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2003 Escape

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.5

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Great small SUV from Ford

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Feb 10, 2012 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Power, reliability, durability, towing ability, off-road capability, cargo space, fun to drive
Cons: Fuel mileage, road noise
The Bottom Line:

The best small SUV line on the market, not just for capability, but for price, reliability, and durability. When we buy our next SUV, it will be another Ford Escape.


We bought the 2003 Escape XLS 4WD used in 2006, and still drive it today.  It's been the best SUV we've ever owned, and has served us incredibly well.  It is very capable for off-road driving or in the snow, both of which we have in the ... read more

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Great little truck for the city or country

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Sep 7, 2010 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: 4x4, small enough to park in the big city
Cons: Cd player sucks, a bit noisy
The Bottom Line: If safety and storage/towing capacity are your prerequists, buy it now!

I do a LOT of camping but live in a very urban area.  This means I was looking for something that had towing capacity but I could still parallel park with little problem in the heart of DC -assuming I could find a space!   I ran across the ... read more

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60,000 miles, still rocks!

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Oct 15, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty looks and feel Drives like a car
Cons: Gas mileage Seats
The Bottom Line: Recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants an SUV but doesn't want to drive a tank like the Explorer or Expedition!

I've had the Ford Escape for 4 years now, and I still enjoy driving it to work each day. This vehicle definately is fun to drive, and is very attractive, unlike a lot of the other vehicles in this class. Ford recently re-designed the Escape, and made ... read more

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Fun little truck...

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Nov 6, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fuel economy, solid feel, fun to drive, lots of places for stuff.
Cons: Clutch chatter, engine and road noise on freeway
The Bottom Line: I would recommend to anyone. This is a great vehicle that needs to be driven to be understood.

I bought this truck to replace my Cadillac Eldorado, which replaced a Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS, 4WD. Please be patient, this history of my cars, is actually important to know, as it influenced my purchase and opinion of this vehicle. My Escape is ... read more

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Well conceived and practical

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Aug 8, 2004 - Updated May 6, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Large on the inside, small on the outside. Drives like a car.
Cons: Little noisier than I like (replace the tires). Wiper arm sometimes mistaken for shifter.
The Bottom Line: Ford has hit a home run with this vehicle. Zippy, entirely practical, drives like a car. Plenty of power. Great for trips. Reasonable fuel mileage. Buy it.

I first saw this car on the lot about two years ago. Didn't buy it at that time but I was most impressed. Wife said we didn't have the money. A year went by and I wanted something a little more comfortable than our 99 Mystique (I'm large at 6'6" and ... read more

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Ford Escape - Almost perfect....

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Jul 16, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun to drive, handles very well, autmatic 4WD really works.
Cons: Lacks power at low speed, gear shift in a bad location.
The Bottom Line: Not a bad second car, may want to consider a more roomy car or one with more spunk for an only car. Not great for long trips.

I got "stuck" with a Ford Escape for use at work - it was either this or some compact toy car without 4WD - and in field service you need a reliable vehicle. In general I have found the car fun and safe to drive, and love the automatic 4WD - it actually ... read more

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Perfect for The Young, Or The Young At Heart

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Apr 6, 2004 - Updated Mar 21, 2010 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great space for 3 or less people. Heated seats. Storage space. Legroom. Comfortable.
Cons: Price, road noise, tire changes, head bumps, seats heat on their own.
The Bottom Line: Buy it. It worked for us with only 1 child. Storage & legroom ample. Long trips a breeze. Fun but elegant. Mileage is better than large SUVs.

My Ford Escape Limited was purchased in March 2003 after our baby crowded us out of a compact sedan. At $28k, it was a bit pricey, but we got a sunroof, leather heated seats, reverse sensors and a 6-CD in-dash stereo. The space was great! We can fit two ... read more

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Combines the best of a SUV and a car

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Jan 25, 2004 - Updated Jan 26, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty.
Cons: Small gas tank. Rear head rests.
The Bottom Line: Nice, but not exactly what I wanted.

I’ve always been a SUV-driving type of woman. My last vehicle was a 2-door1994 Ford Explorer. It wasn’t a 4x4, but it was still one of the best vehicles I’ve ever owned. Why buy a SUV if you aren’t going to purchase 4-wheel drive? I ... read more

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Great Vehicle for the price.

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Oct 20, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: For the price, it drives like a dream.
Cons: Haven't found an annoyance yet after 1 year of ownership.
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for an affordable SUV, put this one on the top of the list. Don't get the 4 cil.

I purchased this car after my wife was in a terrible car accident. I was a little concerned about safety and stayed away from compacts. My wife's grandfather retired from ford so we have a factory discount on Ford vehicles. I looked into some of the midsi ... read more

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I've Seen Better

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Aug 21, 2003 - Updated Sep 12, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Very quick, Decent price, lots of head room
Cons: Road Noise, Engine Noise, cheesy dashboard storage, gear selector on the column.
The Bottom Line: Decent vehicle for the price, but there are several better options out there. I would suggest looking into the Honda CRV, or Toyota Rav 4. Better buys for the money.

What you are about to read is what I got from a weekend rental of the 2003 Ford Escape. I was kinda excited when I found out I would be able to drive one of these for a whole weekend in my search for an SUV. Our local Ford Dealer had no problem lett ... read more

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A terriffic car

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Jun 7, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good Handling, reliable, a lot of room
Cons: Not loud at all
The Bottom Line: Buy it, it is reliable and great for the whole family.

Overall this car is terrific. You can pull a good amount on it, I mean I have one and I pulled my 2 Polaris jet skies and 1 ATV to New York to Seattle without any problems. This car is great. This is the only car I have and I got it for a low price, my ... read more

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An Escape From The Maddening Crowds

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May 31, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Zippy, Spacious , Good V6 engine, car-like ride&handling
Cons: Pea-brain size gas tank , road noise
The Bottom Line: Get past the noise and gastank - this mini-SUV is a winner. Spacious, responsive and powerful V6 engine.

The Top Line I’ve been driving a 2001 Escape for the last couple of years – and I love it. Of course, there are a few things about the vehicle that can drive you crazy – more later. Recently I was on a business ... read more

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Best car I've had yet

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Mar 21, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Nice size, plenty of legroom, smooth and stable ride.
Cons: Ignition keyhole awkward.
The Bottom Line: This SUV is well built and very reliable. It handles great and is a perfect size.

I bought the 2003 Ford Escape XLT in October 2002. I have had no problems so far with the exception of a sticky accelerator (there is a service bulletin out to fix that one, so the repair job wasn't too big of a pain). The standard features on this car ... read more

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A perfect gentleman, or lady....

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Jan 6, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Zippy, COMFORTABLE, good looks, 16" tires, great interior lights
Cons: Gear shift lever too long, no light by ignition and hard to find the spot.
The Bottom Line: Value, looks, loaded with standards other manufacturers call upgrades, a solid buy.

Yes indeed, this "compact" SUV is a gentle ride with superb, responsive handling. Braking is smooth and crisp and the 16 inch wheels are very nice. The exterior looks are clean, sporty and have a touch of elegance, especially with the 2-tone grey lower ... read more

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This Baby SUV Is The Bomb!

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Oct 30, 2002 - Updated Mar 17, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Super fun, lots of leg room, great acceleration (V6), Mach stereo is awesome
Cons: Ok, a few small ones....but I still LOVE my car!!!
The Bottom Line: The Escape is a great Escape from your standard little SUV's!

3/17/05: Updated again (finally)! I still love my car. I did have a problem with my sunroof leaking but that turned out to be a problem with how the factory installed it. Once the Ford dealership got a hold of it, not only did they get it on track but ... read more

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Ford Escape: A large heart in a small truck

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Oct 21, 2002 - Updated Nov 7, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Comfortable, stylish, and affordable
Cons: Not the best outward appearance
The Bottom Line: This car may make a perfect match for those wishing to blend luxury with every day convenience.

My husband loves Jaguars. He has a current lease on an S-type, has been to tour their factories in England, and has numerable collectables and trinkets adorning our home, tantamount to his love of this legendary car. So why am I writing about a Ford ... read more

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Epinions Express Reviews
I LOVE MY FORD ESCAPE
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Dec 16, 2009 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Everything about this car is great
Cons: Only one possible thing to mention and that is some road noise but not bad.
I just traded in my 2003 escape on a 2010 escape..why?...because I Love my car.  There was nothing wrong with the 2003, but I needed a change so I got a new one but different color.  It is a great great little SUV.  I had no problem with ... read more
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I love my escape!
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Nov 17, 2009 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Practical, roomy, great stereo system, cute, pretty decent gas mileage, VERY reliable. 
Cons: Nothing!
I bought this escape with 152,000 miles on it for 5,000 and a year later I have only had to make maybe 2 minor repairs costing no more then $300. I love love love love love this car! When I graduate college I really want to buy a brand new Escape. Best ... read more
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2003 escape 2 wheel drive
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Mar 17, 2008 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Leg room, MPG, POWER, general roominess for a big guy like me great fuel economy
Cons: the steering wheel is too far away, crappy stock stereo system, poor lumbar support
My girl fiend gave me her 2003 ford escape 2wd to drive as a work vehicle3 weeks ago, I am very impressed at the pep this vehicle has. Standing at 6ft 2" in my socks, I find this vehicle more than able to compensate for my size and with 125k on the ... read more
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