definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,930 miles

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2001 Ford Escort engine problems

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2001 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 092005

Escort 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The contact states while parked with the engine off vehicle caught on fire. The vehicle had been sitting for over two hours. He smelled smoke and checked in the garage where the vehicle was parked. The fire was coming from under the hood in front of the steering compartment. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. The vehicle was totaled. There was extensive damage to the garage and the contact's house. The preliminary report indicated the fire started in the engine compartment. Reports were taken by the police, fire department, and insurance company.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #1

Aug 232003

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,860 miles
In Aug. 2003, I purchased a 2001 Ford Escort, only a short time after having it (2 weeks) vehicle engine died while at stop light. This has happened repeatedly, it is now November, and my local dealership has had my car more than I have since purchase in August. Continually tell me "there is nothing wrong with it." They installed a device to monitor the times when it dies, they serve people have driven it and it has died on them, they continue to say they do not know how to fix it. Also, I have been on the interstate with cruise control set and vehicle suddenly accelerates. Have not gotten any satisfaction from my local dealer, they have put approximately 2500 miles on my car, more than I have had a chance to put on it!! I would like either a comparable car or a full refund. This has been very frustrating. I have even been told I exaggerated the severity! the engine stalled in the middle of an intersection of a busy street. This vehicle was still under warranty at the first hint of a problem, this has drug on for 3 months now, with still no answers, and I am afraid to drive my car.

- Fairmont, MN, USA

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