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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 17
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,920 miles

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #23

Mar 122005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles

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

Car spontaneously caught fire 3 hours after being driven. I believe Ford is trying to cover-up what really happened by feeding me lines of bs. Incidentally, Ford covered 90% of the costs for repair even though my car was not covered by warranty.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #22

Dec 072001

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Nar 02/13/2003. The automatic transmission would shift to drive from over drive, the vents automatically switched to frost. The vehicle completely stalled on a separate occasion, the relay assembly was replaced. The cruise control was inoperative from the time of purchase. The windshield wipers stopped working, the consumer continued to experience problems with the transmission and the gas mileage was poor.

- Mars Hill, NC, USA

problem #21

Oct 012004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
While making a right turn into the parking garage vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that computer sensor crank, and idler arm needed to be replaced. Consumer informed the mechanic that this problem still occurred more than once, and had not been resolved.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #20

Apr 292004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

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

I have a 2001 Ford Escape and it was recently recalled for faulty ignition switch. The day before I took it in for the recall, the check engine light came on and it was rough idling. The Ford dealer replaced ignition coil and said that was problem for check engine light and rough idle and said they did the recall. Less than a month later my car would not restart after stopping for a few brief minutes. A tow truck was called by Ford's roadside assistance and when the tow truck driver arrived an hour and a half later the car started. The tow truck driver said it may have just been a fluke. I drove the car home without it being towed. 2 weeks went by with nothing happening and then one day after another brief stop the car would not start again. This time the tow truck arrived and it was taken to a Ford dealer and was kept by them for 2 days to no avail. They still could not find a problem. They returned the car to me and 2 days later the car would not restart again. My husband pushed on the car backwards a few feet while the car was in neutral and to much surprise, the car started again when put tried again. This was very good news as it was late evening on a sat and the Ford dealer was not open. Today, 3 days later, my husband stopped for gas and after paying for the gas the car will not restart. The truck is once again being towed to the Ford dealer this time for good until it is fixed properly. Luckily these all happened close to home, what if we would have been on a trip or something ? if they cannot fix this problem I would like to be given a new/comparable vehicle. I am almost scared to drive it from fear of it failing me again.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #19

Oct 152001

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oct 15, 2001- while driving down a steep hill in austin, tx, my Escape suddenly died without warning. I was unable to stop, steer, or slow down! I coasted into a parking lot at the bottom of the hill and luckily avoided all parked cars or people (co-workers!) walking through the lot. I had the car towed to maxwell Ford and was told that they couldn't find anything wrong with my car! I contacted the president/ CEO to express my concern over what could have happened. He didn't seem to be moved. I picked up my car and hoped it was just a fluke. Two and-A-half years later and not a single problem, until last week (April 9, 2004). I was driving about 40mph around a curve and suddenly lost all ability to steer or slow down! once again, I was unbelievably lucky that I didn't hurt anyone or myself. I was able to start it again and safely pull over to the side of the road after coasting to a stop. I'm grateful that I wasn't rear-ended or hit head-on when I coasted over the middle line.... (nevermind the heart-attack I almost had from the suddenness of this!) I hate to imagine the outcome if this would have happened 10 minutes earlier while I was moving at 55mph in busy traffic on the highway or on the exit ramp! I have an appt to take the car in on Friday. Coincidentally, I discovered (this morning) that a recall has been announced for this very problem.... (2 years after they were made aware that there might be an issue"??") what a relief. So, I'll be back on hwy 410 in san antonio next week after I pick my car up from the service dept --- I'll be the one in the Ford Escape going about 60mph..... I sure hope I'll be able to steer or slow down if I need to!! at least, I'll be better prepared for this "surprise" from now on ( like everytime I have to drive anywhere)!.... nothing like paying $24,000 for a little extra stress and worry. Thanks, Ford. You are just super.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #18

Jan 272004

(reported on)

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,478 miles
The vehicle stalled six times within the last 45,000 miles. The dealer replaced the pfe sensor, coolant, instrument cluster, the ignition switch, the front crank seal and the dpfe sensor. After all the repairs the vehicle continued to stall.

- Union, KY, USA

problem #17

Dec 282003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

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

Auto stalled while going 30 mph on a slight incline. Auto lost all power steering and electrical. It was lucky that no one was around (early morning). We had to coast to side, and because we didn't have power steering I hit the curb pretty hard. On the way home it did the same thing at about 40 mph. Will take this to markel Ford in omaha, ne for fix. We have 44,000 miles, and if Ford cannot get this fixed it will be time to sell. This will be my first and last Ford, if I have to pay for this fix. Now I know why my father told me to buy a Toyota.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #16

Jul 142003

Escape

  • miles
On two different ocassions, Ford Escape stalled while driving. Once while going about 25 mph down hill. The other time, while pulling into a parking lot under 10 mph. Consumer refused to drive the car any more until a resolution is found. The Ford dealer hooked up a computer but could not find any problem.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 222003

(reported on)

Escape

  • 5,000 miles
While driving vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. Consumer had to put vehicle in neutral gear to restart. Dealership would reset the main computer in an attempt to correct the problem. If the attempt failed then the throttle body would be replaced.

- Lewisville, OH, USA

problem #14

Jul 302003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving my 2001 Ford Escape doing 40mph down an incline and the engine shut off. Lost power steering and brakes and wound up on someone's lawn. Someone could have been seriously hurt. What does it take to get a recall on this problem due tothe fact that most of the Escapes issues are stalling.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 112003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,495 miles

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

Driving approx 40mph the 2001 Ford Escape stalled. Lost all power steering, and brakes. Finally got stopped, restarted vehicle and everything worked again.

- Chaffee, MO, USA

problem #12

Jun 232003

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
On two separate occasions, while driving along at approximately 40 mph, our Ford Escape suddenly lost all power and stalled. This resulted in loss of power steering and power brakes. The Ford Escape could not be restarted until it was stopped and placed in park. We have taken to hill & sanders Ford located in wheaton, md. In addition to other service related problems with the staff of hill & sanders, we were told different stories by different people. One story was that our key ring was too heavy (4 keys 1 remote). The next was that there was a computer reprogramming that would resolve this problem (along with a developing/occasional transmission shiver/shudder between 35-45 mph). The computer reprogramming was completed 4 days ago. Since that time, the car has not stalled in a similar manner, but continues to have an occasional transmission shiver / shudder. Based on the failure of the reprogramming to fix the transmission shiver / shudder, we anticipate that the Ford Escape will continue to stall.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 132003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph down a hill, the vehicle shut down, there were no brakes/ power steering. The consumer was able to control the vehicle. The dealer replaced some parts.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012001

Escape

  • 20,000 miles
My Ford Escape 2001 stalls without engine turning off for about 5-7 during take off turns. The truck has been in the shop three times. The first time I was told nothing could be found wrong, second time an idler valve was replaced and this last time the throttle body was replaced. I called to inform mechanic of problem and he doesn't know what could be wrong. This is a safety issue and my truck is under warranty. This problem has been occurring for almost a year now. No one at Ford knows what the problem is. Please help. Ph **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**767684

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 272003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
2001 Ford Escape has repeatedly stalled during normal driving. Car currently has 33,000 miles; however, I began having problems early on. Car has stranded me several times. Car has been towed in several times and dealership can find nothing wrong it. Dealership has replaced alternator, transmission, fuel hoses, sensor, computer, etc. And car still stalls. This week it had to be towed from my garage to the dealership because it would not start. Dealership again could find nothing wrong with car. I love the car, but am terrified to drive it as when it stalls everything locks up and I have had a couple near miss accidents trying to get off the road. I have an infant and this is unacceptable.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 042003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
2001 Ford Escape stalled while coasting down hill at 35 mph. Luckily no one was hurt, I was able to steer a "dead" car to the side of the road and restart. I took the car to the dealership to be fixed. While the car was in the shop I researched the problem and found that many Ford Escape owners are experiencing the same problem. Ford has known about the problem since 2000, but took 18 months to figure out the problem was with the on board computer. Ford has not recalled nor do they cover this repair under the extended warranty.

- Cornelia, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 222002

(reported on)

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck stalls while in motion between speeds of 40-45 mph when applying brakes. This occured six different times with cause not determined and stalling not resolved. The manufacture has contacted the owner which has offered either to buy the truck back or give a refund.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #6

Oct 092002

Escape

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving had put the highlights on and vehicle turned off. Dealer was contacted.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Oct 152001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled twice at 35-40 mph while coasting down hill. Dealer replaced computer module and ecc relay. Nlm consumer states keyless entry works intermittently. The weather strips coming off on both back doors. The vacuum line was loose and hissing. The coolant light continues to come on due to coolant bottle failure, also there was a cracking noise under the dash and the radio went out.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

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