Les’ 2012 Ford Escape XLT

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Les bought his Ford Escape in May of 2015. It’s a 2012 XLT, and he calls it the Prime Minister. The PM has a 2.5L inline 4 cylinder engine (not motor), with 171 HP at 6000rpm and 171 ft-lbs of torque at 4500rpm, with a towing cap of 3500 lbs. The Escape is Les' daily driver and not a work truck. For work, he uses an old 89’ Chevy C1500.

So, let's find out what's special about the Prime Minister.

Les, how did you become a gearhead?

I think I became a gear head as soon as I did my own oil changes. Then came brake pads and renting a ball joint press and trying to save money on car repairs. Now, the only thing I haven’t done is an engine swap... which wont be long. But hopefully not on the Prime Minister...

Tell us more about your Escape - what modifications have you made?

The Ford Escape had no accessories on it when we bought it. Right away we installed 3" Aries side steps, a U-Guard Chrome Bull Bar, and a K&N Filter.

Then my OCD kicked in and on went the SES chrome mirror and door handle covers. Next was the Husky Custom Mud Guards, Aries Custom Floor Mats, L.E.D. bulbs on the exterior and the interior, Xenon Phillips head lights, and then the Reese smoked out Red L.E.D. trailer hitch light.

After getting Cooper Discover winter tires on stock rims, summer came and a set of RTX SMS 17” Chrome rims covered in Cooper CS5 Grand Touring tires were a necessity.

What are your favorite upgrades? What are you planning on upgrading next?

The side steps, bull bar and RTX wheels are the mods we could not do without. As far as future mods, a L.E.D. third brake light is tops on the short list.

You've got an awesome decked out ride! Thanks for sharing it with us!


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