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:
$170.00
Average Mileage:
129,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace actuator (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 142010

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

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

lock actuator failed on rear hatch which led to back hatch and window staying locked and not opening with no other way to open it!

- , Plain City, UT, USA

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