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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,136 miles

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2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jul 062012

Escape

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle was recently repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 12V005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module). After the remedy repair was performed the ABS warning indicator remained illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and they detected there was a faulty ABS pump. The dealer was made aware of the defect, whom informed that the owner would be responsible for the repair expense. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 191,178.

- Mastic Beach, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 272011

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the ABS warning indicator illuminated without engaging the brake pedal. The indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. In addition, there was an excessive amount of brake fluid leaking onto the ground. The malfunction occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the malfunction was related to a faulty ABS pump. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 12V005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module); however the ABS pump was not included in the recall remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000...updated 08-10-12 the consumer stated the ABS light illuminates when the vehicle starts after 1 or 2 minutes. It stays on the duration of the trip. This occures everytime the car is started. Updated 08/15/2012

- Lamont, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 132012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 98,590 miles
I was in on recall 11S24, and my brake fluid was leaking onto my ABS relay box, but I still have a problem with the ABS because the hydraulic pump motor is also failed. The Ford dealer. Said it would cost $800 to fix this part on the ABS system! they said the recall would not cover this part on the ABS? the leaking brake fluid also damaged my hydraulic pump motor and this should also be repaired.

- Lemont, PA, USA

problem #4

May 232012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles

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

No pressure when depressing brake to make emergency stop. Pedal went to floor. No prior indication of any problem. On inspection, front left brake hose had ruptured causing total loss of all braking capability. Extremely lucky not to be going 70 mph on the freeway! still waiting for part for brake cylinder cap recall issued in January! if NHTSA are going to require companies to issue recalls perhaps you should also follow up to ensure compliance by which I mean the satisfactory completion of the recall not simply the issuing thereof.

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 142011

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that they received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V005000 (service brakes: Hydraulic: Anti-lock: Control unit module) in January and was told there would be another letter sent when the parts had become available for repairs. The contact stated that they spoke with the manufacturer in March and was told that the parts were not yet available and that they would receive a letter when the parts had become available. The contact stated they have not received any information from the dealer regarding the recall repairs, which had exceeded a reasonable amount of time. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Red Springs , NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 062012

Escape

  • 122,000 miles
The brake master cylinder cap leaks brake fluid and the fluid runs down the wiring and down the firewall of the engine compartment. The brake fluid has corroded the paint off of the firewall, and then the fluid gets hot and smokes. Because the fluid runs down the wiring, the vehicle is also having electrical problems. Ford has a recall 11S24 for vehicles of the same year with the same problem, but they say that our vehicle is not included even though the master cylinder cap clearly leaks. They won't look at the vehicle unless we pay $85 to have it diagnosed. We would like to have this vehicle added to the recall.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #1

Jan 012012

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12V005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module). An authorized dealer was notified on at least four occasions and the contact was repeatedly informed that the necessary parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified regarding the parts. The vehicle was not repaired. There are no failures at this time. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

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