102,000 Miles and Still Running Strong as Ever!
July 24, 2010
I've owned my Escape Hybrid for 4 years now and currently have over 102,000 maintenance free miles without so much as a hiccup. I've owned many many cars, trucks and SUV's and i've got to admit being my first hybrid i was kind of skeptacle about all the hype about them, i couldnt of been more wrong though. The Escape not only gets excellent gas mileage, it's been extremely reliable and looks great too. The interior is well built and holds up to the day to day abuse and the exterior has held up equally as well. I was more suprised at how maintenance friendly it has been. Being a hybrid you would think there would be a LOT of up keep and constant checking of hybrid components but there really isn't. There is a small battery filter in the back cargo area that you have to change about 2 times a year (costs about 15-20 depending on where you go), and just keep up with the oil changes and preventative maintenance. Couldn't believe the brake pads held up for 87,000 miles and the rear are still original after 102K! The automatic 4X4 works great in the snow, you don't have to think about when to turn it on or off it automatically engages when one of the tires slips and turns off when you regain traction. The onboard computer tells you when you need to change your oil, if a headlight or tail light buld burns out, has a full system check, and displays your average MPG, Battery Charge Amount, and much more. Overall it's been an great SUV and i plan on keeping it for at least another 100,000 miles. Plenty of room for groceries, bikes, camping gear, or whatever you need. Great for those that want to save money at the pump but don't want to sacrifice features, room, and styling (couldn't see myself in a prius ;-) ). Ford definitely hit a homerun with this one. If you're looking at buying a used one don't get nervous about buying one with high mileage, they use these as the NYC taxi's now and their first fleet of them was turned in last year and none of them had any major repairs after over 300,000 miles (Can check it out on Ford's site) and that's 300K of the hardest miles you could possibly put on a vehicle. 2 Thumbs up Ford!