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Ford Escort, Transmission, Coupe
#6 of 40 It's the tranny
Jun 18, 2007 (11:20 am)
I have a 2000 ZX2, with manual transmission. Today it is in the shop for the 6th time for transmission-related problems, with only 117k miles on it. Just got quoted a repair bill in excess of $1300 to replace the entire clutch assembly. This in spite of an entirely rebuilt transmission going in just before 80k miles when Ford Motor Co. finally owned up to my powertrain warranty and "fixed" the problem. I'd gone through three clutches, dozens of phone calls, and many weeks in rental cars before they admitted the tranny was bad. The clutch underwent some more minor repair right around 100k miles, but here I am today, with another major bill to keep this heap of bolts on the road.
I've researched the issue and firmly believe from my own experience and those of other owners that Escorts made between 1997 and 2002 have defective transmissions. The vehicles were not properly engineered. Dare I say...
If I were Ford, I would not stand by these vehicles and ruin my brand name. All owners should have been offered a voluntary recall with full credit applied toward the purchase of a new vehicle.
As an owner, I cannot recommend strongly enough against the purchase of a 1997-2002 Escort due to a high occurance of transmission problems.
#7 of 40 Trans is acting funny sometimes.
Sep 17, 2007 (2:10 pm)
I have a 2000 zx2-automatic trans. Almost every time I start my car and I put it in reverse it jolts into gear(and no i'm not on an incline). I got around this by 1st putting the car in drive, to bring the RPM's down to about 1000, put it in reverse, and it runs smoothly. But then, sometimes when I am in city traffic(stop and go), and I have to brake hard but then I immediately let off the brake and depress the gas pedal(i.e.: stop and go), the car doesn't respond for a sec, then it jolts into gear.
WHAT IS WRONG?? Is my car trying to tell me something? Please help me.
#8 of 40 ZX2 Auto transmission change out
Oct 27, 2007 (11:42 am)
Transmission slips in '99 zx2 with 105k. Any experience with changing one of these? I've done rear wheel tranny's before but never a front wheel drive. I can get a used one with approx 40k for about $925.00. Anybody got any advise for me?? Thanks!
#9 of 40 Re: Trans is acting funny sometimes. [igotthis]
Dec 29, 2007 (7:45 pm)
yes.....my car does that also....its done that since it turned over to 98000 miles...its running pretty bad when its cold, revs high til it warms up, runs in semi neutral til it warms up...i think its the cold weather, but also it does it only when im up a steep hill......i think it has to be the trans filter vents are clogged so i gottaa change that....so maybe you should do the same....tell me what happens if you do it
i really dont think it is the transmission going though,........well.....i hope not
#10 of 40 '01 ZX2....don't know if it's the transmission or not....
Dec 31, 2007 (4:27 pm)
I have a 2001 ZX2 with 80K that I have owned since new. Only since last month have I noticed some odd noises coming from the car. When I hit 40 mph, there is a very odd rubbing/humming noise that comes from the right side of the car. I'm thinking it just must be the tread from my Michelin Harmony tires, since the noise is still present, though far less pronounced, at lower speeds. However.....I also notice that when I am driving from 40 mph on up, when I let off the gas the car slows down too fast.......it is almost as though I am driving with the overdrive disengaged, though that is not the case. The car drives fine otherwise, and I have had no mechanical problems to speak of in the 7 years I have owned it.
I have taken the car into CarX who couldn't figure out what the problem was, though they did note a slightly out-of-round rim. We swapped rims out and it didn't solve the problem. They also thought it could be the wheel bearings.....I took the car to Ford for a more definitive answer. They could find nothing wrong, other than bad wheel bearings on the driver front-side wheel (which is NOT where all the noise is coming from, and definitely would not cause the massive slow-down in driving at faster speeds). I hope I'm not looking at a transmission issue....?
#11 of 40 Re: ZX2 shifter stuck [obiwampa]
Mar 16, 2008 (6:15 pm)
On a automatic trans you have to press on the brake to release the trans out of park,a sensor that plugs into the shifter in the trans releases the trans out of park once it detects you have your foot on the brake, kinda of a safty feature I guess you have a bad sensor.It looks like a little black box about 1inch by one inch. on the right side of the shifter councle if you could screzze your figer under the councle youll fell a meatle bar move the bar up with your fingers and it will come out of park that bar just locks it into park.
Apr 08, 2008 (11:58 am)
Last February I bought a 2000 ZX2 from a dealer.
In May my car started skipping so i thought it might be the transmission, so I brought it into the shop and low and behold I needed a transmission. Was without a car for almost 2 months before they could find a transmission for my car. A month later the whole process started again. The shop that installed my transmission was going to make good on the transmission that I had installed for over $1,000 a month earlier, but five weeks later and a rent a car for $1400.00 my car was not fully fixed. I got my car back, but was driving it and the lights started to go dim. then it died all together. I would put it on a charge start it up and continue with this process until I could get it home.
My car was taken into a shop where now they say it was an altinator........bought a new one...................week later same problem................As it was in the shop again the electrical system blew. Got the car fixed and that night I picked it up the whole thing blew again, so back in the shop again!!!
Now I have had the car for one whole year and have driven for about a month the whole time.
Does anyone have any ideas to what I need to do with this Lemon before I put anymore money into it.
I have called the dealer to which I bought the car from last may and they told me there is nothing I could do!!!
Jun 04, 2008 (5:34 pm)
Could everything go bad at once on a car? I bought a escort zx2 new in 2001 and 2 weeks ago it started acting like it didn't want to go and started cutting itself off every time I had to stop that was really aggravating. Then it wouldn't get over 40mph. I took it to one person and he couldn't find what was wrong so I took it to ford's and the estimate was 2000.00 said it was the cam sensor and timing belt and sensor, oxygen sensor needs new water pump and some mor things so I asked about putting a motor in it and they said it would still need all these other things so the total price to fix it and put in a motor would run me close to 7000.00. I am so disgusted I paid 200.00 to find out that I need 2000.00 to 7000.00 to fix my car this is driving me crazy..........I can't afford another car but 2000.00 ain't easy either. I found this site and saw people talking about trans problems and now I am terrified iis it worth even trying to fix it..........Getting close to buying a moped
#14 of 40 Transmission issues
Jun 24, 2008 (3:44 am)
as far as getting the car into gear with the manual transmissions, i have no idea. however with the automatic transmission i may have a suggestion, most of you seem to be complaining about transmission issues about 75 to 80k miles, about the same time that you should change your transmission fluid. my car is starting to shift roughly into the next gear when at 3.5 - 5k rpms, talked to my friend (a mechanic) he suggested that i change the tranny fluid, will post again with results.
also, to those of you with an auto that are having issues getting out of park, that is usually (in my experience) a problem with the switch that tells your car the brake pedal is engaged so that you can shift out of park (a safety feature on many new cars) the switch can sometimes fail causing the shifter to stay put, and the button to fail to depress. many times mechanic shops will just remove the switching mechanism entirely to fix the problem.
#15 of 40 Bouncy First Gear
Sep 23, 2008 (10:17 pm)
I Have a 99 ZX2 w/124K miles on it. After my car sits over night it wants to shake as if its not is enaged all the way. But after a coulpe of stops and shifts, to and from, First Gear its stops the jerking back and forth. Any and all help is appreciated.