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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,341 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Escape body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 139,145 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While traveling 25 mph, the front lower control arm fractured and the wheel detached from the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact indicated that there was rust on the front end of the lower control arm and the subframe. Also, the subframe was rusted through on the front passenger side. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop who replaced the front lower cross member and the front subframe. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V165000 (structure: Body). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 139,145. Updated 01/23/15 updated 6/3/2015

- Elizabeth, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 012014

Escape

  • 100,900 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 10 mph on uneven pavement, the steering wheel suddenly turned approximately 45 degrees to the right. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the passenger side subframe was rusted and corroded, which caused the lower control arm to fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,900.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

May 072012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front passenger side wheel well and the sub frame had rusted out. The contact was informed by their mechanic that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The vehicle had not been inspected by the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 160,000. Updated 05/23/12

- London, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 142011

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the lower control arm detached from the vehicle and the front passenger side wheel pointed sideways, causing the driver to loose control of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who stated that the failure was due to corrosion. As a result, the front subframe assembly and the lower control arms needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance because the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 78,000. Updated 11/22/11 updated 03/13/12

- Strongsville , OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 272010

Escape 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance where the dealer located severe corrosion at the vehicle under-body, muffler and differential system. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the vehicle was out of warranty therefore they would not assist with the repair. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 76,000. Updated 01/06/11. Updated 02/07/11

- Muncy, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The straps which hold up the gas tank on my 2002 Ford Escape are rusted and have snapped in half due to severe corrosion. The front strap is just hanging there. Ford said there is no recall.

- Kingston, MA, USA

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