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You are in the Ford Escape
What is this discussion about?
Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
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#2810 of 4133 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [kibbles]
Feb 23, 2005 (2:05 pm)
I'm having very similar problems with my 2001 Mazda Tribute. Last May the transmission had to be replaced at 40,000 miles. Since then, I've had an intermittent problem where the car has difficulty starting, the key locks in the accessory position, and frequently when I put the car in reverse, it just sits there and does nothing! It took 3 trips to the service department before they could recreate the problem. They told me that the column cylinoid(sp) needed replacing and that the ignition problem is separate. That, I'm told is the ignition lock and assembly. Of course, the warranty supposedly doesn't cover that part but I'm finding lots of information that the ignition for the Ford Focus, Ford Escape, and Mazda Tribute are all known to have problems and the same part is used for all 3. Good Luck with your problem.
#2811 of 4133 Re: My 02 Lemon Yellow Escape [airbearma]
Feb 23, 2005 (4:49 pm)
I solved the problem with my Lemon Yellow 02 Escape. I am now a happy 05 Dodge Durango owner.
#2812 of 4133 Re: My 02 Lemon Yellow Escape [airbearma]
Feb 24, 2005 (10:25 am)
You may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. There's a reason they are practically giving them away. Check this site and elsewhere about the Dodge Durango. They get terrible gas mileage and have steering problems, ball joint problems (recall) and engine failures (sludge) galore.
#2813 of 4133 Re: My 02 Lemon Yellow Escape [midwesttrader]
Feb 24, 2005 (12:24 pm)
Don't burst his bubble, LOL
#2814 of 4133 "NewFix" to the old rough idle/engine light
Feb 24, 2005 (11:00 pm)
My 2001 V-6 w/42,000 went into the dealer today with an intermittant check engine light, when the light was on, it would idle more roughly, when off, ran like always. Dealer called this AM, said compression in #4 was around 100, not the 150 or so of the others...the fix he said, is to remove head, look at valves, repair or replace, 5 hrs labor. We'll see, I have ext. warr. luckily.More later
Feb 25, 2005 (7:08 am)
Did you ask your dealer what the error code was?
#2816 of 4133 Re: short knocking sound only in the morning [cparis64]
Feb 25, 2005 (10:22 am)
I have an 02 Escape and we have just noticed the same thing in ours... We had a preliminary free inspection at the dealership and they said it might be the steering knuckle but we would have to pay $45 at least to get the specialist to look at it. We have about 38k miles so we are just past our warranty.
#2817 of 4133 buying an Escape
Feb 25, 2005 (11:45 am)
I'm going to help a lady friend purchase a car who wants an Escape. Are the problems that bad on this car, or are these problems few and far between? Any years to avoid??
#2818 of 4133 Re: buying an Escape [kybear]
Feb 25, 2005 (12:10 pm)
Don't rely on single forum to decide and consider that lot of trolling going on these forums...
#2819 of 4133 Re: buying an Escape [kybear]
Feb 25, 2005 (12:15 pm)
Kybear : I don't believe that the Escape in and of it self is jinxed or made any worse than a lot of other vehicles. Just search the message boards and you'll observe that there are worse problems and challenges for other vehicles. I have an '01 V6 model which has been by and large as good a vehicle as I've ever owned (Hondas, Toyotas, Mazdas, Kia, GM, other Ford products
included). Before you buy new, just make sure it's mostly what she wants or needs in vehicle. For instance, my wife thinks that my Escape is 'too big' while her RAv4 is just right, though both vehicles are roughly the same size inside with minor differences in size on the outside.
If buying new, do a thorough test-drive or better yet ask if you can keep the car overnight for a better feel. If buying used spend the ~$100+ and have it checked over with a fine-toothed comb by a trusted mechanic. A thorough check should take at least a couple of hours.