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Posted: 11/2/2013 3:11:04 PM EST
My wife is in need of a new car within the next year. Her Hyundai Santa Fe is a craptastic pile of parts so we've been looking at new 4runners and fj's(she's not a huge fan of one for her but its a way of me to get one) for her next vehicle. We were talking to her parents about it over dinner and they offered us their fairly new ford escape in trade for her Santa Fe so they could trade it in for a new car for her mother. This keeps us from having two car payments and they say that since we never ask them for anything and we've helped out with a huge burden recently so they were already thinking of doing it.

I believe it's either a 2010 or 2011(there's a possibility it's a 2012 but its a small one) with around 40k miles and I've never heard of them having a problem with it. I've driven it once on a 3 hour trip and it seemed like a good car. What are your experiences? I don't think it could be worse than what she has now and since its free I see no reason to deny them from giving it to us.
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Link Posted: 11/2/2013 5:51:41 PM EST
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Link Posted: 11/2/2013 5:58:05 PM EST
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My wife is in need of a new car within the next year. Her Hyundai Santa Fe is a craptastic pile of parts so we've been looking at new 4runners and fj's(she's not a huge fan of one for her but its a way of me to get one) for her next vehicle. We were talking to her parents about it over dinner and they offered us their fairly new ford escape in trade for her Santa Fe so they could trade it in for a new car for her mother. This keeps us from having two car payments and they say that since we never ask them for anything and we've helped out with a huge burden recently so they were already thinking of doing it.

I believe it's either a 2010 or 2011(there's a possibility it's a 2012 but its a small one) with around 40k miles and I've never heard of them having a problem with it. I've driven it once on a 3 hour trip and it seemed like a good car. What are your experiences? I don't think it could be worse than what she has now and since its free I see no reason to deny them from giving it to us.
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Link Posted: 11/2/2013 6:00:37 PM EST
150k+ on my '04 and still kicking strong. Nothing other than normal wear and tear. Nothing unexpected. I have the V6 w/awd. I've pulled a utility trailer a bunch with a zero turn mower, a cord of firewood, and pallets of landscaping stones. I really like to drive that vehicle. Not fast, not sporty, not particularly attractive. But definitely an all around good vehicle.
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Link Posted: 11/2/2013 6:10:58 PM EST
The good thing is that she drives about a half mile to work so as long as we don't take too many trips in it it won't rack up the miles quickly.
Towely: My gf used to spit it into Coke bottles by the side of the bed. They would fill up a fair bit before she disposed of them... She's not crazy.
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Link Posted: 11/2/2013 6:18:34 PM EST
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150k+ on my '04 and still kicking strong. Nothing other than normal wear and tear. Nothing unexpected. I have the V6 w/awd. I've pulled a utility trailer a bunch with a zero turn mower, a cord of firewood, and pallets of landscaping stones. I really like to drive that vehicle. Not fast, not sporty, not particularly attractive. But definitely an all around good vehicle.
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IIRC this one is a base model. It has the steelies so it probably is. I haven't heard of people having major problems with them but it's not a vehicle that I have done much research on.
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Link Posted: 11/2/2013 7:49:39 PM EST
Escapes hardly ever give any problems. I've built a couple transmissions on them, fixed a few oil leaks, and done some light drivability work, but nothing big and repetitive.

Go for it.

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Link Posted: 11/3/2013 12:47:45 PM EST
I had a 2002 and it wasn't a great vehicle. Had an oil pan leak that I could never fix....even after replacing the gasket twice. Slowed it but never fixed it. It was good that it was leaking though because when I pulled the pan off, there was a lot of some material (looked like some gasket material) that was jammed inside the oil pickup tube. I suspect that it would have eventually starved the engine of oil.

It wasn't particularly comfortable to drive either.

We sold it and, while I really wanted to like the vehicle, I just never could.

However, in your case you are being offered a GREAT deal. Even though I'm still not an Escape fan, I'd be all over that deal!!

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Link Posted: 11/3/2013 5:24:46 PM EST
My experience with the Ford Escape is dismal. I borrowed one for a round trip to the Sacramento Airport from the California Foothills. The owner told me to be patient with it, because the engine and the transmission didn't play well together in hilly and mountainous country. On the other hand, he said that that it was annoyingly reliable. He called it the Ford Mistake. I found myself in agreement. As a dirt road road or rough country vehicle, it would drive me nuts (or more so) pretty fast. But if I was under your circumstances, I'd go for it!
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Link Posted: 11/3/2013 5:35:28 PM EST
My wife has one and she loves it. It's a fast little sucker and the 4x4 is a must here in Utah. It rides pretty smooth and is quiet which is important to me.

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Link Posted: 11/4/2013 11:57:32 AM EST
Had a 2006 that we liked then got a 2012 limited v6 4x4 ands have taken it on numerous long 1000+ mile trips and its a great car. With a cargo container on the roof 2 dogs and 3 people we were getting 22mpg on the interstates. It also handled the snow a lot better than I expected. It plowed through 4inch snow covered road with stock tires no problem.

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Link Posted: 11/5/2013 12:24:21 PM EST
The pre 2012 Escapes were/are pretty good and easy to work on. The 2013 on up are a POS, electrical harnesses are made by the same company Chrysler must use.

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Link Posted: 11/5/2013 1:17:24 PM EST
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My wife has a 2011 and loves it. One of the big things for us was the 6cyl was a must. The 4cyl just didnt seem to have enough power, but that is a personal opinion. Hell, I enjoy driving it
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I need to find out if its a 4 or 6 cylinder.
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Link Posted: 11/5/2013 4:57:17 PM EST
Cant speak for the newer ones, but we bought a new '02 Ford/Mazda Escape and long story short is was a $HITBOX. Had major issues with destroying front tires for the first 50K miles, the rear wiper assembly had to be replaced twice, and to cap it all off blew the AWD tranny at 105K to the tune of $3900 . One and done with Mazda SUV's .

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