2002 Ford Escape Reviews from North America

2002 Ford Escape LX

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles

Summary:

Best vehicle I've ever owned

Faults:

Replaced coils and plug at 50k miles.

Replaced O2 sensors, 2 each, and catalytic converter at 145000 miles.

Replaced serpentine belt at 150000 miles.

Replaced plugs and 3 rear coils at 150000 miles; only replaced coils because of parts that must be taken off to get to plugs. Saved coils in case one may go out.

Replaced alternator at 231000 miles. I didn't remove the axle as recommended by the manufacturer. I figured that if I removed the top end of engine, I could get it out and do a plug change at the same time. It was a little more work, but well worth it. I also put in a new gasket set to the intake and throttle body, while I had it apart.

General Comments:

I love my Escape. I travel a lot with my job.

I've driven it from the frigid winters of Michigan, to the desert of Las Vegas. I spent one winter in Council Bluffs / Omaha Nebraska. To the deltas of southern Mississippi. It's never failed me.

I camp and use it on fishing trips. It's spacious and a pleasure to drive.

I've owned many good Fords and Mercurys.

My Escape is like family to me. It's green, so I've given it the green hornet moniker.

It's about time to retire the hornet. My daughter loves to drive it and wants it.

I'm sure this will be hornet's future.

I can only hope I can get another as well made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2013

2002 Ford Escape XLT 3.0

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance217768 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Faults:

I have replaced 4 plug coils over the years. One of the coils caused the rear cat to burn up, because I drove it with a miss for a while.

ABS problems at 170,000 miles. The brake pads usually lasted around 2 years before they need changing.

CDs will sometimes get stuck in the CD changer, sometimes the door will open to put a disk in and the changer is not in proper position. The CD will get stuck on top of the rack and cause it to malfunction. Sometimes someone will accidentally put 2 disks in one slot. It is easy to remove the player; remove two screws, and remove the stuck CDs.

The interior is quite durable, seats are high quality. They wear well, clean easily and look like new. The material on the side of the doors does not stay attached well. There must have been a defect in the adhesive they used to hold them on. The dash is laid out well, and all buttons and switches work without problems.

This is the original motor and trans in this Escape, with 217,000 miles and counting. I change my oil every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. The trans fluid has never been changed since new.

I have had some tranny issues, like what has been mentioned in other posts, but it has always turned out to be a sensor, or electrical problem that needed to be fixed. If you continue to drive a car with a trans electrical problem, it can cause failure of the trans. Also, I work on the Escape myself, and I can't tell you how many times an auto tech will jump and tell you to replace something major, when really it may be a simple problem. Use common sense, read and learn about how your automobile works, or you will get taken to school and the bank.

I have owned many automobiles; they all break. Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, Chevy, Ford etc., and some years of models are prone to different problems. The only difference I have seen is that most oversea brands are much more expensive to fix when they do break. Good luck with yours.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2012

8th Sep 2012, 16:39

Thanks for the great detailed review.

I was stunned however that you only change your oil every 10000-15000 miles... I hope you are at least using top quality full synthetic oil!

I use full synthetic oil, but I change mine every 5000 kms, and even more often if it is all stop and go, rush hour city traffic.

Sure ,I may change it too often, but I take great care of my cars and don't want to take any chances.

I can't believe your truck even lasted that long!

12th Sep 2012, 01:21

With the older Escapes, the engines are generally bulletproof... BUT, the transmissions are usually the first to go when accumulating higher mileage.

12th Sep 2012, 12:08

Is the 3.0 liter engine in the Escape the same as the 3.0 Vulcan in a Ford Taurus of the same age? Just wondering.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 41 reviews