Re: radio sound quality
I think it's built that way. I upgraded to a 12disc CD changer in my G6 GT shortly after I bought it, and I added on a real amp and equalizer as I thought the stock system had no bass. A week after I had installed it, two screws holding the speakers down under the front dash had rattled loose! Goes to show true GM quality.... I hope Ford didn't do that in the Escape. I test drove an Escape and didn't find it lacking, mind you the wife was with me at the time so I couldn't properly test the system. With any luck others will chime in.
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!