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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
117,042 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 172014

Escape XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,042 miles

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

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spark plug blow outs

Had a couple of spark plugs blow outs, stranded out of town both times.

Really wish Ford would cover the cost after warranty expires since this is clearly manufactured defects.

- , Long Beach, CA, USA

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