Drive Ford Escape Used Car Review

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David Morley

Make Family Escape Series ZB 2004 Badge Description XLS 4 Seats 5 Transmission Automatic Configuration Description V60 Gear Num 4 6 Build Country Origin JAPAN ANCAPRating 4 Car Size Overall Green Star 2.5 Fuel Type Description — Unleaded ULP Drive 4X4 On Demand Warranty KM 100000

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So, a compact SUV is the next vehicle in your driveway. But if you can t to buy new then the solution is to step in time and sort out the wheat the chaff in the vehicles of a generation or so and then find the best of

And when you do that in the context of SUVs, the Ford Escape into focus. It s not that the was a class leader, but it was one of the first SUVs to catch on and there are out there to choose from.

And thanks to decades of model between Ford and Mazda, was also a Mazda-badged version of the called the Tribute. So close the two in mechanical specification and intent the respective brands elected to them at the same time in Which means, of course, to consider one and not the other is a mistake and your chances of finding the one.

The best buys since the car remained fairly mechanically, are the early Escape/Tributes, and from 2004 or so are still than 10 years old. As as that, the middle of 2004 a facelift that brought an four-cylinder engine.

Perhaps the best thing the Escape/Tribute was that it was available a V6 engine. While most of its persisted with four-cylinder of various sizes, the V6, at 3.0 litres and about 150kW, suddenly the Ford and Mazda a real advantage.

That s particularly if you plan on using the vehicle for the of tasks many owners do; fully laden trips to the and even towing small

There s a fuel consumption to pay, which will according to how hard you use the thing, but the V6 is smoother and more refined the 2.0-litre four-cylinder (initially only on the Mazda variant) and s so little price difference we d go for the V6 every time.

By the middle of 2004, Ford had a four-cylinder version, this a 2.3-litre unit making and Mazda upgraded to the same at that time.

The all-wheel-drive in the vehicles was an on-demand set-up, meant that only the car s computer had detected the front starting to spin would it drive to the rear wheels. In use, this makes the Tribute effectively a front-wheel-drive and, as is the case with soft-roaders, it has barely, if any, to any off-road ability. That that s not why people buy SUVs

Recognising that most shopping in this segment t want to shift their own the vehicle was exclusively a four-speed

The shifter was mounted on the steering too, in a bid to maximise front-seat but it compromised ergonomics a bit.

As the devil was in the detail.Mazda offered the with dual front on the base model and anti-lock only on the V6.

The Escape got ABS brakes on the up-spec XLT, the base-model XLS out. But it did include ABS on the four-cylinder when it arrived. Again, followed suit, meaning those looking for a four-cylinder car search for one made after 2004.

And if all five seats are to be we d suggest a post-2005 model as the version finally got a three-point in the centre-rear position.

Any test drive of either should include a careful of the automatic transmission. Any refusal to a gear or stilted, jerky should be viewed with Enough of these units failed for it to be considered a flaw the model.

The four-cylinder engine timing-belt changes at the appropriate while either engine have been treated to the oil-change regime by the previous The service record should all.

Check the area the front cross-member (under the Any oil or fluid here could be a that the steering rack is This is often due to a crack in the unit and this can be expensive to

Our rating: 3/5

Decent size and boxy make for good interior

Automatic gearbox makes

V6 engine really opened up the option.

Column gear-change is and obscures part of dashboard.

could feel underdone

V6 be thirsty if pushed.


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