Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

CarComplaints.com Notes: With questionable safety ratings, a faulty power control module (PCM) and a rear subframe that can rust out, the first model year Escape is known for problems. But the worst one of all? A design flaw that carried through multiple model years and caused dangerous unintended acceleration.

A lack of clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector meant the throttle could get stick open when the accelerator was fully depressed. Following a petition from the Center for Auto Safety, NHTSA opened an investigation and eventually issued a recall to fix the sticky throttles in the 2001–2004 model years.

Even with the throttles fixed, the 2001 model year could still have trouble stopping due to multiple problems with leaking brakes.

8.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Escape AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 282004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving, the vehicle stalled. The consumer restarted the vehicle and pulled over. The consumer drove the vehicle to the auto service for inspection and the mechanic informed the consumer that the problem could not be duplicated. There was grinding and a round metal object snapped and broke off of the ac compressor. There were also problem with the air bag and the steering.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 092002

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving only at low speeds, steering column will make a loud noise and it could cause future steering problems. Dealer notified. The cover on the bottom of the steering wheel was broken. The vehicle shimmys when applying the brakes. The brakes were inspected and the front rotor was machined and the front pads cleaned. Consumer states there is a pecking noise in the engine. Consumer states the accelerator pedal is hard to push because the throttle body needed replacing. The air conditioner stops while at idle. Also, when coming to a stop, the heater is not warm.

- Kettle Island, KY, USA

problem #8

Dec 152001

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled 3 times at 35-40 mph down an incline. Dealer has recalibrated computer. Dealer put on new eec and new idle air control. A/C failed and was replaced.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 032001

Escape

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Foul odor coming from airconditioning vents. Took it to the shop the first time, and they stated that there was a moisture build up in the airconditioning vents and all they could do was disenfect the airconditioning vents with a spray. I took it back a second time and they stated they could not find the problem.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #6

May 012001

Escape 4WD

  • miles
The air conditioner from the very beginning has a very foul smell of mildew and mold. If you use the ac for an extended period of time the smell is worst then ever. Both my son and I are allergic to mold and mildew and when I turn on the ac, we both begin to sneeze, cough, runny nose and eyes. I cannot not use the ac. I have brought the truck back 3 times for a total of 12 days and now have it in the shop again. There is also a constant rattle on the drivers door side and the rear tailgate door/window. These problems were reported on the first visit also. Each time I was told the problem has been taken care of, I drive off and the problems are still very evident. The third time as I was pulling out of there driveway after having just been told the problems were solved. These have been an ongoing problems. My concern is I have been back four times in less the 5 months for problems, what happens when the truck is a year old!!!!!!

- Pearl River, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 282001

(reported on)

Escape 4WD

  • miles
The blower on my A/C will start blowing thru the defrost when the vehicle is under power. I live in a mountainous suburb, so I'm constantly climbing hills. The air will blow thru the defrost for ~10 seconds when it first started a week ago; now it lasts ~20 seconds. Phil long has had my truck twice. The first time, the vehicle acted up for them and they found a crimped vacuum hose, yet the 2nd time, they couldn't get the vehicle to act up for them. As soon as I got to my suburb, it started cutting out on me.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #4

May 022001

(reported on)

Escape

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #3

May 012001

Escape 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Tires make a humming noise. Consumer feels that they may be leaving ground like hydroplaning, and at 65 mph vehicle wobbles, vehicle is not stable at high speeds with window down. The vehicle hesitates when A/C unit is in operation and A/C make a loud cyclic clicking sound. Transmission makes sound. The vehicle was unstable at 65 mph with a slight wind and front end makes tumbling sounds on rough roads. The alternator light comes on intermittently. The cruise control turns off automaticaly by itself. The front brake has excessive dust. The vehicle had numerous interior system failures and malfunctioning.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 122000

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Cabin fills with smell of raw fuel when climate control system on..also smell of raw fuel under hood. Mfg inspected vehicle and does not know where problem originates.vehicle is now out of service 36 days while engineering looks for solution to problem.various parts have been changed with no resolution to date.

- Douglaston, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 042000

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Fuel smell inside passenger compartment coming through air conditioning vents

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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