2002 Ford Escape Reviews - Page 8 of 11

2002 Ford Escape No Boundries 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

A good choice if you prefer an SUV that leans toward the "truck" side of handling

Faults:

So far, not much bad has happened. The Anti-lock brakes acted up shortly after purchase, and the faulty sensor was replaced by the dealer. It's had the recall services done, and our only current problem is an occasional bout of air-bag error codes being flashed, but it's intermittent and goes away after a couple miles. Probably a bad connection. The handle for the window on the lift gate broke recently, and I have yet to replace it.

Nothing else, really.

General Comments:

The Escape was purchased to replace a dying Bronco II, and does it better than expected. In the northeast, we are used to snow and icy roads. The Escape has barely slipped a wheel going up hills other SUV's couldn't. I even passed a local police Blazer who couldn't make it up one hill, but that's another story. Anti-lock brakes work great in slippery conditions. Noisy, but they're great.

Fuel mileage is what I expected (average is ABOUT 20), and acceptable for the vehicle. Enough power to do the job, and drive ability is good. Handling is by far better than the Bronco II.

Seats are reportedly uncomfortable to some, but they fit my body well, and after several 2000+ mile vacations, I have no complaints about them.

The suspension is more like a truck (my preference) and not all squishy like a car would be.

I really like the No Boundaries look too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2007

2002 Ford Escape from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Escape

Summary:

Good

Faults:

My air bag light went on the first week I had the car.. Dealer said it just needed to be re-calibrated... No charge and no paperwork either. One month later on again and dealer fixed it at no cost... Six months later in the shop again, fixed under warranty. One year later on again, fixed again, no paperwork... One year later, to the shop car out of warranty $300. to replace pretensor... Light out then 1 month later passenger side pretensor replaced another $300. This has gone on and on. I keep hoping Ford will get there act together. Light came on again last week, back to the shop (not a dealer) and they replacer the drivers side harness... Two days later the light is on again. I do have documentation from Ford that the airbag WILL deploy if the airbag light is on. I gave it to my Son and told him if I am ever killed in the Escape and the airbag may have saved my life. Get a Lawyer and sue them!!!

I just made my final payment on the Escape and cannot afford to get into another payment so have to keep the Escape which actually other than the airbag light has been an awesome car!!!

General Comments:

Great car except for airbag light problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2007

2002 Ford Escape xlt from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Disappointed when transmission blew at 80000 miles.

Faults:

Transmission blew at 80,000.

General Comments:

Mostly driven on the Freeway to work about 30 miles 4 days per week.

Also primary family vehicle.

Oil changed every 3500 miles.

It recvied regular maintenance.

I was very happy with performance and it was the perfect size.

Drives like a car rather than a truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th November, 2006

2002 Ford Escape XLT from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres

Summary:

Will never buy another Ford

Faults:

A recurring theme: the transmission has failed -- at 85,000 km.

General Comments:

Almost lost my life on the highway when the front end locked up at 110 km an hour. Northern Alberta dealer is now refusing to do anything about this because it is beyond warranty. He's hiding behind "servicing" requirements. I'm facing a $3,000 bill for something that sounds like Ford should be recalling and repairing. Someone will die in this vehicle when it goes end over end. Can anyone spell class-action suit?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st October, 2006

11th Apr 2007, 08:17

I support you. We should all stand against Ford and their defective transmissions. We must not let them go any more into business with their attitude towards customers.

8th May 2009, 16:42

Your front wheels locking up will not cause your car to go end over end.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 45 reviews