jimc137 wrote:Vehicle was last diagnosed by FORD and was told the battery was bad. I replaced it with a battery from craigslist and am still having the same issues. I will be replacing it from my 05 escape hybrid next to confirm if it is the battery or not since i know the one in my 05 works perfectly.
no signs of accident, was purchased from gov auction and has very low miles, 58K. very clean inside and out.
tried both red buttons in front and back of car, checked wires under jack.
It makes perfect sense, then, that the vehicle was in an accident, flood, or fire and was sold for salvage/parts by a government agency. Otherwise at 58K miles and running fine it would very likely still be in service. The agency probably evaluated if they could get it fixed like you're doing and decided against it. Since governments self-insure, they wouldn't have to report the loss to an insurance company.