really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,962 miles

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2003 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Nov 162004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


When the vehicle has been sitting for two days or more, the vehicle would make loud graining noise when applying the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer clean the excessive rust build up and informed the consumer that was the normal characteristic of that vehicle. The dealer instructed the consumer to put the vehicle in reverse and applied the brakes several times that would help removed the excessive rust build up.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 092005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The consumer is experiencing problems with the brakes. The brakes were completely hardened. The vehicle has been driven over mountainous terrain and the brakes burn out very quickly driving under these mountainous conditions. Owner has contacted the dealer and has had the pads and rotors replaced. Provide further details.

- Kuna, ID, 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

Jul 282003


  • miles
3 weeks after buying vehicle it started making noise when applying brakes. Dealer stated that was normal for a new car.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #1

Jul 102003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
While driving at 50/55 mph vehicle died out without warning. This resulted in loss of power steering and brakes.the cost for repairs were $114.21.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

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