Car Problem Reports
Ford Escape ALTERNATOR
Ford Escape Problem
Average Mileage: 168,653 mi (165,000 mi - 175,110 mi)
Visitor, 2002 Ford Escape
Poor alternator design, it is cold solder coil inside, causing intermittent not charging. Not the battery problem. even you buy a new alternator it won't last long. Open the cover re-solder it should work, but it won't last long too. at least you save some money.
Visitor, 2005 Ford Escape, 165,850 mi
While driving on the highway, the ABS brake light came on. Then about a minute later the entire cluster panel went dead and no electrical power, but the engine was still running. Just like the other person, the car started missing and eventually died on a bridge that was under construction with no place to get out of traffic. And of course this was during rush hour traffic and with my Ford Escape blocking everything. Not fun!
Driving at night and within a few seconds first the lights kind of went dim then bright, next the radio goes off, then the dash goes out from left to right and the headlights go out. I am on a bridge going 50 mph with no lights and it is pitch dark with no shoulders at the end of the bridge on either side of the road it was very nerve racking. Lucky for me, a friendly driver comes along and lets me follow them to next rest stop at a snail pace cause I could only get max speed of about 10-15 mph. Ford Escape taught me another hard lesson in cheap unreliable mechanical garbage, if you get one of these keep the tow truck number handy and carry a flashlight and get you a safety reflector on the back. I have had two transmission put in this vehicle. My final conclusion for both Ford and Lincoln products that I have owned: too hi maintenance and very unreliable. I gave up on GM a long time ago and now no more Ford/Lincoln vehicles for me.
Visitor, 2005 Ford Escape, 165,000 mi
Alternator died while on the highway, taking the battery out with it. Unfortunately, this is a pretty expensive and difficult repair on the escape, at least the AWD V6 version. They told me the alternator sits right above the front axle, so it's not at all easy to get to. Total repair cost was around $550.