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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,248 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 042006

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,800 miles


: the contact stated while driving 65 mph on normal road conditions, the left rear tire made a noise. Upon visual inspection it was noticed that the tire had completely separated from the tread belt. The tires were the vehicle's original ones and had only 25800 miles. The vehicle had not been to the dealership for replacement. The tire size was P225/70R15. Updayed 10/4/2006 -

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 302003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,944 miles
The 2002 for ecape that I have owned for 16 months has a defect in the engine that has made it unoporable and the computer system that is supposed to warn you of engine trouble never worked.

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 082003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2002 Ford Escape's tire (manufacturer continential tires) had seperated and had caused 2 other tires to wear improperly. Though all recommended maintenance was performed and documenation was provided to the dealership, Ford of vicksburg, I was told that "it wasn't Ford's problem or responsibility". I then contacted continential tires, who advised to take the vehicle to sears, 40 miles away from the town I lived in. After taking the vehicle to sears and inspected, continential tire advised sears "they would pay for half of the seperated tire and that was it." I then spoke with the senior representative, carrie, of the tire manufacturer on the phone who advised that "the situation was Ford's responsibility because they have a bumper to bumper warranty." I purchased my vehicle (new), December 2001. I conducted the recommended service as advised. I had approximately 22,000 miles in July, 2003 when the problem was discovered, which was shortly after I had an alignment performed at a Ford dealership in Louisiana. I did nothing to cause the problem that occured and was given "the business" of "it's not my responsibility", so it became my problem on a vehicle "supposedly" under warranty. I can't believe the run around I received from Ford as well as continential tire regarding something that I had not caused or had any control of, after having the recommended service performed on my brand new vehicle. I will never own another Ford vehicle and will ensure the vehicle does not have tires manufactured by continential.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

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