I have a 2002 XLT 4WD Escape with 28,500 miles. The transmission just went
out on it. I have been doing some reading and it seems like these vehicles
have a high rate of tranny failure. Has anybody else had tran problems on
Previously, I started experiencing a tran shudder at around 18,000 miles.
The dealer did a PCM flash and a fluid flush and replace. Problem went away
and had just started to come back at around 27,000 when the whole thing went
to pot. I like the vehicle otherwise but have serious reservations about
I do not know what you read of where you read it but in our
business we certainly do not see any extraordinary problems with
the tranny in the Escape or Mazda twin. Not to worry, things
brake on occasion. Your warranty
will fix it for free.
The shudder is a well-known, oft documented problem. www.escape-central.com
has over 180 threads from people who have experienced this problem and what
they did or had done about it. You might check there for some good reading
about it. I have an '02 XLT FWD with 20,000 on it and, knock on wood, I
haven't had any problems with the SUV at all.
Following up. It ended up being the front differential so I guess not so
bad. Covered under warranty. One disturbing thing though is the dealer tells
me that both front rotors are warped and need to be replaced. At 28,500
miles? I asked how that could be and was told "They must have gotten hot." I
live in a fairly flat area with no steep hills to come down and don't ride
with my foot on the brake. Just normal driving so I don't see how they could
have gotten extraordinarily overheated. I am very disappointed in the
quality of this vehicle. I like driving it and live in a Ford town (they
make Explorers nearby so Ford is popular here), but I am getting tired of
taking it to the dealer with problems. Fixed Or Repaired Daily is sure
turning out to be the case here. It's a shame.
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