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sister in law is looking at buying a used Ford Escape.
I am not too familiar with this model.
Can any one tell me anything to look out for, years, engines, etc to stay away from?
or any other advice?
thanks in advance.
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Easiest way is to find out what year, or at least what generation it is then we can go from there.

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We've got an '11 Escape XLT with the four cylinder model and auto trans. About 50K on it now and only issue was a front PTU (front diff) change as a seal was put in backwards at the factory. Thank god for warranty...$2300! I personally like the "08-'12 models as they look more like a truck than a mini van ('13+). Excellent family vehicle, great in the snow with good tires.


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Wife had an '06 Escape XLT with AWD and the 4 banger. Threw some Blizzaks on it in the winter and it was as sure footed as a mountain goat.

Never had any issues over the three or four years she had it, good little vehicle, but slightly cramped if you're used to an F150.

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Fiancée has a 2012. Completely agree with Fordsforever, -2012 looks better than 2013+, but that personal preference.

She's got 25 000 KM on it and no major problems. Some common problems (2008 - 2012) with them are the LF Axle seal leaks, replacement is the LH stub shaft. Liftgate window weatherstrip leaks. Liftgate window hinges rust than break if not watched (possibility of smashed window). Original rear shocks go pretty quick. That's about it.

3.0L 4WD is a PIG on gas! Awesome in the snow though. A little tight on space if you have more than 2 kids + stuff. I'm 6'3" and I fit in the back, not the most comfortable but I could do it for a couple hours.

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shes looking at first generation, the end of it, around 2006/7.
if that helps.
a bit older than what has been mentioned.
seen some that look to be decent with around 100,000 kms.
how about the hybrid ones?
or stay away from them?
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Wife had an '06 Escape XLT with AWD and the 4 banger. Threw some Blizzaks on it in the winter and it was as sure footed as a mountain goat.

Never had any issues over the three or four years she had it, good little vehicle, but slightly cramped if you're used to an F150.
the four banger was a 2.3?
how did you find it for performance/fuel economy?
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First Gen. ABS tone rings crack and throw the abs light, cheap part but labour sucks. Still has the issue with the glass hinges. Front Stab. Bar End Links go like a SOB, almost every 50 000 KM. Very reliable vehicle otherwise.

I would be wary of the Hybrids, Battery is worth more than the vehicle at like 15 grand and they are going to start to go sooner or later if she is going to keep it for a while.

2.3L performance sucks, decent for a 4 banger, sucks compared to V6 or Lightning LMAO. Fuel is great except in 4x4.

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Also the 2001 - 2006 Escape have a couple recalls you should make sure get done, both are safety related but have been out since 2011-2012. A simple call to a local dealer with the VIN # for the vehicle will tell you if they are done or outstanding.

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Performance was good enough for what it was, and I don't recall the fuel economy being overly good or bad, but I don't pay a lot of attention to that.

Come to think of it, now I'm wondering if it was a 4 cyl or a V6. Damn, getting old sucks.

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