We have a loaded '07 V6 Mercury Mariner (same as an Escape) and it is a great vehicle. Roomy, peppy, looks great, and lots of options. I love the huge windshield and factory Sirius satellite radio capability too. The only option ours doesn't have is AWD. There are only 2 things I don't like about it:
The front brake dust it makes is horrible. This is common on all Escapes, Tributes, and Mariners which are all basicly the same vehicle. This can be fixed with better brake pads and if ours wasn't a lease I would change them.
The HVAC fan doesn't seem suitably sized for the vehicle. You have to keep the MAX AC on full blast on a hot day to keep the interior bearably cool. We took it back once but they said it was right where it needed to be, 48 or so degrees out the vents so it's not an AC problem. I'm sure it doesn't help that ours is dark grey and has a black leather interior though. Our neighbors '05 Esacpe has the same 2 issues. I can freeze the heck out of us in my Ranger although it has a much smaller interior space to heat/cool.
Besides that, the only thing I can think of is that I sometimes accidently bump the seat heater button on the way in and out of it and wonder why my butt and back are so hot until I notice the button is lit...lol!! They are great vehicles, you'll be very happy with it. When the lease is up on it in a few years we will probably go with a Ford Edge unless a Mercury version is out by then. I love the Lincoln MKX (?) version but we can't afford that!
'03 XLT/FX4 L1 4x4 4.0 Arizona Beige Automatic (my weekend ride). '16 Ford Escape Titanium ecoboost (wifes ride) '16 Ford Escape S (my work ride)
Last edited by klc317; 08-28-2007 at 04:55 PM.