10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,754 miles

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problem #28

Jan 142018

Escape

  • miles
The contact owned a 2002 Ford Escape. After exiting the vehicle, there was a fire that erupted under the hood. The fire was extinguished by a fire company. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The insurance company was to investigate the failure. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control) and 12V005000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Talladega, AL, USA

problem #27

May 222017

Escape

  • miles
When I run my ac or heater exhaust comes in cant use either not sure whats going on with car but I do know that my car has been recalled prior to me owning the vehicle in 2015 of August and do know that it has not been fixed. Currently my car has 10 recalls and cant get my car fixed by Ford

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #26

Jan 132017

Escape

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Ford Escape. After the vehicle was parked, the driver smelled a burning odor. The contact noticed black smoke coming from the engine compartment and the vehicle exploded. The fire department extinguished the flames. The fire department assessed that the wiring harness was defective and caused the fire. The contact stated that the fire damaged the garage and the sidewalk concrete. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 07V156000 (service brakes, hydraulic) as a possible reason for the failure; however, the VIN was not provided there were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. The VIN was not provided. Updated 04/12/17lj

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #25

Jun 202016

Escape

  • miles
My vehicle does the exact same thing as NHTSA recall number 04V165000 or Ford recall no. 04S13. I have the year and engine associated with the recall but my VIN is not on the list. It should be because it is very dangerous!

- Pottersville, MO, USA

problem #24

Aug 302016

Escape

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #23

Oct 022012

Escape

  • 214,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact received a recall for the NHTSA campaign number: 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling, speed control) and the vehicle received the recall repair. The contact stated the vehicle never experienced any failures until after receiving the recall remedy. The contact stated that when attempting to accelerate the vehicle's throttle locks at high speeds and the acceleration pedal locks in the downward position. The contact stated that the brakes failed and in order to stop the vehicle's gear was moved to the park position. The contact informed the dealer and the manufacturer who stated that because the vehicle had already received the recall repair they would not be able to provide another repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 214,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 072016

Escape

  • 143,000 miles
Lost all coolant from radiator all at once when turned car off when came home from store because coolant light came on.. replaced thermostat first. That didn't work. Put in new water pump, ran for about another week, than did same thing. So replaced radiator. Mind you car never ran hot, coolant light just kept coming on.

- Lake Park, FL, USA

problem #21

May 102016

Escape

  • 150,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of cylinder, cost me $455 in repairs. V6 3.0L 2002 Ford Escape.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #20

Oct 092015

Escape

  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was stopped and waiting for a train to cross the tracks, the contact attempted to place the vehicle back in gear but the vehicle would not shift out of the park position. An independent mechanic was contacted and arrived at the scene. The independent mechanic diagnosed that the shift lever had disengaged from the transmission and would need to be bolted back into place. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V606000 (power train). The contact also stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would experience unexpected acceleration and was difficult to slow down. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 132,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #19

Feb 042015

Escape

  • 116,000 miles
I bought my 2002 Ford Escape in Feb. 2015. Since then often when I put it in park it revs, the rpms range from 1500-3000. I read that a recall was declared in December of 2004. My car idles at a high range.

- Auburn, PA, USA

problem #18

Oct 102015

Escape

  • 151,703 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While parked, the vehicle caught fire. The details of the fire were not available. The contact mentioned that the ABS warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V165000 (structure), 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control), and 12V005000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle and the suspension was unstable in the front. While parked, the vehicle caught fire on a second occasion. The fire department had to cut the hood open and inspected that the master cylinder was on fire. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was awaiting diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 151,703.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #17

Mar 192015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving at 30 mph, the vehicle jerked and the contact heard a noise coming from the steering wheel and front of the vehicle. The check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer multiple times. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure and repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 7/16/15

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Feb 252015

Escape

  • 132,337 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. In addition, the contact stated that the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. In addition, the ABS and the oil pressure warning lights illuminated. The over head light in the vehicle also independently illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 132,337.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 042015

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the control arm seized and the contact lost control of the vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the cross member was faulty. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Brockton , MA, USA

problem #14

Nov 212014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 172,000 miles
Neighbor woke me saying my car was on fire. Car wasn't on, the key was not in, and it had sat overnight. Called fire department and fire put out. Car is totaled because the firemen had to break into the engine compartment. Engine area burned with nothing but metal visible and a melted battery. I have pictures.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #13

Jul 272014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 126,774 miles
Returning home from vacation. Heard something bump under the vehicle, slowed down, saw the engine light come on, then the engine started to sputter, rumble, run rough. Got off the freeway. Called for service, was towed to garage. Mechanic discovered that a spark plug ejected from the engine, and that a 2nd spark plug was probably going to do the same thing. It is my understanding that this has happened before in Ford engines and can cause alot of damage and possible injuries.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 112014

Escape

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that immediately after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V165000 and NHTSA campaign number: 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control) the vehicle started to surge back and forward. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The techician stated that the front vacuum tube was leaking and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The vehicle was not re repaired. The failure mileage was 155,000.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 232014

Escape

  • 184,000 miles
I put the vehicle in reverse to back up and when I put vehicle back in drive it died/stalled. This has repeatedly happened along with dying at stop signs, red lights and multiple times at slow speeds. Also the vehicle has repeatedly "stumbled" at various speeds up to 65 mph.

- Winona, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 012014

Escape

  • 174,390 miles
I was approaching a traffic light to turn. As I applied the brake instead of stopping the truck accelerated. Hitting the back of a vehicle.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #9

Apr 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,414 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated when the brakes were applied. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 175,414. Updated 05/22/14 MA updated 8/7/2017

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

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