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2009 Ford Escape Problems and Repair Histories

2009 Ford Escape repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 168 repairs.

2009 Ford Escape repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (54%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 28 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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2009 Ford Escape

Engine not specified

Ford Escape in California, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

30000 mi
Engine light came on found codes - P0022, P0012, P0341. Due to excessive wear to cylinder head it was replaced on left side, VCT's and gaskets. Replaced thermostat and gasket. 
Ford Escape in United Arab Emirates
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

51460 mi

¤1200
Open wrench shown on my dshboard. When it's shown the engine is still running but no power even when I tried to apply power on the accelerator. 
Ford Escape in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

C $150
The heater plug front end broke. Was not covered under warranty. Ford should not sell vehicles with poor quality heater cords in northern Alberta. 

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2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Escape in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2010
Jun 2010

21000 mi
Air conditioner freezes up after 2 hours 
Sep 2010

31000 mi
Air Conditioning Sensor Problem 
Ford Escape in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2011
Dec 2010

24000 mi
Fluctuation in air temp from driver to passenger side. Dealer replaced two actuators and I was told that a 15 degree difference in temp was normal from side to side with dual auto climate control The problem remained. They did reprogram the computer after I told them I would not accept this answer from their rep. Then the system seemed to function normally. 
Ford Escape in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2016
Dec 2010

22000 mi
Check engine light, dealer replaced VCT solenoid. TSB. 
Oct 2014

59000 mi

US $6
Read door latch failed. I replaced the motor. 
Ford Escape in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

24180 mi
windshield washer jet on hood leaking dual climate control not working. not deliverng the level of heat requested to each side 
Sep 2010

25420 mi
dual control heat not working. one control flap was replaced 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2009 - Apr 2011
Aug 2010

18600 mi
Transmission is toast. From the net this a common problem in 09 Escape. Short of completely replacing transmission and waiting for parts etc. the problem of crappy shifts (and I mean crappy) will remain. Don't want to be without it for the time needed. 
Ford Escape in Iowa, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2014
Feb 2011

46500 mi
Self diagnosed engine light as P0012, No drivabilty problems. Cleared and it came back, twice in three weeks. Now light is still on, will take to dealer for repairs, Doesn't seem right to have problems this early with a near new car. Dealer ran a ebd scan, found 3 codes, ordered parts said they were on major backorder will call when parts arrive. Don't have a clue as to when we see them. 
Jun 2011

52000 mi
engine light came on, dealer ordered and replaced parts so far no reoccurring light. time will tell. 
Jun 2012

60000 mi

US $280
Back-up alarm system errored, replaced one of 4 sensors(LR) 
Aug 2013

75000 mi

US $75
back-up sensor Failure, replaced 2 sensors. 
Ford Escape in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

17000 mi
Window washing system problem. Fixed by replace parts second time. 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2009 - Jan 2011
Nov 2009

7316 mi
New Transmission 
Ford Escape in Georgia, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

97000 mi

US $250
Spark plugs & head gasket. 
Ford Escape in Michigan, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2009

10000 mi
creaking in passenger side suspension 
Jun 2009

13000 mi
bushings 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2012 - Feb 2016
Dec 2012

24800 mi

C $450
Cam phaser codes. Replaced solenoids per TSB. 
Jun 2014

34100 mi

C $130
crankshaft position sensor - replacement or adjustment 
Ford Escape in Arkansas, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2013
Nov 2012

39345 mi
axle seals were replaced 
Apr 2013

43000 mi

US $600
"frozen" caliper on front passenger side. Replaced caliper, brake pads and had rotors turned. 

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2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Ohio, United States
Jun 2011 - Jan 2012
Sep 2011

62000 mi

US $750
Electronic Throttle Body failure. Caused car to go from 60mph to coasting. Towed vehicle.  
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2009 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

88660 mi

C $50
Clunk in front end over bumps, changed the stabilizer links, all good now! 
Ford Escape in Rhode Island, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

101000 mi

US $100
Replaced right front tie-rod end Replaced both rear sway bar tie-rod ends. 
Ford Escape in Idaho, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2015
Dec 2013

67000 mi

US $400
Wrench light came on (not the engine light) and the dealer said it was the 4x4 control module losing communication with the vehicle and needed to be replaced, even though the 4x4 and traction control worked just fine. But replaced anyway. 
Jun 2015

88000 mi

US $40
Injector on cylinder 2 died. Replaced with new Injector. 
Ford Escape in Washington, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2016
Dec 2013

38000 mi
Transmission fluid leak from the gasket/seal where the drive axel leaves the transmission 
Ford Escape in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2012 - Jan 2016
Aug 2012

36880 mi
POWERTRAIN LIGHT GO ON, DEALER CHECKED THE CAR FOUND ATF BURNED AND GOT CODE. REPAIRED UNDER WARRANTY BUT CAUSE ATF LEAKING AFTER SERVICE.BACK SHOP SEVERAL TIME 
Jan 2014

49600 mi
shift mess, ATF burnt, metal found in ATF. 
Oct 2014

60140 mi

C $130
water pump leaking, replaced a new one. 
Apr 2015

63240 mi

C $200
engine loud noise, replaced three engine mounts 
Ford Escape in New York, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Jan 2012

28700 mi
Transmission fluid leak. Front driver side axle seal and cv boot replaced. Noise over bumps 
Aug 2012

35000 mi
Fluid leak seen on garage floor. Seal replaced. 
Sep 2012

36000 mi
Rear hatch electronic latch failed. Glass latch still worked. 
Jan 2013

39000 mi

US $108
Lower two speeds of interior heating/cooling system fan didn't work. Fan resistor pack replaced. Transmission leak fixed. Paid deductible for extended warranty. 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Apr 2014
Apr 2012

26040 mi
Drivers side window was rattling & rubber trim needed replacement. Rear axle seal was leaking differential fluid. 
Jun 2012

27900 mi
Rear axle seal on 4WD system was still leaking (weeping) slightly. 
Apr 2014

52080 mi

C $112
Leaking rear axle seal (2nd time!)repaired under warranty. Advised that the front sway bar links need replacing at the same time. We had to pay for this repair. Been advised that the front control arm bushings were failing & that the entire control arms have to be replaced on both sides (Ford does not allow you to just replace the bushings!). This is very disappointing. 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Mar 2016
Dec 2010

17360 mi
Recall for the automatic transmission. The transmission was clunking when put into reverse gear after shifting from forward to reverse several times in a row at slow speed, as in maneuvering into a parking space. Had me worried. Software update fixed it. 
Jul 2012

29540 mi

C $180
The outside pad holder seized close to the rotor, causing rotar damage on the drivers front. The Passenger side pads and rotors still had plenty of wear left. I felt this was way to soon to have to change pads and rotors. 
Oct 2013

40580 mi

C $108
Front sway bars rattling. Both needed changing. 
Nov 2013

41540 mi

C $170
Lots of front end noise and similar noise from rear. Clunking, hollow rattling type noise going slow or fast over small bumps. Replaced rear sway bar links and tightened up front link. Sill hear a noise from front end. 
May 2014

44640 mi
Replaced right rear axle seal 
Sep 2014

47740 mi

C $1340
My gas tank rusted out and leaked badly. Vehicle is just over 5 years old with 77K on odometer. I replaced the fuel tank. The tank was 900.00 and the installation costs were 250.00. The entire cost was 1340.00 CAD. 
Aug 2015

56080 mi

C $35
Replaced the outside Temperature probe, th eone that shows current temperature on the dash. 
Ford Escape in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2008 - May 2013
Mar 2010

21000 mi
Under warranty, the temperature blend door actuator assembly was replaced on both sides. Car has dual climate control and temperature varied erratically from side to side. There is a TSB for this (9-12-6). 
Dec 2010

36000 mi
Both cam position sensors on 6 cylinder engine replaced after check engine light and code indicated need for repair. 
Dec 2011

59000 mi

US $300
Fuel filler mechanism replaced 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

6200 mi
a pair of deep short scratches in the driver side interior door panel. replaced with new trim panel 
Ford Escape in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2009 - Jul 2015
Dec 2009

7000 mi
rattle in headliner left center air duct very low airflow acceleration surge when cold - fixed with TSB Heater / ac fan motor making noise 
Jan 2010

8700 mi
Replaced fan motor Vibration over 50 mph. Tech verified problem, Ford acknowledges problem but no fix at this time 
Aug 2010

18000 mi

US $450
Ball joints replaced - Ford blamed this on towing, though I believe the problem existed prior to. 
Feb 2011

27000 mi
Faulty window belt moldings caused scratch in window glass Transmission - erratic shifting, hunting for gears Faulty tire pressure sensor 
Aug 2012

54500 mi

US $532
Intermittent loss of throttle response. Replaced electronic throttle body 
Jul 2015

89000 mi
Passenger side fender at the wheel lip starting to rust out. At the spot welds failed, water had gotten in between the sheet metal. Bubbling and rusting occurring at the edge of the wheel well. 
Ford Escape in Manitoba, Canada
Nov 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2009

3100 mi
Cord for block heater replaced, as the extreme cold weather gave it a beating 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2009 - Mar 2012
Mar 2010

12400 mi
Replaced drivers side half-shaft. Replace wheel bearing 
Apr 2010

14300 mi
Transmission leak: Replaced drivers side half shaft, bushing and seal. Drivers Side wheel bearing replaced. Mechanic found problem during test drive after fixing the halfshaft. 
Jun 2010

17980 mi
Perform PRG 10B15 /PCM Update and Flow Test Update PCM-FLOW TEST - Passed 
Ford Escape in Oklahoma, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

17500 mi
rear back glass greased by dealer, but started squeaking again on way home from dealer on paved road.  squeaking in rear of vehicle, sounds like coming from back seat latch. dealer advised coming from back glass. told me because I drive on dirt road (2mi/day) dust is getting on the glass under the rubber seal, they applied grease.  
Dec 2010

30000 mi

US $40
heard noise in transmission area then in right front area, dealer claims it was dirt & rocks wedged underneath. Also they were saying I must have high centered it, not true. I drive 2 miles/day on a dirt road with minimial gravel. Local Dealership service worker lied to Ford rep about what I advised the issue was. Totally unacceptable. Do not recommend local service department. Mentioned that unacceptable that back glass should require greasing, who ever heard of such. Also didn't realize I would have to crawl under my vehicle everyday to remove rocks & dirt that may have gotten under it.  Phoned Ford to inquire/complain that must be manufacturing flaw if dirt/rocks cause excessive noise on AWD off road vehicle. Really didn't care, also mentioned back glass issue. Advised will tell engineers, but didn't really seem to car Would not recommend this Ford Escape to anyone buying it for use other than paved road. Apparently isn't capable of going on any other surface without issues with dirt/gravel build up. 

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2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

171-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Escape in Michigan, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2010

24000 mi
Shift issues going from 2nd to 3rd and going from 4th to 5th gears. Very high revs in between shifts. 
Mar 2012

56000 mi

US $500
Vehicle would not start, key would not turn all the way to engage the starter. Ignition replaced. 
Jun 2012

60000 mi
Check engine light came on. OBD code P1633. Dealer replaced PCM (computer) 
Ford Escape in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2009 - Jan 2012
Dec 2009

5000 mi
CD player will not eject disc. 
Mar 2010

8000 mi
CD player would not eject 
Dec 2010

17000 mi
Transmission fluid leak 
Mar 2011

20000 mi
Transmission fluid leak, took 27 business days to repair. 
Ford Escape in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2015
Dec 2012

51000 mi

US $100
Replaced front brake pads and turned rotors. 
Ford Escape in Missouri, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2012
Dec 2009

7000 mi
The trans had a leak and there was a service bulletin on the left trans case. Per my request they replaced the whole transmission. 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2014 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

106640 mi
Rear window hinges are oxidizing at an alarming rate, They're losing all structural integrity. Window will eventualy fall off or shatter. Ford has no comment on this issue. 
Ford Escape in Michigan, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2013
Aug 2010

16000 mi
Checked for rain-caused leak at top of hatch window. No cure provided-"couldn't duplicate" was reason given. Still occurs. Have not returned to dealer. 
Ford Escape in Ghana
Dec 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

81840 mi

$150
The a/c comes on and off within a short time making the condition in the car very uncomfortable. The A/c resistant and relay was replaced and it a bit okay now 
Ford Escape in Missouri, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2015
Oct 2014

46000 mi

US $150
serpentine belt tensioner making loud noise 

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2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

171-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Nevada, United States
Sep 2008 - Oct 2010
Jan 2009

5000 mi
Transmission Vent line re-routed. 
Jun 2010

39000 mi
Replace axle bushing and seal, replace worn axle. Clunky transmission action, especially in lower gears. About to take car in for this when received recall notice. 
Ford Escape in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2009 - Aug 2014
Sep 2010

19840 mi
TSB 10-10-1 6F35 Transmission - New dipstick and filler tube kit. Transmission fluid was leaking from dipstick tube area. 
Oct 2010

21080 mi
TSB 10-1-5 Transmission Fluid leak - Replace left side half shaft, half shaft seal and bushing 
Nov 2010

21700 mi
Leaking transmission oil from dip stick vent. Replaced transmission case half and pan filter. 
Feb 2011

24020 mi
Clicking noise behind dash - Replaced right and left blend door actuators TSB 10-8-6 Chrome wheels were all corroding on lip. Replaced all 4 chrome wheels. 
Jun 2011

27900 mi
Squeaks and rattles from rear hatch. Lubed and repositioned rubber hatch seal and adjusted rear hatch striker. 
Jan 2012

34720 mi
"Check Fuel Fill Inlet" warning was going on after every third or fourth fillup. As per TSB 11-11-28, caused by a leaking / stuck evaporative emission purge valve. They replaced evaporative emission cannister and purge solenoid. 
May 2013

48980 mi
Wrench light came on while on the highway. Took it to the dealer, said codes indicated overheating. They removed the trans., disassembled, o/hauled solenoid body, o'hauled transmission, replaced converter assembly and control valve body 
Ford Escape in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2009 - Oct 2011
Oct 2010

23940 mi
The filler neck on the gas tank filler tube came apart, bad glue joint(factory defect). Replaced filler tube assembly. Lost the 1st and 2nd speed on the heater fan, changed the resistance module that controls heater fan speeds. 
Ford Escape in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Dec 2012

56420 mi
leaking differential change driver side front wheel bearing, 2 rear trailing arm links and bushings 
Oct 2014

77940 mi
ecu dead again , replaced 2 months ago so under warrranty 
Ford Escape in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Nov 2015
Nov 2011

38000 mi

US $260
Drivers side seat belt would not unbuckle. Had to use force to get it to unbuckle, then drove around with it dinging for a damn week until I could get it into the dealers. They fixed and did not charge me for the seat belt. 
Sep 2014

70000 mi
This was a recall where they flashed the computer for the transmission. 
Ford Escape in Maine, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2015
Sep 2011

58000 mi

US $80
replaced heating fan speed selector motor. 
Feb 2012

74700 mi

US $80
Chirp from belts and/or tensioners 
Oct 2014

118000 mi

US $166
The traction control sensor was replaced 
Ford Escape in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2009 - Jul 2011
Jan 2010

6000 mi
leaking trans. oil, parts were on backorder dealer gave me a loner car, they had my car for 3 weeks. 
Jul 2011

17000 mi
check engine light problem 
Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

19220 mi
grinding noise easy free repair dealer awesome 
Ford Escape in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2015
Apr 2010

11000 mi
When the electric windows were lowered or raised, they would squeal The parts were replaced and the squeals stopped 

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2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

171-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Escape in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2013
Dec 2009

9000 mi
Cruise control problem - after using cruise control, applied brake to turn it off, then accelerator became "stiff" and could not maintain speed. Coasted to shoulder, turned car off and restarted, problem went away. Dealer could not replicate. 
Jun 2010

14000 mi
passenger side window regulator failed with window in open position. 
Nov 2012

29700 mi

US $480
power door lock on front passenger door sticks, does not always unlock 
Jan 2013

31000 mi

US $267
Wrench light came on, car hesitated on acceleration and ran roughly. After car turned off and restarted, problem did not reappear. Did not set codes, after diagnosis no repair done. Light showing "passenger airbag off" stays on even when adult passenger is in seat. Set low battery code, so battery replaced. Light continues to come on. 
Apr 2013

32000 mi
Passenger airbag off light did not come on correctly - sometimes on when occupied, sometime off when not occupied. Repair required replacement of seat sensor - "kit" supposedly cost $1500. Covered under airbag warranty, which is 5 years 

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2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

153-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Mar 2016
Mar 2011

10540 mi
check engine light on for 2nd time. This time code was for "evap". Dealer guesses it is caused by the capless fuel filler system. He reset engine light. It came back on 3 days later. rear hatch lock actuator does not work anymore. Therefore cannot open hatch. Can still open rear glass. 
Jul 2011

21080 mi
wire harness to electric water pump was frayed, had corroded, and only supplied intermitent power to the inline water pump. caused electric motor overheat warning. limped car across town, stopping for it to cool. dealer replaced wire. 
Ford Escape in Michigan, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2016
Dec 2010

17000 mi
Rear wiper motor. 
Jul 2012

37000 mi
Drivers seat bracket rusting. 
Oct 2012

39300 mi

US $50
Hybrid. Actuator problem. Ventilation and cooling for the batteries. 
Nov 2015

59300 mi
Tire air pressure sensor. 
Ford Escape in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Nov 2014

80300 mi

US $442
Back seat bottom cushion floor attachment brackets pulled out of cushion 
Ford Escape in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Apr 2014
Nov 2011

34000 mi

US $650
Replaced 12V battery Replaced hibrid battery blend door activator Replaced water pump and flushed coolant 
Jan 2012

37000 mi
Engine didn't have a lot of power and ran rough. Replaced canister purge valve. 
Sep 2013

54000 mi

US $150
Noise from the back when going over bumps. Diagnosed as rear hatch door. 
Ford Escape in Oregon, United States
Jun 2014 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

132000 mi

US $112
Replaced throttle body with Genuine Ford part: DS7Z-9E926-D. This was done to correct issue where the wrench and check engine lights came on and the car went into "Limp Mode". This was a known issue to ford but not under warranty for my car. 

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2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

153-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT AWD

Ford Escape in California, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2016
Oct 2009

11000 mi
Check engine light on for fuel system evap leak. 
Ford Escape in California, United States
Jun 2015 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

146700 mi

US $5
Rear hatch lock motor failed. Hatch would not open. $5 part, about an hour labor. 
Ford Escape in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2016
Jan 2011

55000 mi
TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATION BETWEEN DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE OF VEHICLE 
Aug 2011

68000 mi

US $100
AC wasn't working properly - Freon was recharged 
Jan 2012

79000 mi

US $250
Front Suspension was making clunking noise - upon inspection front sway bar links were worn and needed replacement 
Jul 2015

141000 mi

US $150
Front Sway bar link's were worn and loose and replaced. 
Ford Escape in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2012 - Mar 2016
Jan 2013

67580 mi
As a condition of the purchase, the dealership selling the car repaired leaky satellite aerial "puck" on front right of roof and cleaned water stains from headliner. 
Feb 2013

68180 mi

C $60
Replaced faulty ambient temperature sensor in front bumper. Replaced one defective (chirping) temperature blend door actuator. 
Nov 2013

76260 mi

C $2700
Electric power steering boost failed completely, no warning. Known problem with Ford Escape Hybrids, but no recall yet. The repair requires replacing the entire steering column assembly. Update: later recalled and I was reimbursed. Water pump leaking. One Tire Pressure Monitor System sensor failed. 
Jun 2014

83700 mi

C $100
Replaced rear glass hatch weatherstripping using abundant additional sealant over flange. Fixed many leaks through license plate, high mount brake light and logo trim panel fittings by disassembling, cleaning and installing new gaskets. 
May 2015

97960 mi

C $280
Coupler-to-steering shaft bolt came loose. Very dangerous, I reported this to Transport Canada, should be recalled. 
Jun 2015

98580 mi

C $1850
A/C lines under body to traction battery hvac unit in cargo area corroded through and lost refigerant. Had to replace both lines. At least one backup sensor failed in rear bumper. 

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2009 Ford Escape

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford Escape in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

19000 mi
Transmission skipping gears. 

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