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You are in the Ford Escape
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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
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#1785 of 4149 Consumer Reports???
Sep 19, 2002 (6:17 pm)
In response to post 1704 I must respectfully but strenuously disagree. In Consumer Reports, for reliability, out of the five rating categories, the 2002 Escape receives the worst possible and for consumer satisfaction, it is average. For reliability the 2002 Mazda Tribute also receives the worst reliability rating and Satisfaction of Below Average. Neither vehicle is recommended by Consumer reports.
(the Auto Issue "The 2002 Cars" June 19, 2002)
Perhaps you were refering to a different magazine?
#1787 of 4149 my wife is afraid to drive her tribute now
Sep 19, 2002 (8:43 pm)
Our 2002 Tribute stalled once at 7000 miles, going at about 35mph, it just quit. We treated this as a fluke, but it just happened again today (at almost 14000mi). From previous posts, it sounds as if this problem is well documented, and I will take this into the dealer ASAP with the hope that they can do something with the vehicle to fix it. Hopefully the software update thing will work on our vehicle. If not, I don't know what to do. My wife is afraid to drive the car now. We bought a Hyundai Elantra to be my commuter car, and we bought the Tribute to be the "family car" and right now I feel that, compared to the Elantra, the Mazda Tribute is "half the car, twice the price, and ten times the headaches."
#1788 of 4149 Continuing Problem..The Perpetual Stall
Sep 20, 2002 (3:45 pm)
I had previously posted my stalling issue with my 2002 Ford Escape, and like Baggs32, had the dealer perform TSB (02-11-06) in July, and hoped that the stalling issue had resolved. Well, to my dismay, my ford lemon stalled again this week on the way to work. One of my friends at work said there was a recall out on the Ford Escape that she heard on the local news, so I called my dealer and my dealer has received many calls from owners, but the Dealer claims they have heard nothing from Ford yet on this issue. So, here I sit once again seeking some insight from my fellow Ford Escape owners. Does anyone have any new news or heard of this recall? Any help would be appreciated.
#1789 of 4149 Our Tribute stalled - Throttle Body replaced
Sep 20, 2002 (7:50 pm)
Our 2002 Tribute stalled at 1010 miles while sitting in traffic. The service dept at our dealership acknowledged that he's seen this a few times (funny, the salesman said he never heard of any stalling problems when I asked before buying...) They planned on having to do the PCM thing, but he said that wasn't the problem and that we had to replace the Throttle Body. A week later we had our new throttle body...and so far so good...hopefully it never happens again.
Another question: A few times I have turned the key and the car wouldn't start...my wife says I do it wrong (how do you turn the key wrong?)...anyway, has anyone else ever have any trouble starting their Tribute?
#1790 of 4149 02 Escape Transmission
Sep 22, 2002 (4:25 pm)
My 2002 XLT had its original transmission replaced at 4600mi. At 7600, the transmission was leaking (again) and the same dealer replaced half of the casing on the new transmission. The dealer said that they had never had to replace a trans on an Escape. Any comments on this one?
Sep 23, 2002 (7:08 am)
I own a 2002 Tribute. What should the RPMs be while idling? Also at 30mph and 55 mph? I think mine are running alittle low.
#1793 of 4149 same tribute different problems
Sep 23, 2002 (12:07 pm)
I own a 2002 tribute with 7000 miles. I just had to have the battery replaced because it left my wife stranded on a weekend day with no service dept. open. Roadside assistance not much help in our case because battery had leaked from a crack in the bottom which made a mess under the hood. while at the dealership the next day, i had someone ride with me to listen to the roaring i talked about in a previous posting. turned out my front wheel bearing was already shot. the service dept. said both cases were a first for them. anyone else had these problems?
#1794 of 4149 Wife afraid to drive/Perpetual Stall
Sep 25, 2002 (7:23 am)
BSAPOLA and MYFORDLEMON
Your complaints sound just like mine --- so do what I did --- contact 1)customer service 2)your state attny general 3)ask your dealer for a Dispute Board form 4) Have an attny write Ford/Mazda demanding the vehicle be replaced.
Ford dragged their feet a bit, but relented and gave us full credit of the sticker price of our Escape and no milage charge. We got a 2003 Explorer (my wife was afraid to get another Escape) and only had to pay the difference between the stickers.