Consumer Reviews

Read or write a review.

2003 Ford Escape

2003 Ford Escape

Change Year
4.1
Average based on 26 reviews
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability
1-10 of 26 reviews

good suv and great on gas

by from indianapolis on April 15, 2011

best suv ever.good on gas great 4x4.fun to drive,great on snow.had one before for 5 years and i am looking to get a newer model this year
best suv ever.good on gas great 4x4.fun to drive,great on snow.had one before for 5 years and i am looking to get a newer model this year
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful. Did you?

03 Escape

by from Kent, Ohio on May 24, 2011

Was looking for an Explorer but opted for this 03 Escape because of $4 gas. Has same amount of front seat room as our old Explorer but with expected amount less room in back. This small v6 has surpris...
Was looking for an Explorer but opted for this 03 Escape because of $4 gas. Has same amount of front seat room as our old Explorer but with expected amount less room in back. This small v6 has surprising amount of pep. We've rented one before and have had this one for about 5 weeks and we're still happy.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Best SUV Ever!!

by from Greenville, SC on March 3, 2011

I bought a 2003 Ford Escape XLT with 111,220 miles on it for driving back and forth to work. Had it now for a year and have had no problems. It has now 125,000 miles on it. Easy to see out of. Easy to...
I bought a 2003 Ford Escape XLT with 111,220 miles on it for driving back and forth to work. Had it now for a year and have had no problems. It has now 125,000 miles on it. Easy to see out of. Easy to park. Can carry all my work equipment and 3 more passangers. Must buy for anyone looking for a great suv.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Ford Escape

by from Fresno, Ca on August 28, 2010

I love the ergonomics, economy and utility of this car. It is not meant to be a heavy duty vehicle but still pulls my boat without isse. I have had zero issues with my Escape would recommend this veh...
I love the ergonomics, economy and utility of this car. It is not meant to be a heavy duty vehicle but still pulls my boat without isse. I have had zero issues with my Escape would recommend this vehicle to anyone.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Good vehicle, except for......

by from Bristol, CT on July 9, 2013

I owned one of these. Although very reliable keep in mind: 1. Extremely poor gas mileage. Just its nature. Expect 15-17 mpg. Ford fixed that in 2004. 2. Very poor transmission. It has been an issue fo...
I owned one of these. Although very reliable keep in mind: 1. Extremely poor gas mileage. Just its nature. Expect 15-17 mpg. Ford fixed that in 2004. 2. Very poor transmission. It has been an issue for years. Ford fixed the problem in 2004. It will not last much longer than 100K miles. After that, you are on borrowed time. 3. This was in response to "no rust" in one ad. These are rust buckets. Be wary of quickie rust fixups. 4. Finally, I saw this listed in June 2013 with 126K miles at $8K. This car books for $5K-$5.5K. IT IS NOT WORTH OVER 6K!
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

ESCAPE

by from on January 27, 2011

LOVE THE ESCAPE LIMITED. It is very comfortable and has great visibility. The luxury of the limited edition is perfect. I have not had any problems with my escape and I have owned the car for more tha...
LOVE THE ESCAPE LIMITED. It is very comfortable and has great visibility. The luxury of the limited edition is perfect. I have not had any problems with my escape and I have owned the car for more than three years.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Great sales vehicle

by from philly on November 24, 2010

Bought it new in 2003. Great vehicle. No major problems. Have 120,000 and will keep for another 80,000. The original continental tires it came with were noisy. Switched over to Firestone and the ride ...
Bought it new in 2003. Great vehicle. No major problems. Have 120,000 and will keep for another 80,000. The original continental tires it came with were noisy. Switched over to Firestone and the ride was much quieter. The oil pans are made of cheap sheet metal and after 7 years of oil changes the pan needed to be replaced. Beyond that regular tune ups and oil changes and brakes. Oh the temp control knob broke at 110,000 so I bought a couple on eBay for 20 bucks. It is paid for and I will run it until it dies.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?

nothing exciting but it works

by from on October 28, 2010

I needed something that could haul a good amount of college student type stuff yet get ok gas mileage. This car was it. I have had it for about 5 years and still currently own it. Overall it did what ...
I needed something that could haul a good amount of college student type stuff yet get ok gas mileage. This car was it. I have had it for about 5 years and still currently own it. Overall it did what i wanted, it carried stuff, and it got you from A to B without using a huge amount of gas. Problem is that its sort of a boring vehicle. Nothing bad about the car, just nothing to get you excited either. Thats why i now also own a S2000. I had the V6 and for a small SUV that thing had some power. On normal days i get around 18 city and 24 highway. This is on the 2WD version. Reliability has been good for me. The only thing worth mentioning was that at 60k miles i had to replace the control arms. The bushing in the control arm was falling apart, and since Ford made the control arms out of aluminum the mechanic told me they couldnt replace the bushings without bending the control arms. So, I had to buy all new control arms just to replace the bushings. Thats just some manufacturing cost saving design work by Ford, but the car itself has never let me down.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Best Model of Ford

by from South Bend on July 9, 2013

I knew an Escape was a good choice as soon as I started looking in the market. I see at least 10 every day I am on the road, and they've been around a while, so I know people like them. There were onl...
I knew an Escape was a good choice as soon as I started looking in the market. I see at least 10 every day I am on the road, and they've been around a while, so I know people like them. There were only a few for sale, which told me people never want to return them. A family member of mine owns an Escape as well and loves it. I love it and can't wait to get a full life out of it. I full except to get another 10 years at least. Best model of SUV Ford has every produced.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Just Keeps Going

by from Indianapolis on August 8, 2013

This is by far the best vehicle I have owned. Just turned over 304,000 miles with no transmission issues. It is my daily driver. I am averaging 25.4 mpg on my commute. Besides the items that normally ...
This is by far the best vehicle I have owned. Just turned over 304,000 miles with no transmission issues. It is my daily driver. I am averaging 25.4 mpg on my commute. Besides the items that normally need to be replaced, I have replaced O2 sensors, tie rod ends, and some gaskets. That is all. One complaint, the Duratec motors are very expensive to work on due to the amount of labor involved. For example, it cost $265 in labor alone to replace the spark plugs. Overall, a great vehicle that will haul many larger items. I will purchase another one when this one goes.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Our Expert Review: 2003 Ford Escape

Similar Models

Select up to three models to compare with the 2003 ford escape