I have a 2006 Escape, and it has 44,000 miles on it. Because of that,
it's out of warranty of course.
However, since last Monday, it has failed to start several times. Then
if you wait a little while, it will finally decide that we indeed do
have the correct key, and the PATS unit will let us start the car.
I called the dealer, and he said to try the other key, which I did. It
actually started 6 or 7 times, then failed. We waited about 10
minutes, and it started. My wife drove it home, where it sat for 2
hours, and then the PATS light just flashed and would not let me start
the car. The next morning, she went out and it started immediately,
and she took it to work.
About noon, I went to pick it up to take it to the dealer to see if
they could fix it. It took about 8-10 tries, then I was able to get
the PATS security light to go off, and the car would start.
The dealer has had it since last Thursday, and they finally got it to
fail on them today. However, instead of working on it while it was
failing, they waited an hour and it was working again. It seems to
quit failing about 10 minutes after the first failure, and then maybe
it will work for a while. The car will never die once it starts.
I have only 2 keys, the ones that came from Ford when we purchased the
car. I have tried both of them, and they have both failed at one time
The Dealer keeps saying they have never heard of it, and I presume
they will not ask for any support from Ford, so I though I would ask
if anyone here has ever seen this problem?
I hate to junk a 3 year old car, but they seem to not want to try to
help. My next option is another Dealer, but they said that the
original selling Dealer would probably give us a deal since we
purchased it from them, and the salesman said that these cars were so
good, we really did not need to purchase any extended warranty.
Thats about it...anybody seen anything like this before?
Thanks for any info.