I love this car!
I bought this car used with 170,000 miles on it. I needed a car to drive out to the desert to visit family, and for short rides to school and back. The previous owner did not take car of it at all but I still bought it for $1.2k. I decided to give the car a second chance, I replaced the transmission, a bunch of hoses that were feeling rough, changed all the fluids bc the previous owner never did any work to it. The car was fine before, but after putting in fresh stuff it was 100x better. I'm currently at 250,000 miles and shes still going strong. This car is super comfortable and easy to handle. I've taken road trips and never had any issues. At some point I had an oil leak I wasnt aware of and had only about a quart and a half left (out of the 5.5 that's needed)but she kept going. It had been in a few accidents before I bought it, and then a few more with me, and she can take a hit. Theres plenty of room under the hood for DIY repairs. Super easy to work on and as a college student, most the parts have been mostly affordable, so that a plus for the wallet. This car has good power in the engine as well, picks up speed without a fight. Can easily fly 110mph out in desert freeways and again, handles nicely. Given the proper car from the start this car could probably last a lifetime, definitely gonna pass her down to younger siblings.
Recently bought the 2003 with 85,000 miles and near perfect condition. The more I drive it, the more I love it. Haven’t started my 2019 Dodge Ram since bringing the Escape home.
Reliable and have owned it
This is a very powerful car that one can use for years, it is relatively reliable for rough road and very good on better roads