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 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.

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,090 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Ford Escape:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #27

Jan 242011

Escape 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

Complaint of not being able to start the car in very cold weather/ gas pedal sticks intermittently although frequency of condition increases as temperatures decrease < 25F. Ford dealer diagnoses issue as a failed air bypass valve (part number: 3S6Z-9F715-aa), replaced valve. Condition not cleared. Engine pedal sticks, engine RPM increases without driver input. Manual transmission only reason that driver was able to maintain control (jockeying clutch pedal to limit engine RPM). Throttle body was removed, cleaned and reinstalled. Condition not cleared. Suspect failed throttle body.

- Cranberry Twp, PA, USA

problem #26

Dec 102012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact attempted to shift gears however, the gear shifter failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or independent mechanic for inspection or diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 60000.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #25

Jan 012012

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 75 mph, the accelerator pedal seized. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. Updated 12/23/13 the consumer stated the brake would work. However, the engine would idle at high speed. The consumer believed, the problem caused the transmission to fail. Updated 12/23/13

- Pawpaw, MI, USA

problem #24

Aug 302013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles

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

The first incident occurred while I was driving 65 mph on the expressway. I went to change lanes and hit the accelerator and the car would not accelerate and was shuddering. I had pull off the expressway and turn the car off. I tried restarting and it just shuddered again. I waited five minutes and tried again and finally it started and was able to shift. Two days ago I was getting off the expressway and making a left turn when the car died and I lost steering power. I was able to fortunately get to the side of the road and put it into park. I tried restarting the car and it would not start. I waited 3 mins and was able to finally get it going. Both times there was no check engine light. I had the Escape read by a code reader device multiple times and there are no error codes displayed from the computer. This is a very serious and potentially life threatening issue, and would like Ford to act upon it for its customers immediately. I am filing this because I have read that the issue is with a defective throttle body, and there is already an investigation into Ford on this issue (PE13-003). I would like my vehicle to be added to this investigation for my families safety and all others experiencing the problem.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #23

Jul 222013

Escape

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 89,000.

- Palmetto, GA, USA

problem #22

Jul 222013

Escape

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 89,000.

- Palmetto, GA, USA

problem #21

Jul 152013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 88,000 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 approximately 60 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Palmetto, GA, USA

problem #20

Jan 072013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the over drive warning light illuminated and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated the transmission would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #19

Sep 012012

Escape

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the transmission overdrive warning light illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a transmission mechanic to have a diagnostic performed. The failure was located at the transmission, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #18

May 092013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 52,200 miles
I was driving home and without warning my 2006 Ford Escape lost momentum. The drivers behind me could not realize my car was stopping because I was still using my gas and not the brakes. Fortunately there was a center turning lane that I was able to use and avoid a rear end collision. I was able to coast into a gas station. Long night turned into a long week and a re-manufactured transmission for $3,220.70. My Ford Escape has 52,214 miles on it. The transmission specialist told me that the bearings failed and that the transmission fluid looked like silver paint. Should never have happened. Ford needs to recall this (Mazda) transmission.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #17

Mar 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,000 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 approximately 30 mph, the transmission was not shifting correctly. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Carlstadt, NJ, USA

problem #16

Feb 062013

Escape

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the torque converter was cracked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Elwood, IL, USA

problem #15

Sep 152006

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
In approximately September 2006 I bought a Ford Escape not long after I bought it I stated having trouble with it. When I pressed the gas pedal the car would not go. By the time I would get it to a Ford dealership the car had warmed up and they could not get it to do it. During the summer it does not do this but as soon as the weather cools off it will start. I have had to pull over on the side of the road multiple times because when I press the gas pedal the pedal does not move. In order to get it to not stick you have to press it and release it several times then eventually it will take off surging forward. Today was the first cool day we have had and I had to cost over multiple times on the side of the road. When you pull out at stop light you never know whether it is going to be one of the times when the car is not going to go. Today I pulled out several times to find out that it was one of the times the car was not going to go and was almost in several accidents. I was able to get it to a Ford dealership and I explained what the car was doing. They advised me that it was lunch time and they had an appreciation lunch planned for employees and if I could come back in two hours they could have someone look at it but that it sounded like it was the throttle and that it would be around $1000 to repair. This car has always done this in cold weather and I tried multiple times to get this repaired while it was under warranty but when I would take it to the Ford dealership they would tell me that they could not fix it because they could not get the car to do what I was describing.

- Sweetwater, TN, USA

problem #14

Jul 302012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
Vehicle stalls when attempting to stop, causing loss of power to steering and brake systems.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #13

Jan 012006

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The truck has some issues while driving it. Its really hard to describe what its doing..but when it starts to act up I let off the gas pedal an I just coast until the engine or transmission stops doing what ever its doing then I am able to keep driving normally. I worry when ever I am driving thinking parts might drop out from under it if I don't baby it kinda..so I don't let anyone else's ever drive it because I am afraid they might not let off the gas when its having trouble in its shifting or the tranny is about to fall out underneath it..what ever the issue is. I am not one who works on cars so how would I know what its problem is. When I have ask Ford dealer ships about the problems they just tell me there hasn't been any recalls on the truck so there for there is probably nothing wrong with it. I know what ever is wrong with it I cant be the only one who has issues with my truck.I am not rough on my truck.. I have a Ford Escape 4dr 4X4 6cy 2006 anyone able to help me how do I get Ford to fix this? I have gotten my truck paid off now an I don't have money to have to pay for such large repairs. Im single mom of two boys one of which has special needs..I don't have extra money laying around to work on our truck..heck lucky to afford the gas to put in it..[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 262010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stopped accelerating momentarily. The contact attempted to pass another vehicle when the failure occurred. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 68,000. Updated 3/27/12 the consumer stated the transmission failed three times. Updated 05/31/12

- Lewiston, ME, USA

problem #11

Mar 032012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 103,700 miles
Ford Escapes have a common problem with the tone ring cracking and activating the ABS & 4WD sensor lights. Many dealers charge high prices to replace the entire axles. It can be repaired by simply replacing the tone ring itself. This problem has been ongoing for a while now and Ford has done nothing to correct the problem other than have dealers continue to make money on an their engineering flaw.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #10

Nov 232011

Escape

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving at the speeds of 65 mph, without any warning the vehicle decreased in speed and would not accelerate. The contact was able to turn the vehicle on and off preventing the vehicle from repeating the failure. The failure occurred twice. The dealer was notified and stated that they have not heard of that type of failure. The vehicle failure was not diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 20,000.

- Gainsville, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 302012

Escape

  • 83,333 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stopped accelerating. The engine was still running, but the vehicle would no longer accelerate. The contact also stated that the overdrive light illuminated moments before the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be taken apart. The dealer also stated that the transmission needed to be replaced.the failure and current mileages were 83,333. The VIN was unavailabe.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #8

Aug 252008

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle's emergency brake has never prevented my vehicle from moving forward under power. It doesn't hold on a hill. If you take your foot off the brake pedal after applying the emergency brake, the vehicle will lurch forward making a grating sound. Having the vehicle in park position on the gear shift is what holds the vehicle on a hill. I have had brakes checked at the dealer a number of times and they tell me that this the nature of the beast. I recently had my differential replaced to remove a howling sound in the rear of my vehicle after having the parking brake adjusted.(cost 3000 dollars) sound has diminished but not disappeared altogether. Now I wonder if the differential needed replacement. Also when the dealer did this repair, they told me that I had my right rear emergency brake pad missing and that they could replace it for an additional $300. I have not replaced it yet.

- Cama, CA, USA

Read the next 7 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?