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The escape is a great vehicle. There really isnt much problems that we see with them
There are sometimes cruise control issues with a broken cable. Some window seals. Other than that no real issues with the motor and transmission
their suspension holds up well?
Im not telling you that you will not have any problems with the car but from experience its rare
Yes no issues with the suspension. If you live up north then you know to check for rust
why were the 2009 escape ratings poor compared to the other years?
Well ratings done by independent companies all have differnet opinions. I work on these vehicles and dont see alot in the shop. Other than normal maintance and some normal wear and tear compontents
is there a timing belt to replace on escapes after 60k miles that is expensive? or similar expensive normal maintenance?
There is no timing belt. It has a timing chain so no, you dont have to replace
great. thanks for your help. that's all i needed. and btw, roll tide! - from a '77 graduate - been living in ohio for 30 yrs after raised in mobile