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#52 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [wwest]
May 16, 2011 (10:11 am)
What he said. My 09 Lexus has an 8 speed transmission, and it hunts a lot. It's normal. If that's why you rejected the Fusion, you blew it.
My Mitsubishi Lancer has a CVT (which I hate, BTW), and never hunts, but also never changes a gear. Instead, the engine winds up like a sewing machine and stays wound up high until you reach downhill, or cruising speed. Very unsatisfying, but apparently, efficient.
Back to the issue, GM, Ford and some Japanese manufacturers use the same transmission made by Aisin now. Joint venture between them. I'm not sure the Tribute/Escape has one of these, but Ford warranties the power train for 5/70 do they not? The new Escape has the same transmission as the Fusion, that I'm sure of. And it sounds like you just aren't used to the way it runs to me.
#53 of 146 Re: 2001 Transmission problems [2010escape]
May 17, 2011 (10:20 am)
My wife also has a 2010 ford escape. Almost from day one, she noticed problems with the shifting. We took it in for the trans recall, and they "fixed" the problem. It got steadily worse. I was finally able to get the "wrench" light to come on so the dealer could "pull the code". Every time I took it in, the said there was nothing wrong with it, because there were no error codes. I kept telling them there was, they didn't want to hear that. Well, now it is at the dealer waiting for the parts to rebuild the transmission. I'm thinking, I don't want a brand new car with 13,000 miles on it to have a rebuilt transmission. I would prefer to get my money back and go buy a Honda/Toyota/Nissan. From reading other blogs and posts elsewhere, I'm afraid even with a rebuilt trans, it will continue to cause problems. I want my wife and young kids to feel and BE safe in a vehicle.
#54 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [nvbanker]
May 18, 2011 (11:40 am)
Your CVT "hunts" just as much as your 8 speed, truth be known probably even moreso.
But since the CVT hunting is "seamless" passengers take no notice.
#55 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [wwest]
May 19, 2011 (4:40 am)
I have a 2011 escape and the maintenance book says 30,000 miles it is time for a transmission service.
#56 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [hackattack5]
by steve_ HOST
May 19, 2011 (6:28 am)
That surprises me. The CR-V's service interval is 120,000 miles for the transmission (a bit sooner for the transaxle).
I don't see a fluid change requirement at all for the 2011 Escape Hybrid with the CVT.
#57 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [hackattack5]
May 19, 2011 (8:29 am)
Are you certain/sure that isn't a dealer inserted page...?
Not even the factory would suggest 30,000 miles..
Or do you mean just "check" the ATF condition and level.
#58 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [wwest]
by steve_ HOST
May 19, 2011 (9:34 am)
The Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide says it's a service - fluid and filter change to the tune of $150.
#59 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [steve_]
May 20, 2011 (8:30 am)
I know, historically, that the Ford Escape has had far to many drive line component failures but this still seems "over the top".
Plus most of the driveline component failures involved only the F/awd models. And even with that it is my "cut" that most of those failures involved only the PTO or the rear clutch/diff'l assembly. Those most likely arising from to frequent and/or inappropriate use of the "AWD" mode.
But then there is also the fact that Ford's adoption of TC to improve the overall safety, and reduce the driver's ability to abuse the driveline, of their FWD or F/awd models was seriously delayed as opposed to other marques.
#60 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [steve_]
May 23, 2011 (10:11 am)
It probably doesn't have a dipstick either. Several Ford Transmissions are "sealed for life" and don't require service. The logic and experience in testing indicate that the transmission will last about 100,000 miles if you service it, and will last about 100,000 miles if you don't. So why bother to service it? Right or wrong, that's what the testing showed.
#61 of 146 2010 Ford Escape Transmission Problems
Jun 17, 2011 (7:08 pm)
I purchased a new Ford Escape 2010 Limited back in August of 2010. Not 6 months had passed when I had to have the transmission rebuilt, as there were many problems with the it. Every time I would accelerate it felt as if the transmission was going to drop. Two weeks ago I was driving to Detroit (Live in Illinois) and about 65 miles out outside of Detroit the little Wrench Icon comes on...and I can feel the car starting to ride very strange. I took it into the dealership in Detroit, and the pulled a P1783 Code (Transmission Overheat). They did not have a transmission tech on hand, so they said I should be able to make it back to Chicago, which luckily I did. We stayed over night in Detroit and when we left the next morning, the icon was gone, however about an hour outside of Chicago it came back on...I took my car to my local dealership the following day, and after having the car for a week, they said that nothing was wrong...they could still see the code in memory, but could not find any issues...I don't know what to do, as this does not seem right...any suggestions...thanks...