Re: How many miles do you have on your Escapes, and How many Problems have you Had?
288,000 on a '04 5-speed bought new and 80,000 on a recently aquired '06 V6.
The '04 is great, had to replace an alternator, which may have been my fault as I was arcing across the terminals while using an oil filter wrench to get the filter off. Had clutch problems (on-going) like felixtoka. Broke a couple of motor mount studs probably related to shuddering from clutch.
The '06 is OK (lousy gas mileage). The Continental tires as mentioned by k9byte are quite bad and should be replaced.
I bought the '06 because the new Escapes have stability control, mandatory ABS, and other needless complexities that make them hard and expensive to fix. The beauty of my '04 is that it's simple and uncluttered. I think thast's part of why it has lasted so long.