really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,441 miles

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2002 Ford Escape engine problems

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #36

Mar 142003


  • miles


I have a 2002 Ford Escape. At 15,000 miles my engine blew. Two weeks earlier my sister who also has a 2002 Ford Escape lost her engine at 35,000 miles. Since then the car has been back for three rounds of repairs to the engine, the ball bearings, the power steering, and the coolant. This car is dangerous!

- Superior, CO, USA

problem #35

Jul 222003


  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle stalled due to a blown head gasket; 2 barrier inside of the engine.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #34

Jul 172003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Engine quit running while driving.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #33

Mar 012003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


Vehicle stalled while coasting down a gentle hill at 40mph- difficult to steer and had to use emergency brake to avoid crashing myself and my infant into car infront of me.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #32

Jun 262003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles
My 2002 Ford Escape stalled while slowing down and going down a hill. I pulled to the side of the road and was able to restart the vehicle. Of course there was limited breaking and the steering got very stiff. Luckily no other cars were around or there could have been an accident.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #31

Jun 162003

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles
Engine started making a ticking sound - dealer said it has to be replaced. They also said they have replaced several others as the engine "blew" at high altitude - I bought this 2002 Ford Escape in Colorado. The won't tell me exactly what's wrong and whether the new engine from the factory may also blow inthe future.

- Kremmling, CO, USA

problem #30

Jun 202003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My 2002 Ford Escape XLT stalled while I was driving it at 35 miles an hour. All power stopped. The engine light, oil light, and battery light all came on. I had my Escape towed to the local Ford dealer and they examined it today. They said that they did not find anything wrong with it and that they would not be able to fix it unless it stalled while they were driving it.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #29

Apr 222003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
While driving down a slight hill at approximately 30 mph, the steering suddenly became sluggish, then the engine quit. The dash instrument lights (check engine, airbag, and battery) came on and the brakes did not work at all. Fortunately I was near the bottom of the hill and could roll over to the side and stop up against a tree stump. The car would not restart immediately, but did after a few minutes.

- Temple, NH, USA

problem #28

Jun 042003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,500 miles
The engine will stall while driving at speed. No warning occurs prior to the stall. The vehicle will restart immediately after it is placed in park.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #27

Jan 052003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While I was driving on the ortega hwy (very curvy road), I started decelerating for an upcoming curve, and without warning, the power steering and brakes stopped working, the car died and slowly rolled to a stop. Indicator lights came on. I was able to restart the car. I was extremely fortunate that this did not cause a serious accident. Since then I feel very unsafe whenever driving the car, wondering if it will happen again. A car stalling without any indication and for no reason is extremely dangerous and can potentially cause fatal accidents. I believe this car needs to be recalled for the safety all drivers and passengers on the road, since it can happen at anytime, without warning. I recently found out that the manufacturer is aware of this defect, and I am absolutely appalled and outraged that they are continuing to sell vehicles that compromise the safety their consumers.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #26

May 192003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Ford Escape 2002 stalled coming down a hill with foot off gas pedal.

- Venetia, PA, USA

problem #25

Jun 112002

Escape 4WD

  • 3,618 miles
This is the second time that engine stalled while driving and this time I was almost rear ended. All functions suddenly locked up. I had no functionality in steering, brakes, and acceleration. I had no control of the car and car slowly died. After a few minutes I was able to restart car with no problems. This could be a life threatening problem if on a highway the next time this happens. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763065

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #24

Jul 072002

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 5,500 miles
Engine stalled traveling 30 mph, foot off pedal. *****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****764292

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #23

Apr 202003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 40 mph and going around a curve, my 2002 Ford Escape stalled on me for the 3rd time. I have no warning and I lose my steering and brakes. My first stall happened during the first month that I owned it. I was 4 months pregnant. The 2nd stall happened while my husband was driving it. I now feel like my car that only has 8,000 miles on it is not safe to drive. When I took my car to the dealership for the first stall, they told me that it had the wrong sensor on it and replaced it. The second stall the dealership could not find anything wrong with it and acted like they had never heard of this. What is Ford going to do to fix the problem?

- Cross Lanes, WV, USA

problem #22

Apr 162002

Escape 4WD

  • 1,000 miles
The vehicle just quit while I was driving-steering became hard no warning. This was the second time same thing happened 4 days after purchase. ****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis****760788

- Cross Lanes, WV, USA

problem #21

Mar 202002

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,344 miles
The vehicle stalled due to a faulty computer.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #20

Apr 172003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Engine stalled on my 2002 Ford Escape while driving on the interstate at 55 mph. Was able to coast to the shoulder in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic. Re-started right away. Dealer (two rivers Ford in nashville) advises they've never heard of this problem, despite many complaints to NHTSA and technical bulletins #15434, 15589, 0286.

- Mt. Juliet, TN, USA

problem #19

Apr 042003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
2002 Ford Escape stalled while in motion for the second time. It stalled in Feb. 2002 and a Ford tsb to update the PCM was performed to fix the problem in June of the same year. Everything was fine until the other day when it stalled while coasting after a brief period of acceleration to enter a highway on-ramp. I could control the vehicle with a little extra effort and it did re-start right away.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #18

Feb 232003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,015 miles
Engine block cracked while I was driving causing the oil pan to explode and the oil caught on fire.

- Silt , CO, USA

problem #17

Mar 252003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,900 miles
Our 2002 Ford Escape has stalled twice while driving at about 40 mph. The incidents were about 3 weeks apart. We had to put our hazards on to put the car in park to be able to restart the vehicle. The service department at our dealership said they had never heard of this problem.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

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