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Old 10-04-2013, 08:03 PM
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Which used Escape to buy?

Thinking of buying a used model with Auto. Which years are best and what should I watch out for? Probably around a 50,000 mile one. thanks in advance.
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I do not know the best years but from talking to a few owners I know they seemd to be having good luck with 2008 models. So last year I found one with 51,000 on it and bought it. Like many of the Escapes the front sway bar links seldom last beyond 50,000 and this one was no exception. So I changed them ($50) and have had NO problems and now have 69,000 miles on it. It is a V-6 and gets 25.5 on strickly hiway driving. A very easy car around town as it turns sharply and parks easily.

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Watch the first year or two of the new engine transmissions, '09-'10 iirc. Just be sure they shift ok when you test drive.

Find one with the side airbags. I'd tell you about how my kids got T-boned by a drunk in our '98 Exploder, but who wants to hear about that. They are ok BTW, but a fraction of a second later could have been trouble.

In an Escape, where your weight advantage is down a bit from an Exploder, side air bags are the way to go imo.

I looked at a lot of Escapes to replace that '98. They seem to hold the prices up. I found an '11 for $16000, and a low mile '04 and a 60k '05 for $10k. An '04 for $7900. People are proud of them.....
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The early 05 s seemed to have issues with the pcm and causes the cats to plug.Atlast that's how I see it.My mom has a May or June 2005 build date and has had no issues
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Just got my 2012 a little over a month ago with 35,000 miles. I got the 2.5 l 4cyl for the milage. So far so good
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Most likely you will be looking at 2012 or older models so I would recommend a 2009-2011. This gives you the stronger engine, particularly with the V6, and the extra gears in the tranny for far better acceleration and improved mileage. Make sure the transmission shifts properly and hopefully has been serviced at least once. I have had both 2002 and 2009 models, with the 2009 presently at 161,000 miles, and they've been excellent vehicles. The 2002 lasted until 210,000 miles and was running great whereby it was sacrificed in an accident, but it protected my wife in a head on with a utility pole at 45 mph.
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We have a 2012 2.5 4WD, already have 86k on it. We did just have the complete A/C system replaced, but our ESP covered it, along with the MAF. No other issues to date.
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We have a 2012 2.5 4WD, already have 86k on it. We did just have the complete A/C system replaced, but our ESP covered it, along with the MAF. No other issues to date.
That's interesting as I read a post "somewhere" lately about a owner being told that their A/C system wasn't covered under ESP.
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Yes, I see but the only A/C component left off in the Base coverage is the accumulator, a cheap part. Only one covers none of it.
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Thinking of buying a used model with Auto. Which years are best and what should I watch out for? Probably around a 50,000 mile one. thanks in advance.
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We have a 2012 2.5 4WD, already have 86k on it. We did just have the complete A/C system replaced, but our ESP covered it, along with the MAF. No other issues to date.
Archion, can you comment on what happened to the A/C system?
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Good luck finding one with that low mileage,thought there was one locally in the 6xK miles range, and even one less than 40k. I think they were 2006-2005 models. They wanted a lot for the low-low mileage truck. The 6xK mile truck was maybe $1k higher than similar vintage and over 100k.
That said, I would compare 'stuff'. My sister has a 2008, and I compared to my 2007 for interior features. In the cargo area, FoMoCo seemed to de-content everything. There was no storage area under the floor in the 08, which the 07 had. There were a few other things, but that stood out.
I would be careful about the 6 speed transmission first year models. Likely sorted out by now, but I'd still be hesitant given the leak stories and 'software upgrade' tales told on the web. Unless you get an extended warranty... The MPG would be better, and I hear the 2.3 seems to be a much better fit with the 6 speed, but I'd have to look real close at the condition on one to buy. Just my opines.
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We have a 2012 2.5 4WD, already have 86k on it.
Holy cow...86,000 miles?! What are you doing, driving it R/T from WV across the US?

10/15/2012: I bought a 2013 Escape, so far, I've put 2,455 miles on it.

btw: V6 no longer available, only 4 bangers: 2.5L and two Eco-Boosts: 1.6L & 2.0L

There's a HUGE MARKUP on Extended Warranty's. Take the MSRP, multiply it by 5, then negotiate from there.

And be aware that no 2001/12 Escape (basically a rebadged Mazda Tribute) came with a telescoping steering wheel.
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Archion, can you comment on what happened to the A/C system?
I am guessing it was the dessicant bag that broke common enough on the newer ones 2009 on that there is a message about it.
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