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Hi, I am considering a 2002 Ford Escape XLT with 72,000 miles. I have read differing experiences online...many people seem to love the car, who have had it from the beginning. but I also read where the car has had transmission failures, etc. I am bringing it to my mechanic today to check it out, who seems to recall that this vehicle has had issues with the computer needing re-programming. the history report is clean, the car is clean, and it seems to drive well. there is a sticker under the hood that says something like 'PCM reprogramming July 2004'. do you know what this means, and what would be your advice on whether to consider this car? thank you so much.

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The PCM is the computer that keeps the engine and transmission functioning properly. It is really called a Powertrain Control Module. Having the computer replaced is nothing to worry about. If the engine is running strong and the transmission shifts ok, then the PCM is probably ok and nothing to worry about. If the PCM is having problems still, then the check engine light will be on. Your mechanic will be able to hook up the diagnostic tool to it and look at the vehicles past. If there are a bunch of codes in the history, there still could be problems.

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