pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,200 miles

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2002 Ford Escape exhaust system problems

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 262003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles


While driving on I294 northbound between 127th street and approximately 103rd street, the engine on our 2002 Ford Escape blew up. There was no warning in terms of warning lights or other indicators that there was any problem. Shortly after entering the interstate, the car began to make a motor boating type of sound. It sounded as if the sun roof was not completely closed. Thereafter the engine blew and pieces began to fly out. A huge fireball, hot enough to melt the license plat holder in the middle of the tailgate was discharged from the tailpipe. The car began smoking and smoke was discharged into the cab of the vehicle. We were able to make an emergency stop on the shoulder of the road. The car continue to smoke and there was oil leaking from the engine. A piece of the crankshaft was found on the shoulder of the road 100-150 feet behind the vehicle. The fireball had been of sufficient size to cause multiple calls to local fire department as well as the state police.

- Merrionette Park, IL, USA

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