Safety Ratings
2003 Ford Escape
Front Crash Driver Side 5.0000
Front Crash Passenger Side 4.0000
Side Crash Driver Side 5.0000
Side Crash Passenger Side 5.0000
Rollover 3.0000
Number of Recalls6
Number of Complaints382
Number of Investigations8
Recall Notice

LemonFree has found some important recall information regarding 2003 Ford Escape vehicles

2003 Ford Escape (9/29/2015)  

Campaign Number: 15V606000

Component Name: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured March 31, 2001, to September 1, 2009. The affected vehicles are equipped with either a 2.3L or 3.0L engine and have had their CD4E transmission replaced with remanufactured one that was rebuilt between June 11, 2015 through July 15, 2015. These service repair part transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may not be properly tightened. As a result, the shift control lever could disengage from the transmission without warning.

Defect: If the shift lever disengages from the transmission, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the gear selection indicator may show that the transmission is in the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not actually be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

Corrective Action: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmissions and either tighten the manual shift lever bolt or replace the manual shift lever assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S28.

2003 Ford Escape (9/29/2015)  

Campaign Number: 15V606000

Component Name: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:FLOOR SHIFT

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured March 31, 2001, to September 1, 2009. The affected vehicles are equipped with either a 2.3L or 3.0L engine and have had their CD4E transmission replaced with remanufactured one that was rebuilt between June 11, 2015 through July 15, 2015. These service repair part transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may not be properly tightened. As a result, the shift control lever could disengage from the transmission without warning.

Defect: If the shift lever disengages from the transmission, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the gear selection indicator may show that the transmission is in the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not actually be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

Corrective Action: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmissions and either tighten the manual shift lever bolt or replace the manual shift lever assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S28.

2003 Ford Escape (6/3/2015)  

Campaign Number: 15E045000

Component Name: SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: The Timken Company (Timken) is recalling certain aftermarket front wheel bearings, part number 510072, sold from January 22, 2015, to May 21, 2015, to be used as service parts on 2001-2012 Ford Escape, 2001-2011 Mazda Tribute, and 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles. The affected wheel bearings have incorrect dimensions of a 42mm bore, 76mm outer dimension, and 39mm width, instead of a 42mm bore, 78mm outer dimension and a 45mm width.

Defect: Use of an incorrectly sized wheel bearing can adversely affect the braking and steering of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Corrective Action: Timken has begun notifying distributors who will offer purchasers replacement wheel bearings, free of charge. The recall began on May 21, 2015. Owners may contact Timken customer service at 1-866-984-6536.

2003 Ford Escape (4/2/2014)  

Campaign Number: 14V165000

Component Name: STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Escape vehicles manufactured October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. These vehicles may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm.

Defect: A separation of the lower control arm can result in a significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Corrective Action: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S02.

2003 Ford Escape (7/26/2012)  

Campaign Number: 12V353000

Component Name: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control manufactured from October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004. Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used.

Defect: A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.

Corrective Action: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, free of charge. The safety recall began August 3, 2012. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August 2012. Until then dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

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2003 FORD ESCAPE LIMITED

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 180,092 Miles
  • Ext Color: Gray
  • Int Color: Black
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: FWD
  • Location: Kahului, HI
  • MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy
  • 61 Days on Lot

2003 Ford Escape XLT

$26,550

2003 FORD ESCAPE XLT

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: N/A
  • Ext Color: N/A
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Highland, IN
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy

2003 Ford Escape XLS

$4,998

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  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: N/A
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Anaconda, MT
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
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2003 FORD ESCAPE XLT

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 200,608 Miles
  • Ext Color: Blue
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Twin Falls, ID
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 6 Days on Lot
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2003 FORD ESCAPE LIMITED

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 110,938 Miles
  • Ext Color: Black
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Kansas City, MO
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 10 Days on Lot
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  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 125,946 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Kansas City, MO
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 6 Days on Lot
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2003 FORD ESCAPE XLT POPULAR 2

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 110,733 Miles
  • Ext Color: Gray
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Omaha, NE
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 4 Days on Lot
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2003 FORD ESCAPE XLS

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 133,409 Miles
  • Ext Color: Gray
  • Int Color: Gray
  • Trans: Manual
  • Engine: 4 Cyl
  • Drive: FWD
  • Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • MPG: 20 City / 25 Hwy
  • 20 Days on Lot
$5,999

2003 FORD ESCAPE XLS VALUE

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 105,355 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: Gray
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: FWD
  • Location: Santa Fe, NM
  • MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy
  • 14 Days on Lot

2003 Ford Escape Limited

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2003 FORD ESCAPE LIMITED

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 170,667 Miles
  • Ext Color: Black
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Riverhead, NY
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
$4,491

2003 FORD ESCAPE XLS POPULAR

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 153,687 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: Gray
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: FWD
  • Location: Maplewood, MN
  • MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy
  • 29 Days on Lot
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2003 FORD ESCAPE XLT

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 148,942 Miles
  • Ext Color: Beige
  • Int Color: Gray
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: North Kingstown, RI
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 60 Days on Lot
$5,900

2003 FORD ESCAPE XLT

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 192,474 Miles
  • Ext Color: Black
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: West Frankfort, IL
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 135 Days on Lot
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2003 FORD ESCAPE XLT

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 172,926 Miles
  • Ext Color: Silver
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Harrisburg, IL
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 114 Days on Lot
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2003 FORD ESCAPE XLT

  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 114,023 Miles
  • Ext Color: Green
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Location: Mercer, PA
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
  • 21 Days on Lot
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