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How did you know an Escape was for you? I work at WM TLE and I got all the test driving I needed. Lol. Gave me the oppurtunity to give the Escapes that came through a good look. Compared to other vehicles that came through, I was by far the best and meets my needs. Was time for another vehicle. So I got to compare a lot of different vehicles. I have a 2005 XLT. Compared to the other Escapes I have seen in the area, the others seem kinda plain. The looks helped with my decision too.
 

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For me it had nothing to do with a test drive, looks , performance or quality. It came down to price. I got a screaming deal and they game me top dollar for my trade. Having said this, I love the truck and would recomend it to anyone. 2010 Limited V6, 4WD fully loaded minus navi and park assist. I like it because it is "boxy" and still has a bit of a "manly look".

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It fit my budget and more importantly, it fit in my garage :)
 

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I looked at a bunch of different AWD vehicles. The one I actually wanted was a Subaru WRX, but they were not available with a moonroof at the time and I really wanted that feature. The Escape/Tribute twins were a really close second. These were the vehicles that I sat in and thought to myself, "I could live with this". The two big decision makers for me were the moonroof and the fact that the Ford dealership was within walking distance for repairs. I got a decent discount as well as the color and options I wanted. I still love the packaging and dynamics of this vehicle. It just works for me :)
 

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I was trying to decide between an Escape and a Tribute and someone on another site suggested I check out the Mariner. I had never even heard of the Mariner. Saw a couple of pics of it and knew it was the one for me. Looked at it in person, test-drove it, ordered every option I wanted, got an awesome price and we've been living happily ever after since!
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I knew I wanted a Ford that got good gas mileage (at the time). I wanted a Limited but couldnt find one as they had just stopped ordering them and Escapes were selling like hot cakes. So I found one at the local stealership and I was all I wanted but in an XLT, which I like beeter cause I dont like the chrome on the tailgate . But didnt have leather. SO I BOUGHT IT :yahoo:
 

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It suits my lifestyle. The vehicle, has plenty of interior space.
I like that extra road height.
Overall the design appealed to me. :thumb:

Ergonomics of interior are important.
For example i can connect, up to three transceivers for uhf communications. :thumb:
This may not be critical for other people, but for me it was a total bonus.
It is the overall functionality of car.

I had a look at other SUVS.
These were Hondas and Hyundai, plus the Toyotas.
Also the Nissan X-Trail.
In context of the opposition, their pricing was not very competitive.
My apology if this be offending, but their shapes bored me witless.

Nearly went for the Tribute, because i comprehend the ford/mazda joint venture.
Anyway my Escape shares, the same platform and componentry.
It has the tribute interior basically.
But the final decision was the Escape, because the external design enticed me. :) :shades: :drool:
 

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I knew the Escort's days were numbered. :( So I had been looking for it's replacement at least one year previous to the actual purchase of our Triubte. Escapes, Focus wagon, Honda Element, Toyota Highlander and RAV4. Nothing quite got me with the "We have got to buy this feeling." :shrug: Once I factored in the utility, the price as well as the reliability I knew we were getting an Escape... :thumb: then the Ford Dealer and the salesperson I had used for my previous twenty-eleven cars/trucks tried to put it to me :rant: . I walked ( no make that :pug: run! ) out the door and down the street to the Mercury house, then the Mazda house. Since the Mazda dealer was far more interested in getting my business :)P than taking every penny from my wallet :shock: , they got my business :p . We drive the Tribute. It's a good thing! :calvin:
 

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I wanted a Ford Bronco and said well, this is the next best thing to a Bronco that Ford makes. I also loved the Explorer but they were out and it was a little too big for where I like to go in the forest. I loved the front end on the '08 so I bought it. it was perfect timing because it was the night before ford decided not to take the bailout money. i got a sweet deal for a rig I really wanted.. :rockon:
 

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I kinda inherited mine. It was originally my Mom's vehicle, she saw the Escape when it first came out and really wanted one. Finally found one about a year later at a local used car dealership with very low miles, the color she wanted, with the I4 and 4x4, exactly what she wanted.

When I first started to drive I learned the basics in Dad's Manual Ford Ranger, and later moved up to the Escape once I got good enough with the clutch, since the Escape was a lot more touchy for a beginner. So for the most part I learned to drive in the Escape. I also took my drivers exam in it, the officer actually commented that he rarely seen anyone take their test in a manual transmission.

I always liked the Escape even before it was my own, I was impressed with it, and always thought it was tougher than it looked. By the time I got into school, and with that training got a good job, my parents were wanting another vehicle, I needed a vehicle, so we came up with I buy the Escape from them (I paid calculated value for it) and they got them a full size truck.

After I got it wasn't long I really wanted to make it "mine." I added the vent shades first, then came the brush rack and lights. More recently I added the tail light guards. For most of what I do and where I go, the Escape is perfect. I do want another vehicle to make up for it's weaknesses, such as inability to tow with the I4, limited off road ability, and just to have a spare should the Escape need repairs lasting more than 1 day. I'm wanting an Xterra Off Road model to round out my vehicle needs, but I plan to keep the Escape till it drops. It will always be a good run around vehicle, old enough I'm not going to have a fit if it gets a scratch on it, and it's perfect for driving to work in the snow. Above all I just think it looks great and is a great vehicle to drive.
 

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i knew i wanted 4 wheel drive, like the looks of the escape and nissan xterra, reasearched a little an thought the escape was a better choice for me, went on auto trader and found a 2005 limited 4x4 v6 with leather n moonroof n everything, it had 60,000 n some miles gave $10,000 + 1993 toyata celica st with 198,000 miles.
nice deal on anice truck
woohoo back in a ford!
 

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Two days before Christmas in 09 my Chevy C1500's engine quit. By this time I had had enough of repairing it. Just to expensive. And after the snow we got in '08-'09 I was looking for something with AWD or 4X4. So I set out on a mission. Went to Chrysler and looked at their Liberty and Compass. To much pressure from the Salesman. I left him standing in the parking lot and drove off in my '63 Buick Wildcat. Ended up in Olympia at the Automall. Went to a Chevrolet Dealer, and walked around. No salesman. Nothing for about 30 min. So I left. Off to Hyundai, Toyota, and the same thing. Now how can a salesman miss a 19 Ft. Classic car parked right in front of their doors? :shrug:
I went to the Ford Dealer, parked, got out and started looking at the Edge/Escape line. A salesman came up and was really relaxed, no pressure, answered all my questions, we took a test drive with an '10 Escape. Man I couldn't believe the gadgets in there! Simply amazing. A bit to pricey though. Sooooooo.... there was a delivery truck unloading Escapes and I looked at one of those as well. After much dickering about the payments and price, I was to pick it up the next day. Back down to the Dealer I went (in my '63). The salesman said, "I'll drive the Escape." I told him "nope, you can drive the Buick, and I'll drive the Escape." His eyes got wide and he said, " I dunno about that!" I told him "Drive the dam thing like you stole it, and don't worry about it, if you hit anybody all that will happen to it will be a scratch the other guy is going to be crushed." So off we went. Man! I was having a ball in the Escape!!!! :yahoo: I think he was having a heart attack cause he was driving so slow. Anyway..... That's how I got my Escape!!!! The Buick went back into the Garage, covered up, waiting for show season.....
 

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I took a promotion in January that had changed my driving habits immensely. My 07 mazda hatch was too low to the ground for many of the New Jersey roads and during my travels I rode over a man hole cover, bottoming out. Ended up killing my AC and decided right there that I needed a new car. Went home and started to look at the different cars that were available. My dad owns an 05 Xterra so I looked at those first. Nice car, but the interior was not nearly as nice as my mazda which turned me off. Then I looked at the SUVs Chevy had. The trailblazer had a great looking exterior, but as with the xterra the interior looked like it was stuck in 1999. Toyota's SUVs were very non-manly (hope no one takes offense to that) and Honda's were either under powered or too expensive for me. I looked at the escapes in the beginning and decided to take another look. Went to a dealer on my way back from work and test drove a 09 4x2 v6. Ended up really liking it, but wanted a 4x4 which the dealership had none. Went to another dealership two days later and they had a silver 09 4x4 right in the front of the lot. Sat down with the salesman, but we couldn't agree on a price. Found another dealership a little bit further out offering a similar car for 2k cheaper. Called dealer number 2 to see if they would work with me since they never lose a sale due to price (What BS!!!) and of course the salesman told me to come in. So I cleaned up my trade and headed over to the dealer. After another hour and a half of going back and forth, the dealer only dropped the price $500 bucks. I walked again and told the guy thanks for waisting my time. Went to the other dealer ship the day after and bought a black 09 4x4 that sits in my drive way. The best part is dealer 3 offered me $1000 more on my trade then dealer 2 and their price was $1500 cheaper. Extremely happy with the deal i got on my escape.
 

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My 2005 Mustang finally ran out of warranty...in almost five years, the stang spend 6 months in the shop. Different things kept breaking, and with the exception of the clutch and transmission, it was a different problem every time. I had had enough!

So, I broke out my consumer reports and looked at everything on the market. I eliminated everything that was out of my price range based on what I expected to spend with trade, rebates, and etc. Then, I eliminated everything that had poor crash-test ratings, poor expected reliability, and averaged less than 22 miles per gallon. This left me with three vehicles that I would consider owning: Mazda3, Escape (my preferred version of the triplets), and the VW Jetta.

I drove and appreciated the Mazda3s Sport 5-door. I liked everything but the excessive road noise; the 3 left the running after a quick test drive because of the noise.

I drove the VW Jetta and was set to buy one. I was actually playing dealers off each other in an effort to get my best deal. Then, I went to give my Ford dealer the opportunity to earn my business. I was set to look only at the V6. He talked me into drivng the I4. I loved it, but they were not really willing to make a deal since the Escape was a '10 (the Jetta was an '09).

I was exiting the freeway to go sign the papers on the Jetta when my better half said, "I'm not telling you what to do, but you really like the escape more than the Jetta." Which, I did. So we tried another dealership...beat the original dealerships offer by over $2000 plus a better deal on my trade! I love my Escape and am very excited to be driving it!
 

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I loved my '96 Crown Vic, it had 200,000 miles on it and probably would have given me a lot more - that car ran great. But over the last year the paint failed almost overnight and I needed new tires, and a whole new front bumper/grill after a parking lot mishap. At that point, the vehicle was only worth about $1,500. When the "Cash for Clunkers" program was announced, they were offering up to $4,500 for used cars, depending on what vehicle you purchased. I started looking for qualifying vehicles. After slipping and sliding through the snow the last couple of winters, I definitely wanted something with 4WD, and the program required a vehicle that got at least 2 mpg better than the car you were trading in. I also wanted another Ford - my Crown Vic performed great, as did the vehicle before it, an '88 Thunderbird.

The Ford Escape seemed to fit the bill. I rented a 4 banger with FWD for a weekend and really enjoyed driving it. It met all the requirements of the Cash for Clunkers program, but that rental car made me realize I needed the 6 cylinder with 4WD, which just squeaked under the qualifications. In May of '09 I started wandering around the local Ford dealership's lot looking at Escapes, but I either couldn't find one that I liked, or they didn't have what I wanted (6 cyl, 4WD). A salesman asked me to look at what he could find online at other dealerships, so we went into the showroom. Sitting there all nice and pretty was a Mercury Mariner with just what I was looking for. I'm surprised he never suggested the Mariner. We haggled over the price, then realized that "Cash for Clunkers" wasn't going to kick off until the end of July, so I went home and did research on the Mariner for future negotiations.

The dealer called me back at the beginning of July - we haggled over the price of that same Mariner again, he wouldn't agree to my price, so I walked, trying not to show how much I really wanted that vehicle. For weeks after that, I would drive by the showroom to see if the Mariner was still there - it was. When "Cash for Clunkers" officially kicked off, I walked back in to the showrom and the dealer was finally ready to haggle. From a sticker price of $27,500, I got him down to $23,500 AND he gave me $3,500 for my Crown Vic bringing it down to $20,000, AND I got 0% financing. I didn't even have to vacuum the petrified McDonald's french fries out of the back seat, they took the Crown Vic as is, and I drove out in that brand new Mariner. Every now and then things just come together without you really having to try. :yes:
 

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I also purchased my Escape because of the Cash for Clunker program. I traded in a 96 Taurus SHO which needed some front end work. My first choice was a Focus but after the test drive it was too small so the salesman suggested I try the Fusion or the Escape. I didn't want another midsize four door sedan my other car is a Jaguar XJ8 so I chose the Escape.
Selected the 4 cylinder to get the max rebate and front wheel drive because I live 8 miles from my job in a urban area and never go offroad.
 

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I was looking for a vehicle that was not very big but had lots of space- ie a hatchback or small SUV. After looking at a Toyota Matrix, I decided it was too small- one of my requirements would be putting my bicycle inside of it without taking off the front wheel. The Toyota RAV4 was a good size but wasn't fun to drive unless they it had a manual, and the only manual within 100 miles was sage green- I'm not paying for that. I test drove a few cars: Subaru Outback Sport (manual, pretty decent), Saturn VUE (junky) and I was going to drive an Escape XLS manual but they only had two left cars left on the lot: mine and a grey No Boundaries. I drove it and fell for it instantly, what a fun truck to drive! They made me a pretty good deal on it and I drove off that night. My only beefs with it are the manual transmission and poor fuel economy.
 

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My discovery of the Escape was not unlike that of a suitor who chose his mail-order bride.

The wife and I had been driving a Toyota Harrier (the Japanese version of the Lexus RX series crossover) since 2005 and wanted to trade down in order to eliminate the rather massive car loan that still remained, as well as be rid of a flashy-looking but under-performing vehicle. Since we are both outdoorsy people at heart, we were looking for another answer -- a SUV that had actual power and was sure-footed enough for light-duty journeys into the mud and muck (the Harrier was a rather anemic 4-cylinder with only front wheel drive). We also tired of the modern, 21st century rounded body designs that made it look like everyone was driving around in giant chicken eggs. But it was difficult for a while finding one that fit the bill without being too gigantic, fuel-guzzling, or expensive.

To be perfectly honest, until the used car dealer introduced us to the Escape via an online directory, I'd never even heard of this model. Usually when you see vehicles with the Ford logo in Japan they're either Telstars, Fiestas, or Explorers and Expeditions with spinner rims and bass speakers the size of radar dishes driven by young men trying to mate with females. I'd seen Mazda Tributes before, but it never clicked that Ford had a similar model as far back as 2001.

So when the dealer showed me the photo of the 2001 Escape, it was love at first click. :heart: It was a bit of a gamble, deciding on a car without ever test-driving it, but this dealer is a reputable national chain and we had a 30-day money-back guarantee. So we took it.

It certainly proved its worth on and off the road in the intervening time, and we are both very satisfied with our purchase!
 

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My wife had an 06' Escape for her company work vehicle. When she got it we both simply loved the vehicle. It fit everything including 2 dogs, all of our crap, was great in the snow and got good gas mileage. When she had to trade it in and get a new vehicle the Escape was not a choice and she ended up getting the Fusion. For me I was driving a VW Passat that we bought new in 2003. The car was paid off and had 114k miles and the engine basically died while driving to work one day. While dealing with VW corporate, I didn't want to be without a car and borrowing one until they provided an answer so I went down on a Tuesday after work to look at Escapes. I pretty much looked at all others in the same class and didn't like any for one reason or another. Hondas were too much $$, CR-V looked to chickish, and many vehicles had the same rounded look - you know the Kuga look. I like boxy, truck looking lines.

I looked at what they had in inventory as I needed a vehicle quick. I know I wanted AWD, 4-cylinder. I didn't want to spend more than $25K so the limited was out. I don't care about leather but had to have a moonroof. My dealer orders in all vehicles with Sun/Sync so all of them had moonroofs. They had one in stock and I drove it on Wednesday. I picked it up on Thursday of that week. So basically in 2 days I bought the vehicle. I got an awesome price, I put down $10k and got an awesome % and my payments are low. Got a 5-year factory extended warranty and was able to use the 2009 taxes in our year end taxes (they give a credit for new 2009 purchases). So in the end I got a brand new vehicle for the money I wanted.

Good thing too as I spent 2 months dealing with VW on a dead engine issue which they eventually said that they would not cover the warranty issue on the Audi sludge related claims. I gave up fighting and basically went to the VW dealer, lashed at the GM and the owner and took my car home. Sold it ina week privately to re-coup some of the $$. Basically they wanted $5k to fix the motor. I took that 5k and put it into the Escape. I will never by another VW. Which is too bad as I have onwed 7 VW cars in my life. So I tried out my first Ford vehicle. So far so good....
 

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After having my first child I needed a vehicle with lots of cargo space but I'm not a big fan of mini vans and in the line of small SUV's the Escape was really the best value in terms of price, reliabillity and maintenance costs.
After looking at a fair number of Escapes on lots in the area, this unique looking No Bounds really stood out for me, good price from a Ford dealer with the balance of the factory warranty and 2 years maintenance included.
No regrets on this purchase, I've travelled a fair bit already and I still love it.
 
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