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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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,365 miles

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #118

Jul 232002

Escape 4WD

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #117

Jul 182002

Escape

  • miles
Repeated problem. There have been 5 occurrences. It has been to the dealership 3 times. On each of these occurrences, the engine has stalled for no apparent reason causing loss of power braking and power steering. Most instances occurred while driving down a slight decline at approximately 40-45mph. On all three dealer assessments (two different dealerships), the problem could not be reproduced. The first time the base idle was adjusted. The second time a relay was replaced. The third time Ford corporate directed the dealership to install an idle air control. I expressed safetly concerns about loss of power steering and brakes to the dealership. But, since they were never able to reproduce the problem, they don't consider it a concern. There is still a great safety concern here.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #116

Oct 222001

Escape

  • miles
Engine stalled while driving around 35-40mph, avoiding rear-ending cars in front by evasively pulling off to side of road. Vehicle has stalled before and was taken into dealer. Dealer replaced fuel pump and ECM module relays at that time (2-3 months ago). However, vehicle stalled again tonight.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #115

Jul 152002

Escape 4WD

  • miles

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

While driving at approximately 35 mph on a level roadway, the engine unexpectedly stopped. Traffic was relatively heavy and stopping the vehicle at the traffic light without hitting the stopped vehicle in front of me was difficult. The vehicle had to be placed in park before the engine would restart (as expected) -- which it did without any problem. No check engine light was present. Time of day was at approximately 5 pm cdt. Outside temperature was about 85 degrees. I had just exited off the highway and had been driving for about 8 miles without stopping before the failure. The air conditioning and radio were on during the failure.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #114

Mar 012002

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is stalling at low speed. Has been taken to dealer 4 times. Powertrain control module/ wiring assembly and PCM relay were replaced. Did not remedy the problem.

- Coquitlam B.C., CD, USA

problem #113

Jun 082001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle will stall without warning.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #112

May 162002

Escape 4WD

  • miles

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

I was driving on the interstate at approximately 50 mph downhill during rush hour when I lost power. I was on a stretch of interstate that had no shoulder so I coasted 1/4 mile to the shoulder. I was towed to the dealer who replaced my alternator. Six weeks later, I go to start my car and it wouldn't start.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #111

Jun 252002

Escape 4WD

  • miles
I continue to have a problem with my vehicle stalling for no apparent reason. It happened twice in October 2001. The first time it happened I called the dealership to see if there was a problem with the Escape. I was told there was no problem & there was nothing wrong with my vehicle but call if it happens again. My vehicle stalled the next day. I took the vehicle to the dealership but they were unable to duplicate the stall. They contacted their repair hotline for suggestions. There was apparently no real answer but it was suggested to replace a variety of parts. My vehicle had no problems until 06/25/02 when it stalled again for no reason. This is a serious safety issue. In each instance I was travelling at approximately 45mph on a downhill (with plenty of gas in the tank) and the vehicle stalled w/out any warning. My radio & lights continued to work just fine. Needless to say I lost my power steering and brakes on each occasion. The first 2 occasions I was lucky enough to be able to muscle my car onto the shoulder of the road w/out incident. I put it in park & it started right up. The last time I had to shift it into neutral on the fly & restart the engine. Luckily for me it restarted as I had nowhere to pull over as I was headed towards a two lane bridge over the river with no shoulder to pull onto. I have been very lucky in that I have not been injured nor have I injure anyone else. This is a very serious defect and a potentially deadly one. I know from doing some research that there are quite a few others with this problem on both the 2001 & 2002 models. This is an issue that needs to be addressed quickly before there is a fatality. A brand new car should not stall at random times with no warning while travelling at a pretty good speed.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #110

Jun 022002

Escape

  • miles
Vehicle will stall out at any speed, there is no prior warning, and everything will shut down.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #109

Oct 032001

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled 4 times at 30-40 mph. Dealer cannot find cause.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #108

Jul 112001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 30-35 mph, vehicle will shut off without any notice. Contacted dealer, who was not willing to do anything.. numerous parts have been replaced regarding the stalling, but the problem still exists, the engine light also illuminated, consumer stated the transmission was replaced in April 2002, the engine cooling fans were replaced, and also the rack and pinion was replaced.

- Peosta, IA, USA

problem #107

Jun 132001

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle stalled for the 2nd time -- same location -- about 7 miles from my house, going about 30-35 miles an hour up a slight incline. No steering, no brakes, have to use emergency brake -- can't believe I haven't been rear-ended or worse -- this is very dangerous.

- Bahama, NC, USA

problem #106

May 202002

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 50mph when foot was let up from accelerator, there would be a delay in deceleration, also steering column would shake. Cause unknown. Dealer notified. Check engine light came on and stayed on. The vehicle did not always accelerate or decelerate correctly. The dealer replaced the PCM computer system three times, but the problem continued to exist.

- Burlingame, CA, USA

problem #105

Apr 152002

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer starts up vehicle it hesitates/stalls. Consumer had taken vehicle dealer to check because of its pulling to the left. Consumer was never been told why vehicle stalls.

- Sunny Isle, VI, USA

problem #104

Feb 142002

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls out intermittently between 35 and 50 mph without warning, causing a loss of vehicle control. Dealer has repaired vehicle. The consumer also noticed that the indicator lights for the engine coolant and the battery indicator would come on, and would stay on for several miles.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #103

May 312000

Escape

  • miles
Truck will stall while being driven at any speeds. Once stalled, direction control is difficult. Dealership unable to detect cause of failure.

- Upperco, MD, USA

problem #102

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 #101

Oct 102001

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle will stall without any warning. Contacted dealer. Cannot fix problem.*akjg

- Chalfont, PA, USA

problem #100

Nov 152001

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle had stalled twice at 35-40 mph. Vehicle has not stalled since dealer replaced various parts. Please list parts replaced by dealer.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #99

Jun 052002

Escape

  • miles
While driving 30-35 mph vehicle will completely shutdown without warning, cause unknown. Vehicle was serviced by dealer. However, problem is still occurring.ak

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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