More than met my expectations
January 20, 2019
Terrific. Bought it used 2013 w/ 182,000 miles. Figured I'd keep it a year or two. I liked it so much I still have it at 220,000 miles. I do some part-time landscaping and love the cargo volume. It swallows my lawnmower, shovels, rakes, and my smaller wheelbarrow and job supplies, with room to spare. I picked up a cigarette lighter blue tooth device now I get to listen to Pandora and talk hands free. As other reviewers noted I have rust in the left wheel well. Also some tailgate rust - water had been getting in through one of the back up lamps. One of the nice things I've noticed on mine and other 2003-2005 Escapes is the quality of the silver paint finish. This spring I'll do the repairs or buy a used tailgate. Outside of. routine maintenance, I've spent $5,700 in repairs over 5.5 years that included $800 on a nice set of tires. That's below what I expected for a high mileage car. The engine is quieter than my wife's 2008 Prius and amazingly has near factory compression. Average mpg is 23 to 26 depending on the season and driving. If you're looking for a reliable inexpensive SUV to buy, my 2005 hybrid escape is not for sale.