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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
160,000 miles

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2003 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


I had the alternator go out in the middle of a busy intersection in the middle of rush hour traffic. I was very fortunate not to have gotten hit. However, there was an accident involving 2 other vehicles due to my being stopped. An alternator going out is not normally something to file a complaint on. It went out again in 4 days. Ok, bad alternator, it happens. I get on google to find out that this is an ongoing problem with the 2003 Escapes and it's listed all over the internet. I had no advanced warning that this was going out. I'm almost afraid to drive out of town. I don't know about you all, but, I am financially in bad shape due to the economy. I am working full time for the same wages I made in the 1980's I can't afford multiple automobile repairs for a problem that requires as much time to replace as this does. The front axle has to be removed in order to replace it so it is not a cheap repair. Why would a repair shop want to honor a faulty part when evidently it's an ongoing problem with the vehicle. I sure wouldn't!!! when is this alternator defect going to cause a serious accident and someone's kids get killed. Had I been farther into the intersection, it would have been much worse.[xxx] like I said, I had no warning, it just died. I have 160,000 miles on the vehicle so I can understand the first one going out. But what about the 2nd 4 days later? and this is a nationwide problem that has been going on for several years and Ford is aware of it!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Jackson, MO, USA

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