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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,624 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.

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2006 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #20

Oct 062016

Escape

  • 93,000 miles

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

Driving down a street in my neighborhood when the brakes failed. In previous occurrences I was told that the calipers froze up and that the brakes would make a grinding noise. Also the computer system on the vehicle would never record the proper amount of fuel in the tank or at times engage the brakes. I am not a professional but I know this vehicle did have issues. The vehicle was in motion on a city street and when I applied the brakes nothing happened. Upon impact it appeared I hit the steering wheel before the airbag deployed. I had my seat belt on. I have driven down that city road thousands of times but it appeared this time there was a issue with he vehicle that caused this accident. Injuries were airbag related.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #19

Dec 302015

Escape

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. While pulling into a residential driveway at 10 mph, the brakes failed to stop the vehicle and the pedal traveled to the floorboard when depressed. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder and hydraulic system failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000. Updated 06/08/16

- Maple Groove, MN, USA

problem #18

Aug 262014

Escape

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 5 mph, when the brake pedal was depressed, the automatic braking system engaged independently. As a result, the vehicle shook violently. The contact discovered that the front tone rings were cracked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #17

Jun 052015

Escape

  • 72,632 miles

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

After traveling for approximately 1 mile at 35 mph, the engine suddenly shut off. Upon safely stopping the vehicle in a parking lot. The engine re-started with no issues. Drove the vehicle for approximately another mile at 35 mph when it shut off again. Re-started with no issues. Have not driven the vehicle since then. No fault codes were generated & no apparent problems have been detected.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #16

Jun 082015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 101,154 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was parked, the driver side brake line fractured. The contact mentioned that the brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the passenger side brake line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacture was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,154.MA 08/04/15 updated 9/29/2015

- Clive , IA, USA

problem #15

Mar 122015

Escape

  • 83,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving at any speed, the brake pedal failed and caused the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally. The ABS and brake lights illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to both the dealer and an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was no issue with the vehicle, yet the failure progressed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,800.

- Huntington, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 152015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brakes and the brake lines needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 128,000. Updated 5/18/15

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #13

Mar 032015

Escape

  • 126,000 miles
While driving the vehicle the ABS light came on, followed by the "service brake system" request light and the red brakes light. I had "soft brakes" but I could still use the brakes so I drove the vehicle to the local Ford ferrario dealership. It is now a week later and I was told that the ABS needed to be replaced at a cost of $4800. I then replied to not replace the ABS as I have been a cautious driver for over 45 years and drive defensively. The shop tried unsuccessfully to bleed all the tire's brakes as I requested that I "at least" have hydraulic brakes and it be able to maintain the fluid level. All worked properly excepting the left front tire. This evening I went and retrieved the vehicle from the shop after they had replaced the leaking hose on the left front tire (also had them replace the hose on the right front tire). According to the conversation with the lead technician my front brakes were hardly used (over 60% of the cars braking) and looked like they were rusting or corroded over while the rotors and all the parts replaced exactly one year prior still looked new. Being confused about this, asked why no one had caught this earlier. While on the way home from the shop (without proper brakes and only the emergency hand brake and the hybrid low gear to slow down rapidly with) I reset all the functions like I normally do after a service shop visit. Low and behold the ABS light went out, but there were still no brakes with small exception. I am now wondering both how and who is going to be able to repair this vehicle without further excessive cost (paid over $480) that I've already incurred without having the brakes available to me. Because I work contract jobs and typically drive to jobs or job sites I am now without a vehicle. The larger concern for me is that this type of Ford SUV hybrid vehicle has a rash of brake problems.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 242014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
On 12/23/14, vehicle cut out after backing out of parking to enter moving traffic on highway. The second time it cut out,12/24/14, the vehicle was being driven down the roadway. That time, the vehicle sputtered, sounded like a winded horse, running on three legs. My car was always well maintained, including oil changes every 3,000 miles, transmission flushes every year, fuel injection cleaning every other year. With the double timing chain, I was assured at purchase, that they rarely break. I could not understand what had caused this. Then, I am told it is a PCM failure caused by spark plugs, coils, that were not compatible with the PCM, or where the resistor was ineffective to combat the feedback from the coils/ spark plugs, and therefore caused the computer to shut down three cylinders of my engine. Apparently there were tsb bulletins to dealerships on this issue, but no recalls, because Ford determined that the PCM failure would probably occur post-warranty. However, car owners should have been notified, there should have been a recall. I was in the last few months of paying for this vehicle, and am faced with a $2500 bill, that I do not deserve, because it is in no way linked to my own negligence of vehicle maintenance! to me, it is a form of built-in obsolescence, that might be ok with small-cost items like watches, but should never be allowed with high-cost items, such as cars!

- Lake Helen, FL, USA

problem #11

May 252014

Escape

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal required excessive force in order to reduce speed. The contact discovered that the rear passenger side brake line was leaking brake fluid. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the shock power was rusted. As a result, the frame needed to be welded with metal replacement plates. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000 and the current mileage was 138,198.

- South Milwakee, WI, USA

problem #10

Apr 242014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles

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

I have the hybrid version of Escape. I was exiting a freeway when the ABS yellow light and brake red light came on my dashboard. I then pushed the brake pedal and noticed the car wasn't slowing down as it should that's when I slammed on the brakes to make the car slow down. I immediately pulled over to the side of the road. The dashboard read regen brakes disable. I turned off the car and restarted it. The car worked like it did before but when I ran a diagnostic on the car it still read the regen brakes disabled. The car worked fine with the warning but eventually after driving for about 15 minutes the warning went away.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,662 miles
Vehicle gas pedal had to be depressed fully to the floor with assistance of emergency break to bring vehicle to complete stop in light traffic at around 9:30 pm. Pulled vehicle into empty parking lot and had vehicle towed to service center (lake zurich tire & auto, Inc.) where it was left overnight. Following morning mechanic looked at vehicle and it was determined that front right brake hose failed and left front brake hose was leaking. There was very little brake fluid left. Mechanic stated that both hoses showed deterioration which was unusual for a vehicle with this mileage. He also stated that this was the 5th Escape around this model year that he has seen with this issue within the last couple of weeks. I sent a letter to Ford customer relations today requesting reimbursement of $282.32 for the necessary repairs.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #8

Mar 122014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph and attempting to decelerate, the brake pedal became stuck to the floor board. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by engaging the emergency brake. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic, who performed a brake inspection which located the front passenger's side brake line was fractured prematurely. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 35,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,005 miles
ABS light came on at 59408 miles. Vehicle was taken dick masheter Ford in columbus, oh and repaired on 12/1/11 by replacing left front ABS tone ring. At 68005 miles, the ABS light came on once again. Vehicle was once again taken to dick masheter Ford in columbus, oh where the vehicle was again repaired. This time both left and right abd tone rings were replaced. Failure of the ABS tone ring after less than 8600 miles of operation may indicate a systemic issue for the particular vehicle.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, she heard a loud noise coming from the vehicle followed by the illumination of the ABS warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that the O-rings failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred twice within a week. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was approximately 84,500.

- Bethesda, OH, USA

problem #5

May 222009

Escape

  • 33,219 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph the brakes were engaged and the anti lock brakes failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the tone ring would have to be replaced. The failure occurred on several occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included in a recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 33,219 and the current failure mileage was 70,000.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 062010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
ABS and 4X4 sensor lights activate and flash on dashboard ABS braking fails, sensor rep[laced and went out again after a year. Seems to be a problem with numerous Escapes as found in online search.

- Lansing, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 102009

Escape

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact was driving 30 mph and depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle would not respond. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed into the floorboard abnormally and the vehicle would not slow down completely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they informed the contact that ABS tone ring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would file a report. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 112012

Escape

  • 59,000 miles
ABS constant activation, then ABS system off. Found a cracked tone ring on driver side fr wheel.

- Memphis, IN, USA

problem #1

May 092012

Escape

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the SRS brake warning light illuminated while the contact was applying the brakes. In addition, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard abnormally and the vehicle failed to stop. The contact applied extreme pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicle as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and the contact was advised that the anti-lock brake hydraulic unit and master cylinder would need replacing, and two gallons of brake fluid was needed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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