Have a 96 Exp Sport; buy a 07 Escape?
I have a manual 5-speed, V6, 2-wheel drive Explorer Sport that I bought in California 119,000 miles ago. Have never had a problem and even using the original clutch. Absolutely love my car. However, I now live in Michigan and my 2wd is useless in the winter. Thinking about an 07 Escape, but the manual trans is only offered with the DURATEC 2.3L I4. My questions:
1. Do I give up the manual trans for an automatic (boring) so I can have a V6? Or go with the 4 cyl. manual? I don't race, but I'm used to passing other cars, not have them pass me.
2. I used to have an '80 4x4 Bronco. What's the "intellegent" 4x4 like? I don't want something that's going to give me problems.
3. Is there a big difference between the fwd and 4wd when all I do is street and highway driving? I plan on getting ice and snows and even though we get a lot of snow, they plow the roads quite well. I just don't want to slip n slide.
4. With my Sport I can turn around with very little room. Can I do the same with the Escape?
Sorry for all the questions, but I know little about cars, except for what I like.