I bought a 2005 Escape XLT with 78,000 on the odometer. Good price and the thing looked cherry. After driving it for a couple months, the OBD light came on and it started misfiring. After a little research, I found out Ford used sub-standard parts to build this model. The ignition coils burn out the drivers in the ECM at about 100,000 miles. Well past warranty stage. Ford knew of this and sent a memo to dealers on what to look for if the code P0351 was showing. A repair that costs average $1,500. The worst thing is since this issue took place after market, the only ECM's left are used or reman. This is the reason people are buying Asian cars more. Ford, you people are crooks.
Great alternative to full-size gas guzzlers. Dependable in the snow.
Worry about customer loyalty more than saving a few dollars. Not charging people a load of cash to pay for your mistake would help.
The Coils burn out because people don't replace the spark plugs when they are
supposed to. I have a 2005 escape with 140,000 miles on it, and apart from the well known issue ABS tone rings corroding, I've never had any issues with mine. Front brakes changed at 104K miles, the rears look like new.
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