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I am looking at buying a 2010 Escape XLT base model with no options (no Sync, etc). I also have an ipod that I'd like to plug into the vehicle. Is this possible without any added options?

If so...
Does the base model come with a USB port or the line in patch port similar to a headset?
Is the port on the dash or in the armrest?
Can I control the ipod thru the vehicle's stereo or do I have to use the ipod controls? Can you adjust the volume with the stereo volume knob?
Does the vehicle charge the ipod?
How is the sound quality?

Thanks in advance to anyone who wants to answer. I hope to be driving one soon, but don't want to be disappointed in the options.
 

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greatescape said:
I am looking at buying a 2010 Escape XLT base model with no options (no Sync, etc). I also have an ipod that I'd like to plug into the vehicle. Is this possible without any added options?

If so...
Does the base model come with a USB port or the line in patch port similar to a headset?
Is the port on the dash or in the armrest?
Can I control the ipod thru the vehicle's stereo or do I have to use the ipod controls? Can you adjust the volume with the stereo volume knob?
Does the vehicle charge the ipod?
How is the sound quality?

Thanks in advance to anyone who wants to answer. I hope to be driving one soon, but don't want to be disappointed in the options.
Personally I think the SYNC system is worth the money. I have an 09 escape and I love it.

However all models come with an aux port below the ac controls in the center console where the cigarette lighter is.
I believe you would have to use the iPod to change songs and edit the volume if it isnt adjusted on the ipod already.
The vehicle does charge the ipod, but only with a USB port, which I think only comes with the SYNC system.
Sound quality is great with the sync system and it is easy to use.
 

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From the 2010 Owner's Manual:

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Entertainment Systems


Your vehicle is equipped with an Auxiliary Input Jack (AIJ). The Auxiliary Input Jack provides a way to connect your portable music player to the in-vehicle audio system. This allows the audio from a portable music player to be played through the vehicle speakers with high fidelity. To achieve optimal performance, please observe the following instructions when attaching your portable music device to the audio system.

If your vehicle is equipped with a navigation system, refer to Auxiliary input jack section in the Audio features chapter of your Navigation system supplement.

Required equipment:

1. Any portable music player designed to be used with headphones

2. An audio extension cable with stereo male 1/8 in. (3.5 mm) connectors at each end

To play your portable music player using the auxiliary input jack:

1. Begin with the vehicle parked and the radio turned off.

2. Ensure that the battery in your portable music player is new or fully charged and that the device is turned off.

3. Attach one end of the audio extension cable to the headphone output of your player and the other end of the audio extension cable to the AIJ in your vehicle.

4. Turn the radio on, using either a tuned FM station or a CD loaded into the system. Adjust the volume to a comfortable listening level.

5. Turn the portable music player on and adjust the volume to 1/2 the volume.


6. Press AUX on the vehicle radio repeatedly until LINE, LINE IN or SYNC LINE IN appears in the display. You should hear audio from your portable music player although it may be low.

7. Adjust the sound on your portable music player until it reaches the level of the FM station or CD by switching back and forth between the AUX and FM or CD controls.

Troubleshooting:

1. Do not connect the audio input jack to a line level output. Line level outputs are intended for connection to a home stereo and are not compatible with the AIJ. The AIJ will only work correctly with devices that have a headphone output with a volume control.

2. Do not set the portable music player's volume level higher than is necessary to match the volume of the CD or FM radio in your audio system as this will cause distortion and will reduce sound quality. Many portable music players have different output levels, so not all players should be set at the same levels. Some players will sound best at full volume and others will need to be set at a lower volume.

3. If the music sounds distorted at lower listening levels, turn the portable music player volume down. If the problems persists, replace or recharge the batteries in the portable music player.

4. The portable music player must be controlled in the same manner when it is used with headphones as the AIJ does not provide control (play, pause, etc.) over the attached portable music player.

5. For safety reasons, connecting or adjusting the settings on your portable music player should not be attempted while the vehicle is moving. Also, the portable music player should be stored in a secure location, such as the center console or the glove box, when the vehicle is in motion. The audio extension cable must be long enough to allow the portable music player to be safely stored while the vehicle is in motion.

USB port (if equipped)

Your vehicle may be equipped with a USB port located on the instrument panel. This feature allows you to plug in media playing devices, memory sticks, and also to charge devices if they support this feature. For further information on this feature, refer to Accessing and using your USB port in the SYNC supplement or Navigation System supplement.
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From what I've read in the manual, here are my answers to your questions:

Does the base model come with a USB port or the line in patch port similar to a headset?
Only Sync & Navigation equipped models come with USB. The base models do come with an Auxiliary Input Jack.

Is the port on the dash or in the armrest?
The Auxiliary Input Jack is in the lower section of the center console below the radio and HVAC controls.

Can I control the iPod thru the vehicle's stereo or do I have to use the iPod controls?
See the text highlighted in RED in the Troubleshooting text above. If you don't have Sync, you have to use the iPod controls.

Can you adjust the volume with the stereo volume knob?
See the text highlighted in GREEN and in the text above. You can control the volume with either the iPod or the Head Unit. However they are dependent on each other. In other words, if your H.U. volume is all the way down, you won't get sound by increasing the volume on your iPod. You need to find the "Happy Balance" and work your way up or down from there.

Does the vehicle charge the iPod?
Not unless you have Sync with the USB port or a vehicle charger for the iPod you can plug into the cigarette lighter/power port.

How is the sound quality?
Can't answer this as I have an '02. I don't even have an Aux jack. I need to use an FM transmitter. :(

Thanks in advance to anyone who wants to answer. I hope to be driving one soon, but don't want to be disappointed in the options.
Good luck getting your Escape. It sounds like you would be happier with a model that has Sync...
 

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I have Sync in my '10 Escape XLT and I LOVE it!!! :)P

While I have a Zune, the IPOD should work just the same. I plug my Zune into the USB slot thats near the bottom of the console and it runs it like a USB drive. I can select the songs and switch, ect with the radio controls. The radio functions are pretty close to that of what I can do with my Zune(save the whole touch screen deal). Only problem Ive run into is if I leave the Zune plugged into the USB slot all the time, sometimes when I start the truck it defaults to the radio and takes a min or so before Sync recognizes that there is a device plugged into the USB. Has anyone else had this issue? While its a minor bug, I rather like the Sync package. And for those who are quick to bash anything Microsoft related, Ive heard horror stories about the same style car systems provided by Mac for the IPOD ;)
 

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greatescape - welcome to the City!
All your questions have been well and truly answered, except the last one, I think. We have the base input jack (1/8" mini stereo phone type), we control the music from the 'pod, and we find the sound quite acceptable. We have a separate charger and can use it at the same time.
 
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