really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,304 miles

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 022015


  • miles


2003 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle tires issue. The consumer stated the tires had to be replaced after only 33,000 miles of driving, when they were suppose to have an 85,000 mile tread warranty.

- Murphy, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 142011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Driving on interstate at 70 mph, back tire blew out, car spun, lost control, rolled X 2. car landed on roof. Driver had miner injuries, cuts, bruises, transported to hospital by ambulance, released from E.D. in 2 hours.car is total loss. Tires all with minimal wear, lots of tread, warratied for 60,000 miles, this tire failed at 30,000 miles.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #6

Nov 192009


  • miles
In August, 2009 I purchased a 2003 Ford Escape XLT from economy Honda in chattanooga, tn. The vehicle has contitec P235/70R16 tires on it. A routine overall vehicle inspection was done at that time. On Thursday, November 19 I took my vehicle to a local lube shop to have the oil changed and when the attendant put air in the tires, he noticed cracks and tread was pulling away from all four tires and advised me not to drive too far before I replaced them (I had plans to go to nc this weekend). The following morning I took the vehicle to a Continental tire dealer who verified the condition of the tires and recommended immediate replacement, which I did for $483. I see several recalls of contitec tires on your website for various reasons. Could there have been a recall on these tires. The car only had a little over 45,000 miles on it when I bought it. It especially upsets me to know my grandson has been in this vehicle with me riding on potentially dangerous tire. Thanks. Tahona tate

- Chattanooga, Tn, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 222008


  • 65,000 miles


Right rear passenger tire failed on 2003 Ford Escape. Tires in question are Firestone destination le, (dot VN08, 0107) just days and one year after purchase new. After tire failure vehicle one veered violently into left lane of the two lane interstate highway and vehicle two collided with vehicle one sending vehicle one skidding on its drivers side before coming to a rest on the right breakdown lane. Total time when vehicle one noticed a noise to end of incident was less than 1 minute. Normal driving conditions on interstate highway, speed traveling at time of mishap was approximately four mph above posted 70 mph speed limit. Temperature was approximately 90 degrees ambient Fahrenheit on a clear visible day. Tire in question were purchased as a set of two totally four June 5, 2007 and accident occurred June 22, 2008. Tire rotation in or around 6000 miles was performed at place of purchase. Air pressures were checked and in accordance with tire sidewall specifications.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 072005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. She states vehicle had a flat tire. Took vehicle to the dealer, who told her that tires were dry rotted. Has purchased one new tire, but she was going to purchase the other new tires tomorrow.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 302004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,149 miles
While driving 55 mph a loud noise was heard coming from the passenger side. The rear passenger side tire blew out. The consumer was able to pull over and change the tire with a spare tire. Continental, size P235/70R16. The consumer was told the tire incident was due to a road hazard, however the consumer disagreed.

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 252003


  • 11,000 miles
While driving at 55 mph passenger side rear tire blewout. Continental SUV tire.

- Plattsmouth, NE, USA

problem #1

Jun 302003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 280 miles
Driver's side front tire blew out. The consumer was currently waiting for aaa to help with the problem. Continental, Contitrac SUV. Consumer was driving on the freeway when she heard a noise in the left front tire. The tire had exploded while driving. She allowed the vehicle to slow down and pulled over to the shoulder. When the consumer exited the vehicle, she noticed the tire was ripped in a circular tear. The consumer didn't sustain any physical damage nor did the vehicle.

- Colton, CA, USA

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