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#3330 of 4149 re: blackeescape [tfzny]
Apr 08, 2006 (5:49 pm)
I am an owner of a 2001 Escape XLT v6 4wD that has about 70,000 miles on it. I have towed regularly about 2,500 lbs with this vehicle over these miles.
I visit this room often to see problems people may be having. I visit other Escape/Tribute/Mariner chat rooms around the net. I am wondering where the data is coming from about the Escape/Tribute transmissions? I called both an AAMCO and A Cotman transmission shop and they both told me they have seen very few Escapes/Tributes. I also called 1 large Ford Dealership and spoke to the service manager and they said the transmissions are rarely a problem. I visit other net chat rooms, and yes there are some transmission issues but not nearly as bad as what this room makes it out to be. I am not trying to be-little anyones problems. I don't have any transmission issues on my Escape and its been worked pretty hard. Granted, I have had my fluid changed at every 25-30K.. It just seems to me that what I read around the net the transmission is actually pretty reliable. I also visited MSN reliabiltiy data and they don't mention any transmission issues.
#3331 of 4149 2003 excape motor handgernade
Apr 09, 2006 (10:39 pm)
has any one had their 2003 v-6 motor detonate on them? it had 3108 miles on it and was just over 3 years old.
I do not know what has happend to the motor yet as this happened on April 7th and by the time the truck was towed to the nearest dealer it was closed. However oil was draing from a large hole in the oil pan. Has any one had this happen to them and any luck getting Ford to cover an engine replacment under and expired warrenty (just under 29 days)?
#3332 of 4149 Re: 01 Tribute Completely Dead [nitelite]
Apr 11, 2006 (4:30 am)
I also have an 01 Tribute that died yesterday. My story...about 3 weeks ago, I took it in to the dealer for an oil leak. It was a slow one with only a couple of drops a day and never needing to add any when I checked. I came home with a new oil pan and dip stick and the leak was gone. When I did get home, the engine sounded like a diesel. I drove it only a couple of days thinking maybe the noise was that they didn't tighten everything down or maybe the noise would just go away since I had never had an oil pan replaced. It didn't, so last week, I took the car to dealer again complaining about the noise. The kept it all week running diagnostics and found nothing except that I lost 3 cylinders. They assured me I would be fine driving it. This was on Friday and then yesterday on my way to work, It just died. I had it towed to another dealer and they said the engine locked up. Funny thing, I wasn't having any problems until I took it in for the oil change. Now the dealer that did the work is offering to install a new engine for $2000 less than the dealer that has it now. My thought is maybe the first dealer is wanting the work to cover up a bad oil pan replacement. I am feeling lucky after reading some of these posts because my Tribute made it to 99,600 miles.
#3333 of 4149 re: positive statement [scape2]
Apr 11, 2006 (5:53 pm)
Many thanks to you, scape2, for your positive information flow! I have a 2005 Escape that I bought a year ago, new. It has about 6K miles on it, and runs great-- no problems. I really appreciate your input on the transmission question.
#3334 of 4149 Escape Safety recall
Apr 14, 2006 (7:20 am)
I caught the tail end of a news report regarding a safety recall on the Escape without sunroof and curtain bags. I am assuming the same applies to my Tribute. Does anyone have any detailed information as to what needs to be done? I just phoned the dealer, and they have not heard of the recall as of yet.
#3335 of 4149 Re: Escape Safety recall [rcinmd]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 14, 2006 (7:35 am)
The stories I've seen just say Escape and Mariner. The interior trim packages could be different on the Tribute. More here:
Ford Recalling Nearly 150,000 SUVs (Chron.com)
#3336 of 4149 Rear Hatch problem
Apr 17, 2006 (1:02 pm)
Has anyone out there had an issue with the rear hatch and window intermitently not working...ours is a 2001 escape...
#3337 of 4149 Re: Rear Hatch problem [falvarez]
Apr 18, 2006 (5:49 pm)
Try a little silicon based lubricant spray. Available at any car parts store. Also, don't forget to give your door hinges, locks, hood hinges a squirt too...
#3338 of 4149 is steering whining noise normal?
Apr 18, 2006 (9:32 pm)
Escape XLT 4WD V6 2002 with 50,000KM. There is a low pitched 'whining noise' whenever the steering wheel is turned, left or right. This whining noise is slight and only heard at very low speeds e.g. when parking, turning into the garage (the noise might be there at higher speeds but obscured by engine and road noise). I think I first noticed this noise some weeks/months ago and have been listening for it whenever I remember to; that's how slight the noise is.
This noise is only heard when the steering wheel itself is being turned; if the steering wheel is held steady, no whining is heard even if the car continues to turn.
The fluid level at the power steering reservoir is ok. I would appreciate information and advice on this. Thanks.
#3339 of 4149 Re: Rear Hatch problem [falvarez]
Apr 19, 2006 (6:18 am)
Thanks...I have actually tried that...it is more of when you press either the key fob or the unlock button in the SUV...you hear all the doors unlock EXCEPT for the rear hatch...