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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
142,579 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2001 Ford Escape lights problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 062013

Escape 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,579 miles


When I start the vehicle the headlights will start flashing after 10 minutes and continue to do so until the headlights are turned on. At this point the headlights stop flashing, however, there is a complete loss of all dash lights making night driving very difficult

- , Hagersville, Ontario, Canada

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