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Due to financial problems, i had to get rid of my fully loaded 2008 GMC Yukon. It was fully paid off, so all the proceeds went to me.

I got ahold of a 2008 ford escape with....wait for it...91k miles. t'was a fleet vehicle, and after watching the last season of dexter, i love the styling of the escape. After a few days (and some buyers remorse) I realized that it may need some major maintenance issues that need to be addressed. I noticed the fuel economy is terrible, almost makes me think there is a leak, i did some inspection and cant seem to find one. So i'm assuming it needs a full tune up, spark plugs, a brake job, new tires, and alignment. I'll be doing all of this pretty soon.

One thing that's really annoying and is making me kinda regret buying this vehicle is the rough ride. It is terrible, i can feel every little bump on the road, its annoying! Considering the high mileage, i'm assuming the shocks and struts need to be replaced as well.

Also, when i put some weight on the rear, such as just pushing down on it from the rear bumper, it sqeaks real bad - could this be a sign of the need of new shocks and struts? at least for the rear.

And last thing, i'm a big guy - i weight about 300 lbs. I tend to notice that when im inside the vehicle, the front driver side suspension bottoms out, and part of the drivers side rear does that as well. Is this small suv not for big guys? or is it my 91k miles of wear and tear of the suspension?

Feel free to make fun of my weight. Just keep in mind im a 6'6 guy :peace:

Thanks in advanced folks
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First off, welcome! :welcome:

Wow -- I'm hoping you got a killer deal on that. Sorry about your issues. Going from a Yukon to Escape, you will notice a diminished ride. The short wheelbase does bounce around a lot. I also noticed going from an 07 to an 08, it seems the new ones have excessive body roll. I thought it was just me, but Car and Driver stated the same of the new Mariner (which came in last in their recent comparison). The suspension on my 08 seems a little too soft for my taste. In all honestly, I preferred the ride and handling of my 07 vs. 08. On the upside, it is great for getting around in parking lots (can't be beat). Visibility is great. The 4wd does excellent in adverse conditions.

I would start by changing oil to a synthetic would good cleaners. Run some shorter intervals (3K) at first. I would immediately flush (search on here for DIY method) the tranny oil -- as it's probably never been changed. The CD4E is the weakest point (by far) in this drivetrain. Your other suggestions sound great. Perform the above 2 first, and then take baby steps as $ allows.

Good luck. Keep us posted, and keep asking questions. There's many brilliant folk around here.
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