2003 Ford Escape XLS
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Engine Type

Gas I4

MPG (City/Highway)

23/28

Safety Ratings

MSRP

$19,595

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Summary

The 2003 Ford Escape XLS is a compact SUV that comes with a range of standard features. These include air conditioning, 15″ alloy wheels, power mirrors, power windows, power locks, and remote keyless entry. The car also has a MACH AM/FM stereo with an in-dash mounted single CD MP3 player and four speakers. Other features include a tilt steering wheel, deep tinted windows, and four-way manual adjustment for both the driver and passenger seats. Overall, the Ford Escape XLS offers a comfortable and convenient driving experience with its range of standard features.

2003 Ford Escape XLS price

Base MSRP

$19,595

Delivery charges

$590

Invoice price

$18,207

Total price

$20,185

NHTSA Crash Test Overall Ratings

Based on the combine ratings of frontal, side and rollover.
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2003 Ford Escape XLS warranty

Basic (months/miles)

Months: 36

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Miles: 36,000

Corrosion perforation (months/miles)

Months: 60

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Powertrain (months/miles)

Months: 36

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Miles: 36,000

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2003 Ford Escape XLS Colors

Interior Colors
Medium/Dark Pebble w/Premium Leather Low Back Bucket Seats
Ebony Black w/Premium Leather Low Back Bucket Seats
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Exterior Colors
Gold Ash Clearcoat Metallic
Dark Shadow Gray Clearcoat Metallic
True Blue Clearcoat Metallic
Satin Silver Clearcoat Metallic
Black Clearcoat...

Engine

Type Gas I4
Engine Size (l) 2
Cylinders Configuration I-4
Displacement (cc) 2,000
Drive Type FWD
Horsepower (rpm) 5,400
Horsepower (hp) 127
Torque (rpm) 4,500
Torque Lb (ft) 135
Engine Location Front
Valves 16
Compression 9.60
Bore (mm) 84.80
Bore (in) 3.34

Fuel

Type Gasoline
Tank Capacity (gal) 16
Grade 60.56

Mileage

EPA City Economy 23
EPA Highway Economy 28
EPA Combined Economy 25
Cruising Range City (mi) 368
Cruising Range Hwy (mi) 448

Transmission

Type Manual
Number Of Speeds 5
Description 5 Speed Manual
First Gear Ratio 3.67
Second Gear Ratio 2.06
Third Gear Ratio 1.31
Fourth Gear Ratio 1.03
Fifth Gear Ratio 0.84
Reverse Gear Ratio 3.45
Final Drive Axle Ratio 2.93

Powertrain

Doors

Doors 4

Seating

Number Of Seats 5
Max Seating Capacity 5

Wheels

Front Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x 4.0

Exterior dimensions

Overall Length (in) 172.99
Overall Length With Rear Bumper (in) 173
Overall Width (in) 70.12
Max Width Without Mirrors (in) 70.10
Overall Height (in) 69.09
Overhang Front (in) 33.40
Rear Door Openg Height (in) 34.90
Rear Door Openg Width (in) 41
Wheelbase (in) 103.11

Interior dimensions

Passenger Volume (cu.ft) 100.10
Front Head Room (in) 40.40
Rear Head Room (in) 39.20
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.30
Rear Shoulder Room (in) 55.90
Front Leg Room (in) 41.60
Rear Leg Room (in) 36.40
Cargo Volume (cu.ft) 33
Max Cargo Volume (cu.ft) 69
Cargo Volume To Seat1 (cu.ft) 69.20
Cargo Volume To Seat2 (cu.ft) 33.10
Floor To Seat1 Cargo Area Length (in) 59
Floor To Seat2 Cargo Area Length (in) 35.90
Beltle Cargo Area Width (in) 52.60
Cargo Box Height (in) 38.90
Cargo Box Wheelhousgs Width (in) 40.80

Weights

Curb Weight Base (lb) 3,019
Total Option Weight (lb) 0

Steering

Type Variable Pwr
Overall Ratio 16
Turns To Turns Ratio 3
Turning Diameter Curb To Curb (ft) 35.40
Turning Diameter Wall To Wall (ft) 38.70
Turning Radius Curb To Curb (ft) 17.70
Turning Radius Wall To Wall (ft) 19.35

Trailering

Max Tongue Dead Weight Hitch (lb) 100
Max Trailer Dead Weight Hitch (lb) 1,000

Braking

Type Power
Front Disc Yes
Rear Drum Yes
Front Brake Rotor Dia (in) 10.94
Front Brake Rotor Thickness (in) 1

Tires

Front Tire Size P225/70R15
Rear Tire Size P225/70R15
Spare Tire Size T135/90R17
Spare Tire Size T135/90R17
Type All-Season

Suspensions

Front Type MacPherson Strut
Rear Type Multi-link

Emissions

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  • Recall Date 09/29/2015

    Campaign ID; 15V606000

    Component Power Train

    Recall Summary

    Ford Motor Company (Ford) Is Recalling Certain Model Year 2001-2008 Ford Escape And Mercury Mariner Vehicles Manufactured March 31, 2001, To September 1, 2009. The Affected Vehicles Are Equipped With Either A 2.3L Or 3.0L Engine And Have Had Their Cd4E Transmission Replaced With Remanufactured One That Was Rebuilt Between June 11, 2015 Through July 15, 2015. These Service Repair Part Transmissions Have A Shift Lever Bolt That May Not Be Properly Tightened. As A Result, The Shift Control Lever Could Disengage From The Transmission Without Warning.

    Recall Consequences

    If The Shift Lever Disengages From The Transmission, A Driver May Be Unable To Shift Gear Positions And The Indicated Shift Position May Not Represent The Gear Position The Vehicle Is In. Should A Disengagement Occur While The Vehicle Is Being Driven, When The Driver Goes To Stop And Park The Vehicle, The Gear Selection Indicator May Show That The Transmission Is In The "Park" Position, But The Vehicle Transmission May Not Actually Be In The "Park" Gear Position. If The Vehicle Is Not In The "Park" Position There Is A Risk The Vehicle Will Roll Away As The Driver And Other Occupants Exit The Vehicle Or Anytime Thereafter. A Vehicle Rollaway Increases The Risk Of Injury To Exiting Occupants And Bystanders.

    Recall Remedy

    Ford Will Notify Owners, And Dealers Will Inspect The Transmissions And Either Tighten The Manual Shift Lever Bolt Or Replace The Manual Shift Lever Assembly. These Repairs Will Be Performed Free Of Charge. The Recall Began On October 23, 2015. Owners May Contact Ford Customer Service At 1-866-436-7332. Ford'S Number For This Recall Is 15S28.

  • Recall Date 06/03/2015

    Campaign ID; 15E045000

    Component Suspension

    Recall Summary

    The Timken Company (Timken) Is Recalling Certain Aftermarket Front Wheel Bearings, Part Number 510072, Sold From January 22, 2015, To May 21, 2015, To Be Used As Service Parts On 2001-2012 Ford Escape, 2001-2011 Mazda Tribute, And 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner Vehicles. The Affected Wheel Bearings Have Incorrect Dimensions Of A 42Mm Bore, 76Mm Outer Dimension, And 39Mm Width, Instead Of A 42Mm Bore, 78Mm Outer Dimension And A 45Mm Width.

    Recall Consequences

    Use Of An Incorrectly Sized Wheel Bearing Can Adversely Affect The Braking And Steering Of The Vehicle, Increasing The Risk Of A Crash.

    Recall Remedy

    Timken Has Begun Notifying Distributors Who Will Offer Purchasers Replacement Wheel Bearings, Free Of Charge. The Recall Began On May 21, 2015. Owners May Contact Timken Customer Service At 1-866-984-6536.

  • Recall Date 04/02/2014

    Campaign ID; 14V165000

    Component Structure

    Recall Summary

    Ford Motor Company (Ford) Is Recalling Certain Model Year 2001-2004 Escape Vehicles Manufactured October 22, 1999, Through January 23, 2004, Originally Sold, Or Currently Registered In, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin And The District Of Columbia. These Vehicles May Experience Excessive Corrosion At The Forward Attachment Of The Lower Control Arm.

    Recall Consequences

    A Separation Of The Lower Control Arm Can Result In A Significant Loss Of Steering Control, Increasing The Risk Of A Crash.

    Recall Remedy

    Ford Will Notify Owners, And Dealers Will Install A Newly Designed Reinforcement Cross-Brace, Free Of Charge. The Recall Began On May 30, 2014. Owners May Contact Ford At 1-800-392-3673. Ford'S Number For This Recall Is 14S02.

  • Recall Date 07/26/2012

    Campaign ID; 12V353000

    Component Vehicle Speed Control

    Recall Summary

    Ford Motor Company Is Recalling Certain Model Year 2001 Through 2004 Escape Vehicles Equipped With 3.0L V6 Engines And Speed Control Manufactured From October 22, 1999, Through January 23, 2004. Inadequate Clearance Between The Engine Cover And The Speed Control Cable Connector Could Result In A Stuck Throttle When The Accelerator Pedal Is Fully Or Almost-Fully Depressed. This Risk Exists Regardless Of Whether Or Not Speed Control (Cruise Control) Is Used.

    Recall Consequences

    A Stuck Throttle May Result In Very High Vehicle Speeds And Make It Difficult To Stop Or Slow The Vehicle, Which Could Cause A Crash, Serious Injury Or Death.

    Recall Remedy

    Ford Will Notify Owners, And Dealers Will Repair The Vehicles By Increasing The Engine Cover Clearance, Free Of Charge. The Safety Recall Began August 3, 2012. Remedy Parts Are Expected To Be Available In Mid-August 2012. Until Then Dealers Will Disconnect The Speed Control Cable As An Interim Remedy, If Parts Are Not Available At The Time Of An Owner'S Service Appointment. Owners May Contact Ford At 1-866-436-7332.

  • Recall Date 04/10/2007

    Campaign ID; 07V156000

    Component Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Recall Summary

    On Certain Sport Utility Vehicles Equipped With Antilock Brakes (Abs), The Abs Module Connector May Have Missing Or Dislodged Wire Seals. This Condition Could Allow Contamination To Enter The Module Connector, Creating A Potential For An Electrical Short.

    Recall Consequences

    An Electrical Short Might Cause An Abs Malfunction That Would Illuminate The Abs Warning Light, And In Some Cases, The Module May Overheat Resulting In Burning Odor, Smoke, And/Or Fire. This Condition Could Occur Either When The Vehicle Ignition Switch Is In The Off Position Or While The Vehicle Is Being Operated.

    Recall Remedy

    Dealers Will Inspect The Wire Harness Connector To The Abs Module For Missing Or Dislodged Wire Seals, And Repair Or Replace The Harness Connector As Appropriate. The Dealer Will Also Inspect The Connector On The Abs Module And Replace It If It Is Found To Be Corroded Or Damaged. The Recall Began On April 23, 2007. Owners May Contact Ford At 1-800-392-3673.

  • Recall Date 03/29/2007

    Campaign ID; 07E023000

    Component Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Recall Summary

    Certain Cardone Master Cylinders With Part Numbers 10-2925, 10-2987, 10-2987Mza, 10-3083, 11-3015, 11-3042, 11-3044, 11-3045, 11-3047, 11-3064, And 11-3156, And With Date Codes Lower Than Dca7078 Sold As Replacement Equipment For Use On The Vehicles Listed Above. The Seal On Master Cylinder Can Fail And Leak Brake Fluid.

    Recall Consequences

    Loss Of Brake Fluid Can Result In Poor Braking Performance, Possibly Resulting In A Vehicle Crash.

    Recall Remedy

    Cardone Will Notify Owners And Offer To Repurchase Any Defective Master Cylinders. The Recall Began During April 2007. Owners Can Contact Cardone At 1-800-777-4780.

  • Recall Date 12/20/2004

    Campaign ID; 04V602000

    Component Latches/Locks/Linkages

    Recall Summary

    Certain 2004-2005 Sport Utility Vehicles And Certain 2001-2003 Sport Utiity Vehicle Having Rear Liftgate Components Serviced With 2004 Equivalent Components Fail To Comply With The Requirements Of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 206, 'Door Locks And Door Retention Components.' The Rear Liftgate Latching System Does Not Meet The Inertia Load Requirement In One Direction.

    Recall Consequences

    If The Liftgate Is Left Unlocked, There Is The Potential That It May Open During A Crash.

    Recall Remedy

    Dealers Will Replace The Rear Liftgate Latch Release Rod, The Release Rod Attachment Clip And The Door Handle Return Spring. The Recall Began On March 31, 2005. Owners Should Contact Ford At 1-800-392-3673.

  • Recall Date 12/07/2004

    Campaign ID; 04V574000

    Component Vehicle Speed Control

    Recall Summary

    On Certain Sport Utility Vehicles Built With 3.0L V6 Engines, The Accelerator Cable May Prevent The Throttle From Returning To The Idle Position.

    Recall Consequences

    An Unexpected Increase In Engine Idle Speed May Increase Stopping Distance And May Result In A Vehicle Crash.

    Recall Remedy

    Dealers Will Replace The Accelerator Cable. The Recall Began On January 10, 2005. Owners Should Contact Ford At 1-866-436-7332.

  • Recall Date 04/06/2004

    Campaign ID; 04V165000

    Component Power Train

    Recall Summary

    On Certain Sport Utility Vehicles Equipped With 3.0L V6 Engines, During Deceleration, The Engine Can Stall.

    Recall Consequences

    Should The Engine Stall, A Vehicle Crash Could Occur.

    Recall Remedy

    Dealers Will Reprogram The Power Control Module (Pcm) With The Appropriate Calibration. Owner Notification Began On April 21, 2004. Owners Who Take Their Vehicles To An Authorized Dealer On An Agreed Upon Service Date And Do Not Receive The Free Remedy Within A Reasonable Time Should Contact Ford At 1-800-392-3673.

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