Is this a vehicle worth purchasing? It has 62000 miles and is a 4x4 xlt v-6?
We've got a 2002 that is creeping up on 100k, and we have been generally happy with it. I've had to replace a couple of the ignition coils, and they are expensive if you have a shop do it, but if you do your own work, they aren't bad. This is my wife's daily driver, and with good tires, it goes through any weather we've had here in the last several years. The mileage isn't stellar, but its better than the Explorer that it replaced. It does handle pretty well, and I've had a lot of fun driving it on the twisties. That is not to say that it's a performance car, and I was probably over the design specs, but it is stabile and predictable. I'd buy another one.
I have a 2002 Ford Escape, 2 wheel drive, 3.0 V6 w/Automatic Transmission, that I purchased 2 years ago. It had 58,000 miles on it, now it has 114,000 + and running strong. Had to replace brake pads, link pins on both front wheels, and general stuff like battery, plugs, etc. Love this car. The only problem is the trim panels on both drivers side doors. The leather has peeled off and the auto upolstery shop told me to pull off completely, then clean, smooth and paint with interior panel paint due to the fact that the panel manufacturers skimped on the material when they made the doors. Not enough to re-tuck! There is also no way to remove the panel to replace the covering. It is molded into the interior door panel. The stereo (radio is great, however, the 6 disk CD changer ate a CD one time and once it was removed, it now says "disks full, no slot available" even though there is nothing in it.
We have a 2002 AWD 3.0, and it has been a very good vehicle. It's just turning over 100K, and the left front ball joint is starting to squeak, and the oil pan gasket leaks a bit. I've had to replace two coils, and of course, I've changed the plugs and kept the fluids/filters serviced. I don't consider this to be too bad for the miles. I'll be servicing it in the next few weeks, and I'll probably spend about $300 in parts to replace the lower control arm (includes a greaseable ball joint), new rotors, pads, pan gasket, and all the fluids. I could get by cheaper, but I don't skimp in the quality of parts, and I only use synthetics lubes. Of course, I'll be doing the work myself, so that doesn't include labor, which would be considerable if it was done by the dealership. Overall we are very happy with this little vehicle.
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