2003 Ford Escape Overview

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2003 Ford Escape Overview

The 2003 Ford Escape had a hard time finding its market niche, or perhaps the folks at Ford had a hard time finding buyers. In a time where 'bigger is better'; was the mantra of drivers, the compact sport-utility class tended to be overlooked.

And the 2003 Escape was definitely compact: its 173-inch overall length was petite compared to most of the other SUVs on the market. Despite its relatively small size, though, it managed to fit five adults in reasonable comfort, and hold 33 cubic feet (with rear seats up) or 63 cubic feet (with rear seats folded) of cargo.

The '03 Ford Escape shipped with a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder Zetec with a 130-horsepower output; buyers could choose an optional upgrade, to the 3.0 liter, 24-valve Duratec V-6, with 200 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque.

Trim lines available for the '03 Escape were the XLS, XLT, and the more luxurious Limited edition. Four-wheel drive was available as an option for all trims. However, the Escape really wasn't designed as an off-road vehicle; its target market was people looking for a little workhorse SUV to tool around highways and suburban streets.

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    Where Can I Get Parts For The Right Hand Driven 2003 Ford Escape Xlt Suv

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    It started just taking a day to reach full when I filled up. It now is erratic all of the time. A couple of days ago the low fuel light came on so I stopped to fill up and it only took 6 gallons. T...

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    2003 Ford Escape Sporadic Hesitation, Rough Idle When Weather Is Warmer.

    Sporadic hesitation, rough idle. No codes show up at all. I have had all 6 ignition coils and wires replaced, 2 new catalytic converters, new 02 sensor and a new computer. Has been checked for vac...

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    2003 Escape Hater Is Cool Air

    My escape blows cool air when it's supposed to be hot. Replaced water pump, thermostat, coolant is good, actuator door works, heater hoses get hot until you turn on the fan. Unsure what else to ...

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    2003 Ford Escape V6

    My car marks it's over heating but I look under the hood nothing leaking or the coolant not boiling but the radiator is cold the fan s work y does it do that

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