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Old 12-12-2018, 01:34 PM   #1
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Ford Escape - Used, Reliable?


We're considering a used Ford Escape for a new driver. Somewhere in the 120k-or more range, '05 or thereabouts.

Anybody have experience on generally how long they hold up before the major stuff tends to go? Are they solid enough, or is this inviting trouble? Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2018, 01:01 AM   #2
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I always recommend spending more upfront and getting a newer vehicle with low mileage (5k-30k miles). This way you spend next to no money on maintenance and are far less likely to have breakdowns. Often if you have transmission issues, other major repairs, or just lots of Nickle...errr Benjamin $$$ repairs, it will cost the same as just getting a newer vehicle.

120K is usually a major service of anywhere from $1,000-$2,500+, depending on the vehicle.

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Wife has a 2010 Escape. ~120k miles. No mechanical problems to date. It is the worst vehicle I have ever owned for road noise though. Rented a 2017 model a few weeks back when my truck was in the shop- same thing.

The back seat is useless for anything but storage.

For some reason my wife likes it though.

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I have an 09 with 180K+ and the only major problem was the transfer case went out. $250 at a junk yard and $400 to install and I am good to go. My daughter had an 05 with a V6 and the catalytic converters went bad. 2 of them are mounted on the exhaust manifolds, and nearly impossible to get at especially the one in the rear.
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They rust out bad.
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It is the worst vehicle I have ever owned for road noise though. Rented a 2017 model a few weeks back when my truck was in the shop- same thing.

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Most of those mini suvs are like that. No body on frame, but the rear wheel wells are right in the passenger space unlike a sedan.

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