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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:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,804 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #26

Apr 022005

Escape 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles

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

Vehicle stales during decelartion

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #25

Jan 222002

Escape 6-cyl

  • 92 miles
There were numerous problems. The egr sensor (dpfe) was replaced along with the sop driver side outer belt molding, fuel pump, sway bar links and iac. There was a loud noise coming from the driver's side window, water leaked around the tailgate window, the vehicle was hard to start, the iac was sticking, the driver's side window squeaked and rattled, the vehicle hesitated upon starting, there was play in the front sway bar links, the coolant light stayed on, there was a crack around the oil pan and the oil drain plug was problematic, and the accelerator pedal was sticking.

- Mound, MN, USA

problem #24

Jan 042005

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,343 miles
The vehicle started to vibrate while the consumer was driving. The consumer took the vehicle in to the dealer, and the engine coil needed to be replaced.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #23

Nov 122004

Escape

  • miles

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

While driving vehicle stalled. Check engine light illuminated. Consumer stated that vehicle experienced the same problem that was mentioned in recall 04V165000. Contacted the dealer. However, the problem recurred.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #22

Jun 292004

Escape

  • 24,494 miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. Vehicle accelerating by itself.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #21

Jun 182004

Escape

  • 44,267 miles
With the air conditioner on vehicle stalled intermittently. Consumer had vehicle towed to dealership, but dealership did not resolve the problem.

- Northampton, PA, USA

problem #20

Jul 202004

Escape

  • 121,918 miles

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

While driving. The vehicle stalled. The consumer was able to restart the vehicle after pumping the accelerator pedal. The consumer could not control the vehicle due to loss of power in the steering wheel and no brakes.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #19

Jun 282004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,500 miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. The consumer restarted the vehicle and pulled over. The consumer drove the vehicle to the auto service for inspection and the mechanic informed the consumer that the problem could not be duplicated. There was grinding and a round metal object snapped and broke off of the ac compressor. There were also problem with the air bag and the steering.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 012004

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
Petition for adequacy of a recall remedy involving Ford safety recall 04S13 re a problem with stalling in the 2001 Ford Escape. The stalling continued.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012004

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
Recall 04V-165 vehicle dies when slowing down. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #16

Jun 012004

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Recall O4V-165 intermittent stop and restart due to calibration errors. The vehicle would die out and the consumer would smell smoke.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 152001

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,949 miles
I've only had this car for two years and it died twice while driving on the road. One time on October 19, 2002 and another time on September 12, 2003. This car has also have problems with the sensors and PCM module.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 292004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,440 miles
Engine stalls at 40 mph.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #13

Mar 292004

(reported on)

Escape

  • miles
While driving 45 mph oil light and the engine check light appeared on the dashboard, then, vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealership.

- Walton, KY, USA

problem #12

Mar 082004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle stalls while going downhill at approximately 35 miles an hour with foot off gas. This is the third or forth time it has happened. Because of the stalling condition, use of brake and steering is difficult.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #11

Feb 102004

(reported on)

Escape

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph engine unexpectedly shut down.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 292003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,800 miles
Maintenance.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 162004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
2001 Ford Escape stalled at about 30 mph. Car restarted and continued. This was the second time the car stalled.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 042003

Escape

  • miles
Engine unexpectedly stalled and engine lost all powerwhile puling into a driveway. This was the second incident in the last 6 months involving the Ford Escape that is my company car. I barely missed being hit by another car. The first time was on the freeway at 60 M.P.H. I consider myself luck I was not killed or injured.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 212003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,450 miles
Engine turned off while driving down hill (35-40) miles. I lost power steering and brakes. Luckily I was able to turn into the parking lot and stopped the vehicle by hitting the curve. It had happened once before about a year ago but I ignored that incident.

- Sammamish, WA, USA

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