hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,999 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.

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2003 Ford Escape accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012010

Escape 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


I have been having multiple problems with my hitch not wanting to open I have to lock and unlock multiple times or turn car on go in reverse then forward and put in park shut car off some times multiple times before it will allow me to open it. Last fall (2014) my hinge that holds my window on fell out. And around the same time I started having issues with my back driverside door not opening due to the lock getting stuck it is now completely unusable until I find some one to fix it I have seen on many sites this issue with recall code 04V6020000 date of announcement 12/23/2004 recall begin date 3/31/2005 but when I called Ford they told me my car was not on the list but here is the same issue"!?!"

- Portage, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 102011


  • 104,995 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while opening the rear liftgate and retrieving an item from the back seat, the lift gate separated from the vehicle and struck the contact on the head. The contact was not injured. The dealer and manufacturer were notified of the failure and made the contact aware of the NHTSA campaign id number: 04V602000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch) recall, but the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,995 and the current mileage was 105,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 142009


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the trunk latch would sporadically open independently. In warmer temperatures, the trunk would not open at all. The dealer was contacted and advised that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The manufacturer confirmed that the vehicle was not on recall and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 022010


  • 70,000 miles
2003 Ford Escape - key won't turn. Steering is locked, as well.

- Grove City, OH, USA

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