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.

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.

4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,189 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 transmission problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012007

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled intermittently when the clutch was depressed. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The manufacturer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V165000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)). The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 110,000 and current mileage was 120,000.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 112006

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,700 miles
On Friday 8/11/06 I was on my way to work driving my 2001 Ford Escape (with 5-speed manual transmission). I was going at around 45 mph in a busy road. Suddenly there was a total transmission failure and my vehicle came to an instant total stop. There was screeching of tires and I was very fortunate not to crash and that the vehicles behind me did not hit me. It was also a matter of luck that there were no persons killed nor injured. My car was stuck on gear and could not be pushed forward or backward, so it had to be towed with a platform truck. I bought this vehicle new in 2001 and have been the sole owner. I have given this vehicle all of its recommended maintenance every 3,000 miles. I informed Ford Motor Company about this failure and they were not helpful at all. I think the general public has to be informed about this safety risk with 2001 Ford Escapes.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 072004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The transmission on my 2001 Ford Escape, went out I had 58,000 miles on the truck. Had to put in a new transmission. Now 4 months later, the engine light comes on. The engine coolant warning light keeps coming on even though it is full. All of the lighters/sun roof have no power to them they all quit. I have replaced all fuses, with no luck. Now the all lights on the radio are gone, but the radio still works.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 272001

Escape 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states gear stick shakes or shimmers vigorously when engaged in third gear.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 272001

Escape 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states gear stick shakes or shimmers vigorously when engaged in third gear.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 122001

(reported on)

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sluggish driving after a oil change, could not find anything wrong, next week, shift went out. After getting vehicle back brake pedal seems loose and the steering was not right. Wiper transmission went out, replaced.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 012000

Escape

  • miles

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

Transmission failed.

- Canada, KY, USA

problem #2

May 022001

(reported on)

Escape

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #1

May 012001

Escape 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Tires make a humming noise. Consumer feels that they may be leaving ground like hydroplaning, and at 65 mph vehicle wobbles, vehicle is not stable at high speeds with window down. The vehicle hesitates when A/C unit is in operation and A/C make a loud cyclic clicking sound. Transmission makes sound. The vehicle was unstable at 65 mph with a slight wind and front end makes tumbling sounds on rough roads. The alternator light comes on intermittently. The cruise control turns off automaticaly by itself. The front brake has excessive dust. The vehicle had numerous interior system failures and malfunctioning.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

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