2003 Ford Escape User Reviews

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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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Vance writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT 4WD Review
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5

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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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Marianne writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT 4WD Review
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5

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reliable, trustworthy, well-maintained, roomy, seats fold in, easy transportation

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has a tendency for rollover if not driven properly, leather seats can be a problem in the winter time (Your bum gets cold) and in the spring time you will cling to your seat.

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Best Vehicle To Own — This vehicle is smooth sailing. Comfy on long trips. You can't get past the fully loaded package deal and the smooth and roomy feel. You can pretty much carry anything in it.

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Katie writes:
2003 Ford Escape Limited 4WD Review
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4

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4WD, heated seats

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bad stabilizer bars, gas mileage is worse then I thought it would be.

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Pretty Good Little Suv — It's been a pretty good car. No big problems, just needed new stabilizer bars, which I guess is a common problem. The 4WD has been helpful in the snow. It warms up great in the cold and the heated seats are awesome in an "economy" car.

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Christina writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLS 4WD Review
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5

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You'll be safe.

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None

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Go Get One. — Lots of room inside and the 4 wheel drive in the winter is the best. Handles very well. The color red is the best color. The over all performance, I give it A plus. Ths price is right. The appearance of the SUV is very sport looking. Would buy another..

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AMiddleton writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT Review
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4

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Everything!

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Not well insulated, hear a lot of road noise. Radio can be heard from the outside.

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03 Ford Escape - Inexpensive, Reliable, Practicle Vehicle — I love my car! Its dependable, minimal maintenance, decent on fuel economy (for an older SUV) and it fits all of my stuff. I have two dogs that I carry with me sometimes. My husband and I are very outdoorsy and like camping and bike riding etc. and it fits all of our stuff. Only one time it failed me... We bought two toilets and two pedestal sinks at Lowes and they didn't fit like I thought they would. Its a great, all-around vehicle. I bought it while I was in college and have kept it now for over 6 years. I've taken it on 10 hour drives numerous times and once on a 16 hour drive and we were comfortable. I mostly use it for commuting to/from work everyday, and to the grocery store. I love that there are virtualy NO blind spots (that is very important to me to feel comfortable in a car). One minor flaw that I have noticed is the lack of insulation. I can hear a lot of the road noise (that might also be my all-terrain tires), and when I have the radio playing, it can be heard very clearly from the outside. (Not just the bass, but every word of the songs) Mechanically, I haven't really had any problems. One morning, it wouldn't crank for me and one of the coils went out on it. That had to be replaced, but I don't think it was much more than $100, so nothing major. I've always gotten the oil changed at 3,000 miles and gotten regular tune-ups and rotations, alignments, etc. and the car has done well for me. I have no complaints.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Campers writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLT Review
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4

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Dependable and versatile

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Gas mileage could be better

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Dependable And Versatile — I've had this car since 2004. I've had regular oil changes done. The only issues I've had thus far were some spark plug problems, which were easily fixed, and at the moment I have a leak in my power steering hose that I need to fix. This has been a great car for me, whether it's been used for family vacations, or bringing home large purchases. The gas mileage could be better, but hey, it's a 2003!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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XOVICTORYXO writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLS 4WD Review
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2

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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

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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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Nick writes:
2003 Ford Escape XLS 4WD Review
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5

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FWD, auto 4x4, good gas mileage!

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You can't do donuts with the auto 4x4.

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Awesome 4x4! — This is the best vehicle I've both driven and rode in. The front wheel drive is a plus in the winter because it handles like a car but has higher clearance than a car and has the 4x4 system. The truck comes with both auto 4x4 and full time. The auto 4x4 is great for when the roads are somewhat bad but it's nice to be able to throw it in 4x4 when you see a bad patch coming.

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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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