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Ford Escape Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

1202 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Escape. 197 of these members (16.4%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 132 transmission and drivetrain repairs to Ford Escapes--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

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

Don't infer 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 Ford Escape repairs by problem area

26% of the Ford Escape repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 12% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 21% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1077 repairs.

Ford Escape transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Escape transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 22% cost less than $100, 44% between $100 and $499, 18% between $500 and $999, 8% between $1000 and $2499, and 9% more than $2500.

Chart based on 147 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 Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

171-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Nevada, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 0    
5000 0 Transmission Vent line re-routed. 
39000 0 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

Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 1860    
3100 0 The connection from transmission cooler to transmission became loose and all the transmission fluid leak out making the vehicle undriveable. 
47120  

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2008 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 4000    
21000 0 Transmission fluid leaking from transmission cooler. 
99000  
Ford Escape in Northwest Territory, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 11160    
15500 0 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

Ford Escape in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 30000    
32000 0 Transmission cooler leaking. 
 

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2005 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 ABS and AWD light coming in. Replace right front axle due to abs pick up ring broken off 
42780 170 Left front axle broke at c.v. joint. $170 for the axle, 1.5 hrs labour 
45280 300 replace broken left front axle $170 for the axle, $130 for labour 
 
Ford Escape in Kentucky, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 67000    
94000 350 Carrier Bearing in Front Differential 
 

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2003 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

201-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 155620    
155620 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

Ford Escape in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 106000    
113000 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 10 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

Ford Escape in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 35000    
36000 1450 Transmission repair required parts replaced. 
 

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