Originally Posted by AstraeaLunaAvani
You mean if I went to the Ford dealer and had them install a towing package, it wouldn't be as good as if they had done it when the vehicle was brand new? I don't see what the difference would be. That was my only hope, because Ford's website says the towing package lets you tow 3500 pounds. Geez if I had known this, I would have never bought my Escape.
In most cases correct. The tow package is more then just putting a hitch on. When a car or truck comes from the factory with a tow packages it has a tranny cooler, the correct rear gears, the receiver for that vehicle, the correct tranny, a little beefer suspension, etc. I went through this 2 yrs ago with my Durango and found out a lot.
With that said, I'm not saying the escape can't tow, but keep in mind that in most cases the larger weight you see for towin means if the vehicle is properly equipped. Have the dealer run your vin, that'll tell you what your escape has and what it can safely tow as it sits today.