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#119 of 139 gear indicator light on 2003 Ford Escape Limited
Feb 06, 2013 (6:47 pm)
I recently bought a 2003 Ford Escape Limited with 60,000 miles in mint condition. I noticed that the gear indicator light on the panel isn't lit....I had to turn on the interior lamp light to see it. everything else on the panel lights up just fine. I called the salesman who told me that his friend's Escape had the same condition. It doesn't make sense to me. I need to know ASAP what I should do. I have only had the car for a couple of days, and I can take it to the dealership and have them service it if it's a problem worth addressing. Otherwise, I can live with the symptom because it's a great car for 10 years old. And I got an excellent deal.
#120 of 139 Re: gear indicator light on 2003 Ford Escape Limited [djdeva3]
Feb 07, 2013 (9:29 am)
You know, they dropped the instrument panel gear indicator in the 2008 model refresh, which tells me it isn't really that important. If you car is going into gear fine, I would just let it go. If there is any indication of transmission trouble, then have it looked at.
#122 of 139 2012 Escape AC
Apr 06, 2013 (9:54 am)
AC wasn't getting cold. My son brought car in for repairs. First they said bad gasket. Now they are saying "major electrical problems not covered by warranty." I've never heard this on a car that is 1 year old. It has never been offroad, has no modifications, kept clean and shiny. all regular service. I called Ford customer service line, and they said depending on the part it might not be covered, even if it's an internal electrical or mechanical component, even if no abuse, damage, etc. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? How can they say it's bumper to bumper warranty. I've had many. many cars, and been driving for 30 years, including other Fords that have needed major repairs, and I've never heard this said before. I'm dumbfounded.
#123 of 139 Re: 2012 Escape AC [bretcamp]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Apr 07, 2013 (5:05 am)
Is it over 36K miles?
Unless they are proposing that the car has been damaged by accident or the weather.... or, because of lack of regular maintenance, then I don't see how it could be uncovered...
#124 of 139 Re: 2012 Escape AC [kyfdx]
Apr 10, 2013 (9:35 am)
Car has a little over 14,000 miles, not even a scratch. Still waiting for a fix. They replaced some parts but still saying some type of electrical issue.
#125 of 139 Re: 2012 Escape AC [bretcamp]
Apr 11, 2013 (4:32 am)
Now they say electrical problems fixed but car needs evaporator, which they say is not a warranty item? How can this be? They agree car not damaged or abused. Are they just ripping me off?
#126 of 139 Re: 2012 Escape AC [bretcamp]
Apr 11, 2013 (7:56 am)
"Now they say electrical problems fixed but car needs evaporator, which they say is not a warranty item? How can this be? They agree car not damaged or abused. Are they just ripping me off? "
First, the vehicle has a bumper to bumper warranty for 3 years, 36K. The only exception is for wear and tear items and damage/neglect. Unless they are claiming one of those two, I don't see how it cannot be covered under the warranty.
Second, most states have lemon laws. Here in CA, if the vehicle is out of service for 30 days (total, not at once), or in more than three times for the same repair in the first year of ownership, then the dealer is required to take the vehicle back. Research the lemon laws in your locale and be proactive - and let the dealer know you are doing it. That will light a fire under them.
#127 of 139 2003 Ford Escape battery drain electrical issues-Fixed!
May 10, 2013 (5:33 pm)
I have had issue with my Ford escape for the past year and I thought I would share because it was the weirdest issue. My battery started draining overnight and while I was at work so I would have to jump it to go work and jump it to get home. If I started it everyday it seemed to ease the issue but really the car spent more time parked then on the road. In addition the gear indicator always showed that I was in D1 as opposed to drive. This past week I was at the point I was going to take it into Ford and it thought I will go over the car one more time before I have to spend a lot of money for troubleshooting an electrical issue. I started pulling out fuses and using a voltmeter. Well as I kept getting out of the car closing the doors and waiting for the lights to go out I noticed the dome light cover was really dusty underneath so I took off the cover and notice that there was brown burn mark above the light bulb. The light bulb was still working normally but when I removed this bulb not only did my phantom battery disappear but also the gear indicator for the transmission corrected itself. 2 issues fixed because of a light bulb. I don't know why but it worked. I can only guess that the light bulb was defective and causing all the issues. So since it has been so much of a headache to me I thought I would post this in case it helps someone the time and aggravation. Did I mention I had to call a tow truck 3 times after getting stuck with a dead battery? Good luck!
#128 of 139 Re: 2003 Ford Escape battery drain electrical issues-Fixed! [karina409]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 10, 2013 (6:02 pm)
Geeze, amazing the hassle a little bulb like that can cause. Thanks for the post; someone is very likely to find it searching for their phantom battery drain issue.