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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,994 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford Escape exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 092007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2003 Escape limited 3.0 V6 is diagnosed with a cracked exhaust manifold resulting in leaking exhaust gases. Vehicle mileage is 31,200 and has never been off paved roadways. I think this problem has existed for some time but has never been picked up on by regular maintenance visits to the dealership. My dealer explained that the problem is a common one and obviously should have been a recall item as leaking exhaust gases are very dangerous.

- Salmon Arm B.C. Canada, 00, USA

problem #2

Sep 242003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,982 miles
Exhaust system components radiate excessive heat when vehicle is parked. Header, manifold, and catalytic converter combined temperatures cause scorching of grass when parked in a lowly-cut, grassy area. Ramifications could be safety impacts to occupants and environmental.

- Mims, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 162003


  • miles
After the vehicle was turned off for about 2 minutes a "sizzling" noise was heard. The muffler looked like it turned a reddish color. Consumer suspected that muffler was corroded.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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