happy new year!

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • budhbudh Posts: 109
    When I last checked in my area (northern Indiana), 87 octane gasoline was $2.70 and E-85 was $2.40

    $2.40 divided by 14 mpg = 17.14 cents per mile for E-85
    $2.70 divided by 20 mpg = 13.50 cents per mile for 87 octane gasoline

    So the net cost per mile is 27% higher for E-85. MUCH too big a difference to be seriously considered.

    Bud H
  • I just purchased a new 2010 4 cyl Escape. When stepping on the brake with the car in drive there is a very noticeable vibration felt in the drivers seat and the brake pedal. The Ford hotline says this is a vehicle characterisic. I am not so sure about this. Does anyone have an answer or the same problem?
  • budhbudh Posts: 109
    I'm looking at both the 2010 Escape and Mercury Mariner, intending to get the Limited package with all options other than the navigation system.

    1. What attributes does the Mariner have that are plusses compared to the Escape?

    2. Is the 4-cylinder engine good enough for use that is only moderately aggressive at best and is the engine almost as quiet as the V6?

    Bud H
  • I have a 2010 Mariner 4cyl with the same issue - it had only 4 miles on it when i took it home. took it to the dealer and they compared it with another new mariner and said it felt the same so it was a normal vehicle characteristic. I wonder about this however because not everyone seems to report this issue. I have seen in other forms suggestions that it may be motor/transmission mounts or an exhaust hanger that is too tight causing metal to metal contact between the engine and exhaust pipe.
  • It was slightly cheaper to get a Mariner with some of the same options as a comparable XLT, and the styling is a bit more urban/luxury CUVish. My 2010 mariner has tinted glass, Leather seats, sunroof, SYNC (with bluetooth), Siruius radio, roof rails (no cargo package though), and was about $600 less than a comparable XLT. However, in hindsight, I would have gone with the V6 for the superior highway cruising/merging/passing. The gas milage is not too bad of trade off at 19/25 and its about $1,000 more.
  • normkolnormkol Posts: 135
    Mariner only comes in two leverls, base and Premier. Escape comes in XLS, XLT, and Limited. Limited and Premier are roughly equal, Mariner Base is a cross between XLS and XLT.

    You've really got to look at the individual car, what options it has. I bought at a Ford/Lincoln Mercury dealer, so I had a choice of both. I took a Mariner Premier because of the combination of engine, color, and options.

    I test drove a 4 cyl and the V6. I was coming off a Tribute V6. The 4 just didn't have the pep I wanted, I had hoped it would. I have a Honda Accord 4 cyl and that has plenty of power. I guess in a truck you just need more power.

    Drive them both and see how you feel. They had more 4 cyl's on the lot than V6's, so they must sell plenty of them.
  • I purchased a 2010 Ford Escape Limited 4WD 3.0L V6 and the car makes a squeaking noise when I hit the gas after braking. It has made this noise since I purchased the car. I have taken it to two different Ford service stations and neither is able to determine the cause of the problem. They both have different theories, but neither is conclusive. This morning, the car made a loud, high pitched squeaking noise as I backed out of my driveway. Has anyone had a similar problems?
  • I took mine back to the dealership again...and finally they loosened the engine motor mounts and exhaust system bolts in an attempt to neutralize the problem. This cured my vibration issues to the point it is not a problem anymore. I hope this helps you with your vehicle.

    P.S. Ford Motor Company still say's this is not a problem and is a vehicle characteristic but my dealership was willing to try the above and it worked.
  • normkolnormkol Posts: 135
    I get that squeek, or groaning sound, very often on acceleration. I've read in other forums where people are getting it, also.

    Apparently, the word from Ford is that it is normal for this car. Doesn't sound right to me, other cars don't do this.

    I only have 1k on the car now, when it goes for the first service I'll see what they say.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Or since your sale is now a sure thing "your" Escape got sold "opportunistically" to another walk in buyer.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Oh yeah, that happens too. It helps to get a VIN as soon as possible after you do the order. But your car can still get sold once it hits the lot.

    Slow day? You're reading some old threads there. :shades:
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..the awd will also help when the roads are wet.."


    But then only as you accelerate from a stop, accelerate from a fairly low speed, or accelerate in a fairly tight turn, low speed also assumed. These are the ONLY times you will have the F/awd system pre-emptively engaged. At all other times you will be driving a simple, inherently DANGEROUS (on adverse roadbed conditions) FWD vehicle.

    Other than pre-emptively, as described above, the only time the rear drive will be engaged will be under the aspects of TC, Traction Control. Those TC events will ALWAYS be preceded by the detection of front wheelspin/slip(***). At which point TC will activate, instantly dethrottling the engine, "hammering" the front brakes, and simultaneously engaging (uselessly IMMHO) the rear drive.

    Virtually USELESS F/awd system.

    If you wish to have the dry road, highly tractive roadbed, traction and FE of FWD, but with the addition of appropriate torque distribution to the rear as necessary, then the Honda/Acura SH-AWD system is the only solution in the market today.


    *** Front wheelspin/slip due to too much engine torque being used for current roadbed conditions is such a "dire" matter, THREAT to safety, that all "stops must be pulled out" on even the slightest hind of same.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Even having the VIN doesn't always help.

    I had pre-ordered a 2000 Porsche C4 at MSRP, paid the dealer a deposit, but "my" car was sold to a higher bidder the moment it arrived. C4's were apparently in high demand but in very short supply in 2000. The dealer's "Pipsqueak" manager, Barrier Porsche in Bellevue WA, even denied I had made a deposit. My deposit was returned via USPS about a week later.

    I have a 2001 C4 that I ordered over the internet, never met the dealer/salesman, took delivery of the Porsche at the factory.
  • Precisely why I went with a 2004 Escape (back in 2004) instead of the 2005...that and the fact that I got a super killer deal. 2004 and older 4WD Escapes come with a similar system as the 2005 and up models which is FWD biased but will transfer traction to the rear wheels when slipage is detected. However, I am able to turn a switch on the dash and turn on "4x4" constantly up to 25 MPH which comes in handy if you know you are in slippery situation instead of waiting to slip and have power transferred to the rear wheels.
  • I have the same problem with my 2010 Escape, I just got back from the dealer and they told me that it is normal but there is a transmission chain that is causing the noise and there is a new chain they will install that will "reduce" the noise but not remove the noise totally. In any case I am having it done and they ordered the part. It will be an all day job involving dropping the transmission so they are gonna give me a loaner. I would suggest this to your dealer. I will post again after I have the work done and let you know the result.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
    sorry, but get a clue and quit ingesting all the hype.
    SH-AWD maybe great, but it is only better in extreme situations.
    My Fusion AWD has made it through many bad situations, you just have to learn to trust it.
    2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1, 2017 Ford F-150 Limited
  • "I had pre-ordered a 2000 Porsche C4 at MSRP, paid the dealer a deposit, but "my" car was sold to a higher bidder"

    I ordered a F150 back in 94 and had all the signed paperwork. They sold it by mistake. My sister in law was a banker and told me that it is illegal to sell a car to 2 different people so I told the dealer that they broke the law and they let me pick out any f150 on the lot.
  • I have the same problem and Ford claims to have a Drive Train in the Transmition belt that causes this . I am waiting for parts to replace the chain belt. I don't know yet if this resolves the problem but I was told by the dealer that Ford was aware of this problem.
  • See post 34
  • 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.

  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 573
    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.
  • 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.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 573
    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.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
    it's an automatic transmission. why not let it figure out what gear it needs to be in?
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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
    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.
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  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 196
    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.
  • normkolnormkol Posts: 135
    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.
  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 196
    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.
  • rnmomrnmom Posts: 32
    Cant decide both offer leasing deals that work for me. I am happen to like the look of the escape and its dash....
    Not into mechanical stuff Opinions please
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited March 2010
    "It" can't see the road ahead.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    After 2 months of looking and test driving it came down to 2 choices that my wife liked. She liked both the Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape. She took both for back to back test drives the same day and decided she liked the Escape better. She liked the seating position and just the way the Escape "felt" when driving. Sync was also a good selling point. Then the hunt began for a 2010 Escape Limited 2.5 automatic AWD in steel blue. Love the internet! We located one about 45 miles from our house. Did the negotiating right over the internet. Came to a price and picked the vehicle up. Dealership was great. Had the vehicle ready for inspection/test drive when I arrived. Parked right in front. Some may say the 4cyl on the Escape is "noisy". It is really no noisier than any other 4cyl SUV on the market today. The power is adequate. We have no use for a v6 and wanted the additional MPG. Can't race it that is for sure ;) Love the sync system
  • mld4mld4 Posts: 4
    This occurred on my 2010 Escape Limited. Today I was told that there is a Ford TSB just released. It is a problem with the bushing. They applied lubricant. Hopefully this solved the squeak. Otherwise Ford replaces the bushings.
  • jvdx02jvdx02 Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2010 Escape XLT 2 weeks ago. I got all of 13 miles from the dealership and the ABS and Traction Control light came on. Once I turned off the car, turned it back on and then made a turn, the light went out. This has occured about 8 times now. I brought it back to the dealership and they said they had to reset the computer system. I got the car back yesterday and on my way home the lights came on again. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 14,223
    let us know how the mileage is.
    my wife had an '04 v6 and now has an '09 v6, old average 19.2 mpg, new average 22 mpg.
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  • mld4mld4 Posts: 4
    It has been one full day after the Ford service did the warranty work. I have not heard the "squeak". Hopefully, this should do it.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Is this from acceleration? I think I may have heard this on my wifes new 2010 Ford Escape 4WD. Does anyone have the TSB#?
  • mld4mld4 Posts: 4
    Yes accelerating from a stop. My Ford service people lubricated the bushings according to the TSB and now it is fine. I do not know the TSB #.
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