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2003 Ford Escape repairs by problem area

Engine (34%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (18%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 170 repairs.
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2003 Ford Escape engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (51%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 47 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2003 Ford Escape

Engine not specified

65100 mi

C $100
Fuel pump,fuel meter sensor. 
47000 mi 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

138000 mi

US $40
replaced spark plugs 
141300 mi

US $350
Fast light off catalyst & two way catalyst replaced  plus #4 & #5 ignition coil replaced 
167500 mi

US $200
Oil Leaking from Timing Cover onto exhaust after driving. Replaced Timing cover gasket. Oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets must be replaced when the timing cover gasket is replaced. 
99000 mi

US $260
The timing cover leaking. Also had a bad oil pan drain pug, threads were bad. Replaced oil pan & gasket, valve cover gaskets, timing cover gaskets, flushed anti-freeze and changed the oil. 
163000 mi

US $12
SUV was chugging or hesitating while driving. Replaced fuel filter and added a fuel system cleaner. SUV is still hesitating/chugging once in awhile. 
164000 mi

US $773
Failed fuel injector. Also changing original spark plugs. Oil leaking on to back spark plug as well. All new rubber seals will be put on as applicable. 
99200 mi

C $200
Muffler and tailpipe 
113000 mi

US $600
replaced 3 rear hard to reach ignition coils, belts while motor was apart, 6 spark plugs,etc. 
117000 mi

US $150
Replaced fuel pump.Mechanic wanted 350 for parts & labor. Bought fuel pump from Amazon for 150 less. Did replacement myself.Saved 200 on parts & labor 
192000 mi

US $150
Spark plug and ignition coil on cylinder 6 needed to be replaced 
89000 mi

US $175
Replaced exhaust gasket and other parts to repair exhaust leak. 
95000 mi

US $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 mi

US $174
Misfire in wet conditions (reappeared after 2 previous repair attempts). Replaced #4 ignition coil and spark plug. 
60760 mi

C $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

109120 mi

C $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. 
73700 mi

US $225
Coils 4,5,6 failed. Replaced all 6 coils and spark plugs. 
176000 mi

US $18
radiator hose blew out and needed replacing 
76300 mi

US $718
Had fuel pump replaced. 
86000 mi

US $650
New fuel pump and filter. 
96000 mi

US $350
Ignition coils 4 & 5 were bad and were replaced. 
101500 mi

US $530
Broken radiator hose plus flush and fill. 
120700 mi

US $612
Serpentine belt and tensioner. 
132500 mi

US $500
New oil pan gasket. 
160300 mi

US $680
New radiator and hoses 
210000 mi

US $300
Valve cover gaskets, coil over packs, main catalytic ,spark plugs, intake plenum upper lower gaskets, pcv valve and pcv valve hose 3 sections, all these parts replaced cause of systematic failure of oil seeping to spark plug well . 
115940 mi Engine oil leak 
130000 mi

US $940
Clogged cat converter. car ran very poor, especially at high speeds. 
158300 mi

US $200
Replaced rear bank ignition coil (on plug) under intake manifold. 
US $100 Gas line leak 
125000 mi

US $450
Pan gasket leaking. Removed and replaced. 
82000 mi

US $30
Oil pan gasket 
115000 mi Broken wire in EGR solenoid circuit 
155500 mi

US $283
Ignition cylinder locked-up (lock tumbler stuck). Ignition cylinder replaced and key reprogrammed. 
188000 mi

US $700
PCV Valve replacement, Throttle valve adjustment, replace belts 
190700 mi

US $500
Vehicle had a very high idle with a low whine. Replaced two hoses. They also went ahead and replaced all belts. 
205000 mi

US $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 mi Stalling - cleaned throttle plate 
127000 mi

US $450
Car started to run very rough, as though it were 'missing'. Check engine light flashing. OBD II indicated coil #3 was shot. That coil and all spark plugs replaced. 
140500 mi

US $300
Engine began knocking - check engine light turned on. Replaced faulty coil on one cylinder. 
105000 mi

US $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 mi

US $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) 
97700 mi

US $100
Rough Idle, Cylinder #5 misfire 
110700 mi

US $250
Replaced serpentine belt 
143300 mi

US $900
valve cover gaskets leaked, oil pooled in the spark plug wells. This cause the engine to misfire and dump fuel into the catalytic converter. The front cats basically melted dumping into the rear cat which clogged causing sever lack of power 
181300 mi

US $2800
Remanufactured 3.0 DOHC Engine was installed 
21080 mi

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. 

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2003 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

127-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

103300 mi

C $2900
fuel idle module and another module 

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