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#53 of 151 Re: 2001 Transmission problems [2010escape]
May 17, 2011 (9:20 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 151 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [nvbanker]
May 18, 2011 (10:40 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 151 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [wwest]
May 19, 2011 (3:40 am)
I have a 2011 escape and the maintenance book says 30,000 miles it is time for a transmission service.
#56 of 151 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [hackattack5]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 19, 2011 (5:28 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 151 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [hackattack5]
May 19, 2011 (7:29 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.
#59 of 151 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [steve_]
May 20, 2011 (7:30 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 151 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [steve_]
May 23, 2011 (9:11 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 151 2010 Ford Escape Transmission Problems
Jun 17, 2011 (6:08 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...
#62 of 151 Re: 2010 Ford Escape Transmission Problems [jibboo]
Jun 20, 2011 (2:03 pm)
I have 2 2010 Escapes in my fleet, both with about 20,000 miles on them, and not a lick of trouble with either. Therefore, I conclude that yours is NOT normal, nor is there nothing wrong with it. That's unacceptable for them to give it back to you with nothing done on it. When you took it in, was the wrench on? You indicated they can find the error in memory, that should be enough to force them to do something. First, I would try a second dealer. If they won't at least try to fix it by doing something on it, I would insist on seeing a Ford rep the next time they are in town. Your dealer can make an appointment for you. If you get no satisfaction from the Ford Rep, (but I rather think you will), then I would start my documentation for a lemon law buyback, whatever your state provides for that action. You can't trust this car, and I would not keep it. They owe you a refund, or another transmission. They do make transmissions that don't overheat, I have had several. Don't surrender, this is not right. The problem nowadays is, they don't have mechanics anymore, they have kids who can run a computer, and do what it tells them to do. But if the computer doesn't have a procedure, they have no idea what to try to do to fix it! Thank goodness you have a code in the memory, or they would never even take it in! They would just tell you that you are nuts.
Best of luck - I know it's a major pain, but dog this thing until you get satisfaction. The dealer didn't build the car, but Ford did, and THEY owe you.