definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,600 miles

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2003 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 182007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The 2003 Ford Escape died when going to a stop or prior to acceleration. No apparent reason. This has continued to happen. I contacted Ford, and they told me it was probably bad gas. This has been going on for months. Also, I had to pull to the side of the road and check for fire inside of the vehicle. As there was a very strong smell of burning rubber or wire. No fire found yet. Engine will race for no apparent reason. Vehicle attempted to roll forward after it has been put in park and even after it has been turned off. Today one more nightmare has began. I drove the Escape approximately 4 minutes, returned home, and killed the vehicle. It will not start. If I turned the key to the 3rd position all lights went out. It will not move out of park. This has been a complete nightmare trying to keep this vehicle going. I have tried on numerous occasions to get the vehicle into Ford for recall on ABS. They can give approximate date, but nothing definite.

- Pauls Valley, OK, USA

problem #2

Apr 302007


  • miles
The key cannot be inserted into the ignition switch easily. On several occasions had to move the steering wheel back and forth to get it to engage. It was getting worse, and I would expect this to fail soon. It even happened at the dealer, and they had trouble getting it to engage.

- Clayton, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 112003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,800 miles
My 2003 Ford Escape has a stalling problem. It has stalled at least ten to twelve times in the last 14 days. The conditions during the stalling vary: On an incline, coming to stop and on straight away level terrain. It has also stalled and restarted much like a hesitation.

- Reston, VA, USA

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