I had a similar problem on my 2013 Escape 1.6 L . The transmission failed at 140k miles. The repair shop said that this was a very common problem on the Escape as well as the Transit Vans. In fact, the shop could not rebuild or find a replacement trans due to the high demand of those replacement transmissions. I found a rebuilder on Ebay in South Carolina that had rebuilt units in stock. Unfortunately the engine blew a head gasket within 10k miles of getting a new trans. The engine also has a flawed design that provided to little gasket area between cylinders to provide a reliable seal . The bottom line is that the Escape was a great SUV for about 139k miles.. Then it turned out to be the least reliable auto that I have ever owned. I decided to replace the Escape with a Tesla.. No more transmission, head gasket, timing belt, oil changes, emission, exhaust, turbo failures to deal with on an over engineered drive train that is designed by the best engineers on the planet to go a minimum of 1 million miles. And when the CyberTruck gets to high volume production , say good bye to the Ford F150 being the leader in pickup sales. The Cyber Truck will eat fords lunch!