- Jun 5, 2000
I've been hearing some good things about these. I'm thinking about getting one. Anyone have any advice?
but I believe the powertrain is pure Ford. Straight from the Taurus I think.
Not to sound like a basher but wasn't the Taurus powertrain one of the most unreliable chunks of aluminum to emerge from a Ford factory in the past 10 years? My experiences seemed to indicate so. Certainly the older Tauruses were prone to expensive transmission and engine problems, I don't know about the newer ones though, as I wouldn't touch one with a 39 1/2 foot pole now.
Why oh why don't they use a Mazda powertrain? Oh well, if you like the vehicle, make sure to get an extended warranty.
Is there a AWD version of the Escape/Tribute? If there is then at least that model's not a pure Taurus powertrain. Also a manual tranny wouldn't be coming from a Taurus either.
In this case the underpinnings owe at least some tribute to the Mazda 626 sedan. Just how much is hard to say, because both Ford and Mazda have waffled on this issue. The answer is something like this: not as much as we were first led to believe but more than the two companies are now willing to admit.
The 626 roots would explain the engine and transmisison options on the Tribute/Escape, and the 626 is a darned good car. Of course the fitment of an AWD system would be an absolute must in this class.
Ken, if you like the Tribute/Escape, take a look at Subaru Outback and Legacy models. They are in the same class, you might like them. IMO no-one builds a better AWD system than Subaru with the possible lone exception of Audi. The Outbacks are great cars.