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Frame Rust Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 46 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 11/22/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact noticed that the subframe was rusted, causing both front tires to lean. The contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the tires. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The contact called van bortel Ford at 585-586-4415 and was referred to the manufacturer. The manufacturer stated that there was no recall for the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 10/05/2017

The front sub frame is rusted and the vehicle is unsafe to drive.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 09/27/2017

The contact's daughter owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that his daughter noticed that the subframe looked rusted and loose. The vehicle was towed to brondes Ford toledo (5545 secor rd, toledo, OH 43623) where it was diagnosed that the subframe had rotted. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure). After the vehicle was driven over 20 mph, the wheels turned at different angles and the vehicle made a screeching sound. The vehicle was taken back to brondes Ford, but the dealer and manufacturer (who was made aware of the failure) declined to provide further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 09/01/2017

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the front end of the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where he was advised that the sub frame was rusted out. The vehicle was not repaired. A local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and opened a case #cas13006709 and advised the contact to follow up. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure) however the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 06/12/2017

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While driving 10 mph, the passenger side of the subframe was rusted and detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to mark thomas Ford (located at 3098 elm rd ext ne cortland, OH 44410) where it was diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and opened case number: cas13677317. The failure mileage was 174,522.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 04/02/2017

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle violently bounced up and down without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear subframe was rusted and corroded and the rear lower control arm separated from the vehicle. The technician stated that the rear lower control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure), but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

I own a 2001 Ford Escape with 148,000 mile that has had been pretty well cared for. It spend most of its life garage kept. I recently noticed the steering wheel seemed a little odd and took it in to have it aligned. My problem was the engine cradle or sub-frame was rusted though. This could have resulted in a serious accident or injury had I not had it fixed because failure of this part while driving could cause loss of steering/control of the vehicle. I contacted Ford but they didn't seem to care. I see on the internet this is a common problem and don't understand why you folks have taken stronger action. I will need to send my repair bill and possible a picture tomorrow or Friday because my scanner is not working.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 03/08/2017

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While driving 15 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle pulled to the right. The abs warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed with severe rust on the subframe, making the vehicle unsafe to drive. The subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer stated that the vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure) in which a cross bar was installed under the subframe. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 184,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 03/03/2017

Despite many, many owner complaints, Ford has never been made to recall the 2005 Ford Escape. There are rust issues in the rear of the car that could lead to unsafe operation. One example is shock absorbers that could come loose due to excessive rust on the frame. Ford has issued such a recall for previous model years, so they are well aware of the problem, but they never made any repairs to the 2005 Escape models. I contacted them and they referred me to you (they were quite hateful). Please help. I am on disability and we cannot afford the cost of these repairs and we believe Ford should be made to take responsibility. Thank you.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 12/29/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle shut down without warning. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic. It was diagnosed that the subframe was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 187,000.


 
car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 12/28/2016

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle swerved independently into a ditch. In addition, the contact noticed that sub frame was rusted and detached. The vehicle was towed to the contact residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Ak.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 10/29/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while having the vehicle exhaust serviced at an independent mechanic, the mechanic would not lift the vehicle to do the exhaust servicing stating that the frame was rusted and there was a chance the frame would fracture. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 10/19/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front subframe was rusted and affected the control arm. There was a recall for the front subframe rust; however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact requested that the VIN be included in the recall. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The failure mileage was 111,255.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 10/13/2016

The vehicle was moving at 35 mph, the front passenger side wheel started making noise and got wobbly. I took it to a Ford dealer. The service department took a day to diagnose the problem. They indicated that the sub frame has rusted out and the lower control arms are not secure in the sub-frame and may separate anytime. They refuse to fix the problem as per the recall saying that they put a cross brace and the recall is fixed. The cross brace that was put, is a band-aid fix and does not address the failure of the defective sub-frame. The sub-frame will fail even after installing the cross brace that Ford seems to think will fix the problem. The lower control arm will separate and the cross brace will not prevent any accidents that could result from lower control arm separation.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 07/16/2016

Rust frame on wheel wells and other frame issues . . .

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 07/04/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact heard an unusual noise near the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame was rusted out. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 109,475.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the subframe was severely rusted and contained holes bigger than a golf ball. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who pointed out the same issue. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 03/08/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While pulling out of the driveway, the passenger side control arm suddenly separated from the subframe. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered that the failure occurred due to rusting of the subframe. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure), although the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 160,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 02/12/2016

The frame of the vehicle has rusted and the suspension broke free while it was being driven. Ford has recalled up the model year of 2004 because of frame rust through in the northern states . In speaking with the repair shop he said he has seen a number of these problems. I called Ford customer service and was told my car has no known issues.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while turning into the driveway at approximately 2 mph, the contact heard an abnormal sound and the contact began to loose control of the vehicle. The contact got out of the vehicle and discovered that the front lower control arm and the sub frame had excessive rust and fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure). The approximate failure mileage was 177,000. Sw.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 10/30/2015

Last year I returned my vehicle to the dealer for the sub frame recall. I had the new support installed. This year when I went for my annual vehicle inspection I was told to stop driving the vehicle as my subframe was so badly rusted that it could break at any time. Why was the subframe replacement not included in the recall?.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 09/05/2015

Ford's 14s02 recall was to deal with excessive rust on a subframe unit. If the recall inspection of the subframe did not result in characteristics warranting replacement, Ford instructed dealers to install a cross brace. Approximately 13 months after our 2004 Ford Escape had the cross brace installed the subframe unit failed while we were driving. The car violently jerked to the side and if there had been another car or any obstacle on that side of our vehicle we would have hit it. I contacted Ford several times and on each occasion was told Ford would not cover the cost of the repairs because they had already installed the cross brace - which was not the part that failed and was not the part for which the recall was initiated. The repair cost over $800. At the time of the incident the Escape had fewer than 60,000 miles. During each on my calls to Ford, and after being told Ford would not cover the repair costs, I asked to speak with a supervisor. Each time I was told they could have a supervisor call me 1 business day later, but they would not give me a time when I could expect the call so I had to be available at any time throughout the day. To summarize, the band-aid Ford put on to deal with the subframe problem (the cross brace) did not fail. The part for which the recall was initiated did fail even with the cross brace. Ford is denying coverage for the repair costs.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 08/29/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, a loud bang noise was heard from the rear end of the vehicle. The contact parked and observed that the rear driver side tire well was rusted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear frame was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000(structure). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,719. Jo.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 07/07/2015

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While driving over a bump in the road at approximately 10 mph, the front passenger side wheel well fractured and damaged the suspension. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe was rusted. The failure was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 05/15/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact observed that the rear passenger side tire well was rusted and there was a hole that led from the outside of the vehicle to the inside. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire frame was rusted and the rear passenger side of was severely rusted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

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