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Long story.....but here is the whole story with all the details. I spent all my money for this new escape and the tranny and I really need Hi, I recently bought a 2002 Escape 3.0L V6 4x4 with 146K. I got it for $2000 with the understanding that it had a bad transmission. I rented a uhaul tow dolly and drove 2 1/2 hours one way to get it. When I arrived it was better than expected and the engine ran great. I bought it and hooked it up to the tow dolly and prepared for the long drive home to drop it off at the local tranny shop that was going to rebuild the tranny or put in a rebuilt tranny for $1350 parts and labor. Well first problem I ran into is that the rear tires would drag on the tow dolly so it couldn't be towed on the tow dolly. Finding myself 2 1/2 hours from home with my friend I decided to try to drive the Escape with the bad tranny to see if it would even drive or how long it would drive for. I had to start the automatic shifter in (1) and it would shake a little and grab and then id slip it to (2) and then to (D) and long story short I drove it home 2 1/2 hours with no problems at all. The ABS light was on and I understand thats on a recall. So I drove it to the tranny shop and they kept taking their sweet time and not getting it done on time. Finally yesterday I got a call from the tranny shop, telling me the tranny was installed but my escape would not start. The said they think it needs a fuel pump! Funny, I drove it 2 1/2 hours and started it many times with no problems. I told them to put it in their lot and id stop by. When I got there, they drug it around to the parking lot with a chain. I paid them the $1350+tax and they said once i got it going, it would need 5 more qts of tranny fluid installed. I first checked the fuel shut off reset switch and I noticed that the panel for that switch was already removed but not put back. Then I disconnected both terminals from the battery and I removed relays from the engine fuse relay box. Then I called Auto Zone to ask for advice. They mentioned the neutral safety switch. So I got under the brake pedal and pushed the buttons for the brake and neutral safety switch and it all seemed ok but I pressed on them just to make sure. Then I pressed on the brake while moving the gear selector on the steering column. The gear column selector seemed so loose and sloppy compared to before I took it to them. Then I hooked up the battery and put it back into drive and it started up just fine! No bad fuel pump, and I knew it wasn't since before i disconnected the battery, it would try to start but for only 2 seconds each time. It would NOT keep turning over. If it was the fuel pump it would've kept turning but not firing, so something like a safety switch was cutting the power off to the starter. Once started, I didn't touch it. I went inside and told them it was the neutral safety switch and told them to come outside and put the 5 quarts of fluid in the tranny! Then I told them the shifter was sloppy. The tech said there was a zip tie put on the selector cable and it broke so they put another one there but it must've broke! Once inside the owner admitted to breaking the selector cable but told me its common to break them while removing them and "I" would have to buy a new cable and pay to have them install it! They put some kind of bushing on the cable to get it by. They took it in the back and tested it. They said sometimes it was ready to go and so I picked up my girlfriend and we came back to pick it up. I started it and noticed the brake light was stuck on as well as the ABS light. But on my 2 1/2 hour ride home the brake light never was on. So I put it into drive and took off. When I left their parking lot and went over their bump, it felt like I had NO suspension! I certainly don't remember any suspension problems during my long ride home and now there is definitely something broken or loose or not installed back together right. So I get ONE BLOCK away and approach the first stop light in traffic. I hit the brake and the Escape shut off! I wiggled the sensors under the brake pedal while being honked at but couldn't get the escape to start! So I called the wonderful tranny shop and they sent a tech with an F150 and a rope to tow me back to the shop. Well that was scary with no power steering or power brakes since we couldn't get it to start! Then the rope broke..... We finally made it back and they kept the Escape and they are going to look further into it. This Escape was FINE and it drove like a champ except the tranny shaking a little until getting into overdrive. But it drove solid with good suspension, steering, brakes, and NO electrical bugs for a 2 1/2 hour trip. I pulled over for gas and to eat and it always restarted. I took it through a car wash on my way home. And next morning it started fine too, on the way to the tranny shop. Now its all messed up after spending $1350+tax! Problems starting, brake problems, suspension problems, and it shuts off on its own! CAN ANYONE OFFER ME ADVICE OR DIRECTIONS TOWARD DIAGNOSING THIS? I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET SINCE I SPENT ALL MY MONEY FOR THIS CAR PLUS THE TRANNY!

Thanks in advance! help!
 

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Yup, I know your pissed as to what happened at the trans shop, but from what you said is true, they are a bunch of morons.
Have them fix it to your satisfaction. $1350 is a decent price for a rebuild BTW. Plus when you diagnosed it in the parking lot, is sound like they forgot to hook up some lines after they reinstalled the transmission. Very sloppy work. Any reputable shop would address the problems and fix them under their own dime. But like I said, doesn't sound like they know what they are doing.
If they refuse to fix it, I would tell them your taking it to another shop to have them fix it, and they are going to pay the bill.
 

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I'd be putting a stop payment on that check and finding a new shop that knows what they're doing. Towed you with a rope? :stop: Sounds like real pros.
 

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The legal system is an viable option in this case. Your post indicates you got screwed. Why did you take this vehicle to that tranmission shop?
 
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