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Ford Escape



  • If you have a remote key entry system, you only have to press the unlock button twice to open all doors avoiding going to the door panel to unlock back door. On page 85 or 86 of your owners manual is the way to set and unset the feature. It must be done very quickly so read it a few times to get familiar with the process. It works!
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,783
    in our 04 escape, now with 70k on it. 3 people and luggage over 6 days.
    the good: steering tracked very well and easy to adjust in turns. back seat was no problem for me(over 6 foot in height).
    drove well at 70-75, although tried to keep in under 70 most of the time.
    heat worked well. radio/sound system worked well. throttle easy to modulate in stop and go traffic.

    the bad: wind noise, road noise from the tires at some speeds. some bumps, the ride a bit harsh. also 4-3 downshift was somewhat abrupt, at times.

    the ok: cruise had some trouble maintaining exact speed on some large hills.
    could maintain 70 up the long I-81 grades, but downshifted to 3rd to do it.
    handling never seemed sloppy. driver's seat is not real comfortable for me, but never got really uncomfortable. after 5 years, the leather still looks good. at one point, i drove for over 4 hours(270 miles) before stopping. cross winds didn't seem to affect us too much.
    fuel mileage averaged 22.5 (epa 23 highway). per tank 21.2, 21.5, 23.2. 24.1, 22.4.
    last tank was from washington dc area up through I-81 and I-84 to just about ny state border.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • Thanks temahi, I've got it all fixed now. All I had to do was read the manual. Thanks for showing me where to look...regards...zipper :)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,783
    after looking at several alternatives (MKX, Edge, Escape), we bought an 09 Escape Limited.
    we were looking for an additional vehilce, so we still have our 04 Escape Limited.
    We liked the 09 because it had all the attributes we liked in our 04, but everything seems better.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • gheimurgheimur Posts: 88
    We have an 01 Escape that we bought new and now has 99k on it. My wife had it for 6 years and now my daughter drives it down in Maryland. My wife loved it so much she gought an 08 hybrid loaded. She has it almost 2 years and would not buy anything else. We test drove lexus, Toyota, sabaru, . The car is solid and has not been back to the dealer since June 30, 2007 when we picked it up. I've changed the oil, and had the tires rotated. That's it...........Who ever says that americans can't build cars is wrong. We invented the car and can build just as good as anyone now, People that I know have Toyotas, new and old have issues that need repair also. The reliability on all cars is pretty much the same these days Except the Ford Hybrid is #1...........
  • east542east542 Posts: 2

    Last week after a 100 mile drive, I stopped to get some gas. When I got back in my Escape it started, but the engine light came on.

    This week at the end of the same drive, I stopped to get a few slices of pizza. When I got back in my car, it would start but it had no idle. I had to rev it up and pop it into drive to get it working, then drop it to neutral at stops or let it die on it's own every time my RPM went down to around 1200 or below.

    I was able to make it to my destination and three hours later when it was dark and the engine was cold, it started fine.

    The problem seems to occur after a long drive and then after I let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Probably the engine is getting hotter because of no air flow.

    I suspect something is cracked or stuck or whatever, but my ford escape is a far cry from a VW Bus which is the only vehicle I have any sort of expertise in.

    Thanks in advance!

    Bellingham, WA
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,783
    there is some kind of tube 'IAC'? that has something to do with idling that can get clogged.
    i have read it can be cleaned, but eventually, it should just be replaced.
    hope this helps.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,783
    after about 5 weeks or so.
    wife is driving a v6 limited model, which replaced her '04 v6 limited (passed on to one of the kids).
    the new one has all the goodies: lux pkg, nav, sirius.
    wife really likes the bluetooth phone setup, eventhough her phone is really old,
    half nav/half equalizer display, asked me about continuing the sirius radio.
    the other thing is, the mileage is much, much better than the '04,
    not to mention it is much quieter!
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • arunmarunm Posts: 2
    I have this since new.
    I had engine mount problems .
    That was fixed and this started.
    It is annoying..the vibrations!
  • east542east542 Posts: 2
    I figured out why my 2003 Ford Escape appears to be overheating, AFTER the engine is off. After I stop the engine after a long hot drive and then try to start it back up after fifteen or so minutes, the car won't idle. It will drive, but when RPM gets down to 1100 or so, the engine dies. I'm sure this is related to the overheating of a component (dash temp gauge is fine).

    However, if I open the hood and spray it down with water or just leave the hood open for that time period, there are no problems when I start up.

    I recently noticed that the fan sound that comes on sometimes when I stop my car doesn't come on any more, so I'm thinking there's some sort of thermostat or sensor that controls a fan that helps dissipate engine heat when the engine is off, and this is not working.

    Any tips?


  • I hope you are not spraying it down with cold/cool water while engine is off...if you are you are looking for BIG trouble. The engine is extremely hot after normal operation and parts (specifically) the block and heads get very hot, spraying it with cold/cool water will cause stress on the metals/alloys/aluminum and possibly create cracks or at the very least weak spots. DO NOT ever spray your engine bay with any liquid while off after it has reached normal operating temperature. If you want to spray the engine bay down do it while engine is iddling never when it is off.
  • Check your catalytic converters (there are 3 of them).
  • Yeah...I own a 2001. The vehicles shifts involuntarily within 45-55 mph range. With cruise control on running constant mph the vehicle shifts from 1500 to 2000 rpm and back down and up continually. Ford told me initially it required a new trani. I had it checked out by a local trani shop and they said it was neither the trani or the torque converter. 2nd visit to ford they said torque converter. Any thoughts?
  • My 2006 Ford Escape hybrid caught fire in front of my house 8 hours after I parked the vehicle. SUV was a total loss, I contacted Ford and the NHTSA with the details.

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  • Looking for someone that knows for sure what could be wrong with my Escape. I installed an HID kit on my Escape and it works great, I lost my high beams because I got the non-hi/low HID kit. However now my foglights do not work. I checked the fuses and I know for sure that the installation is correct because I followed it step by step. The HID bulb is using the low beam connector/power because when I switch it to high beams the HIDs turn off meaning that they are not using the high beam connector to get power, therefore, it is not a matter of my switch being in the high beam position which turns off the foglights.

    There is power to the foglight switch because it still illuminates and all other lamps (parking, turn signals, stop, back-up and HID (headlamps)) are in perfect woking condition. Any help or suggestions???
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  • spjonesspjones Posts: 1
    Any luck solving this problem? My 2003 Escape does EXACTLY the same thing, but no one can figure out why...

  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 194
    Besides mediocre brakes has anybody had any problems or dislikes with their
    2010 Escape.
  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    The hoot when accelerating from a stop.

    The rear brake noise, sometimes a clicking sound.. There are always some strange noises

    The rubber on the bottom near the drivers door which has become unattached because I hit it whith my foot when getting out.

    The transmision recall, mileage is now lower with the fix.

    This is not the equal of my 2005 Escape which had rear disk brakes that worked well.

    Heck, even my 2001 Tribute had better brakesd with rear drums.
  • c813c813 Posts: 1
    I have a 2010 Escape four cylinder with 7700 miles and the tranny has to be replaced, Ford had a recall to supposedly fix the hard shifting problem but a week later the tranny seized up in the middle of RT 1 in Princeton almost causing a rear end collision. Now it has been in the shop for two weeks waiting to be fixed, Ford had to authorize a new tranny and replacement. In the meantime no car and no loaner from them. I had a Honda CRV, wish I did not trade it for the Escape.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    We have a 2009 V6 which has the same drivetrain as a 2009 V6. WE have had no troubles to date. The brakes which I had some apprehension about compared to our 2007 with rear discs, have been fine. Firm peddle, straight even stops. The only downside compared to the 2007 is the gauges. Very hard to read in some daylight conditions. The 2007 had very legible black on white numbers.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Should be same drivetrain as a 2010 V6.
  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    Funny, I have no problem with the gauges.

    Now the steering makes wierd noises while turning left and right.

    On a brighter note the ac is excellent compared to my 2008 Honda CRV.

    Also I don't think the transmission will ever fail.

    Did you know the 2005 Escape came with a full size spare with an alloy wheel.

    They do not make them like they use to however.
  • tinycadontinycadon Posts: 287
    I'm reading an Escape Owners Manual and it states that the fuel capacity is 17.5 gallons but in everything I can find online it states that the capacity is 16.5 gallons? Does anyone know what the discrepancy is? Can anyone tell me what the most amount of gallons they've been able to put in at fill up? Thanks.
  • mf15mf15 Posts: 158
    Interesting comment on the spare. I have an 05 with the full size spare and just bought a 2010, had to pay $406 for a full size spare on a steel wheel. I let Ford know that I was not real happy about this when I filled out the after purchase survey.
    Old Mike
  • mkliethemkliethe Posts: 3
    edited September 2010
    I am trying to find the best 'Escape' deal that i can. I currently have two options with the exact same Internet asking price.

    1. 2006 60k loaded with pretty much everything but the dealer is very irritating. No cost to irritation but I sure am tired of it. Car rides smooth.

    2. 2005 59.5 K loaded but additional features are remote start and 4 WD. The dealer was great but the SUV runs rough. They told me that it was probably because of the Cooper tires but I need some verification that might be the case.

    I also saw several 'issues' with the 2005 4WD but I am not sure how to reconcile all of the information.

    Can anyone help? Should I even be looking at Escape's or is there a better option? My budget is $12K including taxes.

    Thank you
  • davichodavicho Posts: 190
    With your budget of $12k, you have lots of choices in a small SUV not just a Ford Escape. However, if you like the Escape I would go with the 2006 model year. 2005 was the first year that the Escape came out with the "intelligent 4WD system" that is a little different then the old 2004 and earlier model system. First year anything usually tend to have a little more bugs that need to get worked out. Just my $0.02
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