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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,377 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 wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 122005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,250 miles


Two of the oem tires on my 2003 Ford Escape XLT were replaced on 8-12-05 because of tread/should separation. They were Continental Contitrac SUV 235/70-16 (dot#A3084533602). The tires had 17,250 miles on them and had only been driven on pavement and not faster than 70 miles per hour. They had never been under inflated nor drive for long distances. The other two tires on the Escape are losing chunks of rubber, but the Continental adjuster at discount tire company said they are not separating from the tire carcass so Continental will not replace them. He attributed the loss of chunks of rubber to driving on gravel roads. This car has not been drive on gravel roads.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 012004


  • miles
While driving tread separated from tire. Vehicle was not drivable. General tires, ameritrac, M+S, P225/70R15 100's, dot 0215041 ck 37710-34752, tread wear 420, track a, temperature B.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152003


  • miles
While driving about 60 mph on the highway and without warning driver's side rear tire tread separated from the truck, the sidewall completely came off. Consumer was able to control the vehicle, and was able to pull over to the shoulder of the highway.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 282003

Escape 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


While driving the left rear tire tread separated and the tire blew out. The driver was able to drive the vehicle off the road. The tire was original equipment (tire size P235.70R16). Dealer notified and informed consumer that the cause was undetermined. The vehicle brakes and rotors failed which caused noise while braking.

- Hondo, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 272003


  • miles
While driving Ford Escape 2003 SUV, the left tire had a blow out and the tread separated from the wheel(original equipment, tire sizep235/70R16, dot#unavailable) driver was able to drive the vehicle off the road. Dealer notified and informed that the cause was undetermined. Please provide additional information and complete the questionnaire

- Hondo, TX, USA

problem #1

May 192003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,012 miles
While driving 65 mph, the driver's side rear tire experienced tread separation. This was the original tire that came with the vehicle at the time of purchase. The driver was able to avoid a collision.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

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