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2003 Ford Escape Engine Problems and Repair Histories

78 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Ford Escape. 23 of these members (29.5%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 42 engine repairs to 2003 Ford Escapes--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Ford Escape problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Ford Escape problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Ford Escape problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Ford Escape repairs by problem area

40% of the 2003 Ford Escape repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 17% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 18% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 1% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 104 repairs.

2003 Ford Escape engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Ford Escape engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 56% between $100 and $499, 17% between $500 and $999, 10% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 41 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Ford Escape

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Ford in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 60760    
65100 100 Fuel pump,fuel meter sensor. 
 
Ford in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 47000    
47000 0 Coil and spark plug replaced. Codes indicated misfiring cylinder #5. Claim this was due to the engine detailing and cleaning resulted in chemical getting into coil and ruining it. Rplaced and works fine.  
 

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2003 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

201-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Escape in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 74000    
89000 175 Replaced exhaust gasket and other parts to repair exhaust leak. 
95000 2092 Two cylinders misfiring. Replaced the ignition coils and boots on the two misfiring cylinders, and replaced all six spark plugs. Due to Problem 1, the front catalytic converter became clogged and blew apart, damaging the rear catalytic converter. Replaced the front and rear catalytic converters. 
106000 174 Misfire in wet conditions (reappeared after 2 previous repair attempts). Replaced #4 ignition coil and spark plug. 
 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 60140    
60760 40 Radiator drain cock snapped in half while hand-loosening; common problem with Fords as the drain cock is hollow. A 5/16" hex key was used to remove the stem, but parts counter did not have a direct replacement. Reused broken bit, will fix in 2 yrs. 
 

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2003 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

201-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 143000    
155500 283 Ignition cylinder locked-up (lock tumbler stuck). Ignition cylinder replaced and key reprogrammed. 
188000 700 PCV Valve replacement, Throttle valve adjustment, replace belts 
190700 500 Vehicle had a very high idle with a low whine. Replaced two hoses. They also went ahead and replaced all belts. 
205000 350 Car would stall immediately after start or super low RPMs. They gave it a tune up and cleaned the throttle plate. I still experience the low RPMs on occasion, but it does not stall. 
206000 0 Stalling - cleaned throttle plate 
208000  
Ford Escape in Philippines
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 19220    
21080 2900 Intermittent loss of power during accelerating/overtaking at high gear somewhat like water contamination in fuel or worn out spark plug Drive belt noise during cold start but gone after engine start . Probably, tensioner bearing start to corrode or drive belt problem. The intermittent loss of power as previously reported was diagnosed as loss of current supply to the spark plug, thus high voltage coil plate has been replaced. Operation has returned to its normal status. 
23560  
Ford Escape in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 81000    
82000 30 Oil pan gasket 
115000 0 Broken wire in EGR solenoid circuit 
157000  
Ford Escape in District of Columbia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 85000    
86000 650 New fuel pump and filter. 
96000 350 Ignition coils 4 & 5 were bad and were replaced. 
101500 530 Broken radiator hose plus flush and fill. 
120700 612 Serpentine belt and tensioner. 
132500 500 New oil pan gasket. 
146000  
Ford Escape in Montana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 102000    
105000 2275 Clogged (front/left) Catalytic Convertor. Clogged (front/left) Catalytic Convertor replaced with new part. Took approximately 10 days to get part. After replacement of clogged (front/left) catalytic convertor, the vehicle was still not running properly. It was determined that the main catalytic convertor was also clogged. A local exhaust shop replaced the cat and fixed the problem. Broken stud in rear/right exhaust manifold was causing an exhaust leak. Had to drill and use an EZ-Out to remove broken stud. Installed Heli-Coil insert and new stud and exhaust manifold gasket. 
139000 175 Problem: Leaking exhaust manifold (front) caused by broken exhaust manifold stud. Repair: 1) Drilled out broken stud. 2) Removed and replaced all studs/nuts. (Ford parts) 3) Replaced exhaust manifold gasket. (Ford part) 
151000  
Ford Escape in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 105400    
109120 1800 o2 sensors kept blowing....tests showed it was main computer..main computer was changed out. On way home from shop check engine light went on, turned around and then it was discovered it was probable the main electrical harness, changed it out. 
 

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