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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.

8.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$250.00
Average Mileage:
117,823 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. idle control sensor or throttle control sensor (2 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2001 Ford Escape engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012011

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,791 miles

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

MORE GOOD NEWS FROM FORD.......WE DON'T KNOW WHATS WRONG. TELL ME ONE THING AND THEN ITS SOMETHING ELSE. FIRST IT WAS THE TRANSMISSION....NOW ITS THE ENGINE? THE ENGINE IS RUNNING REALLY ROUGH. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THIS BAG OF PIECES THAT FORD CALLS AN ESCAPE. THIS THING IS GOING TO BE TRADED FOR SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY WILL RETAIN ITS VALUE AND NOT BECOME SOMEONES PAPER WEIGHT.

- , Edmonton, AB, canada

problem #3

May 182010

(reported on)

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

ford sucks big time i worked at the assembly plant in hazelwood 20 yrs i will never buy a ford again treated me like sh*t when i had problems under warranty but cant find problem out of warranty find problem and want u to pay bullshit and i am talking like 1000 miles out of warranty and they say they build a good product nottttttttttttttttttttt it is a bunch of bullshit

- , Florissant, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 012010

Escape LS 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 155,000 miles

The same as April A. Our escape will randomly decide not to run unless I have my foot on the gas. I'll manage to get it to the shop (after many rolling starts) and it will work just fine the next day when they get to it. HELP! Yesterday it died twice right after I started it and then preformed fine the rest of the trip.

- , College Station, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 022009

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,500 miles

I bought my Escape new and have taken very good care of it. Now when you start it, it dies, unless you have your foot on the gas. Take your foot off the gas to stop at a light or go around a curve the damn thing dies. When the Ford service center has it, it doesn't do it for them.

- , Wytheville, VA, USA

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