What should I buy?
Hi Escape owners, I've been perusing the forums doing research on the Escape and was hoping I could get some info/recomendations.
I've owned a couple of Fords and have had pretty good luck them. My latest vehicle was an 97 Explorer Sport (I've owned since year 2000, 45,000 miles). This vehicle is has 200,000+ miles and so far no major tranny or engine issues. I've had a couple expensive repairs - t-case and suspension issues but all pretty much expected since I use the vehicle (easy) off-road in Colorado.
The main things I am looking for in a vehicle are:
- Reliability (no major engine or tranny problems)
- Room for 2 adults, 1 kid, 1 big dog and a bunch of camping gear
- Decent gas mileage (anything better than the 14-16 mpg I get in my current ride) I would like to get 25-30 for hwy driving.
- Driving in snow
- Off road capability - easy logging roads, fire service roads, etc... nothing hard-core
I've been looking at new and pre-owned vehicles for awhile now and I think I've narrowed my selection down to the Escape and Forester that meet the above criteria. So, I have a few questions about the Escape:
Driving in the Colorado mountains, I-70, 285 and the like, will the I4 be way underpowered? Will I be pushing the engine to the limit with the amount of people and gear I listed above? If I go with the I4, can I expect to get 25-30 driving cross country?
Do people use their escapes for offroad-lite? How do they do? Will I need AWD or 4WD for this? Note - I rarely needed 4wd in the explorer - but there were a few times it saved my hide.
How reliable are these vehicles? it sounds like there are alot of tranny problems in the late models? are there any specific trannys to stay away from? How is the CVT holding up?
Any particular model years to stay away from? any to look at?
Anyone run FWD with snow tires as opposed to AWD w/ all terrains? How does it do on the snow and ice?
Lots of questions, I know - but hoping to get some answers from real users and not from the stealership salesman.
Thanks in advance!