Originally Posted by Essayons89
Thanks, Nikki. I'll check out the Escape.
I'm still debating whether or not to get a new car. I have a few things that I need to get fixed on this one:
Driver door window doesn't roll up and down right
Trunk won't stay up when open ( I can't figure out how to reset the metal rods that hold it up when open)
Now the trunk won't lock when I close it. I can't figure out why it won't.
I also have a relay that needs to be replaced.
My AC has a leak and only the two highest blower settings work.
There isn't anything going on with the car that I consider a major repair. I've had good luck with the car. The only major part repairs outside of brakes (and usual maintenance) have been replacing the fuel pump, alternator and the clutch for the AC compressor. I'd like to have a new car but I don't think I need one as long as I get the above fixed and stay up on the maintenance. I can afford the payment, that's not a problem. What's holding me back is that I have a loan through citifinancial and my current car is the collateral. I don't know how getting a new car would affect the payment. I'm thinking if I do get a new car I still keep the Cavalier (the collateral for the loan) until I get the loan paid off. Dunno...
How is the escape on gas mileage?
It's great on gas milage! I get better mpg out of the new suv than my old Mercury Sable
The consumer reports are always a little pessamistic when they post the mpg ratings- so if you care for it properly you'll probably get even better (you know- maintaining air in your tires, changing the oil/etc -helps with the fuel economy) I think ours gets about 19mpg as an estimate- but probably better than that at the moment! It depends on if you get the 4 cylinder or the 6 as well- the ride isn't too different on the two- (we tested both) - and since the 4 cylinder uses less power- you guzzel less gas. We do mostly city driving, so we chose the 4 cylinder. We were able to get an awesome price on ours thankfully because his dad retired from Ford credit- so we qualified for the Z plan and it saved us quite a bit. We wouldn't compromise on the 4 wheel drive though- it's a must for us!
Ours is the XLT (i think!) edition- it comes with the moon roof, info screen, and a lot of other features. One cool thing about the Escapes- the seats are made out of recycled material- so i love that they're a little bit green ya know! The seats also fold ALL the way down in the back- so tons of space back there!!! It's the perfect family vehicle for us- very safe as well. I think my favorite thing about it though if i'm honest is the safety features and the HUGE windows- you can see the road very well from it and the "greenhouse" style windows are great! You're also up a little higher in this than a car- so your able to see better as far as driving is concerned. (i'm short, so that's awesome!)
Oh yea, do not waste your money on the hybrid-they're a rip off
Yes they get AWESOME mpg- they estimate 32- but likely get a little better than that. But - it will take years before they "pay for themselves" gas wise. The average person spends between 1500-2000 on gas a year.....you're paying at LEAST 10,000 extra for a hybrid -so when you do the math- it will take quite a few yrs for it to pay for itself gas wise...and by then- there will be newer and better models (hopefully at better prices!) and maybe you'll get even more mpg out of them. By the time you pay for it though-it'll be time for another car so hybrids at the moment, because of the high price aren't that economical.