2012 Ford Escape Consumer Review: New Car, Bad Transmission

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XLT 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)

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New Car, Bad Transmission
By mitchelld on


2012 Ford Escape XLT 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)


This was our 3rd new Escape (2005, 2007, & 2012).
We have always liked the 'box' for use ability.
However, our 2012 XLT V6 Escape developed transmission problems at about 10,000 miles.
Ford adjusted trans and slipping seemed to disappear ... initially.
Over time it got worse with terrible slipping, hunting for gears, & loud clunks as it found 1st & 2nd gears.
At 20,000 miles Ford now tells us the transmission will need "several new parts" (which they have to order).
No, they will not replace the trans ... just fix it as they tried before. Apparently, this was not an uncommon problem as the service manager told us on 3 different occasions their ONE transmission mechanic was buried with work.
Our goal now is to get the car running and dump it.
We are the 3rd generation of loyal Ford customers and, we are the LAST.
Update: we sold the car (at a substantial loss) and bought a Toyota Highlander. After 25,000 miles we have had ZERO problems with the Highlander and will continue to buy Toyota. We are sure Ford could care less but we have, and will continue to, talk our friends out of buying a Ford.

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