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#2654 of 3071 2005 Escape XLT 4WD
Aug 08, 2005 (3:13 pm)
I leased my 2005 Escape XLT 4WD in Oct. 2004, the Dealer replaced the Rear End/Axle Assembly in May 2005. Since then I have a shudder when the transmission is shifting from 3rd to 4th gear. Ford says it is the Torque Converter locking up at between 48 and 52 KM per hour and that this is an inherent problem with the 2005 XLT 4WD.
Do any other owners experience this problem?
#2655 of 3071 Re: Escape XLT delay? [pilewort]
Aug 10, 2005 (4:17 pm)
Take a 4X4 out for a drive and check for a vibration in the cabin at around 90KM or 55 MPH (with the windows closed) and also ckeck to see if there is a hesitation when shifting from 3rd to 4th gear.
I have had these problems with my 2005 Escape XLT 4X4 and they replaced the Rear End/Axle Assy at 5500miles. The heitation in the transmission didn't occur until after this was done.
#2656 of 3071 Re: 2003 Escape - engine dying [minimack]
Aug 11, 2005 (8:41 am)
This is way after the fact, so your car is probably fixed now, but for the purposes of posterity, I had the same problem with my 2001 V6. After two weeks in the shop, all I had to show for it was a bill. In the end and after reading the other Escape forum here, I replaced the Idle Air Speed Control (IAC) Motor. That fixed the problem except that the mechanic revved up the idle to around 2500-3000 which I have yet to deal with. Having your car accelerate to 50 mph without touching the gas is interesting. Anyway, the IAC motor is very easy to replace (I have never done any other work to that engine). The only place I could find the replacement, however, was at the dealership parts counter for about $70. Once you have it in hand, it is pretty intuitive. It sits right on top of the engine and has one plug and two 8mm bolts. It's really very simple so long as you have a wrench or socket set.
Aug 12, 2005 (10:13 am)
Went and had my 01 Escape XLT V6 4WD interior professionaly cleaned yesterday. Wow! what a huge difference. I didn't realize my interior had become that dirty. The inside looks like new. They cleaned the door jambs also! all interior windows ect.. I recommend having this done to those who own older Escapes, makes them look new again...
For those of us who have the plastic bumpers/molding. You must take care of this. I do my own outside detailing of my vehicle. The guy at the detail shop said my vehicle looked great, he could tell I was using plastic cleaner/conditioner on my bumpers/moldings. Pass the word....Take care of your plastics on your Escapes/Tribs...
#2658 of 3071 Re: 2005 Escape XLT 4WD [waysan]
Aug 16, 2005 (12:08 pm)
The torque converter is exactly what it is. My '02 has done it since day one, and it's getting worse. We tried driving in town in "2" and with the overdrive off, and that helped some. It gets sloppy from third to fourth, or kicking back down from overdrive, and bucks like crazy. At first I thought it was having contractions and was giving birth to a Pinto. But now we have $700 in a rebuilt converter to look forward to. At 17,000 we needed the tie rods replaced, at 27,000 the motor literally disintegrated while my wife pulled into the parking lot at work, and now this. At least the earlier issues were still under warranty. But now, this is not covered under major med. Ford never has a reason, excuse, or apology handy. A shrug of the shoulders and,"Hey man, I just work here" is about the best anyone can do.
All I can say is don't think it is just the 04-05's. I baby my cars, and this one has been serviced faithfully, (even breast fed.) So don't think that your problem is from misuse. If I were you and was lucky enough to have leased rather than purchased - I'd drive it until the lease is up, hand them the keys, and don't look back.
Problem for me is . . .I still LIKE the damn thing!
#2659 of 3071 Re: 2005 Escape - Problem with cd player... [pjdrl]
Aug 17, 2005 (6:49 am)
Again, this is nothing new in "05. My "02 with the 6 CD's does the exact same thing. Also, even with only one commercially made CD, please go slowly through each command. My wife is a typist, and her hands work way more quickly than mine. She pushed one too many buttons too quickly, and the end result was we had to install a new unit altogether. Ford covered this one under warranty.
Also, the angle of the player is tipped, and you want to always tip the disk in a downward angle. Shorter people just tend to lift it UP and this really jams the thing and will not allow the EJ button to work.
For a standard unit, it has a terrific sound, though.
#2660 of 3071 Escape Rollover
Aug 21, 2005 (9:01 pm)
I've been contemplating the purchase of an Escape AWD for use in snowy Boston. Question: Why doesn't Ford include a stability control option with the Escape? The vehicle is NOT recommended by Consumer Reports because it went up on two wheels in one of their road handling tests. On most other SUVs on the market, some type of stability control is Standard!!!!!
#2661 of 3071 Fords service center is killing me!
Aug 24, 2005 (10:47 am)
I have to say I love my Ford Escape XLT. Well, that was until November of 2004 when I started taking it in for a hesitation problem to my local ford service center. They still haven't fixed it. I have spent over 400 bucks. Every time I call to tell them their newest guess hasn't worked they make me come in and test drive it until it happens with a service guy in the car, the problem is they will only go around the block with you and then they tell you to come back another day and try again. The last time I brought my car in was a month ago. I had to go 4 times before it hesitated with a service guy in the car. Now it is happening again and I have to do the same thing. I am amazed that Ford doesn't even know how to fix their own cars.
#2662 of 3071 HELP!!!! 2005 Escape
Aug 31, 2005 (3:36 pm)
Grrrrrrrrr!! Just got my new Escape 2005 XLT and now the right front headlight has condensation inside the lense , one person told me there is a vent hole somewhere but didn't know where and that it is probley clogged ... ??? Does anyone have the same problem ?? is there a repair or resolution in site ...
PLEASE clear my lense on this ...
#2663 of 3071 Re: HELP!!!! 2005 Escape [retiredcop]
Aug 31, 2005 (5:22 pm)
put the headlights on for a while, that should dry it out. if the moisture comes back, you have a problem. then bring it back to the dealer.