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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the wife's '85 Grand Am is about toast.
(265,000 on the original engine aint bad!)
She's looking at the new Ford Escape.
I know, I know, kinda generic SUV, but at least we now have the possibility of being an all <font color="blue">FORD</font color> family! [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Anyone have experience with that vehicle?
Pro's/Con's?

The only thing that I'm dissapointed in, is, no 4-lo. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
But....that's what the Bronc's for. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

She's quick to point out that the Liberty (cough cough) has low range, but I can't stand the looks of that thing.
Plus doing the comparison, the Escape is way better in the categories that we'd use it for.
It's lighter, gets better mileage, it's faster/quicker, has more room, better ride, better looks, about $4,000 cheaper......

We're basically replacing her Grand Am with something she can take on FS roads, and do her own "mini" offroading.
Plus, we'll be using it for our hiway excursions.
24mpg with the V-6 is mucho better on the wallet than the 10mpg in my Bronco.

Also, with being more involved in 4X4 club activities, the Bronco is veering away from practical hiway, to, mega-offroad vehicle.
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Re: New Rig

I got a new Escape over the summer as a company car. I love it. Good gas mileage, good handling and a lot of power for a SUV. My only problem was a bad thermostat several days after picking it up. My gf wanted me to pick out a Jeep Liberty because she thinks they're cute... I rather walk then be seen in a Jeep. Plus I talked with (2) people who test drove both and went home with the Escape.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

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Thanks Shawn! [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
I'll pass the info on to my wife......since she'll be making the payments. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Anyone else have anything to add??
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I dont like the Liberty, it looks to me like it belongs in the supermarket parking lot. (preferrably parked far away where i cannot see it!) Also, interesting tidbit on those- the new ones will be 1" lower than they were previously, due to the high risk of rolling it! [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] I saw footage on TV of them test driving it, and you wouldnt believe how quick it was to get up on two wheels in a turn! Scary! [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: New Rig

Well, I think she's definitely opted OUT on the Liberty.
Just looking for some more experiences with the Escape.
Kinda new I 'spose, so won't get much response, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
She's even thinking about the blue one!
[img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] 2 blue FORDs in the garage! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Well, mine's like 1/2 blue. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: New Rig

I recall a few auto test sites giving it very good reviews, i know initially it had been recalled numerous times but most new models do (even the gen-5 vette, dodges &amp; GMCs [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]),

But i recall on speed vision watching a SUV test of about 20 different models over a year ago, the escape was the only one that got stuck and had to be pulled out, (by a Navigator no less). Your wife dont plan on doing any wheeling does she? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Your wife dont plan on doing any wheeling does she?
Nope. Just taking the dogs out to some remote swimming holes.
Mostly Forest Service roads.
We'll save the tough stuff for the Bronc'. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Liberty sucks, the special ediotion only has a 3.4 in it bah, plus that renegade package is bull the REAL renegade was a hell of a lot better then some stupid light bar. The ford is more like a 4WD Minivan then a suv wich would be more fitting for road usauge, ie less flips roll overs more head room and such.
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Got It!!!

Well, after all the research and test drives, ended up with a brand new 2003 Escape (XLT - Popular 2 pkg) 4X4.
Wife's lovin' it!
So is the "hubby" writing this!
That 3.0 DOHC has got some major oomph to it.
I'm not going to mention the speed it pulled up the pass out of Helena (6,372' elev), since I don't want to get the lovely wife in trouble.
Suffice it to say, it was MOST impressive.
Especially, since the 425 horses in the Bronc were huffin' pretty hard to keep up. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

Just after taking delivery.


Ahhhh, it's new home in the heated garage.
Too bad it's already filthy! [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]


I wish my interior was still this clean. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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that's all fine and well, but how does it do in the mud? [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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