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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,391 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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2003 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 082011


  • 150,000 miles


Fire emerging from hydraulic anti-lock control unit the subject to Ford recall # 07S51 after recall work was completed,

- Ontario, 00, USA

problem #6

Sep 262010


  • 90,000 miles
2003 Ford Escape recall - #07V156000 recall for service brakes, hydraulic : antilock : control unit/module I have owned this vehicle since August 2005. Apparently in 2007 there was a recall on this brake issue. I was never notified, nor did any dealer attend to this issue during a routine service. I contacted Ford September 2010 when my anti lock light started to appear on my dash. Ford did not list me as the owner even though I purchased this vehicle through a reputable dealer and had my info stored on their owners web page, and have all bill of sales info on file. While talking to the Ford customer service person it was clear that he was editing the record to somehow show that I either knew about the recall or that some dealer inspected this issue and found nothing wrong. When I asked to talk to a manager, I was put on hold for over 30 minutes and finally hung up. I then sent an email complaining. Ford wrote back they will do nothing about this as the campaign is over. I now have a very serious anti lock brake issue. The anti lock mechanism has now failed. I wish the NHTSA to help me get Ford to fix this issue since I owned the vehicle since 2005, the recall was in 2007, Ford never tried to contact me on this recall, and no Ford dealer ever inspected my vehicle for this issue. Thank you for your time. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 052010

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated while attempting to brake at a relatively low speed onto an entrance ramp, the brakes would not engage. The ABS light also illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility for repairs. The contact was able to locate NHTSA campaign id number: 07V156000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Anti-lock: Control unit/module) but was advised by the manufacturer that his VIN was not included in the recall. The failure and current mileages were approximately 150,000. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 12/14/2011 updated 03/09/11

- Dallas , NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 272009


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The ABS warning light was illuminated on the instrument control panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and the technician stated that the wheel speed sensor needed to be replaced. Since the vehicle identification number was excluded from recall # 07V156000 ( service brakes, hydraulic:anti-lock:control unit/module) he was ineligible for a free remedy. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 182009


  • 146,834 miles
January 18, 2009, was the last time I drove my 2003, Ford Escape. The day prior, I drove my kids, two blocks away to a park. I got back home and parked my vehicle at approx 2:30 P.M. the next morning at 11:14 a.M. I received a call from my apartment manager stated that my vehicle was on fire and the fire dept was outside putting out my car fire. The fire captain stated that the fire had started from the ABS system and to check online and see if there was a recall on this part. My insurance company came out and claimed it a "total loss". within the last six months to a week ago, Ford had worked on my vehicle in which I had spent over $5,000 to get it in tip top condition. Ford had a recall on this type of vehicle but stated that my vehicle's VIN number was not part of there recall. They also stated to my adjuster that this ABS part was no longer made, so my insurance company tried to locate this part and no other parts store carried this part.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 052007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,900 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While driving 20 mph, the brake pedal was applied. The engine began to rev and the RPM raced to its maximum potential. The contact turned off the engine in order to stop the vehicle. There were no warning indicators present. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The current and failure mileages were 62,900. Updated 01/09/08. The consumer stated noise in front end when hitting a bump and performed inspection per recall. Updated 12/12/07

- Defiance , OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 222007

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact received recall notice # 07V156000 concerning service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module, and was unhappy with the waiting time for the repairs. She stated that the only communication between her and the dealer was their inability to repair the vehicle in a reasonable amount of time. The current and failure mileages were 69,000. Returned usps, 2ndattempt made 05/23/07 failed.

- Laurel, MA, USA

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