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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,944 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.

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 152014


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal intermittently became stuck when it was engaged. The contact had to continue applying pressure to the accelerator pedal in order for it to be released. While driving in reverse at 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated backwards over a curb and crashed into an electrical pole. A police report was filed. The driver and passenger were not injured. The vehicle was scheduled for further inspection and diagnostic testing by an insurance adjustor and an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Massena, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 012013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle has acceleration issues. The consumer stated the accelerator pedal became stuck and burned out the catalytic converter, and the intake valves cracked as well.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 262008


  • 76,000 miles
I was driving home from work when I noticed the gas pedal remained stuck to the floor. When I had the dealer check it, they noticed that the accelerator cable was severely frayed and that if I kept driving in that condition, it would be very dangerous.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #6

Feb 072005

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


2002 Ford Escape experiencing problems with accelerator even after recall repairs were performed. Recall campaign, performed on 02/07/05 and still having problem. The accelerator stuck wide open while traveling down the highway. On 03/22/05 the accelerator stuck again.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #5

Oct 062004

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
I-4 engine (38K mi)- throttle sticks in closed position. Throttle cable is okay, but throttle plate will stick in throttle bore in an unpredictable manner, resulting in inconsistent pedal efforts / performance. Sporadic throttle performance results in occasional sudden acceleration during low speed manuvers as throttle becomes "unstuck" from closed position. Difficult to anticiopate behaviour in parking lot manuvers has resulted in driver avoiding use of vehicle whenever possible.

- Armada, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
When stepping on the brake vehicle accelerated. Consumer stated that engine roared. Had to step on the brakes with great pressure and it still happened. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer on 3 occasions, and each time, they were unable to detect the problem. Consumer contacted manufacturer, who denied of the problem. Manufacturer sent an engineer to diagnose the problem, and while in his possession, the problem did not duplicate itself.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 102003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles


High revving when in drive, neutral, park. RPM up to 4. noticed when at stop lights that it was revving very high, pulled over and put it in park and the car will rev to 4. I have reported this problem over 6 time to Ford dealerships in valencia, ca. And palmdale, ca. They always say they no what the problem is and they fix it with no charge, however it always comes back. I have all my service repairs documented. I have taken my complaint to the Ford customer service dept. And they have put me in touch with the district service manager, however, has never contacted me. I don't know what else to do. For a while my 16 year old was driving it and my concern for an accident was great. She does not drive it anymore. Please advise.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 232003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Stiff accelerator pedel. Cannot make a smooth acceleration from a complete stop. The pedal doesn't seem to "give" until it's pushed too much. When it's pushed too much. There is a surge of acceleration and usually the tires just spin, whether it's raining, snowing or just plain dry out.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 302003

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle stalled. Once while the vehicle was in the drive, the horn began to blow, and the lights started to blink. No one was in the vehicle or had touched the vehicle. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealership to be repaired, however they were unable to repair it because they could not duplicate the problems. The vehicle also rolled away with the ignition locked, keys removed and vehicle in park. Also the accelerator became stuck on four occasions. A representative from told the consumer the reason why the vehicle rolled away, was because the emergency brake had not been applied.

- Alkol, WV, USA

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