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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
124,532 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. fix the transmission and coils (1 reports)
2002 Ford Escape transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 232010

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


I agree with alot of the others fords are junk i bought my escape for gas mileage and have had problems with it since i got it. I've had it in the shop 3-4 times about problems with it shifting roughly and everytime i got the "sir, everything is fine we can"t find any problems with your transmission." Well now my warranty is up and i don't have reverse but ford offers no help on this even though it was in for transmission problems. Don't know what i can afford to buy but i think i'll be going shopping somewhere besides a ford dealer.

- , North Judson, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 032010

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,596 miles

My two sisters and I own Ford Escapes mine is a 2002, my sisters Sharon is 2006, and my younger sisters is a 2007 and they all have had to have the coils replaced. Where is the recall on this?

- , Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #1

May 082009

Escape XLT 4x4 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

My Ford has been well taken care of, and I don't think 135,000 miles with the scheduled maintenance performed, is a lot of miles. (maybe for a Ford) I have had many cars in my life and I think that I have been most proud of my Escape, that is until now. And from what I've been reading on the internet the transmission problems I'm experiencing is quite common. I guess my tranny will completely fail any day now. It is very disturbing to me that so many Ford customers are having transmission problems and Ford is not recalling their obviously defective transmissions. The average repair cost that I have seen online is around $2500. I don't have that much money laying around, how will I get to work? I have never had a major repair (over $250) on any of the 4 previous Honda vehicles that I've owned, and they each had over 300,000 miles when I traded them for another Honda (only because I wanted something newer). Again I should have listened to my wife when bought this Ford, she said "Don't buy a Ford!", but I wanted to give an American company a chance. Stupid me!, I guess I can take the bus to work. Ford Motor Company I gave you a chance but your failure to install a quality transmission in my 2002 Ford Escape, your failure to take responsibility and take care of the many American customers with similar transmission issues, has caused me to say goodbye. You once had my business but not again, I will not buy another Ford motor vehicle. I don't have the money to get this one fixed, at least I'm glad I just made my last payment.

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

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