Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,000 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 182008

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles


Vehicle will not shift into any gear except park.

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 022004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
2002 Ford Escape. Vehicle will not go into reverse when reverse is selected intermittently. Reverse is selected and if left in the selection, it will take 3-5 minutes to engage. Sometimes it doesn't engage at all, and if you can pull forward, then it might go into reverse. This occurs several times a month. Ford can not duplicate it. It is impossible to back away from a dangerous situation or to back out from a pull in parking spot.

- Conway Springs, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 102003


  • miles
Consumer stated the gear shifter design was defective. Shifter is attached to steering column and is too long. Whenever consumer turns on radio gear is knocked into neutral.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

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