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#3532 of 4149 Re: 2002 Ford Escape Transmission [ironheadbro]
Jan 31, 2007 (7:49 am)
I have had this problem for years on my 2002 4WD. I recently read (on this or perhaps another forum) that the problem can be cleared up with a transmission flush. I did this a month ago and the problem has not surfaced since.
The scheduled transmission fluid change is more often than what I am used to (every 25,000 miles?). However, I waited until about 50,000 to do the work, which is more in line with my previous vehicles.
#3533 of 4149 Re: 2002 Ford Escape Transmission [tveilleux]
Jan 31, 2007 (6:14 pm)
Never thought that flushing a trans would clear up this problem. I'll give it a try.
#3535 of 4149 Re: 2002 Ford Escape Transmission [ironheadbro]
Feb 01, 2007 (9:24 am)
I wouldn't reccomend flushing the transaxle. Flushing should really only be done on the cooler lines. Just drain and replace fluid in the transaxle.
#3536 of 4149 2002 Ford Escape Transmission.
Feb 02, 2007 (8:54 am)
According to www.fleet.ford.com, the 2002 Ford Escape 4x4 with the 6 cylinder gets a trans. fluid change very 150,000 miles! This is what is called a sealed for life trans.
I have heard horror stories from people trying to flush the trans at non dealerships as its supposedly not easy to do.
#3537 of 4149 Re: Gas station fun [bob_mcbob]
Feb 02, 2007 (1:51 pm)
I own a 05 Tribute, I have found many gas stations where I have to manually hold the nozzle in at strange angles and fill slower then normal to keep from shut-off triggering. It's not just you, it happens to me all the time
#3538 of 4149 Re: Gas station fun [socomfire]
Feb 04, 2007 (1:00 am)
Yeah, I definitely read reports of filling problems before we got the car, so I made sure ours was okay right after we got it. I haven't been able to take it in yet because our second car ('96 Ford Escort wagon) decided to pack it in the other day. We're getting by on quarter tanks because it's too cold to stand out there and do more (-30C windchill here all weekend)! A lot of gas station pumps won't even go slowly enough to get gas into the tank. You can hear it backing up and slowly coming back up the spout before it sprays out.
#3539 of 4149 Buying a 2005 tribute
Feb 08, 2007 (4:53 am)
I'm seriously considering purchasing a 2005 mazda tribute GT (fully loaded v6) but i'm now feeling a little skeptical after reading some of the posts within this thread....
Should I continue with the mazda purchase? or go with a 2003 toyota highlander instead. Which I found for the same price.
2005 mazda tribute GT(v6) 39,000km
2003 toyota highlander base 78,000km
I've researched the heck out of these two vehicles and am most concerned with build quality and reliability.
any insights would be much appreciated.
#3540 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [stormfront]
Feb 08, 2007 (5:37 am)
What is the asking price of each vehicle? Probably asking more for the 2003 Highlander than the 2005 Tribute. We have owned A Ford Escape and 2004 Highlander V6. Both are reliable. I actually enjoy the Escape more. Smoother, better transmission. Of course the Highlander had a few more luxury features.
#3541 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [stormfront]
Feb 08, 2007 (5:45 am)
Get on the Highlander forum via Edmunds and you will see as many post/problems with it as you see for the Tribute. The people who typically post on these forums are those with problems, not those who get on to say they are having no problems. The Edmunds Editors and Consumers ratings are nearly the same for both vehicles. For the same price I would go with the vehicle with 2 years less wear and tear. I have a 2002 4WD with all the bells and whistles and have had only a few problems (most have been the typical minor ones found on this forum) that were taken care of inexpensively. Overall I am very pleased with the vehicle, my wife likes it as well. It still looks and rides almost like new after 60,000 miles.