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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,323 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Ford Escape transmission problems

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012010


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The vehicle stalls without warning while driving at any speed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer once for the failure. The dealer was not able to duplicated the failure.the failure recurred on June 27,2010 while driving on the highway at 55mph. The manufacturer was contacted, they stated the vehicle had no open recall and the vehicle was not in included in recall 04V165000 power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM). The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 157,000.

- Austell , GA, USA

problem #8

Apr 012007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns A2003 Ford Escape. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle would stall then shut off. The contact stated that the failure only occurred when decelerating. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. There is a recall for the power train: Automatic transmission: Control module (NHTSA campaign id #04V165000) however, the dealer stated that his VIN was not included. As of April 9, 2008, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure has occurred approximately 50 times. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 80,000.

- Benton, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 232007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While attempting to accelerate, the vehicle completely shut off and had to be restarted. The vehicle did not restart immediately. The vehicle was diagnosed as having idle air control valve failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V165000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)). The current mileage was 101,000 and failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 05/06/08.

- Freeland, MD, USA

problem #6

Feb 142008

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


About once a month, for the last four months, my 2003 Ford Escape will stall out. This has happened when the engine is cold and upon deceleration such as when entering or making a turn. The car restarts without hesitation. There was a safety recall issued about this problem, #04V165000, where the fix seems quite simple but Ford's main customer relations dept. Says my car is not part of that recall. Same car, same problem, but not related to original recall. Seems absurd. Although there have been no accidents, the threat of one exists if the car stalls while I'm turning across oncoming traffic or, possibly, rear-ended.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 262007

Escape 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,834 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. On August 26, 2007, while driving 37 mph, the engine failed. The failure is now occurring at least four times per day when the vehicle is started. NHTSA recall number 04V165000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)) was referenced. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 85,834.

- Newhall, CA, USA

problem #4

May 292007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While driving under 40 mph, the engine failed. The failure has occurred on four different occasions. Safety recall # 04V165000 (power train:automatic transmission control module (tcm, PCM)) does not apply to the VIN. The purchase date and engine size were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 66,000. Updated 02/01/08. Updated 02/01/08

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 172004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles


How can I get a list of vehicle identification numbers to find out if my vehicle is effected in a Ford recall.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #2

Dec 132004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
I want to know how I can find out if my vehicle was on the list of recalls. Recall 04S13 occured back in Apr 2004, and I was never notified. I would like to know why and if my vehicle is still in need of repair.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #1

Sep 222004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall 04V165000 subject: Engine stalling. After having the power control module (PCM) with the appropriate calibration reprogrammed, the vehicle stall. The consumer tried to restart the vehicle and was unable to do so. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

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