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Hello everyone,
This is my first post and I hope that I'm putting it in the right place.
I owned a 2004 Ford Escape XLT (silver) in the states, but sold it as I have just moved to England.
I'd like to get a used Ford Maverick, and I have some questions for some of the UK members.
1. Did the 2.0 only come as manual, and the 3.0 automatic?
2. Did the manual only come as two wheel drive, and the automatic as four wheel drive?
3. I haven't seen any used models for sale with side bars / step rails; were any sold with this as an option from Ford, or have the UK members added these as after market accessories?
4. I've only seen leather interiors; did they sell any with cloth interiors?
5. Did the model years go from 2001 through 2003, or was it 2004?
6. I've seen "traction control' advertised; Is this the same as "stability control"?
7. What's the best place to find ads for used cars in the UK?
8. Is haggling with used car sales the same as in the US?
 

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Hi there, and welcome to both the forum, and Great Britain

As for Ford Mavericks, they were sold here in one trim level, the XLT, split into 2 versions,the 2.0 manual gearbox with cloth trim (leather was an extra cost option), single CD player, and 3.0 automatic gearbox with leather trim as standard, along with a 6 track CD player.

Both versions are 4WD, no 2WD versions were sold over here.

They were sold from 2001 to late 2003 ( although if you search really hard, you may come across a 2004 example, but we didn't gain the first facelift version with different interior and twin headlamps, that America did with the Escape :rant:

However, the Mazda Tribute was sold at the same time, in quite a few trim levels, and was much more popular here, as Mazda tends to be viewed as more a "Premium" brand than Ford, indeed they were more expensive than the Maverick to buy when new.

The best place to look is http://www.autotrader.co.uk/ for examples for sale, indeed it's the only national car sales website, although eBay does throw up a few examples.

As for sidesteps, they were never fitted as standard, only as optional extras ( and were quite expensive to buy), but the aftermarket products for the Maverick are just about none existant here :wall:

As for dealers, well some are good, some are bad, but in all honesty it's probably the same as what you had over there when it comes down to dealing with them.

Hope this helps, and out of curiosity, what area of the UK are you in???
 

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Wow, thanks for the info.
I'm staying with my in-laws in Ascot right now.
I'm a television and film editor and am currently looking for freelance work in London and/or Bristol.
Great time to move countries with the economy booming and all...
But my daughter number one is due to start reception, and in California (which has gone bankrupt, and has started issuing IOU vochers to fund the local school districts) she would not have started this level for an extra year due to the inflexable, arbitrary, birth-date cut-offs.
But really, I've moved here for the rain and thought that I needed a 4x4.

By the way what is the gas (oops, petral) milage like for the 3.0 auto in MPG?
 

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Firstly, the petrol consumption for the 3.0 is very poor, and will prove an expensive car to run over here, with petrol costing £1.00 / litre.

My own thought would be to search out a good condition 2.0 from 2002, plenty about, but don't spend more than £2000 on one.

My 2.0 does 30 mpg, which isn't too bad, think the 3.0 does about 22mpg, but don't quote me on that.

As for your search for work, good luck, indeed I (ahem) know a few people in the TV industry, being freelance is def a bonus at the mo, most TV programmes are now made in Cardiff (BBC), Manchester and Leeds (ITV), due to production costs, as well as Government licence restrictions on how many tv shows can be filmed in London ( :shrug: ) but most people seem to start off working on a soap type show, then progressing to drama/childrens shows later, might be worth a thought.
 

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Thanks Camusdarrach,

I'll probably look at 3.0's with auto because I haven't driven a manual in 20 years, and that was LHD!

I was looking into Bristol, because I thought that a lot of the BBC Natural History stuff was done out of there, but I just found out that the BBC are going through cut backs there.
I'm looking to build up all of the contacts for work that I can find. If you wouldn't mind passing my info along, I could forward you my CV and link to my Reel on YouTube as a private message.
 

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CAMUS You get 30 mpg, the most Ive got so far is 28 mpg on a run to Brid, and for just running round town I get about 20/22 mpg there must be something wrong with mine. Its been problem free for 5 years now but last week the steering rack went and I need a new one . Priced one up at Ford £1200 then labour on top. So the kid who services our car as sent mine off for refurbishment and its costing £400 all in. comparisson to a mondeo £500 :rant:
 

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Wow, Caffrey's I'm shocked at your MPG figure :shock:

Around town, or more precise to and from work etc, I get 30-32 MPG.

On a good run, it seems to average about 35 MPG, but I do asmit that I don't have a "Heavy right foot" :angel:

Sorry to hear about the steering rack, thats just bad luck.

As for parts costs, my local Ford dealer, Benfield, isn't too bad for prices nowadays, and even more suprisingly has the items in stock, indeed oil/air filters and the PCV valve, for eg, are cheaper for the Maverick than for a Fiesta :shrug: , going there this week to get a couple of anti roll bars, costing £20 per pair.
 

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caffereys said:
CAMUS You get 30 mpg, the most Ive got so far is 28 mpg on a run to Brid, and for just running round town I get about 20/22 mpg there must be something wrong with mine. Its been problem free for 5 years now but last week the steering rack went and I need a new one . Priced one up at Ford £1200 then labour on top. So the kid who services our car as sent mine off for refurbishment and its costing £400 all in. comparisson to a mondeo £500 :rant:
What's your Mavericks' total miles?
 
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