Why? is my Ford Escape shuddering at speeds from 60km to 80kmh?

Asked by May 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM about the 2006 Ford Escape XLS

Question type: General

I brought a Ford Escape new in 2007. Australian made.It has now done 150,000 kms, and has been great value with no problems until about 3 months ago when it began to shudder. It has been serviced by Ford dealer where I brought it from day one up to now. I mentioned it last service in March and the mechanic took it for a long run to experience the shudder but found none. I took it home and found the shudder started up again at speeds sometimes either at 60, 75, or 80 kms but goes like a rocket at 100, 110 kms.
It has been very very reliable up until now and I love my Ford and want to keep it?
I wondered if the gear box is about to pack up? and I have been using it to teach two
teens to drive in and wonder if thats what has caused it  because we have to  drive
with learner plates on only at 60kmh and 80kmh and I wondered if we have confused the learned automatic driving pattern from having three different drivers?
From 2007, to December 2012, only I have driven the Ford Escape.
I took the Ford back and took it out on the highway with a senior Ford mechanic, who drove it and he found no problem and said it was not the transmission and left it at that.
The problem is I got another opinion but was not happy when the guy did not know
much either and was looking up on the internet like me?So I resorted back to the
authorised Ford dealer. I now dont know what to do, but know enough that leaving
it until some major problem gets worse is not the best option.
The mechanic said they had had no problems with this model since it was made with
shuddering? I am now wondering if the gear box, automatic, is going to pack up?
Right now I want to get it fixed but dont know where to go from here, and I want to
keep my Escape which suits myself and two teens and has been such great value
and worth what I paid for it so far.
I have read the helpful comments on here and thank you to those who have already
shared and posted.
All I want to know is what to do so I can get onto getting the problem fixed as soon
as possible not leave it to get worse?

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Sounds like the torque convertor. At a minimum, have the transmission fluid changed with Mercon V. This might take care of your issue. If not then some internal transmission work might be in your future. But it might also be a misfire. Scan the computer to see if any codes show up, and if any coil is on it's way out. When were the spark plugs replaced last? At 150kms, they should be ready to come out. Good Luck!

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