If left unchecked it can get real bad. The good news is if you get down on your hands and knees and give the wheel wells a good look see it's pretty easy to spot. Check the tailgate as well, another rust-prone area
Thanks Max, I have seen other vehicles where the front towers have rusted right thru, from moisture trapped between the multiple layers of thin metal that were impossible to undercoat, so reading about issues on the escape concerned me.
My '06 Ranger has been undercoated 3 times over the years and shows no sign of rust despite our heavy roadsalt usage here in Ontario.
We are retired and only put on about 10k / 6000 miles a year so probably will end up finding something in the 150,000k /90,000 mile range.
All vehicles have areas of concern, that is a given. How would you personally rate a used '09 to '12 E overall as a potential purchase?
Thanks again, Larry[/quote]The closer to '12 you get the better the Escapes get. By the time the 2012 came out Ford pretty much got it all sorted out and they are among the best [/quote]
Thanks, took your advice and spent several months looking specifically for a good 2012. Just picked up a silver 03/2012 with 100KM / 62,000 miles. Basic 3.0L XLT, nothing fancy, just cloth interior. In service 04/2012
So far, no sign of rust around the wheel wells and the lip of the tailgate and hood are pretty clean too, but unfortunately never undercoated when new. All the same I'm really pleased with it, in spite of the fact I had to let my '06 Ranger PU go.
First thing I did was take it in and have it KROWN RUSTCHECK sprayed. Counted at least 10 drilling plugs where they sprayed inside the panels. I wiped the door seals down with silicone in advance and have had to wipe off the excess drip several times. Small price to pay if it slows the rusting down. $129 CDN and I will be doing it every year in the fall.