25th Mar 2011, 04:40

I too have had that ticking sound in the engine since I bought my 2002 Ford Escape from a dealer with 103000 miles on it. It now has 145000 miles on it, and it threw a rod last night on my way home from work. I don't know if that ticking noise had anything to do with it, but it may be worth it to get it checked out.

25th Mar 2011, 04:47

I honestly think this is a legit question. Is anybody out there making it past 150000 miles with a Ford Escape? I have yet to find anyone!

1st Apr 2011, 16:22

Have 245k on my 2005 Escape 4cyl. Still runs great, but has loud tick in the engine.

2nd Apr 2011, 09:56

I purchased a brand new 2009 Ford Escape Limited. I've had it a year and a half, and put 54K miles on it (I also drive 104 miles round trip for work).

I've had nothing but transmission issues almost from the beginning. I've had difficulty with Ford, being it's still under warranty, on actually fixing the problems. I've had it in the shop 4 different times, the 1st and 3rd time they actually did work (the 2nd time it was in the shop, they denied a problem existing) and my car was out of commission for over 6 weeks total! I STILL AM EXPERIENCING PROBLEM!! I'm not exactly sure what to tell you except to believe you have a problem.

Ford continues to tell me this: "it's the way all Fords run" when I know it's not accurate, especially since I drove my vehicle early on and it didn't have these same driving issues.

My issues include: lurching when the vehicle shifts from 1st to 2nd gear, like it's having a hard time catching the gear; over-accelerating when trying to resume cruise control (that's how I REALLY noticed a problem at first) as high as 4.5-6K RPM's for 30-60 seconds AFTER the car has reached my cruise speed; as well as, taking a long time to pick up speed.

I don't know if any of this has helped you, but you are definitely not alone in your Ford Escape frustrations!!

17th Apr 2011, 19:14

I too have an Escape with issues... Otherwise I wouldn't have found this site!

When you install a rebuilt trans, especially if it wasn't by Ford, it's not their problem if it fails. There are some dishonest mechanics out there who pick up transmissions from junk yards and install them right into your car.

2nd Nov 2011, 05:42

Have a 2002 Escape XLT with 106,000 miles on it. Out of the blue, I shifted into gear and it was like it was in neutral.

Took it into my mechanic and said I need a new trans. Looking right now, if this is a reoccurring problem, will probably trade in. I liked the SUV otherwise. Was hoping to get 200,000.

11th Nov 2011, 20:42

I have a 2002 V6 Escape with 138,000 miles on it. From what I'm reading, thank god I bought a warranty that is covered till 155,000. Decent priced used vehicle.

My question or issue is the 4x4... I recently purchased the Escape and have not needed 4x4 yet, so I pulled it into my backyard today in wet grass to try out the Auto feature, and also the 4x4... Well... I spun in the grass and it didn't seem like the AWD feature even kicked in, and also when I flipped the switch, same thing... I have no clue how this 4x4 system operates in the Escapes, but to me it seemed like I only have front wheel drive... Any suggestions or info anyone can share on this??? Thanks.

19th Feb 2012, 20:29

I am writing to try and see if someone can give me an idea on the cost of a new tranny for an 02 Escape 4x4 XLT? It currently has 85000 miles on it, and based on what I have read so far on this blog, it seems that they tend to go every 30k miles or so.

I guess I should feel lucky with where I am at. I was contemplating getting another used vehicle, but seeing as I just replaced the coolant system, rotors, brakes and tires, I figure I might as well keep it, based on the fact that I know the vehicle's history.

Can anyone give me an idea on an estimated cost of the tranny. I would rather go with a new one to get a warranty, and avoid running into additional issues with a rebuild. I appreciate anything you can tell me.

7th Jun 2012, 11:32

I have to say... I LOVE My 2002 Escape XLT!! I have 198,000 miles on it, and have had NO big issues with it... Well until now :(

I found out today I need a new transmission!! I am not as upset as I know many of you on here are, because I have had no major issues till now.

Now my problem is... Is it worth replacing? Or do I just let my truck go???

2nd Nov 2012, 17:30

I have had two transmission replacements on my Ford Escape. The first time was in 2010, the cost was 2300. The second time was Jan. of this year, 2012, which cost 3100 to repair.

Ford really sucks, and I will never, ever buy another Ford again... I want to get rid of this vehicle so bad, but I am pretty much stuck because all of my money is going into repairs. Ford doesn't care, and they don't fess up when they know they screwed up when they engineered this vehicle. The reason I bought, was because it's a 4 wheel drive and I live in an area where we get snow every year. It does great in the snow, no complaints there.

If you are reading this, don't buy a Ford, no matter what year it is. You will spend more money on repairs, than what the freakin' thing is worth.

19th Sep 2013, 10:34

I have 239,000 miles on mine. O/D light just started flashing. It's paid off and I've driven it for over 10 years, so I'll drive it until it stops, and then go buy another car.

5th Mar 2016, 20:09

Check your ECM. I had the same problems; it turned out to be the ECM. Sent it out for repair, changed all my coils and plugged it in, and the truck is running fine. ECMs are known for a bad error code that screws up how the transmission is shifting.