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Ford Escape Transmission Problems

1236 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Escape. 117 of these members (9.5%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 154 transmission repairs to Ford Escapes--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Ford Escape problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Ford Escape repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1284 repairs.

Ford Escape transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 164 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Ford Escape repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

171-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed automatic AWD

5000 mi   Transmission Vent line re-routed. 
39000   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. 

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2008 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

3100 mi   The connection from transmission cooler to transmission became loose and all the transmission fluid leak out making the vehicle undriveable. 

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2008 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

21000 mi   Transmission fluid leaking from transmission cooler. 
15500   Had transmission fluid puddles under car. The transmission cooler developed a leak. TSB issued for this. The service rep told me the bolt attaching the fluid hose to the cooler corrodes and and everything must be replaced. After only one year of service? 

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2008 Ford Escape 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

32000 mi   Transmission cooler leaking. 

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2005 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

27900 mi   ABS and AWD light coming in. Replace right front axle due to abs pick up ring broken off 
42780 C $170 Left front axle broke at c.v. joint. $170 for the axle, 1.5 hrs labour 
44640   replace broken left front axle $170 for the axle, $130 for labour 
94000 US $350 Carrier Bearing in Front Differential 

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2003 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

201-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

156860 mi C $250 Had a transmission service (flush), same day service, approx $150 cdn. Done by dealer. Did not fix problem (transmission shudder, and miss). Then developed a transmission leak, paid approx $100, did not fix the leak. Was told it was a different problem, estimate $300 to fix, thatís when I traded it in.  

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2001 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

201-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

113000 mi US $500 Driving down interstate...bang...vehicle stalled briefly...kept going...bang again...vehicle lost power...forced to pull to side of interstate...tranny fluid everywhere...hole in tranny...shop said tranny exploded. 
119000   The shifter cable "keeper" that attaches to the gear select shaft at the top of the transmission, broke, leaving the Escape in neutral. Sunday, so I made do with some keepers bought at Ace Hardware and some ingenuity. Still need to buy actual part. 

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2001 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

201-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

36000 mi US $1450 Transmission repair required parts replaced. 

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