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:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 092002

Escape 4WD

  • miles

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

After being parked for 2.5 hours, our less-than-2-years-old Ford Escape spontaneously smoked and burned; small fire was stopped by fire dept.; have no word from dealer or Ford as to why this happened (fire dept. Suspected electrical short) -- do you have any other such reports?.

- Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 212000

Escape

  • miles
During a collision on front part of vehicle caught on fire, causing total loss of vehicle. Also, consumer sustained injuries.

- Morow, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 052001

Escape 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle stalled, consumer states all electrical systems failed, vehicle would not restart, consumer lists stall occurred due to electrical wiring problem under the hood.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 052001

Escape 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, vehicle stalled, consumer states all electrical systems failed, vehicle would not restart, consumer lists stall occurred due to electrical wiring problem under the hood.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 052001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1.) complete loss of power and all electrical systems while vehicle was being operated. Vehicle refused to restart; and 2.) gear stick shakes or shimmers vigorously when engaged in third (3rd) gear.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 052001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1.) complete loss of power and all electrical systems while vehicle was being operated. Vehicle refused to restart; and 2.) gear stick shakes or shimmers vigorously when engaged in third (3rd) gear.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 172001

Escape 4WD

  • miles

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

6 mos old veh; 4700 miles; engine has stalled on 3 separate occasions (mid-Jun, mid-Jul, early Sep) while traveling at 45 mph; original dealer could provide no solution; currently being evaluated at 2nd local dealer; seeking guaranteed resolution; replacement vehicle or refund.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 122001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle lost all power completly. Was towed to dealer. Dealer repaired short in wiring harness. Repaired/ relocated harness and replaced neccessary fuses. Tested eecpc-1000. Repair was made under warranty.

- Dansville, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 282000

Escape

  • miles
The dealership told me its a problem with the computer and the Ford engineers are working on it. The car chugs when going long distances when you try to accelerate. I have had the problem since I got the car.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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