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Re: New member, considering replacing an F-150 with a Marine

Postby Mantruck101 - March 6th, 2012, 10:59 pm

Just thought I'd share my experience with the Escape to help you make a decision...

My family had an early 2001 model (built November 2000) in which we logged 100K+ miles. We used it for towing on a few occasions (5'X8' & 6'X12' enclosed cargo trailers from U-haul) and we never had any issues with climbing grades (I live in the Appalachians) or braking performance. Towing the 6'X12' was a little uncomfortable for me as it seemed rather large in comparison to the Escape, but the we managed just fine. Each time I towed, I turned Overdrive off and kept my interstate cruising speed around 55-60MPH. I was very comfortable pulling the 5'X8' trailer with it. That Escape did have the factory hitch and it did come in handy when moving to/ from college.

I have never towed anything with my 2010, but I assume it would tow at least as well as our 2001 did with its extra 40Hp and the 2 extra gears in the transmission.

Speaking of the infamous 6F35...

I had the initial transmission recall reprogramming (1015b) done in early June 2010 on my 2010 Escape V6 4WD when it had about 8000 miles. I now have 67,000 miles and I haven't had any transmission issues. My transmission is slow to engage Drive after I back out of the driveway first thing in the morning, but I very much doubt this is damaging to the transmission. Like I've said before, I move slower when its early and cold too. There is new transmission programming (dated December 2011) available at dealers that addresses harsh shifts when cold, shift flaring, and a few other issues. I think that pretty much every member who has received the latest update seems pleased with it. I plan on requesting that my dealer perform the TSB next week when my Escape goes in for service.

Like you already mentioned, you are FAR more likely to come across stories of people complaining about a problem with a product than you are to come across stellar reviews. Even if you found 1,000 separate legitimate cases, that's still only a drop in the bucket of the 225,000+ Escapes Ford sold last year.

Lots of luck with your vehicle shopping. Despite the minor issues my family has had over the years with our Escapes, we have enjoyed all 3 of them and continue to recommend them.
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Re: New member, considering replacing an F-150 with a Marine

Postby oldfordisbetter - March 6th, 2012, 11:05 pm

i have an 05 escape. a little older then what you are going for but.... :stop: it happens lol. b4 i bought this i had a 1992 f250 5.8, 5spd, 4x4, 35's.. this thing was big loud and mean. i also had a 1997 ford escort lx 5spd for my daily commute duties as i was 130 miles round trip a day. the car got 37mpg consistently. it was a little rocket ship/ fun 5spd dd. my truck was for hauling/towing/ 4x4 for fun/ in snow when car wouldnt move. i sold both and got my 05 escape xlt v6 auto. what i wanted was a 4cyl, 4x4, 5spd. but i settled for what i have now. at first it sucked that i didnt have a pickup bed to haul stuff. yes the seats fold down and have ample space inside but the lust for a bed was still there. i had a towing package added by the dealer and now i can tow my trailer and i have no problems. i've pulled 2 yards of mulch with escape. i've flat towed a gmc van. i've off roaded in some deep mud. i've pulled a chevy 2500 out of stuck mud.. i wished for snow to see how it does.. i give the credit to the firestone distination a/t's i got for it. $700. i get mixed 19 mpg. but the one time i babied the crap out of it i got 24mpg... but i got the 4spd auto. i will say that i am considering getting a newer escape. i am also considering a tdi jetta but then ill have to get another truck to tow/haul/offroad. so the escape who can do it all seems much better. yes i wont get alot of mpg but its a trade off i can deal with. i do have access to a '10 fwd 4cyl escape and i like it. great pickup, nice features. i like it. i drive it once a week short distances. i wish i could drive it on a commute to school 75miles away to see how it really does but its not mine. :bill: i would reccommened an escape/mariner they are great. get a cai, sct tuner, and exhaust, and rock it till the wheels fall off
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Re: New member, considering replacing an F-150 with a Marine

Postby nagata - March 7th, 2012, 12:48 am

Mantruck101 wrote:Speaking of the infamous 6F35...

Like you already mentioned, you are FAR more likely to come across stories of people complaining about a problem with a product than you are to come across stellar reviews. Even if you found 1,000 separate legitimate cases, that's still only a drop in the bucket of the 225,000+ Escapes Ford sold last year.


Thanks for sharing your experience! As you reinforce, I know there are plenty of happy & satisfied 09+ Escape/Mariner owners out there who have never had tranny issues or who had issues that were easily remedied, it's just a bit unnerving to see so many reports of problems (many of which are ongoing, despite remedy attempts) and discussions of a class action lawsuit, things of that nature. I'm trying to get that 'warm & fuzzy' feeling, lol. I still plan to go look at a few Escapes/Mariners, but I think I'm also gonna look at an Edge or 2 for some comparison. Pretty sure I like the appearance of the Escape/Mariner more, and seems I would get lower miles & more amenities for the same or less money, but always good to look at an alternative.


oldford, thanks for the input! Ah, a 92 F-250, that was a real truck, hahaha. And I actually learned to drive in a 98 Escort wagon SE, 5-speed...the 'shaggin wagon,' hahaha. Sounds like you eventually transitioned well, glad to hear it. I'm hoping I can have a similarly positive experience :)
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Re: New member, considering replacing an F-150 with a Marine

Postby oldfordisbetter - March 7th, 2012, 6:44 am

i used to do junk yarding. id drive around in alleys n stuff before trash night and find refrig, ovens, air conditioners, scrap metal and throw it in the truck. now if i see something i gotta drive to my parents ( i store my trailer there it wont fit at my a[artment) and then drive back to pick it up. got to be a hassle real fast so ive pretty much havn''t done it in months... only other complaint... :rant:
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