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Ignition Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 45 problems related to ignition (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 09/29/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the key was difficult to remove from the ignition on several occasions. The contact had to turn the steering wheel and maneuver the key from the off to on position frequently in order to move the key and start the vehicle. The contact also indicated that the driver side seat belt became stuck multiple times. The belt had to be adjusted to get out of the seat belt. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 01/16/2011

I have a Ford 2003 Escape 6 cyl. Bought in may of 2004 new - 76 miles on it test driven from a dealer in schulenburg, TX - the check engine light came on - the pcm computer went out and blew a spark plug on 1/16/2011 - I had to replace the pcm (which I was told should have been a recall on the 2003 Ford Escape) since this should never go out on the car. The milage was only 43,625 on 1/16/2011 when this happened. I have the car for 7-8 yrs. Now. I had to replace the pcm with a remanufactured (since it would cost way more for a new one) pcm - electronic ignition costing me just over $2,100. Again, this part was intended to never go out for the life of the car, period. This should have been a recall on Ford motor companies part - and I was told to complain and record this to NHTSA as others have, and if enough do, they would have to recall. I am not sure if I am in the right place to place this complaint.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 12/19/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 45 to 50 mph the vehicle started to hesitate and then it stalled. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer replaced the computer due to the computer since it burned out and the ignition keys were also replaced. The contact was responsible for the repair cost of $1000. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance because the warranty was not valid. The failure mileage was 61,000. Updated 04/07/lj the mechanic stated the problem because the low voltage spark plugs were the original equipment installed. Updated 04/25/11.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 08/19/2010

2010 Ford Escape. Consumer states vehicle has a fast idle speed, ignition key lock problem and a soft brake problem. The consumer requested to have the idle speed lowered to 500 rpm. The dealer stated that could not be done because the idle was set at the factory. The consumer stated the vehicle would roll forward and backwards due to the fast idle speed. He almost hit the back of a building because the vehicle rolled back when he started the vehicle in reverse. The key was difficult to turn in the ignition which made it difficult to start the vehicle.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 01/13/2009

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was parked, as she turn the ignition off she heard a clicking noise. She believes the clicking noise was coming from the air conditioner. She also stated that white partials were all over her seats and interior. The vehicle was taken to two authorized dealers and she was told that the noise was normal. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 100 and the current mileage was 1,400.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 12/14/2006

My 2003 Ford Escape stalls when placed in to gear and sometimes when stopping.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 05/26/2006

I had a 2003 Ford Escape that started having problems starting. It was usually when I had left the vehicle for 8 or more hours. I would try to start it and it would hesitate and take a while to start it. After a few tries it would jerk back at me and start. This was a problem for about 2-months. On may 26, 2006 I left my vehicle in the parking lot at work. It was the first really hot day (90+ degrees) of the year. When I got back to my car it hesitated when I cranked it. I cranked it again and it popped back and me and then there was an explosion. There was smoke coming out of the hood. I opened the hood (burning my finger in the process) and found parts and pieces everywhere. I took it to the Ford dealership and the upper intake manifold blew apart. The dealer never gave us a reason why (we pushed but we were told that it shouldn't have happened and that the engineer was on vacation). We had the upper intake manifold fixed and it cost us a lot of money out-of-pocket. I asked them for the old upper intake manifold back, but they wouldn't give it back. I was always intending to file a complaint. The Ford was 3-years old with 54,000 miles on it, so it was out of warranty, although the dealer stated that it was a faulty part that caused the problem? it is possible that it was n a horrible misfire, but we aren't sure. I do know that it scared me and could have hurt someone. Luckily the vehicle did not catch on fire. The problem was fixed for 2-months when the vehicle started hesitating again when I started it. I was terrified to drive it and the dealer told me it was unrelated but I could pay (again) to have it looked at. I started having panic attacks when driving the vehicle, so we traded it in. I would like a refund and to stop this from happening to other people.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 05/23/2006

: the contact stated while turning into a parking lot at low speed, the vehicle lurched forward without warning. The vehicle stopped forward motion when the contact applied brake pressure. Also, the automatic transmission makes a clunking noise while shifting gears. Additionally, the key is difficult to turn in the ignition. In spite of the ongoing problems, the vehicle was not inspected by the dealer.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 04/12/2006

I noticed a 2001 Ford Escape with a brake hissing problem at 74k I have the same problem at 40k. I've had so many problems with this car that I am considering not to ever by a Ford vehicle again. They should have recalls on these so the consumer does not have to pay for their mistakes.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 12/09/2005

I was unable to turn the key in the ignition of my 2001 Ford Escape. The steering wheel was also locked. I had to have a locksmith come to start it. The locksmith said there have been many similar problems with all Ford ignitions. I had the ignition cylinder replaced at the Ford dealership. The dealer said he was unaware of any problems related to ignitions in the Escape. I learned from a focus owner that the focus cars had been recalled in late 2000/early 2001 for this same problem. I later learned by calling another Ford dealership that the same part is used for both the focus and the Escape. Why haven't the Escapes been recalled?.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 12/14/2004

Since the beginning of 2003 consumer complained about starting problems. There had been incidents where the vehicle stalled at intersections, and could not be restarted. Consumer took vehicle to dealer for inspection seven times. Could not figure out the cause of the problem.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 07/02/2004

Ignition lock cylinder would not turn. Ithad to be replaced by a mechanic. It was replaced under warranty, however, it is said to be a reoccuring problem per brady, TX Ford dealership. This problem causes the occupant to become stranded; making them a hazard on the road. Please recall others to avoid this problem in the future.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 02/23/2004

While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that a sensor needed to be replaced. Mechanic replaced the sensor, but problem recurred.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 02/10/2004

While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer tried to restart vehicle but was unable to do so. Consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic was not able to resolve the problem.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 11/06/2003

Car completely shuts off while driving. There is no warning or symptom that an occurrence is going to happen. This shutdown occurs while vehicle is moving and at varying speeds. This problem seems to be electrical in nature and probrably associated with some ignition componet.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 11/03/2003

Upon turning the ignition to the "on" position in my 2003 Ford Escape, the sunroof will automatically open. This occurs when the vehicle has been turned off between 10-15 minutes, and then restarted. This has occurred 6 times within a 4 week period.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 09/09/2003

When driving at any speed the vehicle stalls. There are times when trying to start the vehicle takes at least seven minutes. This vehicle has been to the dealer three times, and is at the dealers at this time.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/25/2003

While traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle will stall and will not restart.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 07/23/2003

While driving down a hill, I was braking to make a left hand turn when my 2002 Ford Escape XLT 4x4 stalled for no reason.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 06/10/2003

Engine stall - adding my incident to the list - driving to work this morning on interstate-35, travelling about 40+ mph. Realized brakes were not engaging as I was quickly approaching the car in front of me, then realized oil light and engine light were on and no response to increased gas pedal pressure on rpm gauge to try to move car out of lane. Luckily happened to be in far left lane and had just enough room to coast over to shoulder and apply parking brake to stop. Removed keys, reinserted and car started right up. This is the first occurrence - however I peruse the NHTSA sight occasionally and remembered reading about this situation from a few years ago. I have not contacted the dealer yet - wanted to review this sight first to see if any action has been taken yet - apparently not. Thank god a guardian angel was on my shoulder this morning.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 05/03/2003

I filled out a complaint and the # was confirmation number (odi number) 10019115. I had stuck wrong mileage down the mileage is 38000 not 80000.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 05/03/2003

My Escape will start and then stall or when letting off the gas it will stall while going around bends or just going down the road. It is very on safe because when going around bends and it stalls you can't do anything. It has happen over 20 times now, and it happens with no warning and when ever it wants to.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 02/07/2003

Stalls when slightly hitting brake to handle a curve, has also happened in parking lots when slowing down to turn and park. Incident has happened 7-8 times.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 07/16/2002

While drving steering wheel locked up and then vehicle stalled, almost causing an accident. Vehicle was checked by dealer, who advised consumet that they could not find any problem.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 07/15/2002

The vehicle has a tendency to stall while it is being driven, creating an unsafe situation. On three occasions I have taken my Escape back to the dealership to have this problem addressed, as per the manufacturers warranty. Each time I am told that there is no guarantee that the problem has been fixed and that it may happen again. To date, over the span of my ownership, the vehicle has demonstrated this problem six times. Each time it has created an unsafe condition for my family and me. This a very serious issue which the service staff cannot seem to fix. The stalling does not occur with any particular frequency. It has occurred while driving home, while driving to work, while approaching a stop sign, and while driving down a hill approaching a bend in the road. Since I am not able to use this vehicle safely as intended when I purchased it, due to a manufacturers defect, I am seeking a remedy other than service dept appointments. Ford has left me with no choice but to request a remedy, as per section 59. 1-207. 13 of the virginia lemon law.

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