Re: Ford Escape
I was just looking at them myself. Intended to buy the new 2.3L 4cyl auto XLS model, which is $29,990 + on roads. But at this level the interior is pretty basic, and I wanted a manual which is not available. Plus no one would talk to me at the dealership.
I guess if you buy a second-hand one, you can get the XLT or Limited model with the extras you're looking for.
BTW, I ended up with a 2004, series 2 Nissan X-Trail ST manual, which I'm totally stoked with. $32k + onroads, cruise, CD, leather wheel, storage bins *everywhere*, goes like stink and has great economy - you can leave it in 2WD, which you can't do in most others. And so roomy!
But, I can't tell you how great or bad the Escape is to own, sorry!
I'm sorry, you seem to have mistaken me for someone who gives a fat rat's behind.