Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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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.

6.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,592 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Escape fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 232007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,508 miles

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

- the contact stated that the 2001 Ford Escape XLT wires under the hood burned while sitting in the garage of her home. She drove the vehicle one hour prior to the fire. The alarms in her house warned her of the fire. She called the local fire department, and they found no fire in the house. They then checked the garage and they smelled something burning. The fireman opened and noticed the wires that were burning under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to town and country, and they informed her that old brake fluid leaked on the ABS, which was the cause of the wires burning. The vehicle was serviced for the ABS light coming on, and off at the local Firestone, they replaced the master cylinder. The wires burned within 24 hours of the repair. The town and country dealership gave the contact a loaner vehicle, and she felt this was odd. The contact stated that the dealership informed her that it would cost $2,416.12 to repair the wires and the ABS. The current and failure mileage were both 67,508. The consumer states that she wants to be reimbursed for all repairs done to her vehicle and has provided all invoices for repair and the report from the fire dept. Update 4/25/07

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #10

May 232003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The vehicle was parked when it caught on fire. Before the event occurred it was taken to the technician and suggested that the car may have been on recall for the fuel connecter. Later the consumer was told the vehicle was fixed, however a few days later the car caught on fire because of the engine and fuel system overheating.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #9

Apr 192003

Escape

  • 31,000 miles
The vehicle experienced the same defect with the fuel system as stated in recall 00 V 277 001, however the vehicle identification number was not included in the recall.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 142001

Escape

  • miles

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

Fuel smell - car interior.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 142001

Escape

  • miles
Fuel smell - car interior.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 082001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling when and depressing brake pedal, pedal went to floorboard and vehicle lost brake power. Consumer also experiencing problems with passenger and driver window, and also a fuel line clip failed causing the motor to loose power and fuel was pumped over the hot engine.

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 162001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Fuel line had broke, causin motor to be spryed with fuel. Consumer states motor lost power, fuel was pumping over hot engine, engine did not stall, but kept pumping fuel.

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #4

Jan 272001

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Raw fuel smell in cabin with heater on and at stop light/ideling. Intake gaskets, fuel rail and injectors repleaced. Parts returned to factory.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 122000

Escape

  • miles
Gas odor in interior compartment of vehcile after engine is shut down. Gas smell is evident on passenger side of vehicle

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 102000

Escape

  • miles
Smell of gas enters cabin through vents on warm restarts and in idling for lengthy periods as well as stop and go traffic.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 062000

(reported on)

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Light gas or oil smell in passenger compartment during idling with hot engine (not on cold start)

- Oak Ridge, NJ, USA

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