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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
56,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced seals on output drive/axles on rear diff (1 reports)
2002 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152005

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


Rear differential failed. Obvious damage well before warranty expiration, Ford refused aid.

- , Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152007

(reported on)

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Crawled under the car to check my trailer hitch light plug and noticed the rear diff dripping gear oil. Traced the drips by cleaning the diff and driving it a few miles then looking again. Dripping from the axles that connect the rear diff to the wheels.

- , Monticello, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 212007

(reported on)

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

Ford needs to fess up and take care of this problem. They know it's an issue and need to do something about it. Two mechanics have told me that this should never be a problem with a car with such low mileage.

- , Pearl River, NY, USA

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