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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,669 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

May 192004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles


2002 Ford Escape V6. Multiple problems the the automatic transmission, shuddering, and now a total failure. For the shuddering the fluid was flushed and replaced with a different type, and new codes programed. Haven't taken it in for the total failure yet. (tomorrow)

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 302002

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6 miles
There was a burning smell coming from the vehicle's clutch and it wouldn't go into 1st or 2nd gear. The dealer was notified. Ph the transmission failed, and the clutch burned. The cable was reinstalled. There was a chattering in the clutch, and the clutch pedal had gone to the floor before being able to shift. The entire clutch system was replaced. Also the slave cylinder was bled. Scc

- North Aurora, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 192002


  • miles
While driving at 35mph on flat surface and with no warning engine will stall, causing consumer to pull over. Dealer will be notified.

- Handover, MA, USA

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