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Clogged Catalytic Convertor
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Ford dealer.
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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 126,892 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 6 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- have had middle and both exhuast manifold converter replaced (3 reports)
- not sure (2 reports)
- had to have the middle catalytic convertor replaced (1 reports)
exhaust system problem