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.

4.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
175,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 182013

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

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

The battery light comes on at random, and after light to moderate acceleration, then goes off after a minute or two unless triggered. When looking at a multimeter the voltage fluctuates when it comes on. Not sure where the problem comes from, and why it illuminates, as it sets no codes. The screen on the radio no longer works.

- , Williamsport, PA, USA

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