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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (1 reports)
2003 Ford Escort electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 102008

Escort XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


Okay, so the car just had $700 (WTF, man!) put in for new rotors and brakes. Last night, the car died in a parking lot. AAA said that I needed a new battery. I believe that--the car is 5 years old with original battery. I knew I was on borrowed time every time it got cold out. This morning, taking the kid to school, and suddenly the dash board goes dark. I coasted into a parking lot where I waited 3 hours for a tow, only to be told that the alternator is burnt out and that it took over 2 hours to access it. My jaw dropped. Why the hell would Ford a) make an alternator that only last 69,000 miles and not the life of the car like they used to back in the day and b) put it in a place that you need to take apart the whole frickin car to get to it? Sonofabitch! So right out of the gate, labor alone is like $180, plus the part...Now that the Big 3 got their $15 billion loan, can they please start making parts that won't break? UGH!

- , Rochester, NY, USA

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