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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$250.00
Average Mileage:
87,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced brake lines (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 152007

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

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

The brake line will burst if they wear too much at the clamp that holds the flex hose stationary between the hard line and the wheel. You will notice the fraying on each side of the clamp if it is going to have a problem. Not an expensive repair but very inconvenient if you blow the lines in traffic or far from home.

- , Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

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