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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,350 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.

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2002 Ford Escape lights problems

lights problem

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 022007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have taken the 2002 Ford Escape to the dealer many times for the headlights not coming on, turning off, blinking while in use, and not turning off after use. This was a safety issues that needed to be addressed. The only way I could get the lights to go off was to remove the fuses. I am having trouble even finding out if this item was a defect recall. That was put up with the Ford company I grew up with.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 032006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,400 miles
I was driving down a dark country road last week when my high beam headlights went out. I consider this a safety problem. I switched to low beams which worked. Saturday morning I went to the local Ford dealer. No mechanic was on duty ;but the owner verified the lights did not work. He said to bring it back Monday for a mechanic to check it. Monday the mechanic checked it out and could not find the problem. The lights worked on Monday. He said to bring it in when they were not working so they could get an error code. Well, I had done that. The problem is intermittent and the lights work now. I contacted Ford customer service; but I cannot find out if other cars are having a similar problem. I was advised to take it back to the dealer if it happens again. The problem is they have to catch it while it is happening. Also the dealer is not open at night. I would like to know about others who have the same problem and if they know how to fix it.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Jul 022002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated on July 2, 2002 the vehicle was taken back to the dealer for a broken headlight and missing equipment from the vehicle, on July 23, 2002 the vehicle began experiencing stalling, brake and odometer problems, the brakes were replaced due to a flaw, the stalling and the odometer problems could not be duplicated, also there were problems with the speakers and the clutch sticking, consumer stated while the vehicle was parked, the parking brake disengaged and the vehicle rolled into a hotel.

- Washtenaw, MI, USA

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