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2003 Ford Escape User Reviews

2003 Ford Escape Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 19 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"power" 5 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews

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Vance writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT 4WD Review
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good gas mileage

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none

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Amazing — good acceleration, 4 wheel drive, automatic, great on gas, and tows and pulls heavy weight very well. feel like you are driving a go-cart, no problems, lasts very long, has a V6, very good turning, handling, and breaking. FUN TO DRIVE!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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escape02nb writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT Review
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5

Pros

Lots of space to haul stuff, Lots of leg room in the back seat for a compact SUV. Not that bad fuel mileage.

Cons

A lot of hard plastics used in the earlier Escapes. Interior squeaks and rattles some times

escape02nb
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Was Really Impressed On What You Get For The Money. — Not a bad little SUV. You get a lot for the money. You can buy a used one for under 10K and there reliability is amazing. The only time you find these in a salvage yard is when they are wreaked beyond repair.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Joshua writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT 4WD Review
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peppy

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6cd changer quit

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Awesome!!! — love it!!! I drive it everyday, had zero trouble from it. rides great, goes great in the snow, handles very well, and has a good amount of power. would highly recomend it to anyone!!! looks very sharp and sporty too!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MADDOGH3 writes:
2003 Ford Escape Limited 4WD Review
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Great value for the money. Never quits!

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No reason. Its just a little boring. That's why I have the H3!

MADDOGH3
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Never Thought I'd Own A Ford! They Have Stepped Up And Produced A Excellent Product. — If you want something that will just keep on ticking, get an Escape. I swear by this vehicle!The 6 CYL, AWD is amazing in the snow, it has a timing chain instead of a belt, and it never breaks down. My family, friends and my mechanic have them and love them. This is my everyday commuting vehicle and it is the best value for my money I have ever gotten.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jason writes:
2003 Ford Escape Limited 4WD Review
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It's a ford

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They don't give them away.

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Deserae's Escape — This things is amazing in the snow, we will drive this before my work truck in the winter, great on snow,ice, everything. Only every had minor problem, little bit of oil dripping, and the end gate had some issues for a little while.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nick writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLS 4WD Review
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everything works even after 8 years

Cons

the mpg

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Its Average — It gets you from A to B, it has decent handling and acceleration. It does have the V6 engine in it, instead of the 4 cylinder. Has an aftermarket remote starter, great for the winter. I do like driving it.

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Kyle writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT 4WD Review
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For skiing and bad weather.

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The transmission can be a nightmare.

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A Nice Ride. — This is a great car for skiing and all around utility. It's great in the snow and can carry a lot of cargo. The stereo in the car is good too. Watch out for transmission issues, it can be problematic.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Douglass writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLS Review
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5

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Versatile, affordable, dependable, and fun

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I haven't found any yet

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Make Sure You Get The V6 — A terrifically versatile vehicle; great acceleration and handling with tons of space inside for a small vehicle. Quality has been great so far. Annoyances have been minor--mainly the carpet in the rear, which doesn't stay down well and rumples up while putting in cargo.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brian writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLS 4WD Review
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Good small SUV

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If you need to tow or want to get there fast

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Solid Platform — Good gas milage out of a do it all vehicle. It isn't fast and isn't going on any trails but it can fit every thing for a weekend get away and get you there in one piece. The 4x4 is deffianantly more of a bad weather handler and not an off road accrument. Its not a pretty thing really, but it is functional and comes with all the nicities such as power locks, windows, mirrors, steering and good ABS brakes.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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XOVICTORYXO writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLS 4WD Review
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Great for Cargo; Great Family car; Nice Appearance

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Rust spots; front suspension is horrible, bad on gas, horrible shocks; oil leak; bad quality parts

XOVICTORYXO
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I Hated This Money Guzzling Car!! — I bought this car used at 100k miles. Owned it for 4 years. all Cats went at 100k miles which cost over $2500 to replace; The alignment was always wrong. Had to replace all axles and tire rods and tires. Tires kept going bald every 3 months. Fishtailed in the snow, slid all over the road during rain despite using good tires. Always felt like this car was ready to flip over its so light like a go cart. Constant rattling and knocking from inside the engine. This car lived inside the shop. First there was an Oil leak the car would omit an odor at 120k miles. Then the fuel pump went 10 130k miles. . There was a Gas leak on the highway that almost killed my family. Bought 3 batteries; for some reason this car uses a lot of juice. During Idle the car would REV. If foot is not on gas the car jolted forward almost causing accidents, no mechanic could help me. You will feel EVERY SINGLE BUMP in this car, the bumps become painful to the point you brace yourself every bump; there is zero shock absorption. For High mileage this car was absolutely AWFUL despite constant oil changes and maintenance done. Yesterday, I traded this truck in, the car decided to be spiteful and eat my favorite CD. Good Riddance you piece of crap!! FORDS ARE NOT BUILT TO LAST.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2010 Ford Escape Reviews

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2009 Ford Escape Reviews

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