as long as the car looks decent and has no other real "deterioration" issues (no rust/rot, interior looks good, pw windows are working well and not slowing down, headlight lenses aren't all scratched and yellowed (if plastic), grill and body panels aren't all cracked, paint looks good, etc.) I'd be inclined to go with the remanuf. engine. a new car without trade-in would be ~$300+ per month. That's 20 months of payments to get to $6k. The remanuf engine in guaranteed for 36 months so you can hold off on getting something else for a while. any trade-in value would be the same (because you don't have any now).
Go with a different engine style altogether. Forget the hybrid part and go back to a standard, reliable engine. (since it is known that the original is only good for 80,000 miles) For 3000-$4500 + parts and labor, you now have the right to be choosy...The used engine is $3000; the reman is $4500.
I'm really frustrated that it seems like it was an issue with the 2006 Escape engine. I should have had at least two more years on that sucker.
but they can't tow a whole lot of weight. Our neighbor got one so he could tow a boat...yeah that didn't turn out so well. One of those little two person fishing dinghy/johnboats are about the extent of their towing capacity.I've always said if I only had two kids I would get one of those Toyota FJ cruiser's... They have a lot of redneck add on crap you can add to them