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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,048 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.

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2001 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #5

May 112008


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escort. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, the vehicle dramatically surged forward and crashed into another vehicle. She took her vehicle to the dealer and they repaired the coil spring in the brake pedal, along with other cosmetic repairs. One month later, while attempting to park the vehicle into a parking space, it surged forward again and crashed into a pipe. The air bags deployed and the vehicle sustained moderate damage. An investigator from her insurance company is in the process of inspecting the vehicle. The contact has pictures of the vehicle. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 115,000.

- Bridgefield, PA, USA

problem #4

May 132002


  • 20,238 miles
There was a fast idle, vibration in steering wheel, burning smell coming from the engine, and the vehicle stalled along with the fast idle. The service dealer stated the vehicle had run fine. After five attempts to remedy the problem, and after being told repeatedly the vehicle ran normally, the consumer would like a full refund. The PCV was replaced, and the vehicle had run perfect until the fast idle had returned along with the vibrations which irritated the consumer which caused headaches after 20 miles of driving. The valve assembly/crankcase ventilation regulator was replaced as well. Mr scc

- Eatontown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 062002


  • miles
Sudden acceleration: Car jumped forward over the kerb and hit another car when brake was being released during parking.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 122002

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle and upon letting up on brakes the vehicle lunged forward. Dealer informed consumer that this was the nature of the vehicle with manual transmission, however consumer adds that sometimes the vehicle will not idle down when not touching the gas pedal.

- Texico, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 132001


  • miles
A momentary/ intermittent problem with involuntary engine acceleration of a rental vehicle. Dealer was notified. Enterprise rental in East brunswick NJ-7322540200.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

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