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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,028 miles

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 142016

Escape

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ford dealership is refusing to fix uncarriage and control arm. They are saying there is no recall for it. However I found the recall 14S02. Describing the issue the dealership stated is wrong with my truck. But they want me to pay cash instead of them fixing the issue

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #7

Nov 092015

Escape

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V165000 (structure) at 80,707 miles. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle failed to accurately respond to the steering wheel. The vehicle was driven back to the contact's residence where it was discovered that the lower control arm became detached from the vehicle and the front passenger wheel was turned outward. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 182015

Escape

  • 127,000 miles
On July 18, 2015 at approximately 1:30 pm I was driving up bear creek mountain and heard a loud pop then the vehicle started sliding before I finally got it to stop. I slide about 50 feet and if I'd slide about 3 more feet I would have been over the side of the mountain. The sub frame had snapped in two and it pulled the right front axle out. This made the vehicle inoperable. The vehicle had to be put on a roll back and taken away.also damaged was the right front tire and, molding around the fender. If I had been on the interstate with this vehicle my family would not have survived the wreck. It is lucky that we didn't go over the mountain. I did nothing to cause the sub frame to break and I think Ford should be held liable. I spoke with the Ford customer relations center and they told me that because there was no extended warranty and it was not under the 2002 Escape recall and that the fact that there was no fire or large crash that they could do nothing about the sub frame breaking. My insurance carrier has also contacted Ford customer relations and was told the same thing. I asked the lady at Ford if someone had died in the wreck would I still be told the same thing and she replied yes. According to Ford they can't give out telephone numbers to legal department or addresses or email addresses. I was also told that I could not speak to a supervisor because they could not transfer calls. I was transferred to the lady I was speaking to by another lady. Go figure. I think that Ford is liable for this structural failure and needs to make things right.

- Ceres, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 232015

Escape

  • 190 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving about 25mph hear a loud clunck lost controll of vehicle break pedle to the floor truck still moving had to use er brake to stop. Got out passanger front tire was turned completly diff way, the ball bearer was detached, this could have killed me if I was on freeway! called Ford they continued to tell me this wasnt part of recall called mehcanic said the subframe so rusted it has completly detached from ball bearers causing tire to basically fall off. Ford will not fix it, gave me every other alternitive on what it could be. I had it towed to my house, Ford wont have it towed to the lot to look at it and on top of that wont see it for a week if I do get it towed up there! what a mess. Ill never shop with them again. They wont care until this kills someone.

- West Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #4

Oct 012013

Escape

  • 119,000 miles
My vehicle began to make unknown noises when driving, and steering control became very loose. I promptly took the car to my mechanic. I was told the subframe was so badly rotted that the passenger wheel control arm had separated from the subframe and can not be reattached without replacing the subframe. The vehicle is now no longer safe to drive.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

May 292012

Escape

  • 86,036 miles
Lower control arm ripped off under cradle & ripped passenger side drive shaft off the transmission - the wheel fell off the car. It appears under cradle rusted from inside. I shudder at the thought of that happening when my wife was on the freeway, instead of coming to a stop. This vehicle was always kept in the garage.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 112011

Escape

  • miles
One alloy wheel rim original to my 2002 Ford Escape have pin-size holes which causes air to constantly Escape leading to potential safety issue. Incident date is when diagnostics from service technician was reported to me.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 062003

Escape

  • miles
Nar 05/28/2003 the consumer failed to maintain reasonable control of the vehicle which caused two car collision.

- Eastlake, OH, USA

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