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Looking to know the history of the Escape. Is it based on a Mazda?

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The Escape platform is derived from the old Mazda 626 platform. The rest of the engineering was done by both Mazda and Ford, although I remember reading that Mazda did most of the work.
 

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About the only thing left from the original platform is the shortened pan. I beleive everything else wound up being new or newly redesigned for the Escape.
 

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I reckon it is. Or that is the impression i have. Anyway i can see ,that my escape is basically the " MAZDA TRIBUTE " Different style on the outside, and interior is different. When the service tech ( mechanic), does a service on my escape, a mazda oil filter is fitted. Also he explained how the escape engine, was designed in liason with mazda. :)
 

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My friends and I joke that the Escape is what's left of the Bronco after Mazda got done with it.
 

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Tribute and Escape have most common underpinnings, with external variance on all panels except (I believe) the front doors.
That is up till the 08 models in the US I believe.

The V6 is a Ford Engine, the 4 Cyl is a Mazda one. The transmission is a Mazda design. In the Aussie Models, almost everything interior or mechanical will bolt from one to the other. Very rare exception was the radio in pre 06 models - Ford went with their US Wiring, Mazda with their Panasonic/FMS Wiring. In the 06 Aussie Models they are both the same.

I am using a Tribute HD 1600/160kg Towbar on my Escape - its factory option on the Mazda, and not an option on the ford.

The Suspension is supposed to be a little different as well - Stiffer/Sportier for the Tribute, with slight changes to the PCM Calibration to make the mazda appear more responsive. They both get the same mileage however from the same engine.

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Nigel said:
The transmission is a Mazda design.
Didn't know that. Does that mean the Escort transmission was sourced from Mazda as well? The CD4E is supposed to be a heavy-duty version of that.
 

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I dont know for sure - which escort?

Just re-checked and your right - that part was ford. As far as Ive read the 2.0 and 2.3 are descendants from the Mazda B Series.

Sorry

I always wanted to blame someone else - for a heavier duty trans it sure has weakneses
 

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Nigel said:
I always wanted to blame someone else - for a heavier duty trans it sure has weakneses
For a heavier duty Escort trans it's pretty much what you'd expect. :lol:
 

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Mazda and Ford go way back...how far?? :shrug:

My Dad has a 70's Ford Courier P/U. IIRC it says Mazda right there on the air cleaner.

No wonder we like the Escape so much. We've seemed to always have a Mazda of some sort in our stable. :yes:
 

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futameca said:
Mazda and Ford go way back...how far?? :shrug:

My Dad has a 70's Ford Courier P/U. IIRC it says Mazda right there on the air cleaner.

No wonder we like the Escape so much. We've seemed to always have a Mazda of some sort in our stable. :yes:
I beleive the 1972 model year for Mazda and Ford was the first year of the Courier. I don't think it was a fall offering except maybe on the west coast. We didn't have any here in Texas that I knew of till spring of 72. Mazda was a little primative back then. But really leap frogged into the future with the rotary engine!
 

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I remember back in the early 80's Mazda and Ford jointly built a large plant just up the road from where I grew up in Michigan. It is in Flat Rock, a suburb SW of Detroit, and back then they built Mazda626/Ford Probe cars their. I believe the Ford Ranger is (was??) the base platform for Mazda B-Series small P/U trucks.
 

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We might be seeing less of it in the future. Late last year, Ford sold its controlling share in Mazda.
 

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^^ Yes, they did, but they still own about 14%. I believe I read that they will continue to collaborate on platforms and drivetrains into the foreseeable future.

Also, Ford didn't have a controlling share of Mazda until the mid 1980s, and they partnered on a number of projects before then. I think they will continue to be related, but not as closely as they have been for the past decade or so.
 

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MichaelJD1980 said:
^^ Yes, they did, but they still own about 14%. I believe I read that they will continue to collaborate on platforms and drivetrains into the foreseeable future.

Also, Ford didn't have a controlling share of Mazda until the mid 1980s, and they partnered on a number of projects before then. I think they will continue to be related, but not as closely as they have been for the past decade or so.
New 3 series still using the Focus platform. Ford still builds the Tribute, and Mazda is still wanting to sell the updated version for 2010. The 626 is still built at the Automotive Alliance factory in Michigan (it also builds the newer S-197 Mustang). Ford is using Mazda design for the newer Ranger world truck.... They joined at the hip financially if not engineering wise.

Oh, and the Ranger had nothing to do with the Mazda built Courier. That was a Ford styled Mazda truck. It had Ford engines installed, you know the Pinto 2.3L four banger, on later model years. I think starting in 1975 or 76. :shrug: ;)
 

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The Ranger/B-Series badge engineering referenced above was from 1993 on. Most people don't even notice that a Mazda B-Series truck is NOT a Ford Ranger. They are the same truck with a different grille and slightly different bed sides (there are other minor differences, but those are the most noticeable).
 

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Hello MichaelJD1980. Yes, that is correct. Down under here, our Ford Ranger ute 4x4 and the Mazda BT 50 ute are the same truck. They both have different shapes but share mechanical componentry. :)
 

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My bad. I was reading Ranger, and thinking Courier... :fan:

Ranger/B Series are the same basic truck. Built in Minnesota. That factory is scheduled to close after next year due to EPA/OSHA requirements. :doh: Small truck production will start in Lexington or Louisville, KY once the new truck is finalized. At least that was the last that I read on another Ford employee site. I think Blue Oval News. :shrug:
 
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