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 solid trends of engine failure — $4,500 to fix at 85,000 miles avg — AND transmission failure — $3,000 to fix at 75,000 miles avg — we can't recommend the 2006 Ford Escape to anyone except your worst enemy.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,554 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.

2006 Ford Escape body / paint problems

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 072016

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,222 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger wheel well experienced severe corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear wheel well assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 84,000.

- Somersworth, NH, USA

problem #4

May 302014


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, a loud noise was heard from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered a hole in the rear passenger wheel well. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the wheel well was corroded and caused the shock absorber to separate from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The passenger side rear wheel well has rusted through exposing the shocks and struts. The vehicle is unsafe to drive. The corrosion of the rear wheel well is not a wearable part and cannot be controlled or caused by the end user. This is a manufacturing defect. The corrosion of the rear wheel well can cause the shocks and struts to dismount, which could lead to vehicle rollover resulting in injury or death.

- Franklin , IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 182006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle grinds during start up if it sits for a couple of days. On 04-18-06 the vehicle began to sputter along with a delay in the accelerator pedal and the engine. The dealership admitted there were other vehicle's with the same year, make and model that has the problem. The dealer arranged an appointment for the vehicle to be inspected this week. Updated 5/16/2006 - the door ajar light illuminated intermittently. The dealer lubed the door and applied weatherstripping.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 312005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
2006 Ford Escape XLT AWD - vibration in steering wheel and can be felt in body at about 55-65 mph. Into dealer 4X for attempted repairs. Consulted with factory. No idea what is causing it. Dealer stated some of the models on the lot had the same problem. This could be an engineering fault or an assembly fault - but Ford is selling faulty vehicles- and not taking any serious attempt to rectify. Could potentially be a serious mechanical failure in the future.

- Lovettsville, VA, USA

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