Registered: Jan 2003
I love my new Escape so far ('03 XLT Sport), but the only thing that got me to buy a Ford again was the $4000 under MSRP and 1.9% financing. Essentially, Ford had to give that Escape to me without a profit (or even at a loss).
Why? Because I had a '00 Windstar SEL that was the biggest piece of junk I've ever driven. In the first 15,000 miles it was in for multiple recalls, left me stranded twice, had the transmission self-destruct, required a complete front-end rebuild due to shoddy parts, had a power steering pump fail twice, had two major fluid leaks that required emergency trips to the dealer, had an intermittent rear-sensing system, an intermittent horn, and numerous fit and finish problems like a visor clip that was loose and the screw stripped. The driver's power seat failed, the power passenger door started to jam occasionally...
Jeez, now that I write the list out again, I'm amazed I bought another Ford. I guess that's how appealing I found the Escape, that I was willing to overlook such a disastrous experience at any price.
If Ford fails, it will be their own fault.
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