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Ford Escort, Transmission, Coupe
#21 of 40 Ford gets an F-
Feb 18, 2009 (2:33 pm)
I bought my 2000 ZX2 brand new in November of 1999. I baby my car and have kept it well maintained and serviced. I have less than 50,000 miles on it and was pretty happy with my car. Happy until last week when my “check engine soon” light went on and I started to notice a delay when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear (I have an automatic). Turns out I need my transmission rebuilt (Took it to Aamco). A quick search on the internet tells me I am not alone. There is even a group trying to bring a class action suit against Ford. Seems like the Escort, ZX2 and Focus all have faulty transaxles. Aamco stated it looks like a defect in the metal (Ford used cheep metal that eventually fails far before it should). I need my car so I’ll pay the $2,500 bill for a car worth only $4000. The one thing I learned from this: NEVER BUY FORD again.
#22 of 40 Re: It's the tranny [ogilthorpe]
May 31, 2009 (6:53 am)
I own a 2002 Ecort Zx2 and it has been a nightmare. To let you know how bad it has been overall,the car has only 39.320 miles. The latest is I can not go out of town because after an hour in 5th gear the transmission pops out.Then after that I have to drive in 4th gear,
During Hurricane Gustov I had to drive from Laplace,Louisiana to Houston and back in 4th gear.
#23 of 40 Re: It's the tranny [anvil21]
May 31, 2009 (7:55 am)
We had to out a new shift sensor in our 98 ZX2 just last week. It wanted to start off from a dead stop in 2nd or 3rd and would not idle because of that.
#24 of 40 Re: Ford gets an F- [Ratony]
Jun 06, 2009 (11:34 am)
I would love to know who is filing a suit against ford motor company and I would gladly jump on board my 2001 escort zx2 is a piece of s*** !! I have put a few thousand dollars into this car besides the 14,000.00 spent to freakin buy it. Just to keep it running enough to get me to work and back so if anyone knows who and how to sue them I will follow....I am still putting money into this car because I can't afford to buy another one right now..
p.s. My Daddy worked at Ford Motor Co. for 26 years and all he got was cancer and died. They need to pay for something and I know he wasn't the only one..Out of the Sheffield, Alabama plant there was 2400 workers and now there is only approx. 400 still living and most have died from cancer.
#25 of 40 Re: Ford gets an F- [belinda1]
Jun 25, 2009 (1:42 pm)
I am sorry to hear about your father.
Just do a search on "Suing Ford Transmissions" and you will pull up a number of ongoing cases some involving serious injuries and deaths.
I would also strongly suggest all to file a complaint against Ford at the following web site: Safercar.gov
Follow up on my car, only five months after trans was repaired the trans is failing again. Can I now be eligible to file a case under the lemon law?
#26 of 40 98 ford escort zx2 2.o dohc auto trans problems
Dec 17, 2010 (12:38 pm)
hello all , recent overnight trans failure. trying to determine what happens & repair.
80k on unit
reversed out with a bang - going forward- noises until no further wheel movement- Towed home
raised & inspected- no visible failure, axles& wheels spin in neutral , shift linkage goes through pattern ok, fluid is full * ok.
day after- when cold trans will operate forward with noises ( like bearings grumbling) then stops movement when warmed up. noise gone - no more wheel spin.
any ideas internal failures- pump,flex,torque ??
#27 of 40 Re: Ford gets an F- [Ratony]
Jan 26, 2011 (11:14 pm)
i bought my2002 Ford Escort ZX2 from a dealer in 2004. i was the second owner of the car. I RAGGED this car out for the last 8 YEARS driving from state to state , and i didnt take as good care of it as i should. This car had 40,000 miles on it when i bought it, now at 180,000 miles, my car has out last every car my husband has bought. The only thing i ever had done was a transmission flush and a filter change, because it was time for it not because it needed it. Sadly my car got rear ended , and now im on the hunt for another car, just might be picking up another one tomarow Sorry you had horrible luck , but this car has saved my skin many a times, and as bad as the accident was , my husband walked away without a scratch.
#28 of 40 Re: Ford gets an F- [luvmyzx2rip]
Feb 19, 2011 (12:05 pm)
Sorry for the delay in responding. To me Ford gets lower than an "F". My 2002 Zx2 only has 47,520 miles. It has been throwing serpentine belts at a rate of a belt every 7 months. Today I found out why. The idle tensioner pulley is bad.
Still can not go on road trips because of the 2 time repaired 5 speed manual transmission that keeps popping out of 5th gear after 30mins of highway driving.
#29 of 40 Car getting stuck in one gear / RPMs going way up
Mar 16, 2011 (1:52 pm)
Have a 2002 Ford ZX2 with 98,700 miles. When I am stuck in traffic, creeping along at 10-15 miles or so, it shifts down to the normal low gear (as it should), but when I speed up (to about 55 miles), it will not kick out of the gear it’s in. At other times, it gets “stuck” in 2nd or 3rd gear and won’t kick out of that gear. The RPMs rev WAY up. When I slow down or stop, it goes back to normal. And this problem happens intermittently.
I took it to be looked at, and the mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The trans fluid levels are fine, but look a little brown. What could be going on? I am not going to put thousands of dollars into this car. If it’s done, it’s done. I just want to make sure it's safe to drive if they haven't been able to find anything!
#30 of 40 Somethings wrong here!
Apr 04, 2011 (5:23 pm)
99 ford escrot zx2.automatic its been acting weird like delayed on shift times. to start off i have to put it in low and get it hight enough and then hit it into D. this still takes a minute because it revs up high then clicks in and goes. If i start out in D its just reving for a few minutes to and wont go anywhere. Reverse is bad too sometimes itll work sometimes it wont... so i thought it might be a vacum leak or the tranny checked both fixed the leak and just spent 800 on a used tanny and had my buddy put it in. I was hoping it would be ready to be sold the day the new tans went in but not a chance.so now im down 800 dollars and its still not working.. its still doing the same thing now fluid was good. but now its got a tans fluid leak so i have to fix that. Im not sure if the shift sensor next to the linkage or the linkage is messed up thats causing the shift problems? Any help please trying to get rid of this thing already.