Thanks! I really wasn't all that fond of the color when I bought it.
To be completely honest, when I started looking for a newer vehicle to replace my 1994 T-Bird, I thought I wanted a Explorer Sport-trac. I found one for a good price and wanted it.
When the sales man told me to take the escape for a test drive, I was hooked. I loved the way it drove. I was use to being in a LARGE 2 door car that was low to the ground. I loved the visibility, and it didn't feel too large for me. (I am only 5'4 and the full size trucks just seemed too big) The 4wheel drive got me around amazingly last winter. Going from Rear wheel to front wheel with rear wheel assisst has completely disintigrated the 'I dunno if I am going to make it' attitude I once had. I am a much more confident driver.
I love that when I put the peddle to the floor I have instant power there is NO hesitation (I have the V6). In the '03 Escape I have the dial to change when I want it in 4 wheel all the time, otherwise it just sits in the assisst, and it only kicks in if the wheels start to slip. The Anti-Lock is not over sensitive and doesn't come on at the drop of a hat, but it does kick in when you need it.
I love this trucklet!
I have recently been faced with the option of trading it off...I just can't. The versatility of this machine is incredible. I have gone off-roading in it, I have taken it down dirt roads, I have taken in on hwy cruises, and I drive it everyday in the city, Nothing beats this thing.
Even my parents have driven it and fallen in love with it. My b/f is currently looking at one for a winter vehicle, and my sister came very close to buying one not long after I bought mine, the only thing that stopped her, was money.
Amazing vehicles with SO much potential. I love it!