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FORD MAVERICK 4x4 2001‑2003
17 owner reviews for FORD MAVERICK 4x4 2001‑2003
4x4 snobs jeer at their peril
FORD MAVERICK 3.0 XLT 5dr Auto (Review date: 11th November '12)
Oh my GOD you've bought a Ford!! was the general reaction from friends and neighbors when they saw what we replaced our Landrover disco with. "Does it come with a free tow rope"? quipped one raconteur, "opptional tin opener"? another.
Both had cause to regret their slights when, over the next 3 months I pulled one from a ditch his rav4 had slid into and jumpstarted the other ...twice!
Yes,my Maverick 3.0ltr V6 (dont you LOVE SAYING v 6 WHEN ANYONE ASKS?) doesn't have the 'rugged' appearence of the famous landrover family...but it doesnt leak as much either...and it starts ever time...and its quieter...and faster...and no more expensive to run...and more comfortable...and towes better...and did I mention that it doesn't leak?
So give it up you 4x4 snobs. You only use yours to take the kids to school and dogs for a walk anyway! When did you last need to climb a 1in1 slope, off road, in the snow/mud, with a sheep in the back??? Right...never. and if you did, you'd drive a Defender anyway, not for long tho', too noisy, cold, slow...oh, and they leak!!!
FORD MAVERICK 2.0 XLT 5dr (Review date: 16th July '12)
This was the best car of any kind that I have owned in the 35 years I have been driving. It drives better than most cars and has the added bonus of a decent 4 wheel drive system. Huge inside for all passengers and luggage. Now for the bad bits, Fuel consumption average of 27 mpg (Petrol only, No diesel option) and the engine management light constantly illuminated due to a common problem with the EGR module that Ford would not admit to or could find the reason for (It did not effect the driving of the vehicle.) Apart from this, If you want a vehicle that looks and acts like a 4x4, but drives like a car, You could do a lot worse than a Maverick.
2001 (51 Plate) Ford Maverick 2.0L XLT
FORD MAVERICK 2.0 XLT 5dr (Review date: 26th April '12)
I have owned this car more a little over 2 years. It had 38K when bought now on 71K. Passed every MoT, never let me down in all the time owned so far. Only issue was EGR valve sensor which I understand fail on a lot of Fords which makes the car run rough between 30-50mph. Averages over 30 mpg which is good for a reasonable sized 4x4. Better than a lot of diesels & lower tax than some, currently at £270 a year (Apr 12). Plenty of room for passengers & also dogs in rear, I have a roof box fitted too which doesn't create any handling issues. Handles well on & off road & very capable on loose ground, snow etc... Safe high driving position, & air con, PAS, electric sunroof/mirrors, front & side air bags & a useful separately opening rear window. Cabin noise level can be a little loud but some of this can be because of tyre type fitted or road surfaces. Parts seems easy to source mostly via internet but also high street parts suppliers. Fitted an aftermarket double din stereo with ease as original was only a radio cassette. I don't plan on changing it any time soon. Very underrated car.
FORD MAVERICK 2.0 XLT 5dr (Review date: 25th February '12)
I bought one of these secondhand with 41k on the clock. I've had it for 7 years and it's comfortably done 131k now. This is the most reliable car I have owned. I want to keep it for as long as possible. Spares are fairly cheap. had to replace front discs, abs rings after six years, a master brake cylinder and only four new tyres !
Total cost of around £700 in repairs / replacements in 7 years of motoring. This car is amazing. It's been to France Germany, Holland, Belgium, Scotland and several journeys to Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire and doesn't miss a beat.
You get out after long journeys without the usual backache and fatigue I've experienced with other vehicles.
I picked this up for £5400 off Ebay 7 years ago, £2500 under book price with a host of optional extras added by two previous owners and it's been an absolute delight to own. A superb daily driver and motorway muncher. Will sorely miss this when it goes :0)
Pleasure To Drive
FORD MAVERICK 3.0 XLT 5dr Auto (Review date: 19th January '12)
3.0 Ltr V6 Auto. I have owned this Maverick for 4 years and am still pleased with it. Good all round SUV, comfortable to drive with a good high driving position, also passengers have commented on the smooth and comfortable ride, also it has been brilliant for towing a caravan.
Spares can be very expensive, although not having had any major problems this has not been a negative, this car is a rebadged Mazda so has been very reliable. The only set back is the fuel consumption, approx. 20 MPG (4.5 MPLtr).
Value for money family 4x4
FORD MAVERICK 2.0 XLT 5dr (Review date: 19th September '11)
Cost effective means of attaining a 4x4 family car and enjoying an elevated driving position and good road manners.
The Maverick drives smoothly and provides great transportation for a family, the back seat compartment is very spacious with plenty of legroom and perfect dimensions for child car seats.
The boot is extremely spacious and has a 12v socket (handy for electric pump, chiller, entertainment system) and convenient netted stowage areas.
I return approximately 500 miles per tank of fuel and have experienced no niggles in reliability.
If I wasn't benefiting from a company car, I would continue to run the Maverick for the next few years.
FORD MAVERICK 2.0 XLT 5dr (Review date: 10th September '11)
Great car, bought as a stop over so only had the car for six months but has never let me down, plenty of load space, easy to drive, loads of load space great for towing, spare parts are easy to get and quite cheap being ford, shares parts with mazda tribute and jag. Only selling mine because my i dont need as bigger car. around 30 miles per gallon not bad for this size of car. Would have another if they still made them.
FORD MAVERICK 3.0 XLT 5dr Auto (Review date: 12th May '11)
I bought my 3L v6 Maverick over 5 years ago and could not have wished for a better car. Yes, the American style automatic shift gear took some getting used to as did the absence of a clock & outside temperature reader but simple minor inconveniences once I took it out on the road. Fantastic handling and sitting so high up I felt that I had complete control of the car and was fully aware of other road users. As I live on a country lane, my Maverick ploughed past abandoned smaller 4x4s when we had the snow.
My 2 major negatives are that as few were made and even fewer now still in use, parts were difficult to locate and even Fords were unable to obtain simple things like wheel bearings without them being on 'back order' for 6 months or more and the cost of running. Whilst steep hills are no problem for this beast of an engine, the rising cost of fuel made even short journeys very expensive. However, that said, if Ford still made them, I would DEFINATELY buy another so much so that I am not part exing my Maverick, I am keeping it as my 'snow car' fully content in the knowledge that this car will not let me down.
Never let me down
FORD MAVERICK 2.0 XLT 5dr (Review date: 7th May '11)
I have had my 2.0 XLT for just over a year. It has never let me down, it can be thirsty when you load it up or drive at maximum speed on the motorway, around 26mpg. normal 28mpg. I have put General Grabber AT2 tyres which improved its off road capability.
Coped more than admirably with the snow, I had snow chains for the first couple of days and the car was unstoppable. Because they seem to keep going getting 2nd hand parts is near impossible. But the engine is a 2ltr Mondeo engine so is well tested. Reccomend this to anyone but not for serious off roading.