After sleeping on it we drove off Saturday AM to the Ford dealer where we upgraded to a brand new Escape. This is the first new car we have bought since 1972 (a Volkswagen Beetle). The nice Ford people gave us $5000 trade in as well as honoring the discounted internet price of $24,500 on the new car. We were happy to find a 4X4 Escape with no frills except the big engine (required for the 3500 lb tow rating) and were not ready to start down the road of diagnosis&repair so it turned out to be just the right car at a very good price.... at just the right time.
Marco's new Toter
The "big engine" for towing is a 2.0L 4cyl Turbocharged wonder of modern technology. At 122 cubic inch displacement this little mill pumps out 237HP and has more torque than the 3.0L V6 it replaces. Plus, at 21/28 MPG the EPA fuel mileage rating for our new four wheel drive Escape is higher than our old front wheel drive Escape was.